What is ZERA?
Zera is a Hebrew word for “seed.” It is something from which anything can spring forth: life, offspring, vegetation, etc. It can also mean “a sowing” and is representative of what we want our work and ministry to be sowing seeds for an eternal harvest and doing whatever it takes to bring life.
What is Zera Ministry?
In Matthew 13:31-32, the Kingdom of God is described as “…a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” Our core value is to sow the seed of the Gospel in the border regions of Southeast Asia, particularly among the poor, the marginalized, and the helpless.
Zera Ministry is about community, about life, and about transformative development. Our mission is to sow the seed of the Gospel holistically in individuals and communities to bring forth new life:
- We seek to creatively meet the spiritual, social, physical, and emotional needs of those who are disadvantaged.
- We strive to bring about development in marginalized border communities in the areas of public health, agriculture, education, and micro-enterprise promotion.
- We seek opportunities to establish and build relationships, elevate the reputation of local believers, and provide resources for communities to improve their quality of life in a sustainable manner.
- We hold crucial to the mission our partnership with the local church and strive to facilitate the vision of the church and equip its leaders to be sent out.
- We desire to partner with other organizations, government entities, and groups that share our heart and vision.
How did it all begin?
After nearly two decades of serving in the traditional Thai church and in para-church ministries with Campus Crusade, we strongly sensed God calling us to a new direction. In 2010, we left our respective families and ministries in Bangkok and moved to Chiang Mai to follow our vision of working with the minority groups in Northern Thailand.
We initially began partnering with a number of Christian groups that were reaching out to migrant workers and undocumented immigrants. This work slowly grew to involve other “spheres” of ministry including the Cheshire Home (a home for the physically handicapped), teaching English to college students, a music ministry, serving at a local church, and medical and community development work in Nan Province. The last two years were an amazing time of learning ministry in a new context, networking, and increasing our faith.
Finally in early 2014, God opened the doors for us to establish Zera Ministry and take huge step in formalizing and consolidating our ministry. We are excited with the direction our journey has brought us and are eagerly looking forward to this new venture!
Patrick&Tip Boonrang Bob&Grace Shim