Designation: Thai Diaspora UK
Sending Church: Medway Christian Fellowship, Huntingdon
Piak & Nam Kijviriya-Langford
We are both from Thailand and have been living in England for many years. Piak was born and raised in Bangkok and moved to England when he was 12 years old. Nam moved from Chiang Mai when we got married in 2003.
Ten years later we met David & Mary Robinson, former OMF workers and the founders of the Network of Thai Christians in the UK. A year later we felt God leading us to share our faith with Thai people in the UK, so we sold our Thai takeaway and went to study and be trained at All Nations Christian College for three years. There we learned how to share the gospel effectively, developed our leadership skills, and learnt ways of helping people to understand the importance of having faith in God.
Over the past five years we have been working closely with other Thai Christians and their non-Christian friends in the UK. We’ve been visiting various small groups around the country to help them grow in their faith through Bible teaching, discipling, pastor caring and relationship building. It has been a great blessing to have an opportunity to share our faith with our fellow countrymen and women of course!
Being the only Thai couple working as missionaries in the UK reflects what Jesus said: ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few’ (Matthew 9:37). And it is no coincidence that God has brought us to live in the UK to do his work, as there are currently around 50,000 Thai people living in the UK and only about 120 are Christians. Although there is much work to be done, and after a long journey to this point, we are very excited to get to serve full-time with the OMF Thai Diaspora Returnee Ministry team.