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.
Amy arrived in Thailand in March 2014 and served her first 4-year term in Laatyao, Nakhonsawan. She was involved in many church planting activities such as teaching English, kid’s clubs, and Bible studies. In April 2019, she moved to the province of Maha Sarakham to join the student ministry team at Mahasarakham University. Since there is only a handful of Christian students at the university, the team aims to make disciples from the students and faculty who currently do not know the Lord. She is praying that the students in Thailand will be rooted and firmly established in the truth of God’s Word and go on to become disciples making disciples.
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.