(by Keith Tungseth, Chair of the GP/QJC Advisory Board)
PURPOSE: To gain deeper learning
about Global Presence development strategies from long-term Covenant
missionaries and their national church partners.
FOCUS: Sustainable Development
Research Foundation (SDRF) AND COVENANT CHURCH OF THAILAND: We will experience
local church culture and learn about holistic development. We will explore opportunities to partner in
the ministries of SDRF and seek God’s vision for this region. For example: Medical and dental teams;
Development-focused teams provide consulting and know-how in the areas of
agriculture, animal husbandry, veterinary medicine, appropriate technology, and
public health. Children - short-term
outreach/service events to serve at-risk children; prayer ministry and building
of relationships among believers.
TEAM: Up to 6 Questers plus our
guide, David Andrianoff. Michelle Garred
will help us put together 4 team training sessions in Sept/Oct for information
and team formation. And we expect team
members to participate in the September 10 Depth Class on Peace-building as
COST: Best estimate: $2,500. (We propose that Quest
pay ½ of that through budgeted funds)
QUEST MISSIONARY CONNECTION: Bob and Grace Shim are supported by Quest. Here are comments by Bob Shim concerning our
proposed trip: “Great to hear from
you! That's fantastic that there are so
many folks involved with the Global Presence team at Quest…. It would be our
pleasure to host a team of "Questers" seeking to broaden their view
of what God is doing globally and explore how to better partner with ongoing
Kingdom work. In my opinion, there is no better way than coming and witnessing
first-hand how God is reconciling peoples to Himself in remote corners of the
world. I think I can offer a bold guarantee that if a team of Global Presence
members came, met with local peoples, experienced their culture and
hospitality, walked in their shoes, and saw how God is transforming their lives
and communities, they will return home changed forever (in big and small
Shim works with Jim Gustafson in a Thai foundation called the Sustainable
Development Research Foundation (SDRF) that has work going on in 5 different
Thai provinces in holistic community development and building grass-roots
church movements. Their work in the Southern provinces has been in predominantly
Muslim communities and all of their ministries involve building peace and building
bridges with communities. SDRF's work in the southern part of Thailand is in
two places: Songkhla and Koh Yao. In Songkhla we have the ministry to
HIV/AIDS-affected peoples (the Center for HIV/AIDS Affected Communities, or
CHAC) and on the island of Koh Yao we have the Marine Research Institute (where
we do marine aquatics research) and our ministry to the Muslim fishing
THAILAND AND COVENANT WORLD
is a country rich in tradition and culture. Predominately a Buddhist country
(ninety-five percent), it has relatively few Christians (less than one
percent). A main hindrance to acceptance of the gospel is a common belief that
Christianity is a religion for Westerners. The Covenant ministries in Thailand
are trying to break this barrier by using Thai cultural forms for worship and
Bible teaching. In addition to church planting, several transformational
ministries are operating across the country, including agricultural businesses,
community health and education, job creation for migrant workers, education of
children, and ongoing tsunami relief and development. The overarching goal of
these projects is to share the love of Christ and plant the gospel in these
If you have interest in being
part of the team or any questions about this trip, please contact Keith Tungseth, Keith@Tungseth.com 206-391-7951
Upon returning to the States after
2.5 years of living in China, I oftentimes wonder when I'll leave
again. Sometimes I would catch myself looking for cheap tickets to a
faraway land, fully knowing I wouldn't be able to take any time off
work. I think fondly of the freedom and adventurous life I led. Then I
remember, hey, I had an incredibly tough time in China too, and at
times I thought I would be perfectly content spending the rest of my
life in comfortable America.
But things back home haven't been as peachy as I had
imagined. I had high hopes of returning to the wonderful community I
left behind. I thought I would once again experience the stability I
had craved so much. But honestly, I have been overcome with
disappointment. I don't know how to reconcile the extremely different
world that I was in and the world that I'm in now. I don't lean as
heavily on God as I did in China, and I miss that intimacy so much. And
what happens when you live out something you've dreamed about for so
So one day Sarah Ryer, Megan Espinoza and I were
sharing lunch and chatting about our overseas experiences. We all
agreed that returning home after an intensive time overseas is one of
the most difficult things ever. It does take a long time to truly feel
settled again and resources for reverse culture shock/ re-settlement are
very limited. We missed the communities we were a part of so much and
thought, would it be possible to create a similar community here? Would
we be able to form a community where we are not too busy for each
other? Can we provide a space to share stories and be a support and
encouragement to each other as we figure out how to adjust back to life
in the U.S of A again? Then the vision of Quest Wanderers was born.
We hope to provide a regular space to swap stories
and learn from each other. We strive to be a support and encouragement
to each other as we struggle with regaining our sense of belonging. So
let's re-live our overseas experience together through words and maybe
action (We can be spontaneous and go on adventures together!). Let's
try to blend our old and new worlds together. Let's learn about God's
heart not only for the people we served overseas but also for those here
(I am guilty of favoritism towards the Chinese) =). And maybe you
could even teach me how to plan ahead again. =)
We don't have all the answers, but we can certainly
listen and relate. If you've had any sort of overseas experience and
are struggling, come! If you have any advice to impart upon us, we
would love for you to join us. If you simply just want to come and hang
out, you are welcome too. The next Quest Wanderers meeting is
scheduled for Tuesday, May 24th, Q Cafe, 7pm. Dinner will be provided.
Please email me, email@example.com or Megan Espinoza, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
IJM is excited to announce their latest documentary, "At the End of Slavery" is coming in September 2009, and Quest Church will be hosting one of the FIRST screenings on Saturday, September 19 from 7-9pm. Admission for the event is FREE, and the film screening will be accompanied by a presentation and Q & A with IJM's Vice President of Government Relations, Holly Berkhauter.
After we were welcomed to Chamwino by St. Peter's, I accompanied Quest Elder Barbara Lundquist; Dr. Kati Szego, a former pupil of Barb's and current professor of Music at Memorial University in Canada; Karl Dreschler, a Seattlite who will be living for a year in Chamwino while working on behalf of Chamwino Connect; Lewis Kashiri, a man from Zimbabwe who also plans on assisting the project in Chamwino; and Zachary Gerald to our next stop. The musical folks in our party had arranged a visit with a remarkable group of women singers, the Muh Eme singers. As we traveled, we were accompanied by Pastor Daniel Meshach, the amazing Nassan Mazengo and Rev. Eubert Nyembela. After a few years of reading names printed on paper, it was great to meet many of these folks in real life.
[caption id="attachment_290" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Left to right pictured are Kedmon's mother, Pastor Daniel, Pastor Nyembela, Barb, Kati, Karl (standing) and myself.
Just over two weeks ago, I made my way out of the airport in Dar es Salaam and into the waiting arms of Barbara Lundquist and a local friend, Zach Gerald. Pitching my trusty backpack and a bag of donated clothes into the back of our vehicle, we headed for Prof. Mitch Strumpf's house and early the next morning set out for the village of Chamwino. What does it mean to build partnership with a parish halfway around the world? I was about to find out. As we approached St. Peter's Church, we were greeted with song and dancing.
[caption id="attachment_284" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="A few of the folks gathered at St. Peter's. The woman on the far right is Kedmon Mapana's mother!"][/caption]
Along the way, St. Peter's Pastor, Pastor Daniel Meshach, joined us for a song.
Quester Derek Sciba joined Pastor Leah for an interview this week about his work with World Concern. Derek has recently returned from visiting a number of World Concerns projects around the world. View the interview on vimeo here and check out the links below for ways you can be involved globally locally!
Picture Below: St. Peter's Anglican Church in Chamwino, Tanzania. Currently, the church is under construction and nearing completion. With this trip, funds from Quest Church will be sent to bring a regular water supply to the building which will also be used as a preschool, and to construct toilets!
Shine the Light on Burma? Remember 2007? Buddhist monks peacefully protested in the streets of Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar). As they walked or stood, in robes of crimson and saffron, they were arrested, beaten, shot, killed, silenced.
Quester Lauren Ebright recently returned from a soul changing journey to Cambodia. A hair stylist by trade, Lauren and her salon are working to establish a partnership training folks in Cambodia to be hairdressers, a sustainable means of supporting themselves and their families. Read Lauren's words below, catch her and her husband Ian at the 11 am service, and say hello.