About Us


ATM began as an evagelistic ministry to Tribal groups in Thailand. Over the last 25+ years ATM has expanded to include Disciplship and Leadership Training, |Influencing Nation Leaders for Peace, Providing Development and Aid to Impoverished Communities in Thailand and Burma, Providing shelter and care for abadoned women and their young children. 

In all of these different aspect of the ministry one main vision remains true and that is to reach out to the lost and broken with the Love and Gospel of Jesus Christ and Discipling them in the Word of God.

Mission statement

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”   Matthew 28:18-19

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.  For this very reason, make every effort  to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”.
2 Peter 1:3-8

Statement of Faith

These are the tenets of faith as we see them — the non-negotiable elements of a Biblical worldview. 


We believe that there is but one God, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, who is the Creator and Sustainer of all things visible and invisible, revealed in three Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Father

We believe in God the Father, the Ancient of Days, who is not aloof from human history but who, through various covenants, has initiated relationship with mankind, and to whom we have now been reconciled through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ upon the Cross. Because of Jesus Christ, we too can now call God “Father.”

The Lord Jesus Christ

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, His deity, His virgin birth, that He died, was buried and on the third day rose back to life, that He ascended to heaven and is now seated at the righthand of the Father. We believe that He is the eternal Son of God, for whom and by whom all things were created.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit (as the third Person of the triune God) proceeded from the Father and the Son, and is of one substance, majesty and glory with the Father and the Son.

The Holy Scriptures

We believe in the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, as contained in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, as the sole revelation of the mind and will of God, and we accept them in their original form as the divine Word of God.

The Devil

We believe that the Devil, through temptation and deception, initiated the downfall of man and now seeks to destroy the faith of every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and to hinder the further spread of the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Justification by Faith

We believe that it is impossible to attain salvation through self-effort, but that through simply believing in the atoning death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and in acting out that faith through receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we receive the remission of all our sins, reconciliation with God and the gift of eternal life. We hold that the believer has an eternal salvation secured in Christ.

Baptism in Water

We believe in fulfilling the command of Jesus to baptize believers into the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and that this baptism is symbolic of our death, burial and resurrection with the Lord Jesus Christ in His redemptive work on the Cross.


We believe it is the glorious privilege of every believer in Christ to be made pure in heart and wholly sanctified by the operation of the Holy Spirit through the blood of Christ and the Word of God. A believer cannot be justified by works, but evidences that justification through works empowered by the Holy Spirit.

The Church

We believe in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, made up of all who have believed on the Lord Jesus and received the salvation of the Cross, and that this Church will come to the full expression of unity that can only be found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, according to the prayer of Jesus Christ in John 17.

The Lord's Supper

We believe, in accordance with the command of the Lord Jesus, that we should celebrate this ordinance in remembrance of the atoning work of Christ and as an act of fellowship together.

The Return of Christ

We believe in the physical second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, returning as He ascended, with power and majesty, to judge the dead and the living. Those not found in the Book of Life will be consigned to everlasting separation from God, described in the Scriptures as the Second Death. Those found in the Book of Life will enter into the glorious presence of God.

Active Timeline:

  • Beginnings:  Hill-tribes Fellowship Evangelistic Team
  • 1986  – Pastors Timothy and Rebecca married in Australia.
  • Ministry to the villages and soldiers along the Thai/Burma Border
  • 1987  – Land in Doi Saket purchased and Building of Training School and Base begins with a team from Word of Life Covenant Church Rhode Island.
  • 1989-1999  Bi-annual monthly leadership training schools commenced.
  • Church Planting in Chiang Mai and surrounds.
  • Children of the Border conceptualised
  • 1995 – 2000  Full-time Humanitarian Aid, Farm, Hospital and School projects began.
  • 2000 – First 4 year ATM Discipleship Training School began.
  • 2002 -  Karen Peace Process initated
  • 2003  – First ATMDTS graduation
  • 2007  – Start of OBC Live Campus and Curriculum & commencement of the Children of the Border Project supporting 5 orphanages along the Thai-Burma Border along with schools and clinics in war zone areas. 
  • March 2008  -  Second ATMDTS graduation / First OBC Live Graduation.  - Humanitarian Aid and Assistance to Cyclone Nargis Victims in Burma. 
  • 2010 - Ordination of Pastors and the Handing over of directorship of ATM to Karenna Laklem 
  • 2011 - Third ATM DTS Graduation / Second OBC Live Graduation. 
  • 2012 - Closing of ATM School for renovation and rebuilding. Focus on Humanitarian Aid on the Thai-Karen Border. Karenna Laklem & Somphet Dakhota are married in Australia and return to continue to directorship of ATM. 
  • 2013 - 2014 : Commence Renovations and Rebuilding of ATM Base including rebuilding of our main meeting hall and student dorms, staff accommodation, grounds and vegetable gardens, livestock and poultry farm, fish farm. 
  • September 2014 - Recommenced ATM Leadership and Discipleship Trianing School and continue to outreach each month to remote tribal villages in Thailand and along the Thai/Burma border. 
  • October 2014 - Began a new ministry : Haven of Grace" providing shelter to abandoned and abused women and their young children. 

ATM Leadership and Team

Pastor Timothy & Pastor Rebecca

Founders and Advisors of Asian Tribal Ministries

Dakhota & Karenna

Directors of Asian Tribal Ministries


ATM Team:

  • Santi Yai

Local Team & Outreach Leader

Student Caretaker

Head of Construction & Building Projects

  • Long

Outreach Leader

Grounds & Gardens Manager

Café Manager

  • Santi Lek

Livestock Farm Manager

  • Witoon

Head of Maintenance


  • Hteepaw & Ronakon

Hteepaw - Caretaker of Mothers & Babies Ministry

Ronakon – Head of Agriculture

  • Bon

​Haven Handicrafts Project Manager 

ATM Gift Shop Assistant Manager


International Advisors

Pastor Peter and Joy Constantine

David & Beryl Lewis

Pastor Chris & Lea Russell 

Pastors Gladwyn and Helen Turner

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