Fuming, I knew that later I would (or should) be laughing, but I wasn’t laughing yet. Earlier that morning, I had stood waiting for public transport to Bangkok. Van after van blasted past me. Apparently not too many empty seats were available at 8 a.m. Finally, a van pulled over. “Victory Monument,” called out the...
Hello! We are Jesse & Kristen Kroll. We have two children: Trinia (age 8), and Joyah (age 5). We’ve worked with OMF Thailand since 2007, serving in student ministry from 2008-2011 in Phitsanulok, Thailand after our first year of full-time language studies. Since 2013, we have been doing mobilizing work with Thai and tribal Christians in North Thailand. This means we cast vision to see indigenous missionaries reaching their own country, which is still less than 1% Christian and has many unreached areas. We teach the Bible, specifically focusing upon God’s heart for people of all tribes, tongues, and nations, and God’s desire to see all of His children reaching out in evangelism, making disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). We partner with Thai and tribal ACT (Associated Churches of Thailand) churches in North Thailand to send workers for the harvest (Matthew 9:36-39) to unreached areas. We don’t just preach about evangelism and church-planting to Thais, but we join hands with them and practice MAWL-style (Model, Assist, Watch, & Leave) mentoring with our native friends.
Kristen has her master’s degree and is a licensed Speech & Language Pathologist, practicing since 2001. Jesse has mainly been in full-time ministry since 1998 with The Navigators campus ministry, ELIC English teaching in Mongolia, a youth/children’s and assistant pastor in the local church in Florida, and now is helping pastor two churches in Chiang Mai in addition to mobilizing. Jesse was a World Religions major during his bachelor’s studies, and now is studying part-time towards a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Columbia International University.
God called us to missions as teens, putting a burning desire in our hearts to see the nations reached with the Gospel of Christ. God led us to Thailand step by step, as Kristen came on her first overseas mission trip to Bangkok (1998), and Jesse developed a heart for Thais while visiting from Mongolia for conferences (2000 and 2001).
Opportunities to serve: We’d love to have YOU come on a short-term mission trip to Thailand to serve, share your faith, and learn more about missions in Thailand! The proportion of Christians in North Thailand is higher than in other areas of Thailand, even though Christians are still vastly in the minority here. So the focus here is more upon mobilizing the native Christians to reach out to more unreached areas of Thailand: Central Thailand, Isaan (Khorat plateau), Bangkok, the Eastern seaboard, and South Thailand. But there is still a huge need for evangelism, discipleship, Bible teaching, and mentoring. OMF North Thailand is involved in several seminaries in our region, equipping workers for the harvest. We also have members doing mobilizing, oral story-telling of the Gospel, AIDS care work, children’s outreaches, partnering with local Thai and tribal churches, church-planting, and more. So we’d love to have you come and work with us in North Thailand!