Global Interaction - South East Asia
The IB number around 600,000 people composed of several ethnic and linguistic groups that were once ruled by a single powerful leader. They are a vibrant and friendly people scattered across a group of small islands in close geographical proximity. They lack many opportunities for education and employment available to other groups. Their animistic beliefs remain influential in daily life, even though they have adopted Islam. Only a handful of the IB people are followers of Jesus and very few have had an opportunity to learn about Him.
We support a family who are members of a cross-cultural team ministering among poor, rural and fishing communities that make up 70% of the population as well as university students and influential and educated members of society. They seek to establish communities of faith by building intentional and genuine relationships with IB people where the message and love of Jesus can be shared. They have established an education foundation that provides the opportunity to meet educational needs in a variety of areas such as English, agriculture, IT and health care.
Global Interaction - Silk Road
K people are strongly family oriented and are tightly connected to their communities. They are patient and resilient people, traditionally nomadic, living in a large country on the ancient Silk Road trade route between the Middle East and China.
K people are predominantly Muslim, while the wider population surrounding them practice Orthodox Christianity. Their Muslim faith is intertwined with traditional animistic beliefs relating to ancestors and shamanism. Although the number of believers is growing in the cities, still less than 1% of the population are Christian. They are grappling with transition into a globalised world and cultural differences make it difficult for K people to connect with Western or Orthodox style churches.
We support David and Eliza who are in a cross-cultural team engaged with local K people through involvement in rural community development projects and English language programs. They continue to explore new ways of working with local people to help them develop their full potential in a wholistic way. Teams are building relationships with K people, discipling new believers and working towards empowering faith communities within the cultural context.
Global Interaction - Malawi
The Yawo people live throughout Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. There are over 2.5 million Yawo people who live in rural villages, working primarily as subsistence farmers. These people face daily challenges of poverty, including hunger, limited access to education and exposure to malaria, HIV/AIDS and a host of other preventable diseases.
We support Robyn Hughes who is a member of one of the cross-cultural teams living among the Yawo people. They are encouraging the growth of the small communities of followers of Jesus through mentoring and discipling emerging leaders. The teams join the leaders in praying for and working towards the multiplication of these groups into many faith communities.
The teams also seek to empower the Yawo people to lift themselves out of poverty through health and adult education. Teams are working diligently alongside their Yawo brothers and sisters to deepen their understanding of the culture, the Portuguese (in Mozambique) and Ciyawo languages, and facilitate translation of the Bible into Ciyawo so that the Yawo can read of God’s love and hope in their own language.
Lawamena Incorporated is an independent organisation which strives to help orphans and refugee children in the war torn region of Ambon, Maluku (Indonesia). This organisation was formed in December 2000 and incorporated in 2002.
Lawamena seeks to provide an opportunity for children and orphans to have a proper education, to prevent a loss of opportunities. This generation of primary school aged children have witnessed killings and violence. Some may have killed to live. It is a generation that lived in refugee camps with very basic shelter and they have stopped going to school because their parents are no longer there with them or have lost their jobs thus no longer able to provide for their children’s education. These young children have the loss of a generation of high school age children who went to "war" and died. We should not allow this new, young generation to fade too.
Lawamena is currently working with two schools in the suburb of Karang Panjang in Ambon City: SD#29 (Primary) and SMP#1 (Junior High) and currently sponsors twelve children. We have students who have entered a number of senior high schools. Our desire is to expand our reach to additional children with similar needs. More information can be found at http://www.lawamena.org.au/
Leena Lavanya is the Director and Chief Executive of an organisation called Serve Trust. Located in Narasaroupet in south-east India in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Leena is a wonderful Christian with amazing faith, organisational skills, energy and a heart for the marginalised people of her area.
The people she works with include –
- HIVAids adults and orphaned children;
- Sex workers;
- Prison in-mates;
- Slum children;
- Those without access to education.
She has set up accommodation facilities for some of the above groups and has many local mission ministries beside the social work amongst the marginalised. Further information can be obtained from Serve Trust