What is your current ministry?
My current ministry is split between three things: a) being the Language Adviser at the Japanese Language and Culture Centre (JLCC); b) serving at my church; c) intermittent student work. The majority of my time is spent coaching students and teachers at JLCC. What is the highlight of my term? Moving to a new church and feeling I was able to contribute something again. This church is significantly older than the one I was at previously, so I have been discovering a latent ministry to the elderly. A couple of gentlemen in their 80s are very interested in the gospel, praise the Lord!
What’s the most unexpected thing you have seen this term?
The earthquake in September 2018. Sapporo is usually very safe from these. But we had a very big one indeed with a lot of damage and power cuts.
What have you missed most or are most looking forward to about being back in the UK?
The British countryside, English beer and the light summer evenings - I live in a concrete environment where the latest it gets dark is 7:15 pm.
What can we pray for your future and OMF Japan?
OMF Japan is changing, with many people (including myself) leaving the country. At the same time, there is a vision for 200 workers (150 full time and 50 short-term workers or friends working in Japan connected with OMF) by 2020 created by our field leadership team a couple of years ago. While this seems unlikely, God is a God of miracles, so, please pray with us to see this vision fulfilled! I do not know personally what the next step is as I feel the call to serve the Japanese people (in a formal, missionary sense) has been taken away. However, I know that God is completely in charge of every last little circumstance of my life, so I am looking forward to whatever sphere he leads me to.
Alex & Marguerite McCann
What is your current ministry?
Alex teaches the ‘Matthew to Acts’ and ‘Romans to James’ modules to first year students at Phnom Penh Bible School (PPBS). He is also the chair of the board of SONOKO, the Fellowship of Cambodian Christian Students, which became a member of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) in 2019. In addition, Alex is the Personnel Manager for OMF Cambodia. Marguerite is Team Leader for the OMF Cambodia Support Team – all the people and roles that support the rest of the team to be on the field, as well as being the Serve Asia Coordinator for Cambodia.
Highlight of your term?
Alex – Seeing students at PPBS growing in their understanding of Scripture and looking at how to apply to it their lives and to their Cambodian context.
Marguerite – Having several Serve Asia (short-term) workers who came to Cambodia during the past two years accepted to return longer-term in 2020.
What are you most looking forward to about being back in the UK?
What are you most looking forward to about being back in the UK? We are both looking forward to catching up with friends, family and supporters whose prayers have carried us through a rather stressful couple of years. Alex is also looking forward to reacquainting himself with the delicatessen counter at Tescos and less dangerous driving experiences! Marguerite is looking forward to thinking in only one language.
What can we pray for your future and for Cambodia?
Earlier this year, Alex was diagnosed with Lupus, an autoimmune disorder which attacks his kidneys and joints. This condition is being managed with medication, but leaves him vulnerable to infection. Please pray for wisdom for how live and minister in Cambodia with this condition. It has also been a hard year for OMF Cambodia with the sudden death of one of our members in April 2019. Pray for our members, and especially our field leadership, that they would have wisdom in how to move forward, and to lead the team well and effectively.