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 Zion Cafe, you are greeted 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 Zion Cafe. 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 selfless 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.
Meet our wonderful Lighthouse in Action interns. (Want to be on this page? Shoot us a message.)
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.