Serving Since: 2020
Ministering In: Thailand
Children: Rees, Misha, Hadassah, Darlene, and Clara
The Litchfield family is currently serving in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Jake is training national church leaders and laypeople in biblical theology, and teaching them about holiness of heart and life.
Born and raised in Maine, Naomi was saved at the age of 10. When she was 15, she committed herself to the Lord for foreign missions. Throughout her teenage years she grew in her relationship with Christ and deepened in consecration to Him. She completed an AA in Biblical Studies at Kentucky Mountain Bible College. Currently her primary ministry is to her husband and five young children.
Raised in a pastor’s home in Indiana, Jacob was saved as a young child after his grandpa preached a message on the importance of the blood of Christ. He first sensed a call to missions at the age of 12, while attempting to learn Japanese. He earned an AA in Biblical Studies at Kentucky Mountain Bible College and a Bachelor’s in Thai as a Foreign Language from Chiang Mai University.
During the time that both Jacob and Naomi were students at Kentucky Mountain Bible College, Jacob’s parents took him and his siblings to visit relatives in Thailand. It was at that time that the Lord initially put a burden on Jacob’s heart for Thailand, especially for the tribal people. After their marriage, Jacob and Naomi patiently waited for the Lord to open doors for them to go to Thailand. They have now lived in Thailand for a few years.
Buddhism is the national religion of Thailand, but there are some Muslims in southern Thailand. Although the gospel first reached Thailand about 200 years ago, evangelicals are still less than 1% of the population. Sadly, even among these, spiritual maturity—holy living and biblical understanding—is lacking. The burden of Jacob’s heart is for training church leaders and laypeople. Thai church leaders need to be taught systematic theology and established in holiness. “Our goal is to help raise up leaders who walk with God faithfully and are able to train their own people without dependency on us,” Jacob says.
The Litchfields have five children: Rees, Misha, Hadassah, Darlene, and Clara.