thinkSMALL STORY (5-minute version)

Our Leaders

Gary Hays, Director

Gary is an ordained minister from the Foursquare Church Denomination. Prior to ministry, Gary held a national position for a global food company.

Gary is a popular speaker for Christian churches. He has spoken to conferences and churches in 14 nations.

Gary and his wife, Paula, founded thinkSMALL in 2007. thinkSMALL was formed with the belief that God has a plan to reach and raise up the youngest generation to transform our nations for Jesus!

“I believe that God has a plan for redeeming the world. Through His Son, His Gospel will ‘all people who believe’ free! The greatest opportunity to grow the Kingdom of God is through the children. They are the most open and spiritually hungry. But the local church is the key. NOW is the time to reach the children for Christ and see our nations reborn again!”

Paula Hays, Assistant Director

Paula was raised in West Texas (yee-haw!). She graduated from Southern Methodist University (in Dallas) with a B.A. degree in Cultural Anthropology.

After graduating, she moved to Hawaii and worked as an Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist in a local hospital.

Paula met her husband to be (Gary) when she was 49 (No, it’s never too late!)!

With a passion for Jesus, she became an ordained minister, song-writer, preacher and public speaker.

In 2007, she and Gary co-founded thinkSMALL Ministries in Thailand. She serves the Lord full-time in all aspects of thinkSMALL!

“God is transforming my nation through thinkSMALL! We are family! We laugh together. We serve the Lord together. We are thinkSMALL!”

Sathit Sutancharoen (Simon), S.E. Asia Coordinator


Simon has been with thinkSMALL since 2008.

He grew up on a farm in Fang, a rural town in northern Thailand. An excellent trainer and administrator, he oversees all thinkSMALL leaders in Southeast Asia.

Simon has an MBA and a law degree from Ramkamhaeng University and is Associate Pastor of a local church in Bangkok.

Simon is invaluable to thinkSMALL with his leadership, vision, teaching ability, legal assistance and passion!

“thinkSMALL not only made me a better leader but also helped me to get back my vision to serve the children.”

Raj Mondal, South Asia Coordinator


Raj oversees thinkSMALL teams in South Asia.

Raj is an ordained minister with M.A.s in both Divinity and Theology. He has 24 years of ministry experience.

Raj formerly served with the Billy Graham organization, Teen Challenge, and as district Education Director for the Nazarene denomination in S. Asia.

Raj’s education and ministry background have proved invaluable in reaching multiple cultures and location in South Asia.

Raj and his wife, Asha serve thinkSMALL full time and are making a huge impact for the Kingdom of God!

“thinkSMALL has changed me and taught me how to be a better leader! Now, through thinkSMALL, we are witnessing God’s transformation of South Asia through the children as they follow Jesus!”

Serges Nsabimana, East Africa Coordinator



Bishop Serges oversees thinkSMALL team leaders in East Africa (Burundi, Congo, Kenya).

Serges has degrees in Education and in Social Health Services. He is former director of the Land Office for the Burundi government.

He currently is the National Leader of all Foursquare churches in Burundi.

Serges is a passionate leader, a gifted preacher, gifted teacher and excellent ministry strategist.

His vision is to see a new Burundi, transformed through the youngest generation!

Our Values

We proclaim that God the Father is the Creator and Owner of thinkSMALL

  • For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. (Col 1:16)

We submit fully to God’s will, His ways and His purpose for His thinkSMALL ministry

  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

We commit to DAILY absorbing His words, especially the words of Jesus

  • Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. (Psalms 25:4-5)

We strive to follow Jesus in our life and our service to Him

  • To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. (1 Peter 2:21)

We strive to model ourselves as servant leaders as reflections of Christ

  • Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. (1 John 2:6)

We build up one another in love and encouragement

  • Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thes 5:11)

Our Vision

In His name the nations will put their hope. (Matthew 12:21)