Meet our Team
Our team is kinda fluid. Friends come and go. But here are the great people currently working with us full-time.
Emmi may be tiny in stature, but she is BIG in heart, passion, vision, and LOVE for God, and for the Thai people. You will find her spunky character embedded in the decoration of the shop. Fun, bold, warm, and bright.
Orange is her favorite color. Laughing is her favorite sport. Serving others is her way of life.
Read more about Emmi and her story.
Zion Cafe Staff
The moment you step foot into WonGen Kafe, you are greeted by, and served by, these amazing people.
Once you taste one of Neuk’s delectable desserts, you won’t want to leave Chiang Mai. She is truly gifted in baking, but the gift doesn’t stop there. Try one of her meals..and well.. just try one.
You will often not visibly see Neuk, but she is the mastermind behind all the deliciousness that comes out of the Zion kitchen. If she isn’t working hard putting all her love into the dessert or food, she is making sure the whole Facebook world is keeping up to date with the latest cute picture of Kawpan (her adorable dog).
Neuk is the main chef and baker of Zion Cafe. She came to know the Lord through the heartbeat of Lighthouse in Action…relationship.
She became friends with Emmi, and started to notice there was something different in Emmi’s life. She saw the struggles and challenges Emmi faced, but she also saw Emmi’s steadfastness in Jesus. This sparked her curiosity, and desire to know this Jesus that Emmi served. She put her faith in Jesus, because she saw He was REAL in Emmi’s life.
Neuk also noticed the struggles, and saw that Emmi was doing the ministry alone, and prayed a simple prayer. “God, if you want me to help Emmi, then let me sell my house.” God gave her the answer, by her house being sold only 3 days after that prayer!
Time has passed, and she has continually dedicated everything she has to WonGen Kafe. She has become a mentor to many people in the shop. Her incredible love for God is evident. Her life’s goal is to do everything she can for the furtherance of His Kingdom. This is her heart’s desire, and life’s purpose. She is continually blessing the people around her sacrificially, and she continues to point others to Christ with her self-less giving.
Gifted with the talent of dance, and having a smile that lights up a room. Life is more entertaining at Zion when Bing is around to joke around with.
Bing came from a YWAM background. She came with a heart not only to work in the shop, but also to minister. Her passion is to be able to disciple the students who stay in the dorm above the Zion Cafe.
In our dorms, Bing plays a motherly role. Like a good mother, she loves the students dearly, and is always there to correct, challenge, and encourage them. With her “you better not do that!” face, she pours wisdom into the students, all coming from her heart that overflows with love.
One of the most unassuming women of God that you will meet. Nok tends to be quiet, but not with her hands. They are always BUSY doing or creating. Almost weekly she will humbly show or give a present of a new t-shirt, beautiful ring, or painting that she just made.
Nok joined Lighthouse in Action as our guesthouse care taker. When she first came, she brought some idols with her – but after 6 months of spending time with us and the team, she became a believer in Jesus.
The last few months she has been discovering her gifts and talents. She is gifted in creating handicrafts, jewelry, and painting. She hopes to be able to teach others with her giftings. She got baptized recently and is excited about Jesus more than ever. She loves to work in the slums with the children, and loves to share Jesus with people around her.
Meet our wonderful Lighthouse in Action interns. Think of how great it would be to have your face on this page!!!!
Grant grew up in the southeastern part of the United States, near the coast. As a senior in high school, and he felt pressed to find direction and purpose in his life. During this time, God spoke to him clearly and told him to be a missionary. Four years later, he has found himself with three years of mission’s education and a wife (Michelle)…in Thailand.
It is a long, complex and awesome story; but what’s important is that Grant and his wife plan on serving the Lord in Thailand for the rest of their lives. The heart that God has given him for this nation and the people enable him to take great joy in both connecting with the people and simply living a Christ-led life in a place so void of God’s presence.
Liz comes to us from Northern California/Reno, Nevada. She loves to learn languages and encourage others in their walk with the Lord. She first discovered her love for Thailand when she went on the World Race. Once seeing the reality of what was happening here, she knew she needed to come back and do something about it. She has served in Phuket, Thailand for 2 years and now has joined Lighthouse in Action in Chiang Mai.