Michelle Wilson

“Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh? 8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. 9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ “If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, 10 If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. 11 The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail."

Isaiah 58:6-11

the calling

Michelle Wilson had been a sender of missionaries through prayer and financial giving for thirty-five years before God called her to go out to the mission field.
In 2006, at a Pray Around the World service, at Calvary Chapel St. George, Michelle and her late husband Palmer first heard of the oppression of the Karen people by the Burmese government. Michelle felt led by the Lord to accompany the CCSG high school youth team on a short-term trip to Thailand in March 2008. When she returned, she told Palmer that he needed to go, so he could see the needs of the Karen people on the Thai/Burma border.
In July of 2009, Palmer and Michelle went to serve as short–term missionaries with Partners Relief and Development. They ministered to Karen refugees in the Mae La Refugee Camp in Thailand. They also visited the Family Home in Sangkhlaburi and the Safe House in Huay Malai, which are both orphanages for children. Upon their return to the US, they both felt God’s calling to make a long-term commitment to serve the Him, by serving the Karen people, in the Huay Malai village of Thailand.

The Ministry

In 2012 they moved to the Thai/Burma border to open and teach at the Leadership Training Center. Since the public school system ends at 4th grade, and because of the Burmese government’s ongoing attacks on the people within it’s borders, many ethnic groups have been denied the opportunity to raise their children in a normal, safe environment.  Their education is fragmented at best.  Most children and young adults are unable to receive a secondary or university education.   The Leadership Training Center accepts minority young adults from within Burma who have been recommended by their village leaders. They are taught the English language, along with computer and business skills necessary to become leaders in their churches, villages, and government.

Palmer & Michelle also made monthly visits to the disabled children at the Family Home which CCSG supports. The time spent encouraging and loving the children, the supervisor; Dodo, and the caregivers was a special time for everyone. In 2018, Palmer passed away after a decades long battle with cancer. Michelle continued to teach at the Leadership Training Center until the COVID pandemic closed the country to visitors. 
Currently Michelle is in America but is eager to return to the Thai/Burma border to share the love of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ. She is eager to resume building relationships with the people in and around Huay Malai Thailand. .