Chris and Esther have two children, Joshua and Jasmine. The Hoaglands serve with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) in Chiang Rai, Thailand, seeking to know God and make Him known by concentrating on intentional discipleship and leadership development – teaching and training local Thai leaders to reach their own people for Christ. Their passions include coaching, member care, debriefing, worship, prayer ministry and encouraging the local church to make disciples.
Located in South East Asia, Thailand is home to majestic mountains, coastal landscapes, and complex river systems that provide irrigation and transporation throughout the country. Countless rice paddies have made Thailand the world’s largest exporter of this agricultural staple. Bustling cities like Bangkok have invited tourism, although Thailand has traditionally resisted Western influences. The people remain deeply rooted in Buddhism and Animism, uniting these religious elements with their cultural identity.