Asia Pacific Student Abroad Initiative
Based in Bangkok, Thailand, the Asia Pacific Student Abroad Initiative (APSAI) gives students from Assemblies of God universities the opportunity to continue their education while engaging in hands-on ministry in a different culture. Students work alongside missionaries, local churches, and parachurch organizations, participating in their ongoing work to reach the people of Thailand. Through slum ministry, teaching English, university outreach and other opportunities, APSAI students have a platform to be light in a Buddhist nation where less than 0.2% of the population has an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ.
Each semester cohort of APSAI students will live as a community in a dormitory setting. They will share prayer and worship, food and fellowship, and ministry near and far. A semester cohort comprised of up to 18 students will be broken down into teams of three or four students, with a missionary team leader and a key ministry partner.
Who is it for?
The student who knows they are called to long-term career missions.
Having a semester length experience helps to expose the student to missionary life and work and to spend quality time with senior career missions people.
- The student who has a heart for mission but is unsure about where missions fits into their life plan. There are many students in a variety of majors who have been deeply moved about mission but are unsure of their involvement. This program allows them to experience missionary life and to reflect on their experience through the academic environment, with veteran people, in the context of the unreached world.
The student who knows they are not called to serve cross-culturally.
By exposing students to best practices in missions and solid biblical theology of missions we hope to build stronger connections with those who will impact their own ministry in the increasingly pluralistic ministry environment in the USA.