Since 1,5 years I live and work fulltime in Pattaya, a city in Thailand with 30.000 women who are trapped in prostitution. I came here because I love Jesus and a few years ago, I was drawn to the city of Pattaya during my time of prayer. I did not know the city but burst out in tears. I said: “Lord, if these are your tears for this city, then I want to go there to explore.” In 2016 I stopped in Pattaya for one day while traveling Thailand. I was able to meet with Nella, the founder of Tamar Center. In that same year I returned for 3 months to teach English in the red light district. The intriguing stories behind the beautiful smiles of the women got a hold of me and I decided to leave everything behind and embark on this journey.
At this stage I am here on a student visa and am focusing on learning the Thai language. Besides that I am involved in music workshops for the women of Tamar. Together with Nella and Nerys we are also discussing and brainstorming plans for a future counseling center. On Fridays we lead a church service in the red light district. We also are involved with outreach in bars.
Besides that I am helping a good Thai friend of mine. She has been a prostitute and has lived for 12 years in the Tamar Center. Since two years, she has her own hair salon and reaches out to the women in the bars. Recently the Lord impressed on her to buy prostitutes free for an evening so they can attend a Bible study. God also impressed on my heart to support my friend financially. Together we are stepping out in faith and God has blessed us tremendously. We started a hair salon with 8 women and currently we have a new big space where we can receive weekly 30 women. In the mornings I used to work out along the beach, but currently I make music at the beach and build friendship with the homeless people who sleep there. God is good and it is a quite an adventure to listen to his voice and to share his love. My mission is “healing wounded hearts by sharing his love”.