My name is Patrick Gray and recently my wife and I decided that the Lord was leading us to do missions in Thailand. I was born in Lafayette, Indiana and have lived there most of my life. However, there are two notable exceptions to this. The first when I attended Taylor University in Upland, Indiana and the second a seven month missions opportunity in Bangkok, Thailand. I studied art in college because I have had a long time love for the visual arts. In Thailand I had the great privilege of helping with ministry needs in a Bangkok church. I taught English in churches as well as in a prison giving me and the missionaries I was working with the opportunity to expose our students to Jesus Christ. In addition, I was given the opportunity to assist in clean up efforts after the flood that submerged half of the city of Bangkok in 2011. During this time in Thailand I met the girl I later married in the Fall of 2013. Since the time we were married we have very prayerfully been asking God where we would go next. We believe that He is sending us back to Thailand to find new and creative ways to reach the most unreceptive country to the Gospel in South East Asia. My wife and I plan to move to the Northwest city of Chiang Mai where we will be joining a team of missionaries who do outreach activities through a creative art center. We are very excited to see how God will be using us and our gifts to reach the Thai people.
I was born and raised in rural, northern Wisconsin. From a young age, I can see how God’s hand was upon my life, drawing me to Himself and developing within me a heart for the peoples of the world to know Him.
I graduated from the University of Northwestern (previously Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN) in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. My original plans of pursuing medical missions were being slowly redirected, and a couple years after graduation, the Lord brought me to a place where my desires had been set aside and I was open to whatever He would lead. That’s when a very clear door opened for me to spend the next two years serving with a church in northeast Thailand.
Halfway through that time, at a church family camp, I was placed in a group with a guy who had been serving in another part of Thailand for almost as long as I had been. He returned to his home in Indiana just a few days later, but our brief introduction to each other was enough to start our long distance dating relationship. We were engaged having only spent 18 days together in person (but a lot of time on skype and facebook!), and two became one on September 14, 2013.
During our first year of marriage, we began praying for God’s leading for us as a couple. We were open to going anywhere, but it started to become clear that God was opening the doors for us to return again to a country and a people we had both experienced and come to love. We returned to Thailand, together, in January 2016. We are so thankful for God’s provision and calling, and in this county with such great need for the transforming work of Christ, the least reached country in Southeast Asia with the gospel, our hope is in the promises of God: “All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.” Psalm 86:9
The Creative Center, Chiang Mai
The Creative Center is a community center located in urban Chiang Mai among the majority Thai Buddhist people. We focus on families, youth and children in the surrounding community by providing educational and creative opportunities through music, English tutoring, community dinners, and other community building activities. The Creative Center is strategic in being open with our faith in Christ, being light and salt to these people and fostering communication about God and Jesus. We want to facilitate communities of Christ followers among these unreached Thai Nationals ? those passionate about their faith and who will lead in their communities and beyond.