Missionaries are like comets…

Simeon (Sim) – Singapore

Joyce – the Burgh and Mon Valley

40 years Serving as Missionaries in Asia 

God’s dream for the World & for Asia

The Bible uses various pictures to express God’s dream for the world

Here are 2 such pictures:-

(Along with each, I will share a missionary story from Asia

Of which Joyce and I have the privilege of serving alongside)

Habakkuk 2:14 

For the earth shall be filled

with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord;

as the waters cover the seas

Indonesia – An Introduction

  1. World Largest Island Country (map)
  • Indonesia has over 18,000 islands; 
  • around 2000 are inhabited, 
  • Many inhabited islands can only be accessed via the sea.
  • Peoples of Indonesia
  • Population:                 270 million (US: 330 Million)
  • Languages Spoken:   700
  • Ethnic groups:           1,300
  • Religion
  • 87%  Islam
  • 10%  Christianity
  • others

Imagine – God will fill Indonesia with the knowledge of His glory – just like the waters that surrounds her.

An Indonesian Missionary Story

         Franky & his Dream of a boat ministry

Long Gestation –12 years of consistent and persistent prayer!

Their Dream,  has now also become our Dream!

To see a viable boat ministry

reaching out to unevangelized islands of East Indonesia

by 2030

through evangelism, medical, and community development projects.

Joyce & I are like mid-wives helping to prepare for the birth of this ministry

Next year – we are hoping to go to Indonesia again, spending time with the boat team, and continue helping this birthing process

Psalms 97:1 

The LORD reigns, may the earth rejoice; May the many islands be joyful.  –New American Standard Bible

Habakkuk 2:14 

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord; as the waters cover the seas. 

Another picture in Scripture that expresses God’s dream for the lost world:

Mark 1:38 

And Jesus replied, 

“We must go on to other towns as well,

that I will preach to them, too.

That is why I came.”

Jesus’ heart was that all may hear the Good News of the Kingdom!

Nepal – An Introduction (Map)

Famous for its World’s Highest mountain – Mt Everest

and its mountain range – The Himalayas

Population: 28 million people

Nepal & PA

Nepal is about half the land size of PA;

But has 2x the population of PA (13 mil)


81% Hindu

1.5% Christianity


A Nepali Missionary Story

Bharat, the Church Planter

One Village One Church

Go to villages who have never heard – Nepali Church Planting

Acts 1:8 – Witnesses Near and Far

Just before he was taken back into heaven, Jesus instructed his disciples –

“But 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.”

Many may remain at home in the Mon Valley (our Jerusalem) 

– and be witnesses here;

While God will send some (like Joyce & I) to faraway places (to the ends of the earth) 

– like the comets that He launched us into the outer universe.

But the time will come –

When islanders in Indonesia come to know Jesus through the boat ministry;

When Hindu villages in Nepal turn to worship Jesus through this church-planting ministry

You at home here at Christian Center will share in the reward!

Equal Share: 1 Sam 30:24 

“The share of the man who stayed with the supplies 

is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle.  

All will share alike.”

God promises through his Word that you will have a share in the reward.  

More pointedly, Your shares will be the same as Joyce’s and mine!  

Because, you stayed with the supplies.  

You are not only fighting and defending the home-front,

You prayed for us.  You supported us. 

Not just us, but for all those who were sent out from this body,

And all God’s ministries you have prayed and supported. 

For each, you will have an equal share!

In our case, this church has continuously supported us for 4 decades!  

Tell the person next to you, “I have a share in Joyce and Simeon’s ministry!”

“The share of the man who stayed with the supplies

is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle.

All will share alike.” – 1 Sam 30:24