Arrivals

Margaret Rugira

 

What is your current ministry?

I have been part of a team in Sendai, a city in the north-east of Japan, that has many universities and colleges. The team partners with local believers, seeking to share the good news of Jesus to the students and staff in those universities and colleges. We do this by having a presence on campus through teaching or cafes, and then inviting students to church or a home student gathering for games, food and Bible time.

What has been the highlight your term?

It was great to see Japanese and international students mixing together at our gatherings, inviting their friends to come and explore the good news of Jesus. It was then wonderful to see a couple of those friends get connected to church and begin to explore faith for themselves.

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

I missed the opportunity to hug my first baby niece and so I am looking forward to meeting her in person, as well as catching up with family. I also look forward to reunion with church family and meeting new members who have joined during the time I have been away.

What have you learnt from East Asians?

The power of community, displayed in doing things together, to attract people to come and find out more about what we believe, as demonstrated by the highlight mentioned above.

How can we pray for your future and OMF Japan?

Please pray for more teammates. Let us ask God to provide more workers, especially among students; so that he will raise up discipled graduates who will make an impact in Japan and the world. University and college students and staff are in a good position to reach out to other students and staff, so pray that God would grant them boldness to make the most of every opportunity he gives them where they are.

Heather Gage

 

What is your current ministry?

My highlight has been how the Christian message can be so easily part of the school environment. It has been wonderful seeing students grow in depth in their relationship with Christ and become leaders and role models to younger students.

What has been the most unexpected thing you've seen?

My most unexpected thing was the opportunities to be involved in a local church and in English classes. God has been good in providing the people that I needed to welcome me into their ministries and churches, who were patient with my limited Khmer. Learning to sing songs like ‘In His time’ in Khmer at church has been a cool experience.

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

I am looking forward to spending time and reconnecting with family, friends and my church.

What have you learnt from Third Culture Kids?

The last year has been a season of switching between meeting online and in person. The students have been examples of resilience and perseverance. Before the most recent school closure we had camp looking at the theme of John 16:33:
‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’ Watching a number of kids, despite their frustrations, trust in God and take comfort in this verse, was inspiring.

What can we pray for your future and where
you serve?

Pray for my role to be filled at HOPE International school and for every student to have a genuine relationship with Christ. Pray as I transition back into the UK and process my time in Cambodia and for guidance in what’s next.