You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. – Acts 1:8
Stuart and Joanna have both been living and serving as missionaries in Battambang Cambodia for over 15 years. Stuart grew up on the Gold Coast and attended Youth at Newlife Robina before taking off to Cambodia fresh out of high school on what was meant to be a short-term missions trip, lasting just a few months. He fell in love with the people of Cambodia and his heart was moved to share the love of Christ with them. He soon was fluent in the language and went on to do formal studies as a missionary. A few years later, he met Joanna who was also serving as a missionary in Cambodia using her invaluable skills as a midwife to serve the poorest of the poor.
Stu and Jo both serve with the University of the Nations, a Christian organisation that trains and equips young Cambodians in a variety of skills to “go and make disciples of all nations”, including right there in the heart of Cambodia.
Sawitri was one of Siami’s original group of young women. Education for Sawitri, including the learning of English, has changed the course of her life. She is now married with two children, is a key leader in HRDC, and an English translator. In addition, Sawitri and her husband run a church in the village of Maedet where many of the Newlife sponsored children come from.
In November 2004, two families from Newlife Church travelled to northern Thailand, at the invitation of Australian friends who were working with Siami. Since then, many people from Newlife have visited and we now have over 70 children sponsored.
Perlito and Rose Gatman moved from the Philippines to Poipet Cambodia in 2002, to plant a church and serve people living in poverty. In 2010, their Bridge of Hope Christian Fellowship formed an Education and Compassion arm, partnering with Newlife Church to sponsor children to attend school and extra-curricular programmes (sports, life skills, Bible study, English lessons).
This programme now supports 89 school-aged children, all sponsored through Newlife Church members.
Byron is involved in a variety of ministries that primarily focus on educating young Cambodians with trade-related skills so they can get better jobs to be able to provide for themselves and their families. Byron loves living in Cambodia and is quickly picking up the language.
Though it is difficult to share the Gospel openly in her country, Dina takes every opportunity to do so as she believes that the only hope for lasting peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina is faith in the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.
Dina is passionate about using sport as a ministry to young people of different ethnic and religious origins. She hopes that when children come together to play sport, they will learn to live together in peace as adults. Other recent opportunities for connection with her people include food relief during the Covid lockdown and a new radio ministry.