Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’Matthew 28 v19
Miriam Davis in Japan
Miriam first went to Japan in 1975 and joined OMF International in 1986. She subsequently moved to Hokkaido, in the north of Japan, where she works today. The focus of OMF’s ministry in Japan is church planting. Since the early 1950’s over 40 churches have been planted, now mostly under Japanese leadership and part of a nationwide network of churches known as the Japan Evangelical Churches Association (JECA).
The Fazakerley family is based in Malawi
Currently the Fazakerley family are in the UK for the special extension to our regular home assignment. Helen is on study leave, doing a counselling course at a local college, while Megumi is using this time to revise his old lecture notes (in Chichewa) for eventual publication as a study aid for the students in Malawi.
Ann is doing pastoral work in the haematology department of the Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore, India, and at the Ida Scudder School in Vellore where she is available to listen to young people and their families talking about their problems.
She retired in November 2008 but both the school and the hospital asked her to return and she was successful in getting a visa to enable her to do this in a voluntary capacity. Ann has been with BMS in India for over 40 years.
Ann enjoys classical music and playing the flute. She reads (mainly non-fiction) and walking and being in the countryside are among her other interests.
Her home church is in Beckenham, Kent.
Rita and Vidas Rimkai
Rita is married to Vidas and they are blessed with two daughters. She became a Christian after the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Vidas became Christian in the UK, when Rita was studying at Redcliffe College. In the year 2010, they joined European Christian Mission to work with churches in Gloucester.
Believing that their home should represent the Kingdom of God, they enjoy welcoming people in their neighbourhood. They witness the conversations turning into prayer, openness in communication, sharing each other’s happiness and sorrows by the Spirit of God. They also run monthly refugee and asylum seekers meal (World Cafe) at Brunswick Baptist Church, Gloucester.
Lesley and Peter Gomez
Lesley and Peter Gomez and their three children live in the Philippines. Lesley used to attend the church at Brun and Peter is a Filipino. They operate a home, called Lama House, for up to 30 teenage boys in trouble (street boys, orphaned, runaways, abused), in San Fernando in La Union, a coastal area of the Philippines.