Arrivals

Priscilla

What is your current ministry?

Student ministry.

Highlight of your term?

There were no Christians in the faculty at my new university, so I asked God to show me if there were any believers among my students. In the first week of class, a student asked why I came to East Asia. ‘My story’s a bit strange…does anyone believe in God?’ To my surprise, everyone pointed at a boy at the front. I proceeded to shock the students by explaining that God had told me to go to East Asia. The boy came to me during the break and told me he was a Christian. At the end of class, a shy girl stayed behind and confessed that she’d recently believed but had barely told anyone. Over the course of the semester, these students became dear friends. I had the privilege of watching them grow, as well as seeing their impact on their classmates. I didn’t have Christian colleagues in my faculty, but God encouraged me with students in one of my own classes!

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

I look forward to catching up with friends and supporters, and exchanging stories about how God has been at work in our lives.

How can we pray for your future and your field?

My team currently consists of one family and myself. Pray for more workers to join us. For my return to the field, a job is not always guaranteed, so please pray for a job and visa. For our field, please ask for more people to be willing to creatively use their professions to serve among the people of East Asia – the need is enormous.

Andrew

What is your current ministry?

I have a medical job in a large Asian city, working in a secular environment alongside local and foreign colleagues in a private hospital. I also serve as field medical advisor for our team and on the music team at our church.

Highlight of your term?

Conducting a wedding was a first for me! Our annual team conference this year was also amazing. I have journeyed with some of these teammates, many based in other cities, for about two decades. As a medical advisor I have the privilege of walking alongside these trusted friends through highs and lows as they serve faithfully year after year. In particular, it was a great joy to sing praise to God alongside team members who have been through cancer treatments and others who have recovered from serious infections in recent months. It was moving to be ‘sent off’ as I return to the UK for an extended period.

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

Meeting a local Christian lawyer who has been in prison. It was beautiful and inspiring to see his gentleness and lack of bitterness.

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

Family and close friends. The pain of being apart has not lessened over time.

What can we pray for your future and your field?

For the team: wisdom in working alongside the local church, and for more workers to join us in these strategic but high-pressure Asian megacities.

For me: adjustment to life in the UK during the coming year.

For more medical advisors: we need field medical advisors and also a new international medical advisor to lead the team in Singapore.

 

Chris & Kesia Pain

With Caleb, Jonathan, Carys & Megumi

What is your current ministry?

For the past term we have been involved in regional leadership in Japan (Hokkaido Director, serving a group of about 30 missionaries), outreach to business people and friendship evangelism.

However, in April 2017 the Lord called our friend, David Ferguson, the Japan Field Director, home to be with him. So, since December 2017 we have been serving as Field Director. As leaders, our heart is to help our colleagues thrive and be fruitful in their lives and ministry. We also want to bring the needs of Japan to the attention of the world Church. Japanese people are the second largest unreached people group in the world, but missionary numbers in Japan have been steadily declining since 1985.

Highlight of your term?

Highlights include walking with the missionaries we have been responsible for, helping them discern God’s will in their ministry and family lives.

Walking with Japanese people on their journey to faith is thrilling: Mrs Glory-Flower came to faith through the horrific murder of her friend and journalist Kenji Goto in Syria in 2015, and Mrs High-Bridge came to faith after seeking help from her distressing family situation.

Both our sons were also baptised this term. 

 

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

Having time with family, friends and supporting churches and individuals. And flavoursome cheese! 

What can we pray for your future and your field?

Do pray with us for spiritual breakthrough in Japan. Pray for more workers who are desperately needed and for the Field’s work as we build for the next generation in Japan. We are grateful for those deputising to enable us to take a home assignment – pray for them. Please pray for us to daily walk humbly with our God, as well as for our children.