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Pennsylvania Member’s Vacation Turns into Mission Trip
Story by Tamyra Horst
Mark Sorensen, a member of Pennsylvania Conference’s York church, stands outside of the church in Thailand where he preached for six days.
When Mark Sorensen, a member of Pennsylvania Conference’s York church, decided to visit his son Chris, he was planning a quiet vacation to enjoy his son and family. But, Chris’ church had other plans. They invited Mark to speak at their six-day evangelistic series.
Mark’s son Chris and his wife, Shannon, are missionaries with Adventist Frontier Missions in Surin, Thailand. Their mission field is 97 percent Buddhist. Thailand is a country where it’s difficult to become a Christian because of family and societal pressure and threats.
Still, some 50 Buddhists, Seventh-day Adventists and other Christians crowded into the church to hear Mark’s basic gospel presentation with Chris translating. As a result of the meetings, three people were baptized.
Back home, Mark shares the gospel through music to both Adventist and other groups. He regularly receives numerous invitations to share his music along with several invitations to preach to other denominations. He sees his music as an opportunity to build bridges with others and his community. “I try to do my part where I live,” says Mark, who is also a member of the Pennsylvania Conference Executive Committee.
He recently participated in a concert where he not only had the opportunity to sing, but also to mention his trip to Thailand and how God had worked. A leader from a local Lutheran church heard Mark and invited him to come to their church to share about his trip to Thailand.
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