Hi, this is Ulrich & Renate Kohler with our sons Jonathan, Michael and Tobias. As family we are a Swiss-German-Thai mix: with Ulrich born in Switzerland, Renate in Germany and all three boys in Thailand.
Ulrich has initially been trained in agricultural engineering and Renate in industrial management. We both then studied at the Theological Seminary St.Chrischona, Switzerland – and that is where we met. Seconded to OMF by the Swiss Mennonite Mission we came to Thailand in 2001.
The question whether God wants to lead us into missionary service abroad had been in our heart since we were kids. Challenged by information of people with no opportunity to hear the Gospel –and at the same time opportunities abound– we eventually joined OMF. Unusual in our journey was that prior to embarking on a first 4 year stretch of ministry in Thailand both of us had never been in Asia before. But to see Thailand as one of the least reached countries on this planet was a good enough reason to “Just Do It!”
You guess it; the first thing to start with in Thailand was to dive into learning language and culture. Then we ministered in church planting and for one year were leading the Serve Asia program (short term opportunities). Since 2007 we have been serving as regional leader for the Central Thailand region.
Central Thailand – ministry opportunities abound!
Five of the 11 least reached provinces of Thailand (less than 0.1% Christians) are in Central Thailand alone! Ministry opportunities abound, here is just one example: with a team of two missionary couples you could be reaching out to hundreds of thousands of factory workers in the area of Ayutthaya. Share the Gospel extensively – many have never heard! Follow up the interested, disciple people with open hearts and gather them into communities of believers. In this area with high migration and little traditional structure to the society, social evils abound too, whether that be from sexual exploitation, to drug abuse or gambling. In our church planting efforts we aim at the core, changing hearts, not just dealing with symptoms.