Amy Cottle was born in Akron, Ohio, USA. She was raised in a loving Christian home. Amy has never known a time when she did not believe that Jesus was the only way to heaven. However, she walked away from her faith while she was in college and lived just like the world for many years. God in His grace and long-suffering called her back to Him in 2004. Since then she has served her local church in women’s ministries, children’s Sunday school and biblical counselling.
From childhood through high school, Amy wanted to be a missionary to Africa. She went on her first missions trip to Scotland as a teenager. God gave her a heart for cross-cultural missions at that time but it wasn’t until 2009 that she seriously considered doing full-time missions work. In 2010, she went with OMF International through their Serve Asia program to Thailand on a TESOL (teach English as a second or other language) team. At the time, she thought she would visit Thailand for the experience, but go to Africa for the long-term. However, it was in Thailand that Amy saw that “the fields were ripe for the harvest” and God broke her heart for the people of Thailand.
In March 2014, Amy arrived in Thailand and began serving in Laatyao, Nakhonsawan in April 2015. She is working alongside the small church in Laatyao while she continues her language studies. She is looking to use her gifts to build relationships in the community through means such as informal English teaching, kids clubs and other outreach events that will allow the good news of Jesus Christ to be told. She is praying that the church in Thailand will be rooted and firmly established in the truth of God’s Word.
Amy has a BSc in biology from Kent State University, an MBA in marketing from Case Western Reserve University and a certificate of biblical studies from the Moody Bible Institute.