Derek and Bonnie Burnett

Our God Story

Derek grew up in Markham, Ontario. Even though he attended church since he was a child, he did not make his own faith commitment to Christ until he was eleven. During his high school years, he developed a passion for law, but God changed all that in his senior year, replacing it with a burden for missions. On May 1, 1988, at a missions conference, he responded to God's invitation to serve as an international worker.

Bonnie grew up in South East Asia, born in Vietnam to C&MA missionary parents, but did her schooling in Philippines (after Vietnam fell) and Malaysia. She can't remember a day when she didn't believe in God, but she didn't know God like the way her parents did, until she was a freshman at Canadian Bible College when God met her in a significant way.

Derek and Bonnie met at CBC and have been married since 1993. They have three kids, Carlin, Jesse, and Jemma and have served in Thailand since 1999.

Current Priorities

We are mainly involved with teaching and mentoring Thai students at the undergraduate level. But we are also tasked with helping to increase student enrollment by traveling and speaking at various Thai CMA churches in the Northeast part of the country.

Our Team

Thailand Team

Least-reached People Group (LRPG)

We work with the Thai.


Pray that God would stoke a passion in our student's hearts for him and an unending desire to serve him with all their mind, soul and strength.

Pray that God would increase our ability to speak the Thai language clearly and effectively as all of our teaching and mentoring is done in Thai.

Pray for our kids, who are away from us, that they would be assured of God's love for them, and would see God work in their lives more clearly than ever before.


The Global Advance Fund covers our support and living expenses. All donations are tax deductible.  Make cheque payable to "C&MA Canada".



We have seen God move in incredible ways in answer to the prayers of his people. We would be grateful to have you join us in praying for the peoples of Thailand. You can contact us at in order to sign up for brief, but regular updates on our ministry.

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