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“Everyone is Somebody’s Child, and that Somebody is God.”
John Robinson has had an astonishing journey: from brutal foster homes, through borstal, prison and life on the streets, to his discovery of the transforming love of Christ. Today he leads the very effective Eden Bus Ministry on Manchester’s toughest estates, where drugs are everywhere and drive-by shootings commonplace. The volunteers rely on skill, teamwork, prayer support and courage.

He is also the author of Nobody’s Child, Somebody’s Child and Street Smart. 

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Recently John received an Unsung Heroes Award. He and his wife Gillian, a Church of England minister, have two daughters and a son. He and his family are now Crosslinks missionaries based in Bangkok.

To learn more about his books and his work, please contact us.

The Place of Grace

The Place of Grace Ministries is a Christian project which runs children’s clubs, youth groups, a food bank, and groups for children and teenagers interested in learning more about God. By seeking instruction through prayer and reaching out to the local community leaders, our work in the Mahathai communities is done in a supportive, sustainable way. Our mission is to see lives transformed by the grace of God. 

Who Are We?
The Place of Grace was started in 2011 by John and Gillian Robinson, Crosslink mission partners. We are currently in the process of setting up foundation status in Thailand and  have charity status in the UK. John is a licensed Youth and Community worker and is also the author of several books: 'Nobody's Child', 'Somebody's Child' and 'Street Smart'. For more information on the books, please click here. Gillian is an ordained minister in the Church of England.

Prayer Ministry at the Place of Grace

Once a month on a Wednesday evening we offer evenings of worship, teaching and prayer ministry. If you would like to come along, please contact us for the next dates. Everyone is welcome.

The evenings run from 6.30-8.30pm at the place of grace. We start with worship, then have a time of teaching and an opportunity for prayer ministry by trained prayer ministers. The evenings are in Thai and English. we deal with such topics as getting to the root of our problems, healing emotional pain, forgiveness, the Father heart of God and freedom from past mistakes.

  • Prayer Ministry -individual appointments

We offer prayer ministry for Christians who need it who live in Bangkok. We are sorry but we are unable to offer ministry to those passing through the city.

Prayer Ministry

We are able to offer ministry in English or in Thai. If you are struggling with issues in your life, you are welcome to apply for a time of personal ministry. All prayer ministry is confidential, and all nationalities are welcome.

Please contact us if you are in need of ministry.

Childrens’ and Teenagers’ Clubs

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We run children’s clubs and young peoples’ clubs most days of the week. We provide a safe place to play, relationship and encouragement, as well as Christian stories and crafts. Children come from across the mahathai communities, and are divided into days according to communities.


The children and teenagers who attend clubs at the place of grace all live in the local slum communites. Most of them go to school, but many live in extended families where grandparents or guardians struggle to feed them and work long hours. We provide a safe place for them to play, we collect donations of children's clothes to distribute to the children to replace their worn clothing, and we try to ensure better health by providing fruit at our clubs. We are also grateful for donations of toys and games which are in working order.

If you would like to know more about the clubs we run please contact us.


Mahathai Communities Foodbank

The Mahathai communities foodbank is now open!

It is based on the structures of foodbanks in England, and is only for the people living in the local Mahadthai slum communities. It is based around a voucher system, run by the local communities, and local churches and businesses are donating food which is stored and distributed at the place of grace to those with vouchers only.

The foodbank is staffed by volunteers from local churches, and will be open for distribution weekly to the hungry.

If you can help with donating food, please see the list below for the items we require. We have a list for donated items. We also are grateful for donations of money to buy eggs so we can ensure the food bank provides food which is nutritious.

We can arrange to collect donations of food.

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We are grateful for donations of:

  • rice, small bags 1kg and 2kg
  • tinned fish
  • sweet and savoury snacks
  • fruit juice
  • mama noodles
  • plain noodles
  • jok cups
  • tinned fruit and vegetables
  • milk drinks
  • cooking oil
  • fish sauce
  • baby milk
  • coffee sachets
  • milo or ovaltine sachets
  • condensed milk tins
  • sugar
  • iced tea sachets
  • nam phrik pauw
  • coconut milk
  • curry sauce packets


We also take donations of toiletries which we give to people who attend the food bank when we have them.

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