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Cambodia Boarding Academy – Howell Family Relaunch
The Howell Family: Lloyd, Natalie, Danielle, and Alysa, left to serve as missionaries in Cambodia in January 2020. They have been working with Miranda Lundby and the Cambodia Adventist Mission to help build an Adventist boarding academy, a desperate need for the fledgling church in Cambodia. They are also helping to train the teachers who will work at the academy when it is finished. They returned in June to take care of some loose ends and have not been able to go back due to covid. They have now returned and have gone through the mandatory 2 weeks quarantine just in time for the country to enter lock down so they are stuck in a hotel in Phnom Penh. Prayers are needed!
Children’s Home and Training Property Purchase – Norton
The Norton family has been working in the previously un-entered city of Sukhothai, in north central Thailand. They have accepted children from terrible, abusive places into their home and now their home is too small with very little place for the kids to play. They’ve found a property of 11 acres about 25 minutes outside the city with multiple homes already built and plenty of room to work and play for the children. They also envision a Bible worker training center being established on this property, which is desperately needed in Thailand. Even though it seems expensive, this is an amazing steal at this price.
Here’s a short video about this beautiful property.
During a recent trip to Bangladesh, our Filipino missionaries discovered a school building that had been built over 20 years ago but had been lying dormant for the last 15 years or so. We have a great desire to reestablish this school because schools are a very powerful and needed way to build up the church for the next generations!
JFA Evening Schools
COVID-19 Update: The schools are going strong through this pandemic. The teaching has been reduced to just a few minutes but the feeding has been ongoing and supported by the government (much appreciated, actually) and is more important now than ever since many of the families that we serve are on the edge of poverty already and many have lost a lot of work. These schools are a lifeline for them.
JFA Evening Schools provide education and a nourishing meal for children in poverty-stricken situations. These schools operate in the evenings and are a much needed resource to help the children gain a better education and fight the ever-present challenge of malnutrition.
$7/month is all it takes to provide two hours of education and a healthy meal six days a week to a child at our evening schools!
Bible Worker Training
Many of our Bible Workers in Asia have very little formal education and a varied amount of Bible training. They have a love for God and know His voice and spend a lot of time in the Bible and in prayer, but with so few pastors compared to the need these simple but wonderful workers are often shouldered with the responsibility of caring for a church, sometimes two or three churches. They need training where they can sharpen their skills in studying the Bible and sharing the Gospel. This fund will help facilitate the upbuilding of the Church through training our Jesus for Asia Bible Workers.
Widows’ Sewing Schools
There are over 40 million widows in India and they are often forced to beg or sell themselves to make a living because they are uneducated and can’t get a job. Our Widows’ Sewing School is changing that, one woman at a time! This school teaches the women how to sew, giving them with a better way of providing for their families! Currently, we are working on opening up another Widows’ Sewing School in Odisha.
In the mountains of Manipur, Northeast India, lies a school that has been supported by 3 local SDA churches for several decades. It has fallen on hard times, with stiff competition from nearby Catholic schools. We are working with 3ACM ministries and Dennis and Judy Skandunas to rebuild this school, especially for our Adventist young people so they have a chance to learn about the true character of God and strengthen the work there for now and the future.
Young Missionary Training
In the mission field knowing how to ride a motorbike is often a basic life skill, like knowing how to swim or drive a car. Several of our missionaries do most of their daily travel on motorbikes. We have some young people here in America that aspire to join them some day and we believe it would be safer to teach them here in controlled conditions before they get out there. This will enable them to a) be accepted by the missionaries and b) not be a hindrance to their work when they join them.
We would like to buy 3 used off-road motorbikes and a trailer to haul them. These can be sold when no longer needed and the funds put back into the work.
Cambodia Education – Miranda
Miranda Lundby is pursuing her Master’s degree in Education with the goal of building the first Seventh-day Adventist boarding academy in Cambodia! Many young people in Cambodia leave the church in their high school years because they have no Adventist school to attend. This fund helps support Miranda as she studies and labors to make this dream a reality.
Cambodia Boarding Academy
Cambodia is 95% Buddhist, with only 3,000 active SDA’s in a country of 18,000,000 people. Many of our young people in the church do not have the option of attending an Adventist high school which has a Christ-centered environment. This school will give them the opportunity to see Christian principles at work on a daily basis and will make a huge impact in many lives. We are working together with the church leadership in Cambodia to establish it, in fact this was their idea that they developed in a strategic planning session in 2015.
Current status: We have purchased 32 acres, had it checked for landmines, and leveled the building area. We would have the first school building finished by now but Covid got in the way. We need to drill a well, bring electricity onto the property, and build a small house for the Howell family to live there, as well as the first school building.
Here’s a 2 minute video explaining the need and how this project got started: Cambodia Boarding Academy Preview
If you’d like to hear more of the story, we’ve recorded a couple “Jesus for Asia Now” shows for broadcast on 3ABN. Here they are:
The total goal for the entire school is $500,000. Currently we have the land and enough funds to build the first school building. We are needing to build a small house for the principle and her family. We estimate the cost to be about $24,000.
Cambodia Teacher Training
Thank you, Donors. Enough funds were raised for the matching grant!! We are excited to see what God does for these young people through their training.
The dream is a boarding academy that will train up young people to be the pillars of the church. However, there is no one qualified to be the faculty of this school. So Miranda plans to sponsor 6 teachers through to a bachelor’s degree plus provide hands-on training in Adventist doctrines and values, natural remedies, and outreach.
$3,600 will provide them a year’s tuition, living expenses, and a small stipend as they go door to-door sharing Christ.
Worthy Student Fund
One of the most effective long term mission strategies is to invest in the Adventist eduction of our young people, many of whom are first generation into the church and have no Adventist background. An adventist eduction will them that daily experience with other Christians.
Bangkok Center of Influence
The Center Of Influence the Atwells are working on will offer health related resources and practical training to help improve the health of the community in Bangkok. Since the video below was produced, they have secured a building and renovated it, including building a climbing wall and partially outfitting a kitchen.
West Mindoro Outreach & Feeding Program
There is a people group deep in the mountains of Mindoro, an island in the Philippines, that live in deep fear and superstition that keeps them from education and proper nutrition. Our team of missionaries are winning hearts through educating their children and providing food for them. They are also showing them the power of a risen savior over the evil spirits that rule their lives. The children often go all day without food while their parents are out scavenging in the jungle for something edible. Your gift will sponsor a missionary, Bible worker, and some food for these poor starving children.
SUD Mission Projects
Southern Asia Division Mission Projects
We have a dream of several small “Lifestyle Community Centers” in every large city in India. These centers will be places where people can come to mingle and learn, to be inspired and discipled for Jesus. Another mission project is to train “Lifestyle Coaches” to lead the ministry in these Community Lifestyle Centers. These are just two of the Southern Asia Division’s Mission projects that we are hosting. Others include: hospital and church renovations and assisting students to attend SDA schools. Please note where you would like your donation used.
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Travis Sharon lives by himself in a remote jungle area near the Thai-Burma border where he is building a school. He spends his time constructing the school buildings, planting a garden, and visiting the local villages. This video by Jesus for Asia Foreign Correspondent Jonathan Hill highlights why Travis is doing this work.
Life Changing Stories
One of the greatest needs in sharing the gospel is training our workers into deeper understanding of present truth and developing an Adventist healthy lifestyle. Armani* and Ariana* are gifted trainers with a well-developed systematic curriculum for a 4-month program which they hope to utilize in many different places throughout Asia.
Translation and printing of materials are needed for many different languages.
AOY SALT Malaysia
AOY SALT is an evangelistic school in Malaysia that trains young people to be effective Bible workers. Your donation will help to sponsor graduates for full time Bible work, and support new students enrolling every year. It costs $300/month to support a Bible worker in Malaysia through AOY SALT Malaysia.
The Institute of East Asia Training, with Eugene and Heidi Prewitt, serves budding missionaries from the countries of Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore and Malaysia. These young people are trained in the arts of winning hearts, selling books, teaching doctrines, planting congregations, and reaching unreached groups. Extensions of the iEAT program that serve in Indonesia are listed as a separate project.
The Institute of East Asia Training Extension equips and develops self-supporting missi
onaries for South East Asian countries. Here they are trained to reach people, through teaching, preaching and holistic healing.