We are Wilke, Marlies (Both 1975), Lizette (2011) and Matthias (2013) den Hertog. Our family moved to Thailand in November 2014 and since January 2016 we are living in the district of Khon Sawan in the province of Chaiyaphum, in the Isaan region.
We are part of the church planting team that works in this region. At the moment we got three small groups of people who want to know Jesus and who might become house churches in the future.
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.