From concert halls to prayer calls: Global worker encouraged by supportive partners

Ben Greene

Pastor & writer

  • Missions

Joyce Fleck, who just joined Converge’s team among Thailand’s least-reached people, doesn’t have a microwave yet.

But she’s already got partners here, near and far who are asking God for a gospel movement among the Buddhist people. She’s received several e-mails and messages from supportive churches and thoughtful disciples since she arrived in early January. 

“It’s really encouraging to see people devoted to prayer and connections and missions,” she said. “Not everyone who wants to see a gospel movement moves abroad.”

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Fleck trained as a symphony bassoonist and then worked in several American cities. But, working briefly with international university students in Wyoming ignited her passion for sharing Christ with those from other countries and cultures.

Many of those she built relationships with came for higher education and career advancement. Their ambition and relocation created an opportunity for missions where she lived. 

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In 2020, she started the Missionary Discovery & Assessment process with Converge, fueled by others’ encouragement. She discovered in that process that God had called her to a season of serving in Thailand. 

“This is where God wants me,” she said.

There’s plenty of spiritual opportunity since 70 million people live in Thailand. But, significantly less than 1% of the people there know Christ as Lord.

Converge formed the Thailand Initiative to unite God’s people with the mission of introducing Jesus, discipling new believers and training leaders who start and strengthen churches. Together, they are asking God for a gospel movement in our generation.

So Fleck has partner after partner alongside her, even if she’s unpacking and searching for kitchen appliances. While Fleck gets hotplates and home internet, people write to say they are praying for her, the team and the Thai people.

“This is a blessing from God,” she said. “It’s so nice to hear that churches are praying for us.”

You can join others in praying for God’s work – and his workers – globally by joining a Converge global prayer network. Global prayer networks are groups of people from across the world who typically meet virtually to pray for the missionaries, people and specific needs of one of Converge International Ministries global initiatives. 

Ben Greene, Pastor & writer

Ben Greene is a freelance writer and pastor currently living in Massachusetts. Along with his ministry experience, he has served as a full-time writer for the Associated Press and in the newspaper industry.

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