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St. Paul’s is privileged to support Scott and Olga and their four children who are working primarily with college students in East Asia. They are our featured Missionaries-of-the-Month for July. Although they had planned to visit us in person, COVID19 disrupted these and many other of their plans. Below, Scott provides a brief overview explaining just how challenging life has been for them during the last few months, but then goes on to describe how they are finding great opportunities to proclaim the Gospel of Christ.

What is Your Life?

In James 3:13-16, the writer states that we “do not even know what will happen tomorrow.” Few living now would disagree—we cannot predict the future, and sometimes are unable to even have much control over the present.

  • A two-week holiday in Thailand turned into two months
  • Olga’s credit card and phone were stolen
  • One of our sons had a fever on the day of our return to East Asia, so he was flagged at the airport and sent to the hospital for three days of testing
  • We were quarantined for two weeks in a hotel upon return to our city
  • We have yet to be reimbursed by airlines for cancelled flights

Needless to say, stress levels have been high in our home for the last few months. Yet, in all this I am reminded of the words of a wise friend: “These are great days for the gospel, Scott”. 

  • John, a Korean pharmacist living in our neighborhood, tells me of his thriving ministry to African and Indian students studying here
  • John introduces me to Presley, his Zimbabwean son in the faith, who is shepherding a small network of disciples at two local universities.
  • John, Presley and I meet outside the locked gate of his campus to talk and pray together.
  • John asks me twice to pray about helping Presley after he returns to Korea in June. After turning him down the first time, I agree after hearing God speak clearly about it.

We are living in a time of trial but also great opportunity. Pray that our family would be strengthened by God to respond well to the trials and make the most of the opportunities that lie before us. 

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Please keep Scott, Olga and family in your prayers. They work in an area where there is strong opposition to the Gospel message. We hope soon to have a video update to share.

St. Paul’s recently provided some support to another mission agency in East Asia (not related to Scott and Olga’s work).  Ratanak International https://www.ratanak.org/ provides freedom to Cambodians who are survivors of domestic or international sexual and labour exploitation. Last winter Peter and Rene visited Cambodia to learn first-hand about the extent of this problem and the great work being done by Ratanak. A portion (1/4) of the matching grant provided by Saint John’s Legacy Foundation (SJLF) was designated for this cause. (Recall that contributions to SJLF for general missionary support or Rwanda projects are eligible for matching grants.) 

- Wendell