Thailand Cave Rescue: Adun and His Church Gather to Praise God

Christians from all around the Chaing Rai District of northern Thailand gathered on Sunday, July 22, to praise God for the dramatic rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach after they were trapped for two weeks in a flooded cave system. One of the boys who was rescued is Adun, who is sponsored through Compassion Thailand.

The majority of the soccer team participated in a Buddhist ceremony* on July 24, but Adun chose to worship God at a special thanksgiving service held at the Compassion partner church he attends.

Thailand Cave Rescue: Adun and His Church Gather to Praise God

Pastors from churches in the Chaing Rai province prayed for Adun at a service on Sunday, July 22.

Although nearly 95 percent of Thailand’s population is Buddhist, a small minority of Christians in the country — about 1 percent of the population — lives peacefully with their Buddhist neighbors.

Local governors, officers and those who participated in rescue operations attended the service to thank God for the safe return of the Wild Boar soccer team.

During the thanksgiving service, Adun shared a moving testimony with those gathered of what it was like to be in the cave.

Thailand Cave Rescue: Adun and His Church Gather to Praise God

“By the 10th night, we were losing patience, hope, physical energy and courage. We could not do anything to help. The only thing that I could do was pray.

“I prayed ‘Lord, I’m only a boy; you are almighty God, you are holy, and you are powerful. Right now I can’t do anything; may you protect us. Come to help all 13 of us.

“And then I finished my prayer, thanking God for everything that happened to myself and my friends … all 13 of us.

“Thank you to everybody who prayed for me and the whole team,” Adun said. “Thank you to everybody that helped us, and the last thank-you [goes] to the Lord: Thank you God. God bless you all.”

Adun and all present also remembered and offered prayers for Saman Kunan, the Thai navy seal who died during the rescue operation.

Thailand Cave Rescue: Adun and His Church Gather to Praise God

Adun holding a picture of former Navy Seal, Saman Kunan.

Adun’s parents were special guests of the event, and they were dressed in traditional ethnic Lua garb.

Thailand Cave Rescue: Adun and His Church Gather to Praise God

Adun’s parents in traditional Lua clothing.

“God is great love and there’s nothing He can’t do,” his parents said in a previous interview. (Watch the video of Adun’s parents thanking God after they learned the soccer team was found!)

Thailand Cave Rescue: Adun and His Church Gather to Praise God

Other youths from the church had the honor of leading all those who gathered in worship. It was a time of joy, fellowship and thanksgiving to God.

What’s next for Adun? His church family and Compassion center will continue to minister to him and are working toward helping him gain citizenship. Here are ways you can be praying for Adun, the church and all of the boys.

  • Pray Adun and all of his teammates will continue to heal, learn and grow in this season of life.

  • Pray the citizenship process for Adun will be completed successfully and quickly.
  • Pray for this church as they continue to minister to the needs in their community.

Field reporting and photos by Piyamary Shinoda, Photojournalist for Compassion Thailand.

*The opinions expressed in external links do not reflect those of Compassion International. Full names of individuals and the church are not used to protect their privacy.

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  1. NAOMI jANTZI July 5, 2024

    This is a wonderful story of God’s care and leading. May these boys continue to hear His story and learn to lean on our powerful and loving God. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Gary Cammenga July 26, 2019

    This e-mail is written after my first finding out about the incident of the children being trapped in the cave. I am so grateful for the way God intervened in bringing all of the children to safety.

  3. Dave DeBruine October 17, 2018

    Amber – thanks for the story about Adun. (on a side note, i was just reviewing photos from our trip to Kenya. Hard to believe it has been 11 years!)

  4. Rupert Nelson August 7, 2018

    My wife, Dee, and I were missionaries from the Baptist churches to the Karen and other minority groups in northern Thailqand, We also prayed for the boys in the cave. I have been in that cave, bot did not go far in, but was aware of its location. Thank Gode for their rescue.

  5. SusieQ August 7, 2018

    Praise God!! Truly prayed for the safety of these boys and all who were involved. Now all glory goes to you Lord Jesus…may the world know it was by your mighty hand. Amen

  6. Marjorie August 4, 2018

    This story moved me to tears! Catty on young man! You were such an important component to the rescue!! I don’t you but I love you!

  7. Vadim July 31, 2018

    Grate testimony,powerful God ,His protection and care ,thanks everyone who lay down their lifes and be part of this unic miraculous operation.

  8. Samnang July 31, 2018

    I pray that keep helping him to grow and love God more and more and he will be used by God to be salvation for many. God will bless churches to continue His work there to bridge people for the everlasting salvation.

  9. Barbara Willson July 27, 2018

    I prayed daily for all 13 people trapped in the cave. I know all things are possible with God. Prayer is our powerful connection to Our Lord and Savior. May this tragic event help others to see how The Lord was at work answering thousands of Christians who believe He saved all their lives to open the hearts and minds of others to know Him.✝️
    Thank you God!!
    Barbara Willson
    Sponsor of 2 Compassion girls.??

  10. Cathy Hughes July 27, 2018

    I pray that Adun will continue to be a great testimony to the world of the Lord’s grace and power.

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