A young family is preparing to take the message of the Gospel to the Thai capital where a recent bomb blast left 20 people dead.
Next Monday, August 31, will see Kells native James Wilson, his wife Sarah and their 14-month old daughter, Amelia, move to Thailand to work with Christ Church in Bangkok where a bomb exploded last week close to a religious shrine.
The country’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has called the bombing the “worst ever attack” on Thailand.
Back in 2010, James and Sarah spent a year together on mission in Bangkok and feel God is calling them to move back there as long term missionaries.
James said: “As with any move, there will be challenges and, in particular, Amelia’s adjustment and life in Bangkok is on our minds but we know that God is bigger than anything we will come across as long as we depend on Him for everything.
“In a country that is one per cent Christian, there is so much opportunity to share the gospel, yet although there is no physical opposition, there is clearly a spiritual one and we ask for your prayers.”
Looking back on his formative years, James says “Hailing from Kells and going to school and work in Ballymena was an invaluable place to begin anyone’s journey. I don’t think we always appreciate our beginnings and birthplace but later we realise that it keeps us grounded.”
The family are keen to share their progress via updates made available at http://takingthemessage.co.uk/