Tan Kang-San our executive director is facilitating 4 sessions this week at the Lausanne Global Leadership Conference on Global Collaboration for Engaging Buddhist World. Please pray for him as he leads these sessions on top of his AsiaCMS commitments and for a fruitful and useful conference.
This just came in from Marama, Diki’s husband (Co-MP serving Kathmandu Nepal – where they help run a project for children with special needs)
Please pray for Diki. She was recently admitted for surgery to remove a molar pregnancy. She is now suffering from an infection which seems to be serious and chemotherapy is being used to treat the infection.
Pray for Diki’s full and speedy recovery and for Marama as he looks after their 2yr old daughter Faith at this stressful time.
Aamir, our country manager for Pakistan asks for prayer for his family. Aamir’s wife Sheeba after a time of ill-health and low haemoglobin levels was admitted for surgery yesterday. Praise God that surgery went well. Pray also for full recovery for Sheeba and for God’s hand on the whole family at this difficult time.
We are delighted to have Michael Burke coming as a volunteer to the KL office next week. Michael was part of the CMS UK stewardship team and we hope to make use of these skills and experience. He will help with writting some publicity materials, preparing donor proposals and offer advice as we draw up our stewardship strategy for the coming year.
Pray for Mike as he leaves his family behind for 4 weeks. Pray that it would be an enjoyable time for him and his time will be fruitful. Join us in thanking God for this provision.
Name : Mr Saidingliana Sailo ( Saia) and Mrs Melody K Lalbuatsaihi
Sending Organizations : Synod Mission Board – Presbyterian Church of Mizoram ( SMB-APCM ) / AsiaCMS
Receiving Organisation : Padita Ramabai Mukti Mission
Family: two sons ( Abel and Jacob )
Location : Khedgaon , India
CoMP Since: 2008
Saia and his wife Melody, a trained staff nurse, have been with CMS since 2008 after completing their mission training in Mizoram. They serve with the Mukti Mission. Mukti is a Sanskrit word which means ‘freedom’
Mukti Mission was founded by Pandita Ramabai in 1889. She was born into a high caste Hindu family and educated at some of the best institutions of higher learning in both India and England at a time when women in India did not have access to even basic education. She encountered Jesus Christ during her time in England and came back to have an immense contribution both in India’s Christian heritage as well as social reform , most prominently, that related to women . She was a renowned Sanskrit scholar of her time and also translated the Bible into her native tongue, Marathi, from the original Hebrew and Greek texts.
Mukti Mission today continues to serve women and local communities, drawing on Pandita Ramabai’s values and with a strong Christian commitment and identity. Based in Khedgaon , a village an hour’s drive away from the city of Pune , the Mission runs orphanages , schools , a hospital and homes for the ‘unwanted’. All this work and infrastructure is literally centred on a historical church building which dates back to the establishment of the Mission.
Saia and Melody, with their background in nursing and education will be primarily involved with the schools and hospital, besides assisting with other aspects of the Mission’s work.
The couple has two sons Abel and Joseph.
Before their placement in Khedgon in 2012 , the family had served as co mission partners in Punjab in northern india
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.
Issac and Dolly Jeyakumar
Gifty ( Daughter )
New Delhi (India )
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.