It's Good To Be Home

Thank you for praying for me as I did a bunch of travelling these past few weeks. I got back from Asia on Sunday night and I think I'm almost over my jet lag (I slept for 10 hours last night!).

Florida was a productive time of helping my brother's family pack as they prepare to move overseas. As well as some fun play time with the kids (and the adults!).

I am very grateful for the opportunity to go to Asia. It has been 8 years since I was last there and a lot has changed. Our teams work in new cities in a different province. I enjoyed visiting these cities, seeing where they live, going to the campuses where they study language and do ministry, riding the trains they ride, and overall just getting a feel for their life and ministry in Asia. I also enjoyed hearing them talk about the joys and struggles of their ministry and meeting some of the Americans who provide leadership for our teams in the country.

Coming back I feel more knowledgeable about our partnership with East Asia. It was reassuring to see our teams doing well, and it was fun to encourage and bless the teams we went to visit. Below are a few pictures from our trip. Thanks again for praying and standing together with me in this ministry.

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 Out for supper with one of our teams.

Out for supper with one of our teams.

 I got to have lunch with a local student who became a Christian through one of our interns last year.

I got to have lunch with a local student who became a Christian through one of our interns last year.

 The second weekend both teams came together for a Christmas party. We brought gifts for everyone and decorations from Canada, we sang Christmas carols and read the Christmas story together.

The second weekend both teams came together for a Christmas party. We brought gifts for everyone and decorations from Canada, we sang Christmas carols and read the Christmas story together.

Times Together...

Please join with us to Praise God...

  • For a good start to our mentoring relationship with Dan & Christie.

  • The privilege of having personal visits with new Middle East team members and having a weekend retreat with the team.

  • That Liam has a job for his co-op term in January.

  • That Kieran has a supervisor for his thesis.

  • That Phil had a good first face-to-face meeting with the new SIM International Leadership Team at the start of the month.

Please pray

  • For our kids as they finish various assignments and write exams for this semester.

  • For Andrea as she provides orientation for new personnel for Ghana.

  • For a safe flight home for Cara on the 14th

  • For a good Christmas season for the boys in Canada and Cara with us in Ghana.

  • That Liam will find a place to live in the Orangeville area and someone to sublet his room in Waterloo.

Thanks for praying for us.
Phil & Andrea

Asia's Next Generation Missionaries

"Now there is hope for my country!" exclaimed Pricilla, clearly the influencer in the group.

There they were, wrestling with the opportunity that was laid before them. We had showed them how God was at work in the lives of tens of thousands of people seeking Him online in their 'closed country'. Where they live it's hard to [physically] come across a believer, let alone someone curious to learn about Jesus. They were in shock about how the Spirit was already at work digitally.

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"We must 'wake up' this web site... how do we reach out to the people on the site?" Priscilla questioned, eager to act on this new information.

These missionaries face a big challenge. They yearn to minister to university students, yet they cannot physically go to campus and they cannot officially organize. How do you connect with students you cannot be near? Each student has a mobile phone, so social media is a natural avenue.  By the end of our time together, this small but mighty team had an action plan. They left confidently, ready to be used by God to begin a deeper digital engagement with students in their country.

I wish I could show you the faces of these next generation digital missionaries, but it is not safe for me to do so. The "internet police" could find out.

This was just one highlight of a recent trip to Asia where I interacted with 35 digital leaders learning about what they are trusting God to do in their contexts and helping provide the tools and training to accelerate their strategies. Meredith held down the fort at home. As our family moves to Singapore, equipping leaders like this will be a significant focus of our work.

Thank you for the part you play in equipping these next generation digital missionaries.

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Photos Below:
- Savouring final play times with friends
- The Halloween Lineup (Yes, Wyatt was a 'dilapidated' box)
- Preparing for Singapore - 'new' raincoats

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Conestoga Bible Camp - December 2018

PRAISE:  That the Celebration Dinner on November 25 was a great evening with the camp community. We celebrated new purpose, purchase and vision! God is moving mountains, and directing our steps.  PRAY:  Staff applications will go online in December. Pray for the those that are considering returning as staff and those applying for the first time. Pray for the camp as we close the year with the projects we have ongoing. Tim Frey is working to give the chapel a "simple" update, but everything seems to lead to 2 more concerns! We are starting to develop the 2019 theme.

Trevor & Hannah - December 2018

PRAISE:  For partnership opportunities with Forward Church, Heritage College & Seminary and more; for the momentum in our ministry at Conestoga College and for students who have been willing to get involved and help.  PRAY: For us as we navigate partnerships with churches and other ministries; for us to establish official student leaders at Conestoga College; for our student leadership team at Western to be more unified, organized and Spirit-led.