Ben & Charity Kibbe
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Ben moved to Thailand with his parents at the age of 14 and lived there until age 19. He attended an International Christian school in Bangkok and was involved in different ministries with his parents. Over the 14 years back in the US, Ben made multiple trips back to Thailand praying for an opportunity to return long term. Ben studied Bible at Word of Life Bible Institute and Cedarville University.
Charity was born in Quito, Ecuador and is a third generation missionary. Her grandparents served in Nigeria and Mexico and her parents in Ecuador. She attended the Alliance Academy and then studied nursing at Bethel College in Indiana. After college Charity took a nursing job in ICU at a hospital in Maine. She and Ben met while working there together in 2003 and were married in 2004.
Ben and Charity have two daughters, Lydia (8) and Evelyn (5).
The Kibbes moved to Damascus, Ohio in 2011 to come on staff at DFC. They spent one year as “Missionaries in Residence” to serve at the church, become part of the community, and prepare for long term work in Thailand as Friends missionaries. In August 2012 DFC sent the Kibbes to Chiang Rai, Thailand to work amongst the Lahu people.
They joined a ministry team with Ben’s parents and three Lahu couples and began language and cultural studies.
Thailand has about 70 million people. The main ethnic group and language is Thai. Northern Thailand also is home to many minority hill tribes who have migrated from China through Myanmar and Laos into Thailand. Less than 1% of the population of Thailand is Christian. There are not any Friends Churches yet and the Kibbes are the first Friends missionaries to Thailand.
The Kibbes work among the Lahu people group and ethnic Thais, making disciples among those who have not heard the Gospel.
The Lahu are animists and worship a god called ‘’Geusha.’’ They also accept ancestor worship. Worship means respect and reverence to the view that one owes one’s life and existence to one’s birth given by your ancestors. Some Lahu are influenced by Buddhism and Christianity. The Lahu are monogamous and live in villages structured around the nuclear family.
Timeless prayer requests:
- Language proficiency/ ability to communicate clearly
- Multiplication of disciples
- Spiritual growth and leadership development in our team
Ben and Charity's life verse:
"And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you undertand and experience all the good things we have in Christ." ~ Philemon 1:6
The main focus of the Kibbes’ ministry in Thailand is to make disciples among the people of Southeast Asia and train people to do the work of the ministry: evangelizing, making disciples and growing His church.
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