Arrivals

Miriam Davis

What is your current ministry?

Primarily evangelism and Bible teaching in an established Japanese church in Sapporo, Hokkaido.  I have also been heavily involved in working with the interdenominational Hokkaido Gospel Broadcast Ministry.

Most unexpected thing this term?

Being asked to speak at a funeral service for a believing but not yet baptised friend who died very suddenly. The request came from the non-Christian husband whom I hardly knew. I only had two hours to prepare and didn’t know until I got there if I was going to be sharing the service with a Buddhist priest or not! (Thankfully it turned out to be a ‘non-religious’ ceremony without priest and prayers.)
I unmistakeably felt the grace of the Lord carrying me through, though I was totally shattered the
next day!

What are you most looking forward to about being back in the UK?

Spending more time with elder siblings and their families, particularly the ever-growing number of great-nephews and nieces!

How can we pray for your future and your field?

Pray for the Japan field in the upcoming transition to a new Field Director, which entails many other changes in leadership around the field. For myself, this home assignment leads to retirement. As it is 42 years since my first arrival in Japan and 31 since joining OMF, re-entry will not be easy.

I am challenged by the following adapted from John Piper. ‘Transition is a time to reaffirm that the defining reality of my life is not in my ministry and my life in Japan but an opportunity to re-identify with who I am in Christ; to identify in this – Jesus loves me and gave himself for me.’ 

Evie

What is your current ministry?

My current ministry is supporting Third Culture Kids (TCKs) and their families in East Asia, based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  I prepare and coordinate biblical discipleship programmes for the TCKs while their parents are in training sessions and annual conferences. 

A highlight of your term?

When one little boy in the 3-4s group at a conference burst into song with, ‘This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…’  This encouraged me to keep praying that many of these TCKs will know the reality of Jesus living in their lives and that he has a plan for them.

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve seen this term?

Not long after I got my scooter, I rode behind a guy with a large dog strapped with bungee-cords onto the back of his motorcycle!

What are you most looking forward to about being back in the UK?

I’ve missed a good roast beef dinner with all
the trimmings, so I’m looking forward to that
and reconnecting with my family, friends and supporters.

How can we pray for your future and your field?

My prayer is that others will join the TCK ministry team in many different ways, as dorm parents, assistants and others, to help provide good TCK programmes at the various training sessions and conferences. 

Brian & Laureen Powell

What is your current ministry?

We started this term in Davao City in the southern Philippines, leading a small team of workers amongst one of the minority groups called the Manobo. We envisaged being there for six years, when we expected the team to have fully handed over to local believers. However, after only two and a half years we were asked to take up the role of orientation course coordinators in Singapore, helping new OMF members in their transition to work with OMF and life in Asia. We have now been in this role for two years.

A highlight of your term?

Earlier this year we returned to the Manobo village where we used to work. On the Sunday 12 people were baptised at the waterfall that they used to be afraid to visit because of the evil spirit who lived there. It was a great joy to see such a transformation, and to see the church full to overflowing. They were so happy to see us and have us take part in the morning service, that they decided to have an evening service as well, so I had to come up with a second sermon!

How can we pray for your future and your field?

After our home assignment we are looking forward to continuing as orientation course coordinators. Please pray for our decisions concerning the schooling of our daughters, Ruth and Anwen.
They have been home-schooled these past two years, but we do not feel it is right to continue with that when we return. However, the alternative to home-schooling is not yet clear.