Planting In East Asia
By Clinton Olive
Recently I had the privilege to return to East Asia along with six other members of our TSC family to support the R and G families, who are full-time missionaries there. The R and G families sold everything, leaving all they had known in order to respond to God's call to minister to the unreached ZZ people group in East Asia.
Most of our time was spent at a school teaching English to several classes of students with varying degrees of English proficiency. Teaching new concepts is difficult and even harder when you can't speak your student's language. On last summer's trip, there were more than a few moments of difficulty, and at times, even a level of opposition from the Headmaster who threatened to prevent us from fulfilling out task at hand. This summer, the prevailing atmosphere was noticeably improved. One night our missionaries shared the gospel with a student. Later she posted on Facebook. "the American are here to teach us about Jesus and to teach us English."
Life is all about relationships. A young man who served as a guide for our team last year spent time with us again this year; A ping-pong instructor connected us to his parents who owned a restaurant in town; teachers we met last year wanted to connect and have dinner with us this year. All these different people have the same need to be loved. It's Christ's love that compelled the G and R families to plant their lives in East Asia, and that same love, which flows through them, is attracting the ZZ people to Christ!
Gateway Project started out as a team of two families sent out to do rural community development in East Asia. Our team is also made up of every person that supports our work here, like YOU, and our purpose is to live among the East Asian to share our lives and to help with the needs we have been led to.
In 2016 one of our families transitioned back here in the states after having adopted a child from East Asia. Their work is continuing here in the states on a local level to reach the East Asian people group, while our other family is continuing to invest in the lives of those they are surrounded by in East Asia.
Currently, one of our main projects is inviting Foreign teachers to come visit where we live and host English camps for children as well as for teachers. We work in various local schools, schools that don't have the ability to hire foreign teachers. The English classes here focus mostly on reading and writing English and the spoken language is often neglected. We love giving the children an opportunity to practice what they have learned and seeing them come out of their shell. We are also in the beginning stages of a few agriculture projects that we are very excited about. We hope that through our company we can build relationship that will lead us deeper into the culture. We eventually hope to be able to not only reach out to villages, but also to spend time in the market towns, because it is there that the villagers come every three days to buy and sell their goods. If we can help people there, we can give them the information they need to take back to their homes and share with all of the people of the villages that we couldn't possibly get to on our own.