Christian Communications Institute (CCI)

April 2017 Sawadee Newsletter

First Presbyterian Supports Missionaries in Thailand

On April 17, 2016 a team of dancers and actors from the Christian Communications Institute (CCI) of Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand visited First Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, North Carolina. Missionaries Andy and Ellen Collins led the tour. The Collins family has worked alongside CCI since 2006, and led a similar tour to the USA in 2009.

Founded nearly 40 years ago, CCI has a staff of professional performers as well as audio-visual technicians and administrative staff. CCI’s aim is to raise awareness of key social issues and to communicate the Christian message through Thai music, dance and drama. Using both traditional and modern art forms, CCI leads programs in schools and communities throughout Thailand.

The 8-member troupe traveled through several Mid-Atlantic states during their 6-week visit in the U.S. The 90-minute performance featured a cultural introduction to Thailand brought to life through dance, followed by a traditional Thai drama with live English translation.

CCI’s 2016 USA tour was an excellent opportunity for our community to enjoy the beauty of Thai classical performing arts, and to experience first-hand how CCI conducts their uniquely Thai ministry.

First Presbyterian has promised prayers and financial support when able, to the Collins and their ministry in Thailand. We were pleased to receive newsletters that share an update on their ministry.