Chris & Sarah Keiller, with Rebekah (born November 2014) – we are serving with OMF in Central Thailand, and are involved in church planting in Singburi and Angthong provinces, working alongside Thai Christians in the area. The main areas we focused on in our first term (apart from learning Thai!) were establishing connections with the wider community through things like kids programmes and English teaching, discipling new believers one-to-one and in small groups, and getting involved in the Bible teaching in local churches. We are currently on Home Assignment in Belfast, Northern Ireland, until August 2015.
Before coming to Thailand in 2010, Chris finished an MTh degree at Belfast Bible College, while Sarah has a batchelor’s degree and a qualification in English teaching. Over a number of years we had both individually and then together spent time in shorter-term missions, and had gradually seen the Lord clarify our vision for discipling and church planting ministry in Thailand.
Possible ministry opening for new missionaries: There are many small churches in Central Thailand that have the potential to increase their outreach to surrounding areas where there are few believers and no churches. Some of these are actively looking for missionaries to work alongside them to build bridges into these areas through using gifts like English teaching, music, or football (soccer) coaching. This can open up great opportunities to share the gospel, to disciple new believers, and to see new churches starting. There is a great need to couple this with a vision for in-depth discipleship.