Name: Ram Prasad and Kesari Shrestha
Sending Organizations: National Missions Commission of Nepal (NMCN) along with AsiaCMS
Family: Amulya (Son) and Ashama (Daughter)
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
CoMP Since: 2002
Ram and Kersari Shresta are the first couple to serve as part of the Co Mission Partner Program. Based in Kathmandu Nepal, they have been instrumental in founding NMCN which works alongside churches in Nepal to training and resource missionaries to serve in different parts of Nepal as well as areas bordering India, Bhutan and Tibet.
Nepal is just emerging from years of armed conflict and is faced with low levels of infrastructure, education, healthcare, employment and food production. This situation is static in face of unstable political situation and breakdown of state machinery in various parts of the country. Frequent strikes and ‘bandhs’ ( blocking streets and bringing vehicular traffic to a halt ) by various groups make development even more difficult .
There is urgent need to capacity build church leaders in their leadership skills and theological foundation. Many church leaders are held back from formal theological training due to lack of academic qualification requisite for them, family and ministry responsibilities and financial constraints are other reasons.
Besides sending out people in mission in collaboration of local churches , NMCN provides a missionary training program to train and equip missionaries, Mission training for pastors and leaders and workshops for Christian professionals and youth to encourage them to be linked and involved in Mission.
MNCN also runs and education program for children in slums and a wonderful work within prisons in Nepal , developing support structures and bible study groups within them.
Name : Rev. Lendehl Rey Sallidao
Sending Organizations : The Episcopal Diocese of Central Philippines ( EDCP) / AsiaCMS
Family : Faith Maymaya ( wife ) / Three sons ( Kurt Ivan , Kyle Sean and Keith Vincent )
Location : Metro Manila ( Philippines )
CoMP Since: 2010
Rev Lendehl leads ‘Jigsaw’, a ministry which seeks to respond to the challenges which confront the living conditions of children who live in vulnerable condition in the informal dwelling places of Metro Manila. The ministry focuses on families and envisions the growth of caring and loving families, communities and societies ; growth of faith, love and hope in the lives of children living in extreme poverty through kids club activities , school sponsorships, feeding programs , ministry to street children and ministry to teens and parents.
Rev Lendehl sees his ministry as living out his call to servant hood, representing and witnessing Christ and serving the poor, weak, sick and lonely. Besides his involvement in Jigsaw, He also carried out his pastoral responsibilities with St Luke’s Episcopal Church.
Lendehl’s wife Faith who is a Nurse by profession is a great support for him and the ministry.
Name : Mr H. Lalthatluanga ( Lalthaa ) and Mrs P. Lalnghakhleli ( Manghaki )
Sending Organizations : Synod Mission Board – Presbyterian Church of Mizoram ( SMB- PCM ) / AsiaCMS
Family: son ( Vanlalmuanpuia )
Location: Jaffna (Sri Lanka )
CoMP Since: 2008
Lalthaa and Manghaki serve with the St. John’s College, a CMS founded school located in the northernmost town of Sri Lanka called Jaffna. The country till 2009 had been embroiled in decade’s long violence and bloodshed. The northern parts, including Jaffna were the arena of this conflict. Though active violence has come to an end, the issues which led to this long period of violence remain along with the need for reconciliation.
Laltaa teaches science and mathematics and also couches sports. Manghaki serves as the school medical nurse. They are also involved in running a course called ‘Christian study Unit’ which seeks to provide Christian students with encouragement, resources and mentoring to be strengthened in faith.
The school draws students from both Tamil and Sinhalese community and has also taken in students from refugee camps. It is a challenge for them to be involved in nurturing and guiding young lives from two ethnic communities and reflecting Christ’s love. Once their son grows older, they wish to be involved with wider ministry of the school and church in the region.
Before coming to Sri Lanka in mid-2012, they had served for three years in a school in Kashmir, India as Co Mission Partners.
Name : Issac and Dolly Jeyakumar
Sending Organizations : TAFTEE / AsiaCMS
Family: Gifty ( Daughter )
Location : New Delhi (India )
CoMP Since: 2010
Isaac and Dolly are based in New Delhi, India. Isaac serves as the regional coordinator ( North India ) for TAFTEE (The Association for Theological Education by Extension) . Dolly works closely with her husband and assists him in his area of work. TAFTEE’s ministry in India seeks to equip Christians, from lay members to leaders theologically though various courses and programs.
Christian presence in north Indian states is estimated to be around 1%. Compared to southern India which has a much longer Christian and Mission history, northern India also faces a comparatively greater challenge arising from communal unrest, poverty, illiteracy and economic and social flux. It is in this context that Issac and Dolly feel that the need of the hour is to walk alongside new believers in the region to grow in the Word and discipleship. Local leaders need to be developed so that they can reach their own people more effectively and to mature and grow in their own language and cultural context.
They work in partnership with various Mission agencies, Churches and other Institutions to equip believers in the north Indian states of Delhi, UP, M.P, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand.
Isaac and Dolly left their careers in government service in 1994 to answer their call to mission. They have worked extensively in Bihar till 2006 before returning to Bangalore in take up training assignments. They returned to North India as CMS Co Mission Partners in 2010.
As we open the new office in Malaysia, please pray that we would be able to raise the profile of AsiaCMS with local churches and other organisations. As a start-up we need to look for volunteers and supporters to help with administration and raising awareness. Pray too, that we would be able to raise financial support so we can set-up the training programs we have planned for 2013 and continue our ongoing work across Asia.
From 17-27th Feb, Kang-San and Loun Ling will be in Delhi, meeting with CMS Mission Partners, Co-Mission Partners, together with Philip Mounstephen (Executive Leader CMS UK) and Paul Thaxter (Transcultural Director CMS UK) and a series of planning meetings with Board members and church leaders in India. Pray for Stephen Edison who is coordinating various meetings for our visits.
From 8-15th February, Kang San and Loun Ling will be speaking at Friends of China Field Conference’s 25th Year Anniversary celebrations to be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand. They will be giving the bible readings and conduct various seminars. Pray for our preparations and God’s blessings on the conference to be held in Thailand.
Please pay for Po Kau, Co-Mission partner serving in Nepal. For the first time we will be launching women leadership seminars in the eastern part of Nepal, please pray for this pioneering work. Women in Nepal have very limited access to training and often face prejudice.
Pray for Chuli Scarfe, AsiaCMS supporter, as she speaks at York, Church of Ceylon on 10th Nov 2012. She will meet with many Sri Lankan diaspora and explain some of the work AsiaCMS is involved in. Please pray for a fruitful partnership.
We have secured a rent-free office in Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The office will serve as the co-ordinating office for AsiaCMS. Please pray for the new team as they begin work together. Please also pray for the office set-up and all that will involve.