Our Mission - Why does FCF exist?
To bring glory to God by loving God, loving people, and building His Kingdom.
Our Vision - What are we trying to accomplish?
To see the vulnerable, the hopeless, and the broken changed by the power of the Gospel into people with hope, healing, and spiritual vitality as we engage people and communities in word and deed.
Our Values - What do we care about?
Christlikeness: We desire to reflect Jesus Christ by serving people the way He did; with compassion, love, and mercy.
Love: We commit to loving and supporting the whole person; physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual, regardless of race, religion, or any other background.
Community: We will see more life transformation when our work is done in community; working together with the government, local communities, local churches, and strategic partners.
Integrity: We honor God by acting ethically, legally, and with excellence.
Trust: We will be a healthier foundation when we cultivate a culture of trust, listen to others, and learn from each other.
Fellowship: We understand that good food, fresh coffee, and sharing life together are an essential component of healthy relationships.
Our Model - What makes us unique?
FCF provides a platform and organizational support to Christian ministries that share our values and love for Thai people. We seek to open doors to communities and families by sharing the love of God in practical and tangible ways (ministry in deed), so that we can share the Gospel and make disciples in places where there are very few or no Christians (ministry in Word). We are not an umbrella organization or simply a tool for obtaining legal status.
All ministries at FCF, also known as Projects, are mostly autonomous and unique in design, but they all follow a basic level of structure and common processes that help us maintain a high standard of legality and accountability. This is specifically designed to empower our Projects to serve in the unique ways that God has led them to. Even though each project has its own focus, leadership, and staff, we all work together in strategic partnership as one family.
Our History - What are our roots?
In 2002, Pastor Tim & Denise Dunham came to serve at Chiang Mai Christian Fellowship Church. In 2006, FCF was established as the local outreach ministry of the church. One of the core beliefs of Christians is that God wants us to love people in the same way He loves us. That means that we are to show love and kindness to all people regardless of their background or situation; the poor, orphans, outcasts, victims of abuse, and any others in need. What started as an international church's local ministry to the poor, has today become a primarily Thai-led foundation with 80 Thai staff and 16 different Projects around Thailand, all with a shared mission to serve and love people like Jesus Christ.
Our Faith - What do we believe?
FCF has adopted the Lausanne Covenant as its Statement of Faith.
Our Legal Objectives - What does the Thai government authorize us to do?
Our license to establish a foundation under the Ministry of Interior includes the following legal objectives as approved by the governor of Chiang Mai.
To support and encourage strong and healthy families that are caring, loving, and nurturing.
To work in cooperation with Government agencies and private organizations to prevent and alleviate all types of social problems in Thai society.
To create institutions and training opportunities for the advancement of ethics, religion, and morality in order to develop good leaders.
To assist children, youth, and teenagers by supporting education, sports, art, music, literature, and other educational opportunities.
To establish counseling centers in order to offer counsel and advice in dealing with social problems. For example - family problems, relationship issues, drug and alcohol addictions, etc.
To be a benefit to Thai society through active partnership and cooperation with other foundations and entities.
To work exclusively on social issues with absolutely no involvement in politics or through political action.
Our Desired Outcomes - What are the long term results of our work?
People will be transformed to live wisely, serve others sacrificially, and benefit their communities, inspired by the loving words and deeds of FCF staff and volunteers.
Disadvantaged, neglected and disabled people will embrace their intrinsic value and learn how to thrive with hope and purpose.
Delinquent and demoralized people will experience freedom from enslaving mindsets and destructive habits.
Impoverished and indebted people will experience financial self-sufficiency and freedom from crippling debt.
Unemployed and underemployed people will learn skills that will enhance their ability to find gainful employment or launch their own small business ventures.
Trafficked and abused people will escape from exploitation and experience holistic healing.
Children will be protected, nurtured, educated and coached by loving parents, teachers and mentors until they are mature enough to live as responsible adults.
Incidents of abortion and child abandonment will decrease in Thailand as parents choose to either care for their children themselves or allow them to be adopted by other qualified parents.
Incidents of child abuse, human trafficking, and domestic violence will decrease in Thailand as perpetrators are prosecuted and potential victims are educated about how to respond wisely to the dangers they face.
Husbands and wives will truly love each other and work together to create healthy, Christ-centered homes for themselves and their children.
Thai communities will prosper as they engage in viable, sustainable development efforts.
Government agencies and other organizations will be inspired by FCF projects to effectively and impartially serve people in their spheres of influence.
The impact of FCF endeavors will be multiplied through mutually enriching collaboration with like-minded people and organizations.
People will decide to follow Jesus in response to the true gospel that is clearly explained and authentically modeled by FCF staff and volunteers.
Followers of Jesus will read and correctly understand the Bible so that its truth transforms and anchors their lives and ministries.
Followers of Jesus will gather in churches that glorify God and faithfully follow Jesus as they are equipped by servant leaders and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Disciple-makers and church planters will support their families and ministries with profitable business ventures that enhance their ability to fulfill their ministry callings.