Arrivals

Mark & Shirley Sinclair

 

 

What is your current ministry?

Alongside acting as OMF Cambodia's Member Care Advisor, Shirley provides clinical supervision to both Cambodian and expat Christian counsellors and counselling students in several NGO, clinic and university contexts.

Mark is the part-time Personnel Manager for OMF Cambodia, but is also Professor of Computer Science at the National Polytechnic Institute of Cambodia (NPIC). There he mainly teaches Cambodian university teachers in both Computer Science and Telecommunications.

Highlight of your term?

For Mark, it has been helping establish the SIL Language Software Development Unit at NPIC (there also three in the USA, and one in Thailand). The unit is working on keyboard standards that are already impacting the use of non-English languages on computers and smartphones all around the world. 

For Shirley, it has been the growth of several mental health related initiatives, including God unexpectedly bringing new skilled and enthusiastic colleagues to address this often-neglected area.

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

We have two adult children, Lisa (25) and Martin (23), who both grew up in Cambodia, but now work and study in the UK. It will be great to see them in person - not just on Skype - again (as well as all our other relatives and friends).

What can we pray for your future and your field?

We are taking an earlier than originally planned home assignment due to concerns about the health of Mark's Mam who, although 87, is still living independently. Please pray we will be able to ensure a safe environment for her before our return to Cambodia, God willing, later this year.  

Rod & Glenda Thomas

What is your current ministry?

Our aim is to bring Sendai Evangelical Christian Church to independence with its own church building and Japanese pastor. We are also trying to plant a daughter church at Gamo near the harbour and are having various events like monthly Sunday Chapel and biweekly beginners Bible study.

Since the tsunami in 2011 we have had many evangelistic outreaches to evacuees. These were mostly mini-concerts held in temporary housing sites. All but one of these have closed now and so we hold them in new reconstruction housing in the tsunami-affected area. 

Highlight of your term?

In July the baptism of two men in their 40s who came to faith. May there be many more.

What’s the most unexpected thing you have seen this term?

Miyuki, a believer in a psychiatric unit, has been completely transformed since reading her Bible from cover to cover. She is cheerful and her depression has gone.

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

We missed our family. We hope to be a blessing to our supporters and to expand our support network during our short home assignment from February to May.

What can we pray for your future and your field?

Pray for those who have heard the gospel to believe and the churches to be firmly established, and for us to be refreshed in our home assignment. 

Lindy Hope

What is your current ministry?

Mine was the very best ‘job’ in the Philippines, helping produce Christian books, and coaching new editors on the staff of OMF Lit, Manila. I write this halfway through my last home assignment; it's called ‘moving towards retirement’!

Highlight of your term?

It was all good. But the special ‘feel good’ moments were seeing new books delivered when the deadlines had seemed impossible. One of these challenging books was Motivate! on parenting but I believe this book will be used to change lives. 

And a highlight bound up with leaving Manila was receiving two books of memories — one from missionary colleagues and Filipino OMF workers, with assorted memories and comments on these past forty plus years! The other was a booklet of letters from many of the hundred or so OMF Lit staff — all very humbling.

What have you most missed or looked forward to about being back in the UK?

In my first years in the Philippines I was on the island of Mindoro, without electricity — this was a few years ago now(!) — and we missed things like apples, bacon and ice cream. Travellers from Calapan brought ice cream packed in dry ice, consumed before even opening the door of our kerosene fridge!

Living in Manila, the food items we missed a few years back we can buy now in large supermarkets, limited only by one’s budget. What I have missed most and what I looked forward to was seeing more of family and friends, especially now all my friends seem to be getting a little older, like me.

What can we pray for your future and for the Philippines?

For me — that I would know where I should settle for these first months and years back in the UK. I am less than an hour’s drive from my elder sister and brother-in-law — and I would like to be a help and encouragement to them and to some of my adult nephews and nieces. My younger sister lives in North Yorkshire, and I look forward to seeing more of her too.

For the Philippines, pray for wise government. For OMF Lit, please pray that God would provide a godly and wise general manager, and wise board members to guide the publishers forward.