Ann and Bruce serve as regional missionaries with partner Baptist conventions in Southeast Asia, including Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, New Zealand and the Philippines. They work alongside national leaders to build capacity in servant leadership, church-based community and economic development (including social entrepreneurship) and cross-cultural missionary training.
Ann writes: It is always good to hear from you and to sense your loving concern for us and our ministry. I (Ann) have just returned from a phenomenal “seed planting” trip to Hong Kong and Vietnam. In each place that I taught, shared a message or facilitated a training, I sensed that God had brought all the pieces together at just the right time. I was blessed to take part of the first International Missions Conference of the Philippine Baptist Churches, teach the first Women in Leadership class for women pastors and leaders of the Baptist Convention of Vietnam (BCV), and lead the BCV’s first Contextualized Theological Education Planning Consultation. It was a full and fruitful trip!
This week, we are preparing for an upcoming trip to Brazil to speak and teach at the invitation of IM and partners there. We will represent IM at the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the National Baptist Convention, and then teach a class of missionaries in training at JAMI in Belo Horizonte. Bruce is also working on two journal articles on faith-based social entrepreneurship – the first one needs to be done before we leave in two weeks.