The Home English Centre was established as a part of the vision of the Siam Bangkok church. The church came to realize a great opportunity a number of years ago and has ceased it and seen great results. The Home English Centre is a place where Thai people can come and learn Conversational English, at a reasonable price with native speakers of the language, as well as a place where there is an open door for the Gospel to be preached.
Thai society right now is very much focused on becoming more internationally relevant and learning English is becoming an integral part of getting a good job. Over the years we have seen this phenomenon increase more and more and as it increases so does the opportunity to bring the Gospel to the people of Bangkok. Presently in Thailand, there is a trend towards more and more companies linking with companies in foreign countries and without people who can speak English with proficiency, there are very few people who can work in these companies. There are more and more companies who are starting to make it a pre-requisite to be able to speak good English before even coming to a job interview. Many Thai's are becoming desperate to learn English to improve their economic circumstances as the salary in a position that requires proficiency in English is greater than the salary of a position that doesn't require English.
How does the Home English Centre Run?
The Home English Centre can offer affordable classes to Thai students and other people who want to study English because none of their teachers earn a salary. They work with teams of people and individuals from churches and missions organizations that give up their time to come and help serve the people of Thailand and see them come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
across the road from the largest University Campus in Thailand (it is
also has the greatest number of students for one university in the world),
the Home English Centre is in the perfect place to attract university
students and young professionals who want to learn English. There is never
a shortage of students and never a shortage of opportunity to share the
Gospel. The main University that we are near attracts students from all
over Thailand. We are also near two International Universities that attract
students from many Asian and even African countries. We have the oppurtunity
in our hands to not only reach students from all over Thailand, but Chinese,
Japenese and African students too. A large majority of the people who
come to study with us are university students, but not all of them. The
Home English Centre attracts people from all walks of life.
What does the Home English Centre do exactly?
main program that is run by the Home English Centre is a 20 hour English
course over a period of 2 and half weeks. There are less than 10 students
per class, making it a comfortable environment for the students to learn.
We also have an English church service and other events that we organise
for students to come and practice their English in a relaxed environment.
It is through all these opportunities that we are able to build relationships
with the Thai people and through the relationships we are able to witness
by the example of our lives as well as with words. What better way to
learn about the gospel than to see it in someone elseís life and know
that thatís what you want for your own life?