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Meet the Locals

We partner directly with local leaders. Rather than working with ‘middle men’ we know each of our partners personally. Our role is not to tell them what to do, but to support their initiatives and help build their capacity. By sharing openly, we build authentic relationships based on respect and trust. It’s these relationships that help us bring effective change together.

We’d like you to meet our partners – people on the ground championing local change. Because global mission should connect people across nations; and you are a vital part of this story. Our partners know there are people around the world who believe in their work, people like you. That support encourages and enables their life-changing work. 

OUR LOCAL PARTNERS 

Vana Bawm

Vana Bawm

Bangladesh
I am the General Secretary of the Bardarban Hills Churches of Christ. As a visionary leader, I am keen to express God’s love in practical ways. Following in the footsteps of my evangelist father, I received Bible training in India and returned to my native Bangladesh to share the good news of Jesus. 

Bruce Edwards

Bruce Edwards

Fiji
I am the Director of Fiji Community Churches of Christ and help local churches in Fiji move towards self-reliance through local training and mentoring.

Kiron and Nalini Gaikwad

Kiron and Nalini Gaikwad

India
We have founded, built and directed the work at Gnyan Sampada Residential School (formerly Ankoor) and lovingly parented its many residents. Nalini was orphaned herself, and was adopted by missionaries. This is a strong part of her motivation for the work.

Danny and Smita Gaikwad

Danny and Smita Gaikwad

India
We have relocated to the Thane area of Western Maharashtra where there are high levels of poverty, unemployment and out-of-school youth. We have established a range of Vocational Training opportunities for both boys and girls, particularly those from minority and slum backgrounds. 

Dr Philemon Pawar

Dr Philemon Pawar

India
I completed my medical internship at Ashwood over 30 years ago and continued in the role of Superintendent since then.  

Shalini Pawar

Shalini Pawar

India
I oversee the HIV programme with great compassion, care for the whole person, ensuring that people are welcomed into a community as well treated for their illness.

Hery Susanto

Hery Susanto

Indonesia
I am the Academic Dean of Church of Christ Theological School Indonesia. My role is assisting young people who are willing to serve the Lord in the mission field. I love to see them bring Christ to the people and mature in their faith.

Yabru Jerry

Yabru Jerry

Papua New Guinea
I am the Executive Director of MECOC. I am passionate about revival in the tribal areas of PNG. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will empower young people to evangelise powerfully, to prophesy, see visions and to heal the sick. 

Silas Gibe

Silas Gibe

Papua New Guinea
I oversee Literacy Coordinations for MECOC. My desire is to see local bush school teachers trained and equipped to teach basic literacy in the mother tongue of the early primary age children. This is a first step in preparation for later years in school where the teaching is in English.

Cathy Fiam

Cathy Fiam

Papua New Guinea
I have completed a Bachelors Degree at the Christian Leaders Training College and returned as one of the full-time faculty members at Gandep. I am committed to equipping women and men for leadership.

Pastor Butros

Pastor Butros

South Sudan
I am the Chaplain at Emmanuel School and the Pastor at Marial Bai Church of Christ.

Yournew Kol Wat

Yournew Kol Wat

South Sudan
I became a devoted Christian while working in Khartoum, Sudan. I returned to South Sudan in 2001 after completing Bible College training. I now oversee Churches of Christ congregations in the counties surrounding Aweil.

Anjelo Atak Ngor

Anjelo Atak Ngor

South Sudan
I am the Deputy Director for Christian Mercy International (CMI) looking after the CMI projects activiities in different communities while Paulino is studying in Uganda. I report on the project activities and progress.

Paulino Malou Bol Jok

Paulino Malou Bol Jok

South Sudan
I have big dreams for my people! After managing the Emmanuel Children project for three years, I established Christian Mercy International (CMI) a local faith-based organisation to coordinate more projects. Currently I am studying Development in Uganda.

Achier Mou

Achier Mou

South Sudan
I am the Principal of the Aweil Health Science Institute, and have degrees in Community Development and in Public Health. GMP is delighted that he has returned from USA to serve the people of his home state of Northern Bahr El Ghazal. 

Prasit Tongtuswattana

Prasit Tongtuswattana

Thailand
I currently work as the Moderator for Churches of Christ in Thailand (CCT). My passion and life calling is to love the migrants and various tribes living in my country.

Phaitoon Saekhou

Phaitoon Saekhou

Thailand
I coordinate the CCT project at Phet Phaithun. Families raise up to 500 chickens at a time for meat. It is a great opportunity for everyone in the community to be involved.  

  

The UNOH Team

The UNOH Team

Thailand
The UNOH team live and work simply by loving and intentionally serving their neighbours in one of the poorest communities in the city of Bangkok.

Esline Toa

Esline Toa

Vanuatu
I have recently been appointed the first female General Secretary of the Conference!

Judith Vusi

Judith Vusi

Vanuatu 
I started off as a primary school teacher for about ten years, and then changed my career to theological studies in the late 1980s. Now my ministry is focused in the areas of women’s fellowship, Bible college lecturing, and preaching in the churches. I enjoy serving the Lord.

Linda Vusi

Linda Vusi

Vanuatu
I am the Community Development Coordinator for CCCV.  My first task is to conduct a survey across communities assessed as most needy to hear from them how the programme might assist.

Fiona Briers

Fiona Briers

Vietnam
I am an Australian with an educational background and a heart for the poor. I moved to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in July 2009 where I have been learning Vietnamese, building relationships with the local church leaders, and developing Bright Solutions as a vocational training company. 

Thythy

Thythy

Vietnam
I am a representative of the local authority who works alongside the COCOA leaders to submit the ideas for installing toilets and bathrooms in the area. BPADPO identifies the vulnerable families, and toilet facilities and access equipment are then installed. 

Pastor Doan

Pastor Doan

Vietnam
My ministry is nation-wide and focussed on supporting and developing leaders in Vietnam.

BJ Mpofu

BJ Mpofu

Zimbabwe
I seek to raise effective leaders who can bring the good news of Jesus to people in Zimbabwe. I have a strong vision and sense of clarity that God calls and leads me to do what I do. 

Boniface Mpofu

Boniface Mpofu

Zimbabwe
I am the project manager and I assess each request for a well and work with the local community to identify the best location for installation. Together we establish a committee that will be responsible for the well. The opening of a well is a day of great rejoicing!

Vimbai Vuma

Vimbai Vuma

Zimbabwe 
I am the KCV Director.  My vision is to see vulnerable children at KCV grow in a family with love and Christian values, so that when they leave the village they are independent, reliable and God-fearing citizens. 

 

Lungisani Sibanda

Lungisani Sibanda

Zimbabwe
I am the Khayelihle Childrens Village Farm Manager, trained and skilled to lead farm operations to improve the productivity at the Farm and run it as an income generating entity.

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