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Mark & Lena

Mark & Lena

Mark and Lena’s ministry focus is working regionally among ethnically CA populations in Asia. In countries where CA ministries already exist, they are engaged with ministry leaders in leadership development through training and discipleship. In countries where CA ministries do not yet exist, they engage in raising up and equipping new national leadership to facilitate the establishment of ministries. Lena is a member of the Asia Leadership Team, working closely with the Asia Area director as a CA linguistic translator and cultural interpreter.

Mark & Judi Morrison

Mark & Judi Morrison

Mark and Judi Morrison were married in 1980; they have four children and 11 grandchildren. Mark has served in full-time pastoral ministry since 1977. Today he and Judi lead Shepherd Ministries, which is reaching out to university students, ministering to those who have left the local church and encouraging pastors. As VISA missionaries, Mark and Judi provide pastoral care and support to Free Methodist missionaries in Asia. Their role includes encouragement and spiritual nurturing via Zoom calls, email and field visits.

Corey & Connie Persing

Corey & Connie Persing

The Persings serve full-time in Southeast Asia with a focus on the ministries of Thailand. Corey serves as the national coordinator of ICCM work in Thailand, including the Lahu children’s hostel and other projects across Thailand. He also serves on the Asia Area Leadership Team as a mentor/adviser for national leadership and ministry in Southeast Asia. His role includes working as a “regional reporting and tech coach,” developing an area-wide reporting system to provide financial accountability, integrity and up-to-date information. Connie serves on the Thailand ICCM National Committee and provides hospitality, encouragement and a healthy perspective on their work.

Mark & Lena

Roger & Ellen

Roger and Ellen have served the Free Methodist Church for 40 years in various ministry roles – including Roger’s eight years of service as a bishop of the FMC-USA. As they retired from pastoral ministry in the U.S., they began a new area of ministry and service. In January 2020, they joined the FMWM-Asia missionary team, serving to provide support and development for national leaders across Southeast Asia.

Roger Stone

Roger Stone

Roger Stone has been an affiliate missionary since 2008. He and his wife, Vangie, are involved in consulting with the local Bible translation committees for Ayta languages as they translate the Old Testament and help distribute the newly published New Testaments in the Ayta Abellen and Ayta Mag-Indi languages. They also assist with online Bible quizzing in the Philippines.

Mark & Lena

Susan

Susan currently chairs a nonprofit organization that serves as a platform for churches, government and non-governmental organizations in Taiwan and Creative Access Asia – IA. This group is active in sharing love, hope and faith with migrant workers, international students and new immigrants. She served as vice president of administration at Taiwan’s Holy Light Seminary from 2009 to 2015. Previously, Susan was a missionary to Taiwan for 20 years (1976-96).

Seth & Hlawn Hlawn Van Tifflin

Seth & Hlawn Hlawn Van Tifflin

Seth and Hlawn Van Tifflin and their three children reside in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Seth serves as the events and new connection coordinator for FMWM-Asia and the executive director of In Better Hands (an affiliate ministry partner of the FMC-USA). In Better Hands was established to care for children at risk of being trafficked and give assistance to widows (inbetterhands.org). Hlawn serves as the liaison for In Better Hands in Creative Access Country-MR. Seth and Hlawn continue to study the Thai language and culture.

Chris & Yuko Wilkins

Chris & Yuko Wilkins

Chris and Yuko Wilkins are FMWM missionaries with a vision to encourage discipleship in the church and help believers be involved in kingdom building. In 2022, Chris and Yuko are training pastors and laity to multiply their faith. Train & Multiply is an obedience-based discipleship movement experiencing breakthroughs in Japan. In addition, they assist the ministry of the FM church in Machida in various capacities, teaching at the Tokyo Biblical Seminary, teaching English classes from a biblical perspective, serving in the community, translating and doing street ministry.

Laurie Yost

Laurie Yost

Laurie is not new to Free Methodist World Missions. She and her family served in Mexico from 2006 to 2015. She and her husband, Brian, have recently moved to Mount Pleasant, Michigan, where he is the lead pastor of the Central Michigan Free Methodist Church. In her new role with FMWM-Asia, Laurie is the assistant for the Shared Sustainability Initiative (SSI) in Asia. Specifically, she shares about this growing ministry in U.S. churches, providing information and building partnerships in the areas of prayer and finance. She also works with ministry team members, gathering information and publishing stories and reports from the field to provide accountability and promotion of SSI. Laurie’s administrative role helps track information on the many programs included in the Shared Sustainability Initiative across Asia.

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