Partnership Cambodia (under the leadership of Geoff and Julie McGregor) continues to work closely with a group of young Cambodians; discipling, mentoring, and training them for mission. The team on the ground at present, are all emerging Cambodian leaders who have a vision to further the mission of making disciples and training young people for ministry in Phnom Penh and beyond.
Recently, they have also begun to meet regularly for Sunday worship, with the vision of establishing their own faith community that will reach and disciple others. Geoff, Julie and the PC team, continue to run a student hostel which Geoff founded in 2013, helping to integrate young Cambodian men into a safe environment in the city of Phnom Penh, supporting them to grow in their faith.
The vision of Partnership Cambodia is simply to see the people of Cambodia set free from the past and help them to walk in their God-given future. The ways in which we seek to achieve this vision are varied and multiple and you can read more about it by going to their website.
Project Moroto was started in 2011 by Jayne Bailey in Moroto, Uganda to provide a safe home for girls to come and live. Grace Vineyard have helped provide funds to build a large two-storey building on our site at Alakara Home to allow us to take more orphan girls in. We now have room for 40 girls to live here.
We have installed a solar water pump in our borehole to enable easy irrigation of our 300sqm garden which provides greens, tomatoes, onions and fruit for our girls. This means that the girls can focus more on schoolwork rather than carrying several 20l jerry cans each daily to keep our garden growing.
Nakapelimen Education Program: Project Moroto is involved with a project for children in a village next door to Alakara Home. NEP (with a small compulsory contribution from the parents/guardians) funds 20 children to attend one of the best primary schools in Moroto starting in P1. We fund them initially through primary school for seven years. The purpose is to give these children a chance at education, a job and a future.
The girls of Alakara do so well and we are very proud of them. The older ones are true examples of leadership, faith and kindness to the younger ones. They fast a meal so they can offer that food to the poor grandmothers in the village next to us. They also, with the money raised from bracelets they make, have built a hut for a poor grandfather in the village next to us and fund a feeding programme once a month for poor children in Moroto. They are very happy to give what they have to others.
We have found a lot of favour with the local MP of Moroto who has offered us 10 acres of land because Project Moroto is the “best project in Moroto”! The girls are praying we build a high school. Watch this space!
For more info on Project Moroto visit their website.
Rancho la Hermosa
Rancho la Hermosa is an orphanage established out of Dave and Shannon Edmondson’s non-profit organization, One Generation Alliance (OGA). The name OGA was birthed out of a prayer that God would give one generation of children to significantly impact, who would then impact their future generations. The goal is to root these children in the love of God, knowing that the power of His love will dramatically change the trajectory of their lives breaking the cycle of poverty and abuse.
Dave and Shannon started OGA in 2008, out of their passion for Jesus and His mandate to love and care for the orphan. They redefined their mission from helping orphanage directors care for their homes to also open a One Generation home.
OGA bought half of the property the home is now built on, with La Hermosa Church who would use their half and the building for Phase 1 of the Rancho La Hermosa Orphanage to care for 30 children. The doors opened in September 2018, and Phase 2 is in progress. When completed, the Ranch will be able to care for 70 children, all in smaller family units.
Koti Indigenous Evangelists & Pastors
The work in Mozambique has gone through a lot of changes over the years. We have seen new leaders step up and the work continue to grow. In 2018 the team baptised 2,374 people which is more than ever before and evidence of the Lord's incredible work in this place.
We have a team of Koti people from Angoche working with the Mwani in the North. Our aim is to transition to a genuinely Mwani-led work rather than a Koti-missionary led work.
The pastors and community in Angoche are supported by Graeme and Lucy Fawcett who communicate with and visit the team regularly.
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.
Graeme & Lucy Fawcett
Graeme and Lucy are part of the leadership of a growing church called Be One, meeting in the centre of Osaka, but with people coming from far and wide. It is very full-on, pastorally intensive work with needy people meeting the Lord and being massively changed. In September 2018 they moved to a new facility and would love an even bigger location to meet.
Their biggest prayer request is labourers for this harvest. Often these labourers come from outside of Be One, but God has been raising them up from within the church which is very exciting!
The key needs of the people they work with are love, connection and care. People are broken and isolated, they aren't looking for truth but to be touched and loved (truth comes later). This means that the more people that come along to their meetings, the harder it is to keep that loving family culture going strong. The larger they grow, the greater the need to launch new congregations (families) to enable people to be truly cared for and loved.
Richard & Hollie Simmons
We have three kids; River, Jesse and Daisy, and work with YWAM Wollongong in Port Kembla, Australia.
Hollie works with a ministry called Peaceful Birth Partnership. More than 99% of maternal deaths happen in the two-thirds world (typically known as developing nations or non-western world). Most deaths are preventable by simple grassroots initiatives. We are passionate about impacting maternal health globally by educating and supporting women to have healthier birth experiences which in turn help create stronger, healthier families. We provide support to women during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. Whether it be helping with English, going to appointments, creating and running birth education classes, building relationship in communities from a refugee background or with women in difficult and disadvantaged situations. We offer Doula support during labour and birth and help them to navigate the hospital system. We connect with women from refugee backgrounds and run birth education classes for them at a local primary school.
Hollie also co-leads the Doula and Birth Educator Seminar - a registered YWAM seminar. This three-week training equips students to be active in the global effort towards creating safer birth experiences for women. Our goal is to level the playing field by working with women who are otherwise under-served in this area, whether in our neighbourhood or the rest of the world.
Richard works with the Communications Team at the YWAM base. The focus of our media includes telling inspiring stories of what God is doing through mission work among people groups in the 10/80 window, as well as the communication needs of the YWAM base. We create and post all the YWAM Wollongong social media, promote our schools and ministries through film and serve the needs of the base.