Tang Po Kau

Name : Tang Po Kau

Sending Organizations : Presbyterian Church Hong Kong Presbytery / Church Mission Society

Receiving Organisation : National Churches Fellowship of Nepal

Location : Kathmandu (Nepal)

CoMP Since: 2007

Po Kau  has been working in Nepal since 2007 . Her work is mainly focused on church leadership training with the Leadership Training department (LTD) and the Mission Commission on Nepal (MCN) which are wings of the NCFN.

Nepal’s Christian history until the 1990’s was one marked by persecution and restrictions. With more democratic freedoms during the 90’s , the church there has been growing at a big way, mainly in the central and eastern parts of the country.

However this growth is tempered by an ever growing need for proper and sound theological grounding for the church leadership and it is in this important sphere that PO Kau contributes. Nepal’s culture, both within the church and society at large ,  is still coming to terms with women in positions of leadership . Issues of gender and caste with deep roots in traditional Hindu society , continues to be a challenge within churches here.

Po Kau’s presence and the training on ‘women leadership skills ‘ ( with LTD ) which she delivers in different parts of Nepal is very important in this respect .

Po Kau was born in Hong Kong and growing up, had a traditional Chinese and Buddhist upbringing. She came to know the Lord in high school and after university and graduate school has worked for years as a social worker and a youth minister with the Cumberland Presbyterian church before coming to Nepal to serve.

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Esther John Gnanakan

Co – sending Organization: Lanka Evangelical Alliance Development Service (LEADS)

Location: Colombo(Sri Lanka)

CoMP Since: February 2012

Sexual abuse of children is one of the least reported and most prevalent form of sexual abuse around the world. Difficult as it is to even think about, sexual abuse of children of all ages including infants, happens everyday. According to a 2009 study published in Clinical Psychology Review that examined 65 studies from 22 countries, the global prevalence of child sexual abuse has been estimated at 19.7% for females and 7.9% for males. In Sri Lanka the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA), estimates over 20,000 cases of child abuse may occurred in the first half of this year (2012). Sri Lanka is principal source of child pornography for the market in the United States and Europe. LEADS estimates that there are 30,000 boy prostitutes in the country most of whom are between the age group of 6 and 14.

Because of the shame associated with sex and sexual abuse in Asia, most cases go unreported which puts into perspective the sheer challenge posed by this evil which is a constant threat to our children.

Esther is a CMS Co–Mission Partner who works with LEADS ‘ESCAPE project’ which has a vision of eradication sexual abuse of children from the country. As a child psychologist, her work involves counselling and therapy for children. A significant part of her time also goes in raising awareness and advocating in this issue. This is a challenging ministry which takes its toll both physically and emotionally. Strengthened by her faith in the Lord and her love and burden for children, Esther’s ministry is a true reflection of His compassion. This project is one of the very few in the country which is specifically committed on this issue and serves in face of many challenges.

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