One Challenge has always been passionate about the global church fulfilling the Great Commission as one body. One way this looks is sending workers to the nations from all over the world, not just from the U.S., where OC began.
Dan and June left their home in the Philippines over two years ago to pursue the Lord’s calling to serve the church in Cambodia. After these first years, Dan and Jean feel as though God is calling them to continue to serve in this capacity.
As a young Filipino boy, Dan kept himself alive by selling duck eggs on the street in the daytime and doing shoe shining at night. At one point in those days, Dan came to know and follow the Lord. During this time, Dan also became successful in a business with a Korean company. Nevertheless, his heart was in ministry. He yearned to work in ministry full time, and he wanted to be better trained. He decided to enroll in ministry and theology classes. And he also decided to quit his job.
But this sent Dan back to the streets to make ends meet! In order to feed his kids, he sold sun visors, going from car-to-car to sell to people stuck in traffic. As time progressed, Dan’s training was complete and he brought his determined spirit to follow God’s new call – this time to be a missionary in Cambodia in Asia.
Sending Filipino Workers
“I sat with Dan to talk about both heartache and accomplishment, and of being misunderstood but then also finding breakthrough,” says Russ, an OC worker in the Philippines. “It was a very rich time we had together, even as he talked about both the good and the difficult.”
Dan and Jean’s work in Cambodia is a partial fulfillment of the goal of sending many Filipinos to serve among other Asian groups.
Some OC Philippines mission workers serving in other countries are working “normal” jobs, like teaching business skills, doing agricultural work, or providing education while reaching out with the gospel.
“Other Asian families with OC must keep very low profiles in places where religion is very contentious. Even so, God is using families in five OC Philippines countries in very difficult places in the world,” Russ says.
The OC team in the Philippines hopes and plans for two to three teams placed in South East Asia in the very near future, so that even more will know Him.
Pray with One Challenge
- Pray more workers would be sent from the Philippines and other Asian nations to reach people in Asian countries and in other secure access countries.
- Pray for the OC teams in the Philippines as they send out workers and seek the best ways to care for them.
- Pray for Dan and Jean as they raise support during their home assignment.
- Pray for the work in Cambodia as they seek to plant healthy churches and reach the nation for the Lord.
Church Planting & Growth
One Challenge is an international mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world. We invest in people and opportunities that enable churches to be planted, thrive, grow, and multiply. When invited by local leaders, OC conducts training for church planters and those interested in learning about disciple-making movements.
OC is an international agency committed to bringing God’s transforming love and hope to all people. We identify and work to meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of individuals and communities, providing opportunities for deeper level relationships and deeper levels of change. These ministries include education, medical services, agricultural development, community development, and small business mentoring … helping local people to build a healthy community.