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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 

Brendon Garlett

Brendon Garlett

Australia
I am pioneering culturally relevant and relational outreach opportunities among the local Indigenous community as well as working closely with Ilker, Josh and the team at the Dareton Youth and Community Centre, NSW.

Ilker Deli

Ilker Deli

Australia
I am a long term resident of the Sunraysia region after emigrating to Australia from Germany at the age of 15. I have youth work and community development qualifications — my faith and experiences of youth centres has given me a passion to see hope come in the lives of young Indigenous people of the region.

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. 

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.

Steven Yamok

Steven Yamok

Papua New Guinea
I am involved with the Melanesian Evangelical Churches of Christ (MECOC). I have completed a Masters in Theology and now I am Principal of Gandep Bible College.  

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.

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 to increase my skills in leading CMI

Anthony Thiik

Anthony Thiik

South Sudan
I have been the principal of Emmanuel Orphan Primary School since 2009, apart from a break of two years. Before this I was a clerk in the chief’s office. My wife and I have two girls and one boy. Along with three other teachers, I am completing my High School education supported by GMP. My vision is that through education the children will find a good life.

Lino Garang

Lino Garang

I am the acting director of CMI. I supervise the activities of CMI: Emmanuel School and the Ploughs and Mills project. I was on the CMI Board before starting this role in 2018. I live in Nyamnel with my wife and three boys and two girls. It is not far from Emmanuel School. My vision is to help my community in education, health and agriculture and food security.

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.  

  

Allan Vira

Allan Vira

Vanuatu
I am the Disaster Desk Officer for the Churches of Christ Conference Vanuatu. In Disaster, I help the helpless, speak for the voiceless and work with my heart.

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 task is to work with communities to provide training and to help with community development activities

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 Director 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. 

 

Thembelihle Mbambo

Thembelihle Mbambo

I am the Donor Child Sponsorship Relations Officer at KCV.  I help our children and their sponsors in Australia, New Zealand and America communicate with each other. I love working with the children. The children long for a family and my hope is that we can carefully connect them with relatives. Lots of our children struggle academically because they have had a difficult beginning in life. We want to help them find the right courses to get them into a job that they find fulfilling.

Lino Garang

Lino Garang

I am the acting director of CMI. I supervise the activities of CMI: Emmanuel School and the Ploughs and Mills project. I was on the CMI Board before starting this role in 2018. I live in Nyamnel with my wife and three boys and two girls. It is not far from Emmanuel School. My vision is to help my community in education, health and agriculture and food security.

Peter Gatdet

Peter Gatdet

Peter trained as a minister with Paulino Malou. Santino and Peter have planted a church together, in particular a church that crosses tribal boundaries as their partnership does.

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