We came to a noodle shop and general store, and there we found Uanbu sitting at a table. We sat down to talk with him, as Theerachai shared the prodigal son story, using an OMF poster-preaching flipbook with big illustrations of key points in the parable. After twenty minutes or so, Uanbu was still hungry...
We are Wilke, Marlies, Lizette (2011) and Matthias (2013) den Hertog. Our family moved to Thailand in November 2014 to prepare ourselves for the mission field. We are going to be part of the church planting team that works in the region of Isaan. At this moment we are studying language and culture in Lopburi. This is called Daniel Training which will take about three or four years. The first year consists of fulltime language/culture study. After that it will be a combination of work and study at the same time.
Before we arrived in Thailand we both attended a Bible school in Gloucester, UK. Next to all the knowledge we gained, for us this was a year of getting used to living abroad and being just one of the students. Before, Wilke was a pastor for eleven years in a small village close to Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Marlies worked for several years at a family and youth health centre as a pedagogue. She worked with parents who had trouble raising their children in and around the multicultural city of Rotterdam.
After we married (2010) we wanted to know if God was calling us for the mission field and we looked into a few options. One of the options was to become a church planter in the Isaan region of Thailand. Our denomination in the Netherlands (Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerken) supports missionaries who want to go there. They made an agreement with OMF Netherlands to do so. In 2013 we both felt that we had to go to Thailand…so this was the start of a new journey with God and another new phase in our family life.