Rich was born in Korea and came to Australia when he was 5. Lisa was born in Thailand where her parents worked as missionaries and she returned to Australia when she was 7. Rich studied physiotherapy at university and worked for 1 year in a hospital before changing careers and becoming a financial planner. Lisa studied orthoptics (eyes not feet!) and worked with an ophthalmologist before we both went to Sydney Missionary and Bible College. Rich completed a M.Div and Lisa a Dip.Th.
After we got married we had to find a place we were both prepared to serve. While visiting some missionary friends in Mongolia, we received a prayerletter from people we knew in Thailand and we both sensed that God was leading us there unless he closed the doors.
After spending 5 years church planting, we moved to a new ministry at the end of 2013. At the foot of the mountains in Chiang Dao, we are getting dirty – feeding pigs and planting rice alongside tribal Christian students at the J.O Fraser Centre (JOFC), living life together in “whole of life discipleship”.
What makes JOFC different from many other Bible schools within Thailand and elsewhere is the centrality of discipleship in the training program. Staff and senior students have the opportunity to model walking in the spirit, resolving conflicts, managing time and resources, exercising people skills, and living out their family relationships.
All students start with the two-year discipleship and functional English program. Those who complete the initial course and have demonstrated appropriate character, a heart to serve God, and who have attained an appropriate level of English, are invited to study the two-year theological course in English.
We mobilize and send out tribal Christians in mission to their own people and especially to Thai Buddhists – one of the largest unreached people groups in the world.