Nations 2 2021 | An interview with the Kelders – Missionaries in Thailand
“We decided to let it go and trust God that he would provide… Somehow we have always received enough…”
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR FAMILY
We are Jan-Peter (36), Natasja (34), Sven (11), Levi (9), and Anna (4). We are from the Netherlands and moved to Thailand in 2013. Jan-Peter has a background in media, marketing and communications, while Natasja has a background as social worker/counsellor. We enjoy being in nature, watching wildlife, travelling, meeting new people, and we feel called to share God’s love with people in need.
OFTEN, WE HEAR OF PEOPLE BEING “CALLED” TO MISSIONS, WHICH CAN BE QUITE ABSTRACT. CAN YOU ARTICULATE HOW GOD HAS CALLED YOU?
It was a gradual process. During a vacation in 2006, we made a brief visit to a project, run by a Dutch missionary. We were touched by the work that she was doing (reaching out to children in need), and a seed in our heart was planted. We revisited in 2008, and meanwhile had this plan in the back of our heads, to perhaps one day come and do volunteer work for a few months. We learned in 2012 that our friend would be leaving Thailand. We figured as our linking pin with the foundation was leaving, we wouldn’t be volunteering for them anymore. But God started speaking to us about taking over the foundation. We spent about a year praying, and talking to people, and received clear confirmation that we should go to Thailand.