With personnel in more than fifty countries, Presbyterian World Mission is literally changing the course of history. Thousands of lives have been transformed thanks to our mission personnel's faithful and effective work in education, evangelism, health care, community development, and other ministries. We at FPCGG give thanks for God's presence in the persons of Presbyterian Mission Personnel whom we personally support as our Personal Interest Missionaries.
Esther is vice president for spiritual and community life at Payap University in Chiang Mai, the first Christian university in Thailand. "This is a time of great social stress and change, and the privilege of helping prepare young leaders for the country is a great responsibility and honor," she says. "Most of our staff and students are not Christian, but we live and work together in an educational institution established in the name of Christ. We have great opportunities to share God's love daily." Rob, a retired mission co-worker with more than 50 years of service in Thailand, teaches New Testament at Payap's McGilvary School of Theology. (Rob and Esther brought the CCI Thai Folk Dancers to perform at FPCGG in 2008 and 2010.)
"I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if show how I may attain the resurrection from the dead." Philippians 3:10-11. Collins and Wakeman
Sharing the "living water" ("Kwassui"), Barbara teaches general English language courses and Christianity classes at the Kwassui Women's University which is affiliated with the United Church of Christ in Japan. She also speaks in chapel services in Japanese and English. While most students come from Buddhist backgrounds, she says many come to believe God watches over them. Barbara leads an after school Bible study group in English and a Bible class at Nagasaki Church. "It is a joy to be able to offer 'living water' to thirsty souls," Barbara says. "Having always wanted to serve Christ and teach, with particular interest in languages and cultures, I am grateful to have been called to Japan."
"Jesus cried out, 'Let anyone who is thirsty come to me...' As the scripture has said, 'Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water.'" John 7:37-38 Dr. Barbara Jo Easton
Brett and Shelly are consultants for health and HIV/AIDS for Christian Church of Thailand and assist both PC(USA) partner churches and institutions in the region. They help to develop strategies and activities that promote healthy communities and provide a comprehensive response to the HIV/AIDs pandemic.
They are Mission Partners with Interserve and are living in Chiang Mai Thailand, working in three main areas: HIV/AIDS, special needs children and Human Trafficking. Brett is a nurse and amateur photographer. Shelly was a former literacy specialist and ESL teacher. Their two high spirited daughters are Acacia (9 yrs old) and Annapurna (7 yrs old).
View their blog at: http://shellyandbrettf.blogspot.com/
FPCGG also supports a fourth Personal Interest Missionary, Shannon Lamb; she and husband Dave, an Old Testament professor, and their two sons now live in Pennsylvania. Shannon is a Divisional Director of eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, serving college students through conducting Bible studies and conferences and training staff. (Shannon began her growth to Christian maturity at FPCGG. As a high school student, she was a delegate from this church to Youth Triennium.