Who We Are
Akha Outreach was established with a vision to reach all two million Akha in the five countries where they reside. The idea for the method was unique: Build a Bible school and children’s home on the same compound, everyone working together as one family. In 2000, friends from the USA and Singapore purchased five acres of land just outside of Chiang Rai, Thailand. The Akha Outreach compound is strategically located about fifteen minutes away from the closest school and thirty minutes away from the from the closest Akha village. At any given time, approximately 120-150 people live and work together in our unique “village.”
Over the years, our ministry has grown into four separate, yet interrelated, branches. The first is House of Joy, home to orphaned, abandoned and underprivileged Akha children from the surrounding villages. The second is Akha Bible Institute, the only full-time, four year Bible school in the Akha language. The third is Akha Outreach Services, a church planting ministry. And the fourth is Akha Outreach Media, a studio for the production of teaching and evangelistic materials in the Akha language.
In 2001, Akha Outreach registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the USA, and in 2004 we were granted the coveted foundation status by the Thai government. In addition, our church planting ministry became an official member of the Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand in 2006. We have a local and international board of directors which convenes once a year to ensure that we are observing the bylaws and to suggest ideas for improvement of the various programs.