Janet is an associate mission partner, teaching English at The Centre in Chiang Mai. She has many opportunities there to share the gospel with her students.
Janet is a retired music and RE teacher with TEFL training. Following an eight-week placement at The Centre in the autumn of 2010, she returned the following autumn under Crosslinks short-term placement programme. Janet is now a long-term associate partner.
The Centre started in 1994 as a ministry to reach out to university students with the gospel. More than 35,000 students attend the nearby universities and many need to learn English to further their opportunities in the working world. The aim of The Centre is to share God’s love with the students (most of whom are Buddhist) and establish good personal relationships through which the staff can share the good news of Jesus. The team disciple those who believe so that they can be equipped to reach out to their own communities.
The students are taught in small groups by a team of nine teachers. Between lessons the students play table games or ping-pong in the club like atmosphere, or just chat. The Centre hosts regular social nights including cooking nights, where someone will give their life-story (testimony), and bible story-telling evenings. English camps provide a great opportunity for the Thai students and volunteers to spend quality time together over a weekend and hear more life stories.
Janet loves teaching English and building relationships with her students in and outside The Centre. She is very encouraged by the ways she sees God at work in her students’ lives and feels privileged to be a part of this work.
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