Lalthaa and Manghaki

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.

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Isaac and Dolly Jeyakumar

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.

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Raising Profile & Support in KL

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.

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India Visit

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.

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Friends of China Conference

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.

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Bhibin Shakya & Family – Nepal

Name : Bhibin Shakya

Sending Organizations : National Churches Fellowship of Nepal / Church Mission Society

Family: Romi ( wife) , Simran ( daughter ) and Sandesh ( son)

Location : Kathmandu (Nepal)

CoMP Since: February 2009

Bhibin Shakya serves as the Director of Grace Community Service ( GCS ) which is a social service ministry of the National Churches Fellowship of Nepal .

GCS seeks to reach out to people who are most marginalized and impoverished in the society . One important  aspect of their work is to raise awareness in the church and Christian community  and encourage the them to  reach out to those in need  in their local contexts . For the past two years , with CMS support GCS has been reaching out to churches in various parts of Nepal , making them aware on HIV/AIDS and removing stereotypes  and changing perceptions associated with the infection .

The organization has a special burden for people affected by HIV/AIDS and has been involved in raising awareness works  to transform lives of people living with it .

A large number of people from Nepal travel abroad as migrant workers. The majority go to work in India, the remainder to other  countries in Asia and the Middle East . They play a significant role in the transition of HIV/AIDS. Injecting Drug users are another major category at risk . Due to it being a sexually transmitted disease, there is discrimination and marginalization of people living with HIV/AIDS, both in the society in general  and even within the Church .  People affected often have to suffer discrimination and ostracization  because of lack of awareness and  misinformation about the disease .

Bhibin sees a growing need to reach out to them . The need is great but the laborers are few . GCS has plans to extend their service geographically and also seeks to build on their awareness , income generation , counseling and vocational initiatives . A major challenge in this is lack of adequate funds

Bhibin and his family live in Kathmandu which is the Capital of Nepal .

Personal Story from Grace Community Services :

Chinimaya Gayek, 24 years old lives at Ganga Basti village in Bardiya district. She has 8

years old son and a small hut. She had an arranged marriage with Yam Bahadur Gayek

when she was 16 years. Her husband had no proper job in the village. He got a small

piece of land from his parent where he made small hut

made by them.

Chinimaya says “He went India to earn money after a

month of our marriage. We were in communication for

8 months since then it’s already been 8 years he is out

of communication.” Many times she knew that he often

visited brothel and did not send money at home. She

also heard that he became ill in India and it must be he

infected by HIV that’s why he disappeared. Nobody

knows about him.

She was alone and helpless. If she managed morning meal then she should worry about

evening meal most of the day. She was helpless and hopeless. When she got involved in

the capacity building programme in the church, she knew about Jesus Christ first time in

her life. She got many friends in the church and got new life in Christ. Currently, she has

opened a small cosmetic shop in the village with the help of Grace Community Services.

She is no more alone and helpless an important thing is that she received Jesus Christ as

personal savoir.

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Manoj Pradhananga & family – Nepal

Name : Manoj Pradhananga 

Sending Organizations : National Churches Fellowship of Nepal / Church Mission Society

Family: Anjila ( wife ) , two daughters ( Shruti and  Smriti ) and a son ( Shrey)

Location : Kathmandu (Nepal)

CoMP Since: June 2007

Manoj Pradhananga serves as the director of the Leadership Training Department (LTD), which is one of the arms of the National Christian Fellowship of Nepal (NCFN)

Leadership training has been recognized as one of the main needs of the growing church in Nepal.  The church in Nepal is one of the fastest growing in Asia, however with this growth; there is also a parallel need for equipped leadership in the church.

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 .

In this context the short-term trainings which LTD provides have proved to be effective. Main trainings which they provide include a three month residential program for Christian leaders which impart basic Christian leadership skills. Another important training is focused on Women.  ‘Women Leadership Training’ is  pioneering in a culture in which women in leadership – both within the church and society in general – still needs to gain acceptance.  ‘Family Seminars’ are focused on strengthening marriages and family life.

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