My Thailand Calling
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: My Thailand Calling
Author: Rynier Kruger
Major Themes: Rhodesia, South Africa, Thailand, YWAM, Zimbabwe
Synopsis: Rynier Kruger, born in Rhodesia, tells the story of how God called him to go from South Africa to Thailand to help spread the Gospel there.
I was quite intrigued by this book when I first saw it. I have never come across a book about someone who lived in Zimbabwe, nor one about a person who went as a missionary from South Africa to Thailand! My Thailand Calling is a very interesting story about how God directed a man’s life.
Rynier was born into a Christian family in Zimbabwe when it was still known as Southern Rhodesia. He was sent to school in South Africa, however, and after his father’s death the whole family immigrated to South Africa. His first experience with Thailand was sponsoring a child there, even before Christianity was real to him.
As a young man in his 20s, Rynier and his brother both met God in amazing ways, and soon Rynier found himself involved in a lot of ministry. This eventually led to his joining Youth With a Mission, and after a time he went to Thailand, where he has spent most of the rest of his life.
I found this book quite challenging, as Rynier poured his life out for God and others, and sought God’s direction for how to minister to the Thai Buddhists. It was fascinating to read of the ways he used the Thai people’s culture and beliefs to introduce the Gospel to them, and of ways that did not work. I also appreciated his honesty in admitting that he is still trying to find the way to really reach the culture in which he is living; he has not found the key to open people’s minds to the truth of the Bible yet.
If you are interested in cross-cultural evangelism, read this book. Rynier has a lot of insights that will be helpful.
I received a free ecopy of this book from NetGalley and chose to write a review.