When I became a Christian as a university student, I wanted to have a platform to share my faith. Over a span of 20+ years of full-time vocational ministry, I have worked with youth, internationals, professionals in the workplace, mothers and neighbours, helping them discover Jesus and grow in their faith in him.
In 2009, I left my job in real property development, married a Brit and moved to London. In 2015, my life would never be the same: I lost my 15-month old son to meningitis. Then, at the end of 2015, I lost my twin boys at 22-weeks pregnant. My story of grief and loss is part of my ministry, and I am able to reach out and help others in a way that I wouldn’t have been able to had it not been for those losses.
A few years ago, Agapé UK made an emphasis on staff care, focusing on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of the staff, the ministry teams, and the organisation as a whole. In 2021, I joined the Wellbeing Team to help staff thrive not just in ministry, but as whole person. I walk alongside other staff, and advocate and mediate when there are interpersonal work conflicts. George Verwer writes, “Where two or three of the Lord’s people are gathered together, sooner or later there’s a mess.”* That is why there is always an issue to address at work, and also is deep Gospel work. “Blessed are the peacemakers …”
In an urban place like London, with a population of over eight million, there is a deep need for community and a sense of belonging. Staff in London face similar challenges, and my hope is that having lived as a missionary here, I’m able to provide the encouragement and wisdom they need to be faithful to what God has called them. Every member on Agapé staff require a team of people to support them prayerfully and financially.
Your partnership financially and prayerfully is vital and greatly appreciated. Will you help me continue to support the needs of our Agapé staff so that they can continue to be faithful to God’s call?
I’ve been married to Jon since 2009. We live in a teeny tiny flat in central London with our primary school aged son Zachary.
* Jon Gauger, If I Could Do It All Over Again: Christian Leaders Share the Most Important Lessons of Their Lives (Irvine: Harvest House Publishers, 2016), 103.