Welcome to wdbydana.com the website of Dana and Cindy Bratton, former
missionaries to Thailand.
I am a licensed and ordained Southern Baptist pastor who worked 16 years as
a hospital chaplain with the Health Care Chaplains' Ministry Association in
Riverside and Fontana CA. Cindy and I were missionaries for 11 years in
Thailand where we planted a church and pastored it for nine years. Since
returning to the US and retiring, I have written 18 books on the New
Testament and 2 so far on the Old Testament. I have also written an
autobiography, a book on depression, a book about YWAM, and a book about the
Cindy was a school teacher. She taught
home school for our three children, kindergarten, and middle school science
at Oaks Middle School in Ontario, CA. We also were missionaries with Child
Evangelism Fellowship for eleven years, directing the work in Riverside, CA.
We are both graduates of the
Children's Ministries Institute® (CMI®)
that provides specialized, practical training in children's ministries not
found in Bible colleges or Christian universities.
We are both graduates of California Baptist
University In Riverside, CA, TESOL graduates from Biola University in La
Mirada, CA and graduates from YWAM
Discipleship Training School in Perth Australia. Also I am a
graduate of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Serminary in Brea, CA.
(Now Gateway Seminary in Ontario, CA.) We
served in Thailand for 11 years, I was pastor of Calvary Chapel at the
Bridge for 9 of those years. I was in full time ministry for 28 years.
I surrendered to the gospel ministry in 1983, the same year our youngest son
was born. I led a home Bible study, taught Sunday school, drove the
church van and started a children's church, and began studying for a
bachelors degree in religion in those early years at the First Baptist
Church of Woodcrest.. Then the Lord led to full time ministry in 1989
when I became the director of Child Evangelism Fellowship of Greater
Riverside and subsequently became a hospital chaplain. My heart is for
evangelism. I pioneered the Caleb Community, the senior adult
Magnolia Avenue Baptist.
The Lord led us to be a part of several churches - Gavilan Hills Community
Church, a church plant, children's ministry at
Harvest Christian Fellowship,
children's ministry at Faith Baptist Church, Sunnymead Baptist Temple where
I was ordained, and Magnolia Avenue Baptist. The Lord led me to
pursue a seminary degree at Golden Gate and TESOL studies at BIOLA.
Then in Khao Lak Thailand we affiliated with Calvary Chapel Ban Nam Khem,
then in Bangkok with Calvary Baptist where we taught the new believers and
English learners class, and then pastoring Calvary Chapel at the Bridge
December 26, 2004 a
tsunami struck southern Thailand after a large earthquake erupted in
Sumatra, Indonesia. I was
serving as a hospital and hospice chaplain at the time in Fontana, CA.
The Lord laid it on my heart to go to Thailand and help.
I had the wonderful privilege of traveling to Krabi Thailand January
12 February 2 to assist in disaster relief.
While there I was asked to teach English in a school and to live
with the schools principal. I
wanted to give him a gift, and I thought the best gift would be a Thai
language Bible. However, I
couldnt find any Bibles in Thai or English.
They are not sold in the
bookstores in Thailand. This
gave me a real burden for the country.
I thought, How will the Thai people ever come to know Jesus if there
are no Bibles? Someone must do
something about this. After two
girls accepted Christ at the school where I taught English with Bible
stories, I thought, I am someone, I am going to do something about the lack
of Bibles here.
I became very excited and more burdened for ministry in
Thailand, desiring to come full time.
But I must approach it gently with my wife and be sure that God would
call her too.
In August 2005, my wife and I made an exploratory trip
to Thailand with a team which included our oldest son Nathaniel and two
women. We ministered in
Bangkok and Krabi, revisiting my new friends.
While in Bangkok we went to the Grand Palace which consists of many
buildings overlaid with gold leaf and mirrors.
Outside the temple of the emerald Buddha was an altar supported by
black bulls and a pig's head on the altar.
This reminded of the abomination of desolation in the book of Daniel
and all the gold reminded us of Heaven.
Cindy said, "the Thais are wanting heaven but don't know how to get
there." The next day we taught
English a large private secular school.
They had a marching band and they were playing the school anthem at
the beginning of school. The
song was the hymn, "Send the Light" by Charles H. Gabriel
There's a call comes ringing o'er the restless wave,
Send the light! Send the light!
There are souls to rescue, there are souls to save,
Send the light! Send the light!
Send the light, the blessed Gospel light;
Let it shine from shore to shore!
Send the light, the blessed Gospel light;
Let it shine forevermore!
We moved to Thailand in August 2006, after spending a
year studying TESOL at BIOLA University in La Mirada.
We moved to Khao Lak Phang Nga Thailand to serve with YWAM Thailand
at Step Ahead our plan was to attend a required YWAM Discipleship Training
School (DTS) in Chiang Rai in January.
That school was canceled so we arranged to study in a Crossroads DTS
(for people over age 50) in Perth Australia.
Our first task was volunteering at the Step Ahead
center in Khao Lak, where we taught English and shared the gospel, as well
as helped people to recover from the Tsunami.
Since I would no longer be doing hospital chaplaincy work, we
affiliated with YWAM Thailand.
After five months in Khao Lak, we moved to Perth Australia for three months
of YWAM training called Crossroads Discipleship Training School in Perth,
Australia. A YWAM motto sums it up,
Cindy and I do what we do "to know God and to make Him known".
Then we returned with our YWAM Outreach Team for two
months of outreach, one in Bangkok and one in Chiang Mai.
We then moved to Bangkok and studied Thai in language school for
seven months and participated with other YWAM Thailand missionaries at the
base in Bangkok.
Language study was very difficult and took up most of
our time. A one-hour drive in
each direction by taxi, four hours in the school and two to three hours of
homework each day. We looked
forward to the Thursday afternoon worship and fellowship meeting at the
base. Sam Sarvis was the
director then of YWAM Thailand.
Cindy Porter was our overseer her husband Phil is now the director.
Ben Bonifant was team leader for the new interns.
After Cindy and I finished our Thai studies in Bangkok,
the late Pastor James Garwood of Calvary Chapel Baan Naam Khem, asked me to
take the Bible study in Phuket to pastor and make it a church in February
2008. Thachatchai is a small
village on the north end of Phuket island that was hard hit by the tsunami.
In 2007, Calvary Chapel Ban Khem started an outreach and Bible study
Since we were located next to the Sarasin Bridge, I
called the church, Calvary Chapel at the Bridge. Sunday mornings, I
preached verse by verse through the New Testament in English and a
translator, translated it into Thai, and on Wednesday evening we studied
through the Old Testament. The Wednesday night meetings were well
attended by children. In 2010 the Lord opened the door for radio
ministry. I started God's Word for Today radio program
preaching through the Bible with a Thai translator. At the first radio
station it was three days a week and the last two years it was six days a
week. Since I never was able to be
completely fluent in Thai I am so thankful for the translators I had through
the years. Thanks goes to Jum, Gahn, Day, Ree, Ohn, Sana, and Wanta.
I led Sana to the Lord in 2011 and she soon became my church translator
every Sunday. Ohn was our housekeeper at first, but then helped us
learn Thai and she translated for me on the radio and on Wednesday nights.
She was a great friend that we really miss. Wanta continues to help me
edit my translation of my Bible messages into Thai, those that were not
completed formerly. We will have the entire New Testament Expository Sermons
series in book form translated into Thai and in both languages on this
New Testament Expository Sermons vol. 5 Thai
language edition is available now on Lulu.com
Mercy Ships raised funding to build a large community
center that set vacant for a year. That became our church building. It
is a huge two-level building with two auditoriums, and class rooms.
As the years passed we had a handicapped ramp built, we had a dividing wall
built on the second floor to host teams of volunteers - short term
missionaries from YWAM and World Race, that came to help us.
We served with YWAM Thailand for six years.
I worked with Chris Lenty in the outreach department to develop web
pages for each of the outreach locations in Thailand.
We had over one hundred churches, bases, schools, and orphanages that
would host outreach teams. YWAM,
church, or World Race teams would go through a two-day orientation in
Bangkok before going to their chosen outreach location.
Phil Anderson was the overseer for YWAM of Southern
Thailand. We had monthly
meetings to plan, worship, and fellowship with YWAM missionaries serving in
Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, and Hat Yai provinces.
Very few people in our village spoke any English at all. Cindy taught
English at two schools in Thai Muang in Phang Nga province, four days a week.
Thachatchai is very poor many are fishermen, they harvest jelly fish, shrimp,
and squid and dry the fish on a large wire screens on the street. Some people
work at the Marriot Resort which is just a few miles away, some work in downtown
Phuket about an hour away or in other neighboring villages. Also there is a very
large police station and border patrol in the village, and one public school.
There are a few small shops in the village and some people have motorcycle carts
selling food, ice cream, soda, or snacks.
The Lord has blessed during these years, I have a
wonderful wife, three great children, two daughter in laws, one son in law,
two grandsons. and three granddaughters. I have done ministry in
Mexico, Nairobi Kenya,
New York, and
New Orleans. I went on a
study trip with Talbot seminary to
Greece and Rome.
You can read
Legacy and Ministry Adventures of Dana Bratton
On this website, you can also read about
Our Family, our old
Ministry Trips, find out much more about
Thailand Churches, the
KJV Thai Bible, Thai Flash Cards,
Thai Language Course, see my
Sermon Notes in English and Thai, plus you can see a
Children Ministry sites I recommend,other Christian websites,Daily Devotions,
ESL EFL Textbooks, some
Medical websites, and
How to do
New Testament Expository Sermons vol. 4 Luke 1-13 Thai language edition
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I was affectionately known as "ajan taat yaa" (the pastor
who cuts weeds). I bought a weed cutter to care from my own front yard.
But kept expanding to cover more and more of the village in helping my neighbors
and clearing the streets. Magnolia Church in Riverside, CA. helped us buy a
riding mower. When we had YWAM teams, World Race teams or church teams come we
put them to work cutting weeds also in addition to helping at church, teaching
English and sharing their testimony on the radio. Plus we made visits with
both church members and those not saved yet. The desire of my heart to
supply Bibles to the Thai people has been realized in some amazing ways. I
found a source of King James Thai translation Bibles. I approached several
book stores in Phuket offering them free Bibles. The Se Ed bookstore said
I needed to contact the corporate headquarters in Bangkok for permission.
The director of foreign publications said,"I have never seen a Bible could you
send me one." I sent it and then called him about three weeks later.
"What do you think?" I asked. I read it, and I liked it," he
replied. "My boss read it, and he likes it too. So we have already
contacted the store manager, made a poster for you, and directed her to receive
you and your Bibles. She will put the Bibles on the front counter."
Those Bibles led to an invitation from the Gideon Camp of Phuket for me to join
with them which gave me many more Bibles to distribute to all the resorts that
are near us in Thai and English.
There are about 20 churches in province/island of
Phuket with a population of 500,000. The statistics overall in Thailand are
the country in 95% Buddhist, 4% Moslem and less than 1% Christian, however
in the South the percentage of Moslems is much higher, at 35%. Thai Buddhism
is mixed with animism, there is a great fear of spirits here. Many homes and
businesses have spirit houses where they place food and drink for the
spirits to try to appease them. There is a pretty good networking between
the churches in Phuket especially for major events such as Christmas and
We were led to return to the USA March 14, 2017 to help
with our family and seek the Lord's direction for the next chapter in our
lives. Before we left we called a Thai pastor, Levi Nok, to take my
place, he has merged the church with two cell groups to make a good strong
body of believers, an extension of the Seed Church in Cheng Thalay.
The church is now known as the Seed Church Thachatchai.
Pray that this church will continue to thrive and many
more people will be reached with the Gospel and discipled. Pray
for the dear brothers and sisters we left behind.. Pray for our next
chapter in life as we have settled in Desert Hot Springs, CA.. Pray for the
leading of the Holy Spirit and obedience to the Word of God. We need
the Lord's wisdom. Pray for our books to be widely read, resulting in
encouragement and changed lifes. Pray for healing of my body I have Temporal
Lobe Dementia and Parkinsons which led to a year in a convalesent home, my
legs are contracted and I cannot walk, and require assistance to dress and
What are we doing now?
wrote a book,
Living Boldy: Overcoming and Acknowledging Fear. available on Amazon..
Fear is a big part of many people's lives today, and Christians don't seem
to be exempt. What if you could overcome fear and live in boldness? This
book will be a springboard to all kinds of adventure!
Cindy does sewing of new products and mending for hire,
contact her at
firstname.lastname@example.org Also check out
Cindy's Creative Gifts.
She makes masks for preventing the Corona virus. She also does embroidery.
Cindy works for
teaching English to Thai children. You can refer Thai students to
English Gang Portal Login so they get "Cynthia" for their teacher.
Fees depend on the number of sessions a learner would like to study. They
offer three different packages, Package A allows a learner to study 10
sessions (5,500 THB), Package B allows a learner to study 25 sessions
(12,000 THB), and Package C allows a learner to study 50 sessions (21,000
สมัครเพื่อขอรับรหัสอ้างอิงของ English Gang
แพคเกจคอร์สเรียนมี 3 แบบค่ะ
แพ็คเกจ A ราคา 5,500 บาท เรียนจำนวน 10 ครั้ง
แพ็คเกจ B ราคา 12,000 บาท เรียนจำนวน 25 ครั้ง
แพ็คเกจ C ราคา 21,000 บาท เรียนจำนวน 50 ครั้ง
We both sing on the worship team at
Grace Church in Desert Hot Springs.
am writing Christian non fiction books. My first
The Perfect Storm: A Christian's Struggle with
Depression, is now available on Amazon KIndle and
The perfect storm refers to a particularly
bad or critical state of affairs, arising from a number
of negative and unpredictable factors. It is an
expression that describes an event where a rare
combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation
drastically. In my case, it was a coming together of
physical, spiritual and emotional issues at the same
time, started by dengue fever while on the mission field
in Thailand. Depression troubles many Christians. This
book describes my struggle with depression and provides
some biblical answers to deal with it.
Legacy and Ministry
Adventures of Dana Bratton is also now available on Amazon, Kindle and
You will read of my adventures as a
missionary to children in Child Evangelism Fellowship, my experiences as a
hospital and hospice chaplain with the Health Care Chaplains' Ministry Association, and my thrilling years as a YWAM
missionary and Calvary Chapel pastor in Thailand.
I have shared excerpts from many of my missionary newsletters through
the years, describing wonderful things the Lord did.
My intention is to let you know my thoughts and feelings about the
life I have lived, to honor the relationships that have enriched my life, to
express my gratitude for friends and family and my love for God.
I want to share the life lessons I learned to know Him and to make
Him known. I am very thankful
for those who have prayed for and supported Cindy and me through the years.
The most important thing in all of life is knowing God, having a
relationship with Him. My life
experience has taught me that God can always be trusted to guide and
provide. God can use a sinner
with few abilities to do great things for Him and take you around the world
doing it. If you surrender to
I hope this book will encourage aspiring pastors and
missionaries; and will draw attention to the great need of evangelism
especially among children, the sick, the elderly and in countries like
Thailand, that are sometimes neglected by main stream Christianity.
Ephesians 4:11-12 And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists,
the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for
building up the body of Christ, Verse 12 gives the main job description of
apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers that is to equip
the saints for the work of the ministry. That has been my life work to equip
the saints, through preaching, teaching, and providing resources such as
songs and flannel backgrounds, and web sites so that other believers can
also do the work of the ministry. Find out what it's like for an ordinary
man to do extraordinary things through pastoring, child evangelism, and
hospital ministry. Read of how God worked to bring thousands of people to
faith in Christ.
have 18 volumes in the
New Testament Expository Sermons series, one set in English and
one set in Thai.
This series of New Testament expository
sermons I prepared and preached at Calvary Chapel at the Bridge in Phuket,
Thailand. Useful for devotional study, sermons, and Bible studies. Lots of
simple practical explanation and application. This is an evangelistic exposition verse by verse study
of each book of the New Testament, with the ESV scripture alternating with
NASB scripture included in the text followed by commentary, includes
quotations from William Barclay, Jon Courson, David Guzik,
Gotquestions.org, John Mac Arthur,
J. Vernon Mc Gee, J.C. Ryle, Chuck Smith, and Warren
Wiersbe. I pray that the messages will be a blessing to you. I
preach and teach to "equip the saints for the work of the ministry," to
effect life change, to edify and encourage and to magnify the Lord. So that
"every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord."
Currently I am working on the Old Testament volumes 1
and 2 are available, in Kindle and
Twelve Important Basics for Living and Growing as a Christian. Is a
good handbook for all Christians but is especially suited for discipleship
of new believers. It covers twelve important basics: To help the reader to
be confident of salvation, to be a student of the Bible, a prayer warrior,
active in church, happily married, victorious over sin, filled with the Holy
Spirit, loving and forgiving others, a good and generous steward, a humble
servant, and increasingly more like Jesus. The book includes an overview of
the Bible with Scripture in the text alternating between the ESV and NASB