Back in 1980 the OMF Orientation Course in Singapore lasted a couple of months. Part of our training was in the LAMP method (Language Acquisition Made Practical), which included learning basic phrases and then practicing them out in the community. I was glad that Indonesian was assigned to me since I had been told that,...
We are David and Grea van der Lee. Together with our children Joshua, Judah, Hadassah and Gideon we live and serve as pioneer church-planters in Nongrua district in the rural Northeast of Thailand. In 2009 we were sent out as members of OMF and GZB by our home church in the Netherlands.
David has a background in civil engineering and Grea as a researcher in public health. We both wanted to use our studies to get a job in development work overseas. During the years that we prepared ourselves to go abroad, our eyes were also opened for the great spiritual need there is in a large part of the world. We never thought we would be church planters one day, but step by step God confirmed that this is the place where we need to be. Although this country is not under-developed, it is one of the least reached places for the Gospel in the world.
Initially we spent a lot of time learning the language and culture. Later on we went out as much as possible to bring the Good News to people in the different towns and villages. It is such a privilege to tell someone who has never heard before about Jesus. God blessed the work that was done and people responded to the Gospel. Because the group wouldn’t fit in our living room any more, we started renting a building for about a year now.
One of the things we learned is that you have to be flexible in your dreams. We never thought God would lead our lives the way He did. Being a missionary requires that we have to make sacrifices, but through it all we experience God’s faithfulness and His blessing day by day.