Toni & Scott Johnson
We moved to Cambodia with our sons Liam and Eli in 2018. Since then God has continued to reveal to us His plans and the desires of His heart for this nation and its people. As a family, we are serving across a variety of ministries while balancing homeschooling for our son Eli.
Sports Ministry: Scott and Liam are both involved in a local sports ministry providing coaching, sports camps and carnival days to children aged two to twelve. Our vision is to expand the program out into the provincial areas as well as partnering with local NGOs to offer a broader range of sports options to underprivileged children. Scott has also stepped into the role of the head football coach for the HOPE International senior boys team.
Discipleship: We disciple a number of young Khmer men and women, as well as married couples and, are seeking to establish a young women’s Bible study and fellowship program.
Prison Fellowship Cambodia: Toni has been approved to join the Prison Fellowship Cambodia team. This involves fellowship visits and will hopefully expand into a much needed second teaching role in the Bible study program.
Business Coaching: We are both involved with a local Christian NGO providing mental health and wellbeing services, Scott in the capacity of business coach and Toni as a member of the advisory board.
Sovanny: Our family is currently supporting Sovanny, his wife Chuvy, and their 4-year-old son by teaching English, sharing the Gospel and providing financial support.
Prayer and Resources Space: The Lord has given us a vision for a prayer and resource space in our home. Currently, we are gathering Christian resources in both English and Khmer. We hope to expand this by purchasing and printing additional resources and furnishings to create a peaceful sanctuary for people to come and pray, read and fellowship.
We are so incredibly thankful to all those who continue to partner with us in prayer and financially as we seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those He places before us in this nation.
Rob & Jenny Blakely
EarthCare is a growing network of people and organisations based in Christchurch. We work in S.E. and Southern Asia, especially Cambodia and India. Our heart is to help people receive a revelation and understanding of God as our Father and how we are His sons and daughters in Christ.
Our projects involve running workshops, schools, speaking at meetings and designing and helping construct rural water supply and irrigation for villages, schools and farms. The local pastors and church planters we partner with are often in remote, rural areas.
Our workshops focus on sustainable, natural farming and gardening as well as simple nutrition within a biblical world view. As climate change continues to seriously impact the lives of millions of rural people, the doors are wide open with people from local religions and communities welcoming the work of EarthCare. We bring a message of repentance and hope for a new way of life - the gospel in the garden.
In the coming year we plan to work in:
• Cambodia, in the provinces of Battambang, Koh Kong and Kom Pot
• India, in the states of Nagaland, Assam, Sikkim, and Maharashtra
• The Philippines, in the Palawan Islands
• New Zealand, with meetings, workshops and projects partnered with Wai-ora Trust.
Extreme poverty and sex trafficking in India are totally connected. Freeset works with trafficked women and those most vulnerable to being exploited. We provide pathways to freedom: economic, spiritual and psychological. We want to provide more freedom for more families, and to do this we are making some big changes to our legal structures, systems, and practices. We are creating a new organisation called The Banyan Tree Company. This is a merger with Freeset, Liminal, and Freeset USA. This will give us a greater ability to impact change and see the most vulnerable and poorest of communities transformed.
My work in the area of training and development is growing to reflect the changing needs of the organisation. We are strengthening current training programmes in business and community development; especially in the areas of leadership and management, social service provision, and language learning (in our Language Centre). Because most women employed are illiterate, we are also introducing a literacy drive across the organisation. Our goal is for all 300 plus women employed to have some proficiency in the local language (Bangla), English and maths, for everyday skills like banking.
Geoff & Julie McGregor
We enjoy seeing God expand different areas of our work in Cambodia. Particularly with the addition of Scott & Toni Johnson from Christchurch and Wayne & Vanessa MacCarthy from Te Awamutu who have joined us with their families.
We host a church gathering which started at the beginning of 2019. There are 18 people (Cambodian and ex-pat) come together to worship and share God’s word. It is a much-anticipated gathering, and we feel God leading us to continue with this regularly.
Prison Ministry: Julie works in a prison doing inductive studies with some of the women. We are greatly encouraged by the increased biblical literacy and maturity we see in the women who join Julie for this group. They continue to reach out to inmates around them, and the church service on a Tuesday regularly has over 30 women. Half of the group are Cambodian, the other half represent seven different ethnic groups from around the world. Toni Johnson is also involved with this ministry
Women's Study Group: Julie also hosts and facilitates an in-depth inductive study group for women within the missions community. The excitement and passion for the Word that God has sparked from this group, and the consequent application to their lives, is becoming known among the wider community, and within these women’s ministries. We sense that God may expand this ministry during 2019.
Wednesday Night Devotions: Geoff leads a gathering of men at the PC house, which has a strong attendance. We regularly see the testimony of God at work in the lives of the guys who are hungry to walk with Him. We anticipate supporting more young people from the village to come to the city for future courses. Please pray with us as we consider opening a second house to accommodate young women from the village church who are finishing high school and keen to attend the discipleship course.
Glen & Godfrey Sim
Godfrey and Glen serve with Mission Aviation Fellowship, who fly small planes in countries where communities live beyond roads. Through aviation and technology, MAF helps facilitate the transformation of lives physically and spiritually through partnering with groups “at the front line” of kingdom work in these communities. Papua New Guinea is one of the most difficult countries in the world for flying.
Godfrey is the Church and Community Partnership Manager working at opening up new opportunities for targeted partnership flying projects and facilitating connectivity between ‘resource-rich’ agencies and the ‘resource-poor’ community churches.
Glen is MAF PNG’s Housing Kit Coordinator and Chairman of the Highlands Christian Grammar School, with a strong local Christian witness through education.
They invite you to get to know them and their work through their quarterly newsletter, The PNG Sim Card.