Alumni Updates from Ukhrul, Manipur

 

EAST alumni Asung Pharung and Nim Muivah graduated in May 2019 with a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies and Partners in Ministry Certificate respectively. They have since returned to life in a small town, Ukhrul, Manipur, Northeast India with a population of 92,000 people. Just last Saturday, the Pharungs welcomed their third child, a newborn baby girl named Selah Pharung on 16 Jan 2021. Life has indeed been full and fruitful for them.

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Alumnus Ministers Among Migrant Workers

EAST alumna, Winnie (left), with husband and EAST alumnus, Daniel Yeo (right).

 

EAST alumnus Daniel Yeo graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry in 2016. When he was an EAST student, he was introduced to HealthServe for his practicum which he later joined as a staff. Recently, he was featured in The Straits Times for his good work among the migrant workers in Singapore through his ministry there. Here is an excerpt:

Mr Yeo, who has been a case worker with HealthServe for five years, said his most memorable case surfaced recently. It involved Mr Rahaman, 38, a Bangladeshi who suffered a stroke as he was battling Covid-19. He overcame the infection but was paralysed on the left side of his body and lost his speech ability because of the stroke. Mr Yeo wanted to do more to comfort the patient during his weekly visits, so he would pack Bangladeshi food for Mr Rahaman to have a taste of home. He also facilitates video calls between the Bangladeshi and his family. Mr Yeo said: “Even though he couldn’t speak, I could see that he was so happy to be able to hear the voices and see the faces of his wife and daughters.”

The Straits Times article in full can be read here (subscription required) and the video clip may be viewed below. Praise God for Daniel’s good work among the migrants!

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Give Back to EAST

Alumni Michael Tien (left) and Wong Soo Fong (right)

 

My wife, Soo and I are alumni of EAST, having spent 5 wonderful years at EAST as students.

During one of my first lessons the lecturer made this statement “If the student has not learnt, than I have not taught”. In my years of previous education, I have not heard such a statement and I knew that my time at EAST was going to be extraordinary.

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Update on Tuvshuu & Burnee

Tuvshintugs Tsogtbaatar (Tuvshuu), MA in Leadership (2018) and Burenjargal Jargal (Burnee), PIM Cert/ Grad Dip in Christian Ministry (2018), with their daughters Gerel (11) and Inuka (8), and family pet Lila. (Youngest son, Tergel, inside mum’s tummy at that time) Early November 2020

Over a week ago, on 7 November, Tuvshuu and Burnee, EAST Alumni from 2018 welcomed the arrival of their third child and youngest son named Tergel. In Mongolian, “Tergel” means “full moon”. He has been given this name in the hope that his life will fully reflect God’s light, just like how the full moon reflects the light of the sun. Also, that his life will be full of light and be complete like the “full moon”. His arrival has already brought much light and completion to the Tsogtbaatars, living up to his name.

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Breaking News from Ulaanbaatar

 

Baatarsuren Bayanmandakh (Baataraa), our alumnus from Mongolia, sent us an urgent prayer request on 11 Nov:

“Today we have the first local Covid-19 cases (4 persons) in Ulaanbaatar. The government announced total lockdown for five days. People are scared and confused. One of my team members is in the countryside (Dornod province) and cannot come back home during the quarantine period..”

Pray for Baataraa and his team, who regularly go out to the deserts to share the gospel, follow up new believers, and make disciples, among desert nomads. These herders, who live in gers or portable round tents, make up 25 to 40 percent of its 3.3 million people. The uncertainty of Covid-19, plus the harsh winter conditions – the temperature dips to minus 40 degrees Celsius at its worst – makes it harder to reach the the nomadic people. From the 2020 census, there are 1.3 percent of Christians in Mongolia currently (48, 859 people).

 

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