55 years in Thailand

Having served in Thailand since 1966, Alan and Maelynn Ellard have made the decision to return to the UK this autumn.

Initially working with OMF, the Ellards joined the ACET family in 1991 in response to the HIV pandemic in Thailand. With a heart to motivate the Thai church to reach out to people infected and affected by HIV, ACET Thailand became one of our first overseas partners, and is still going strong today under the capable leadership of Nataya Senatong. Nataya and her team provide a life-skills programme in high schools that is vital due to the rising incidence of HIV, drug addiction and pregnancy among young people.

In 1997, ACET Thailand’s magazine ‘Love your Neighbour’ reached Pastor Kitisak Limtanakulchai and his wife Jariya, who were already caring for people with AIDS and had opened their home to two AIDS orphans. This was the birth of the House of Grace, a home where many orphans have been supported since with education, medical care, preparation for adulthood and a Christian family upbringing.

All this time, Alan and Maelynn have been faithfully assisting ACET Thailand and House of Grace, building up an army of supporters who provide donations and prayer. We are so grateful for their amazing service and wish them all the best as they leave Thailand.

Pastor Kitisak’s daughter, Mae, has taken over correspondence with House of Grace supporters.