April 2019 Update

Hey everyone!

First off, I want to say thank you so much for your prayer and financial support to Jason and myself. We are grateful beyond words could truly express for your love and generosity. We have now been in Thailand for almost 8 years now (I know, where did the time go, right?!). It’s been an exhilarating adventure with our Most High God: Being a part of the work He is doing in Thailand, witnessing His transforming power in people and experiencing His faithfulness and goodness ourselves. Truly, we have never been in want. And you guys are a part of that.

So, this is a quick update/summary of what the Lewises have been up to these past few months. By the way, we’ve created a secret Facebook group for our friends, family, and supporters. We update it more often that our blog. If you are not on it and you want to be in it, please let us know and we will invite you in. 

Okay, here we go…


Peace Church Ao Nang

Jason continues to serve as pastor of Peace Church Ao Nang, and a few months ago, we built a new church building. 

We also got to host a YWAM DTS Team and Jason taught them a class on the Identity of Christ.

If you want to listen to Jason’s sermons, you can go to this link: https://soundcloud.com/jason-lewis-630043289


Bar Ministry

Early last year, Gonny, a missionary from the Netherlands, and I have partnered together and started going to the bar strip in Ao Nang to build relationships with the women and ladyboys (transgender) working there. Since then, our group has grown to 4 people: Gonny, myself, and two Thai believers (Radt and Ariya). Our vision is to offer anyone willing to leave the sex industry and give them an opportunity to learn a new skill for their livelihood. But most importantly, our vision is for them to know Jesus.

We go there once a week. We play table games and laugh with them, but most significantly we spend our time listening to their stories. We are genuinely interested about who they are and where they come from. We also pray for them. Sometimes they ask for it, sometimes we ask them. They know we are Christians, and they know that we pray to Jesus. 

We’ve made friends with several women and ladyboys in the area. They come and go a lot, looking for ‘better’ opportunities in nearby bigger, busier red-light districts. But there are a few who have stayed, and with them we’ve had the opportunity to have conversations about faith and Jesus. We always bring up Jesus. {Pictures are posted on our secret Facebook page. We don’t post them anywhere publicly to protect the women and ladyboys’ identity.}

On Valentine’s Day of this year, a team of 8 from Peace Church went out and shared Jesus’ love to women working at the bar strip here in Ao Nang. We each gave them a rose attached with a short love letter from Jesus and a tract about the “Foreigner” they’ve all been waiting for. These women tell us their hope: to find a foreigner, who would love them enough and rescue them out of the bars. Isn’t that exactly what Jesus’ story of love is? Who they really long for is Him, but they do not know that and have wrongly placed that longing onto other men.

The women were so happy to receive the roses that night, hungry for true love and hugs from people who see them as women with value. Each were so ready to receive a rose and a hug. It was such a sight to behold: to see Jesus invade the enemy’s camp and burst forth with His love and joy through our team.


House of Refuge Thailand

We have great news! House of Refuge Thailand is underway. We are joined by a Thai-believing couple (Wutt and Radt), who are going to serve as house parents when we finally open our doors. As of now, we are working towards making us legal since working with women from the sex industry is a sensitive matter and needs proper documentation before we can begin. We are doing this by operating under a foundation, which we have named “Sowers Foundation.”  Right now, the papers are still in the local municipal office and have to undergo review from their officials. We have a few prayer requests that fall under this ministry:

  1. Pray for the fast approval of Sowers Foundation that we may begin work immediately and open our doors for women who may want an opportunity for a new life and freedom from the sex industry.
  1. Pray for a property we can purchase or a Thai local believer who may want to donate their land for use for the ministry.
  1. Pray for our team’s covering. There is so much darkness involved in this work and the enemy is definitely not glad that we are bringing light in to expose him.



Every Thursday, some of our Thai believers and myself go door-to-door evangelism in the area. We’ve gone to several streets; we were welcomed in some homes and got to speak about Jesus to men, women, and children. We’ve encountered people from all sort of faith backgrounds. We’ve prayed over Muslim and Buddhists for healing and salvation. We’ve also had some interesting conversations with them. Below are some pictures of the women I go with.  

With Adnan, a muslim guy we shared the Gospel to.


Thank you, once again, for being a part of God’s work through us here in Thailand. Please let us know if you have anything you want us to pray for. I leave you with His word from the Book of Psalms:

The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
And in the night His song shall be with me—
A prayer to the God of my life. {Psalm 42:8}


In Our Messiah’s Love,

Jason and Kezia 

Fall 2017

Hello to all!

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord!

With the arrival of Thanksgiving, Kez and I were moved by an overwhelming sense of gratitude for many blessings, but specifically for you, our supporters. You have been so faithful and generous, your prayers and financial support have empowered us and enabled us to persevere in the good work He has called us to do here in Thailand and around the world. I would like to share with you a brief update about what has been going on in our lives, as well as encourage you to reach out to us if you ever need more information or have any questions. We would love to hear from you.

Peace Church Ao Nang

The church here is going great. We have outgrown our current space and we begin construction on a new building in January next year. We are super excited about this. The venture is in cooperation between both congregations (International and Thai) so there are a lot of chefs in the kitchen but I’m sure we will end up with something nice, hahaha.

Kez and I are very pleased with the development of the Thai congregation. I preach there at least once a month and Kez attends all of their events, prayer meetings, and Bible studies. Kez studies Thai about 20 hours a week and is making great progress. Our hopes are high for the Thai congregation to soon find a permanent pastor, and establish themselves here in Ao Nang for good. In a town where we are the only church, and where there has never been a Christian church before, we feel privileged to be a part of what God is doing here. But we also feel a great sense of responsibility and purpose to make sure Peace Church survives infancy, please pray for us!

Also, I would like to officially invite you to join us when you can! Our English service is now being broadcast live on Facebook at 10:30 every Sunday morning (Thai time, which is Saturday evening in the U.S.). All you have to do is search in Facebook for “Peace Church Ao Nang” and “like” the page, then our service will show up in your news feed. Hope to see you there!

Palm Beach Atlantic University

One of our highlights this year was our trip to West Palm Beach. I was invited to be a guest speaker at Palm Beach Atlantic University for their “Missions Week”. Kez and I had an amazing time at this great school. We were able to reconnect with students who had been on Sowers teams in the past, as well as hang out with my dad who was also invited to speak. But best of all, we got to share about what God is doing through Sowers around the world and hopefully inspired people to join short term teams happening next year.

The Joshua 20 Project

Our anti-human trafficking project is doing well in Myanmar and Cambodia. In Myanmar, the House of Refuge is focused primarily on the “prevention” side of the traffic, and the house there has 25 souls who were at high risk. The House in Cambodia is focusing more on the “rescue” side, the House there now has two young girls taken right out of the brothels. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the project in Thailand. Ironically, we thought it would be super easy to do something here because it seems like Thailand is where the problem is most prevalent. But I have run in to major roadblocks, lots of pushback, and many dead ends. To this day, I have found land for building six different times, each time looked as promising (if not more so) than the last, only to watch it fall apart right before the deal would be finalized. This has happened in many different ways, including key players getting sick, nationals having a change of heart about the vision, and even political and legal issues arising. I am convinced at this point that the resistance is mostly of a spiritual nature. Please help by praying for The Joshua 20 project in Thailand. With that said, we are not giving up, and we still have a couple of promising prospects ahead!

Prayer Requests:

  • Peace Church Ao Nang’s Christmas program and outreaches
  • Peace Church Ao Nang’s new building project
  • Kezia’s Thai studies
  • Jason’s preaching
  • Joshua 20 Project in Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia

To give to Jason and Kezia click HERE 🙂. God bless you all, and thanks for your support!

email us at: jason@sower.org and kezia@sower.org


Peace Church Ao Nang (Thai Congregation)


Jason teaching Jonah chapter 1 for Missions Week at Palm Beach Atlantic University


Joshua 20 Project in Myanmar


Spring 2017

Sawatdee kap from Thailand!! Kezia and I want to say hello to everyone, and thank you for your faithfulness and generosity. Your continued spiritual and financial support is a tremendous source of blessing and encouragement. We hope this update finds you well, please email us any questions or prayer requests you might have.


We are pastoring a church that was planted by Sowers missionaries in 2011. It’s quite challenging. I’ve never pastored before and Kezia has never pastor’s wifed before :). We are dealing with many things at the church but overall it is proving to be a wonderful and growing experience for us both. You can find the church on Facebook, the name is Peace Church Ao Nang. I’m mentioning this because we soon plan on streaming our services live on our FB page! So you will be able to see the church in action!

Also, Kezia is still teaching at the language school in Krabi. The school is run by another Sowers couple and is doing great. Kezia is also heavily involved with the Thai believers here. At Peace Church, we have an English congregation and also a Thai congregation. Kezia has been helping the Thais with evangelism, worship, and logistics. Her involvement has also been sharpening her skills of this very difficult language.


The “House of Refuge” in Myanmar is doing well, literally! We started digging a well on our property there thanks to the generosity of my sister Becka and her friends, who teamed up to help the House in Yangon. For more info on our anti-human-trafficking campaign you can visit: joshua20.orgIMG_20170406_091620.jpg.jpeg


I just got back from an amazing time in Cambodia. This is the site of our latest “House of Refuge.” The house has just been finished so my dad and I went to check it out. This place is amazing! Two bedrooms, a living room, 2 bathrooms, and a kitchen. There is a young Khmer couple overseeing the grounds and we are ready for taking people out of slavery and into the Kingdom!! The best part is the house is on a farm with lots going on, lots of ways to help the house earn. There’s a fish farm, a lime tree orchard, a ton of chickens and more! Here are some pictures:


the front


the back




the fish farm


lime tree orchard, out back




our caretaker.. and more chickens!

Fall 2016

Its really been an amazing year so far. Thanks to everyone for all of your support! Here’s what we’ve been up to since our last update in March.

We are settled in our new home close to the church. We really like it, its small but very comfortable and we feel like its our home. Kezia is still teaching at the Sowers Language School and she’s also studying Thai. She has rekindled a passion for the language and attends the Thai worship service at our church, she’s working hard and doing great.

I started an online course in March at Fuller Theological Seminary, its a master’s program with a cross-cultural leadership emphasis. The program is called the Master of Arts in Global Leadership (MAGL). Being back in school feels great and I’m doing quite well. I am still leading trips to different parts of Asia so keeping up with the assignments has been a challenge, but by God’s grace I’ve been able to do so.

In May I took a team to Myanmar to teach the Bible in the Chin State region, then headed back down south for a week at our Joshua20 House of Refuge. The house is totally full. We bought sewing machines and hired a tailor to come and teach how to use them. The ministry is going great, I would encourage any of you to have a look in person, it will change your life! Our second House of Refuge is near Phnom Penh in Cambodia is ready to start taking in people. The house in Myanmar is more on the prevention side of human trafficking, while the house in Cambodia will focus more on restoration.

Kezia and I also have taken on an intern named Parker Trefz. He is 22 and from Sarasota. Parker has been here before on short term trips and we challenged him to commit for year. We are so happy to have him, he’s going to be a great help.

Prayer Requests:

  • pray for Parker, our new intern, for his adjustment here in Thailand
  • pray for our church, Peace Church Ao Nang, for spiritual growth
  • pray for Thailand, for spiritual breakthrough and revival
Parker Trefz (our new intern)

Parker Trefz (our new intern)

House of Refuge, Myanmar

House of Refuge, Myanmar

House of Refuge, Cambodia

House of Refuge, Cambodia

Contact us any time via email: jason@sower.orgkezia@sower.org

New Year, New House

Wow is all we can say with all that transpired in the last few months of 2015 and the first few of 2016. But before I go into all the detail of our recent adventures, I want to apologize for the long hiatus of our updates. We’ve had so much happen that we needed time to process all that transpired. I am not even sure where to begin, but here goes…

Pastor of Peace Church Ao Nang

As we have mentioned to some of you during our last visit to the States, Peace Church Ao Nang (the church we helped start here) called Jason as the full-time pastor and installed him in the position in September of last year.

This position requires us to move to the town, Ao Nang, where the church is. We moved to the new house in Ao Nang just over two weeks ago. We are about 90% complete in our move; hopefully by the end of this month we have completely moved out of our old house and into our new one. We’ll be posting pictures once our house is ready for the camera. Haha!

To give you a better picture of where we are now, here is a short description. Ao Nang is still part of Krabi, which is both a province and a city, but is about 20 minutes from where we used to live, Krabi City. Krabi is like New York which is both a state and a city. So instead of living in Krabi City, Krabi, we now live in Ao Nang, Krabi.

Visit to the United States

Jason and I had the chance to go home to his parents in Meridian, Idaho for Christmas of last year plus stay a few months of this year. We had a blast spending time with family and friends, and we both ate so much food that we miss. We also enjoyed spending time with our niece and nephew, Ellie and Bennett.


With Ellie and Bennett


With Pooka and Becka at a cooking class

In our almost 3 months stay in Meridian, Jason was able to apply to Fuller Theological Seminary for an online Master’s degree designed for those working full-time in the mission field. I am proud to announce that he was accepted and just a few days ago registered for his first course!

During our time in the States, we attended Eagle Christian Church (ECC). They are one of our sending churches and have been extremely kind to us all throughout the years. ECC ordained Jason and officially sent him as a pastor last February 6,2016. We both felt so blessed to have this church in our corner.


We were also able to visit Cashie Baptist Church, my home church in Windsor, NC. So thankful for these guys support of our work here in Thailand not only financially but in prayer. We want to especially thank Sue Fairless, who hosted our stay and welcomed us completely into her home. We also want to thank Pastor Bobby for giving us time to share with Cashie God’s work through us and to thank the Copelands for spending some time with us and treating us to a good dinner.  We are likewise grateful to Teri Williford and Sharon Thompson for spending time with us and for keeping us in their hearts personally and through the TEA Party Girls I was once a part of; We are also extremely appreciative of Kuya Ramon and his family not only for the time we had with them but also for being there for us at the onset of our call to go to Thailand.  I also got to see some of my old friends and colleagues and eat some Filipino food!



With Sharon and Teri

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With Filipino friends and former colleagues


The Copelands


With Sue Fairless

Jason’s parents also gave us a treat to visit Colombia, South America. They have not been back there for a long time, and it was such an amazing experience for me to see where Jason grew up. We got to meet people his parents have worked with in the field and go to the church they helped start 30 years ago. The church is still going strong and very much alive. Some of the first fruits of the church are still there! Jason also had an opportunity to preach in Spanish in one of the churches we visited!


Pastor Manuel sharing to the kids @ the Finca Lewis up in the mountains of Barbosa


With Pastor Omar and the kids in the back


At Shalom Church which Gwynn and Pooka helped start about 30 years ago


With the Sowers missionaries to Colombia, Luis and Martha, and their kids

Towards the end of our visit, we went to Los Angeles, CA and visited Jason’s home church, Rolling Hills Covenant Church. It was during the mission’s celebration, so we got to meet some of the 80 missionaries this church supports. It was my first time to attend, and I was just amazed at how God has used this church to impact the world through the many missionaries they send. We are deeply grateful for the support this church provides us. They have been there for Jason since the beginning, and even until now that I joined him.


Gwynn at the Sowers booth at RHCC’s missions celebration

We want to specially mention and thank the Kelfords who hosted our stay in L.A. These guys made it sure that we had everything we need and more. We also want to thank the Smiths for picking us up in the airport and for providing us a platform to share about Thailand in their group.


With the Kelfords

Our L.A. visit was an eventful time for us. We also got to visit my father’s memorial wall in Green Hills Memorial Park and meet my Uncle Ramon (my father’s brother) and his wife, Auntie Lily, for the first time. It was definitely an especially good time for me to meet family and to connect with them.


With Uncle Ramon


Papa’s Memorial Wall


I hope you guys know how grateful Jason and I are for all that you do for us and the work God has entrusted us here in Asia. We pray to God for you always and praise Him for having you in our lives! If you guys have anything that you want us to specifically pray for you or just want to share anything that’s going on in your lives, please don’t hesitate to shoot us an email or send us a snail mail. We would love to hear from you!

By the way, our new pictures were taken by a good friend, Casey Figlewicz. We want to thank him for taking the time to shoot our pictures and for lending us his talent of capturing amazing photos. We love them!

In Our Messiah’s Love,

Summer 2015

Greetings from Thailand everyone! Here’s what Kezia and I have been up to:

Summer Teams:

I lead a team of students from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida to China in May. In the interest of discretion there is not much I will say about people or places or specifics of the trip, but it was a huge success.

Then in June, Kezia and I along with our partners Roslen and Phylla Sipat, hosted a team from the same university here in Thailand. We were able to breakthrough cultural barriers thanks to the high interest in English here. We prayer walked temples and mosques, and taught in different and diverse venues such as an Islamic school and a Buddhist temple. Click play to watch the video 🙂


Kezia’s Teaching

Kezia’s time at the school in Ao Nang has come to a close. She had an amazing experience and made some good and continuing friendships with not only her fellow teachers but also some of the parents of the students. We consider her short time teaching there to be a fruitful one and a major blessing. Kezia and I are now praying for a new door to open for her to integrate into Thai society for next year. As you know Kezia loves to teach, and we are confident it won’t be hard to find the next step for her.

The Joshua 20 Project:

Joshua 20 is starting now to really gain some traction. We have a functioning house already in Myanmar, we have land in Northern Thailand and will begin construction soon, and our latest news comes from Cambodia. Kezia and I just got back, we traveled there to meet Pastor Meng, a connection made through Pastor Joe Handley and Asian Access (www.asianaccess.org). We are super excited about this, we are now looking for the right piece land, and as soon as we find it, we will be all systems “GO” thanks to the sponsorship of Rolling Hills Covenant Church in Los Angeles. For more information about the vision for the Joshua 20 project you can go to joshua20.org, or you can email me at jason@sower.org.

Home for Christmas 

Kezia and I are coming home!! We will be in Boise, ID with my parents this Christmas. We are so happy. It has been 4 years and we are ready for a visit. We will be in Boise from December to February, then we will head over to Los Angeles to attend the Rolling Hills Covenant Church Missions Conference at the end of February ’16. If any of you think your church would benefit from us visiting you and sharing a report, please email me at jason@sower.org.

Thank You

As always, Kezia and I would like to say thank you to all of you are supporting us financially and/or prayerfully. We feel a deep connection with you and we just couldn’t be doing any of this without you. We pray for you always, so if there are any specific ways we can pray, any requests you can share with us, we would love share those burdens with you. You can leave any comments, questions, or feedback in the comments below or you can email them to us.. my email once again is jason@sower.org and Kezia’s is kezia@sower.org. God bless you!

Pastor Meng and his brother Pastor Hong in Cambodia

Pastor Meng and his brother Pastor Hong in Cambodia

Kezia at Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Kezia at Angkor Wat in Cambodia

The Thai team at the temple

The Thai team at the temple

Jason at the Islamic school

Jason at the Islamic school

Grace and Peace,

Jason and Kezia

Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas to all!

Kezia and I are overwhelmed by your generous and continued support throughout the year and wanted to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts yet again. Your gifts inspire us beyond words to stay focused here in Thailand in our joint efforts in reaching this country for Christ. We hope this update finds you all well and filled with joy this Christmas season. Here is a quick update on what we have been doing here in the last few months.

Kezia is still teaching at the Sowers school in the afternoon but she wanted more. She was approached by a friend who has another school in the neighboring town of Ao Nang. We were excited for this opportunity and Kezia accepted the position. She now works along side an all Thai staff. She is quickly making friends and fitting in. This is proving to a great outreach since Kezia is the only Christian teacher there, also, the school is right down the street from our church.

I am still ministering at the church, preaching, leading worship, and teaching weekly bible studies. The church is going really good but we are experiencing some (good) problems we need solved soon. We have out-grown our space. We have been renting a small building for the last three years and are now overflowing, people are sitting outside. We need a bigger space. Please pray for us as we look for a new, bigger building. We are also in need of a full time pastor. The congregation is big enough now that it requires full time care. I am hoping for a Thai pastor to answer the call, please pray for this as well.  If you want to keep up with the church, the website is http://www.peacechurchaonang.com.  You can also find us on Facebook at Peace Church Ao Nang. Read More

Summer of 2014

Hi everyone! Kezia and I send you greetings from Thailand and hope that this update finds you well. Lots going on for us the last few months. Since our last update in April we have finished a short film and launched the website for our new human trafficking ministry called “Houses of Refuge”, led a team to China, hosted a team here in Thailand, and celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary.

Houses of Refuge
The leadership at Sowers International has been praying about what our role will be in the growing fight against human trafficking. The answer we received came through the book of Joshua chapter 20 where it talks about “Cities of Refuge.” These were safe places designated by God for those who were being pursued. Read More

So Many Stories To Tell

Indeed I have so many stories to tell, but I will break them down into a few important events to keep you guys updated.
I went to China last month for about 2 weeks with Pooka (my mother-in-law) and a team of women from Idaho, Missouri, and Oregon.  This was definitely a treat for me since I have not been back to China after being called into fulltime missions in this beautiful country 5 years ago.  We had an awesome Bible teacher in the team who taught us along with around 25 Chinese women about women in the Bible.  So it was women studying about women!  I learned so much during this time of study, and I felt God rekindle the love He gave me for His work.

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