are third generation missionaries based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Joni’s grandparents, J. Russell and Gertrude Morse, brought the gospel into northern Burma and led many to the Lord. Joni married Nangsar, who is from the Rawang tribe and together they’ve expanded the impact of their family’s work—Establishing Churches, Developing Communities, Empowering People and Nurturing Life. They are currently working to build a sustainable church planting movement that will positively impact the lives of people for generations to come across much of the territories of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos by weaving together all four of the core mission priorities into one comprehensive ministry initiative.
It is a joy for me to recruit and assist these people in taking such huge steps of faith in their lives. I love mentoring, coaching and challenging them as they grow in their understanding of missions, fund raising and church planting. However, I long to be involved with, or leading, a team of people who are working toward the same goals. Miki and I believe that God may be leading us to return to NZ in order to plant a new church within the next couple of years but we do not have complete clarity about this yet….I also believe that in order for SPCF to become an effective indigenous church planting organization, we will need someone on the ground in NZ and in Australia investing in people and developing leaders. So, I find myself conflicted because I see that God is working through us in the recruiting of new team members, yet our hearts are still very much directed toward NZ….Please keep our family in prayer as we continue to seek and discern His leading.”
Three years ago there was a barista working at the Kairos Cafe (in Nepal) that we ate at several times. A cafe, started by a couple sent from our YWAM campus. She wasn’t a believer at that point. In fact she was a devout Hindu, influenced by the Marxist movement in Nepal. On our trip now she was one of our tour guides as we visited the various businesses. She is now a follower of Jesus and completed a Discipleship Training School in Cambodia. The life transformation was before our eyes.”
Our Thrive Communities are the heart of 3 Measures. This is our church planting and where development happens. We build community on a foundation of evangelism and discipleship, all while teaching basic principles of community development. Young and Pregnant is a program designed to come alongside pregnant teenagers in Katutura. Our aim is not only to educate, but also to encourage and love these young mothers-to-be while affirming their value and the value of the lives they are bringing into the world. Hope Cafe grew out of our first Thrive community as a tool to provide free internet access to university students in Katutura. At the same time, the cafe provides a fun and safe place for building community throughout the week. Restoration Seminars are week-long courses are for rural pastors and Christians in leadership among the unreached Himba tribe. In these seminars we focus on the basics of how to read, understand & apply the Bible.”