Kate and Tim Lee - Malaysia

We are CMS mission partners based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tim is passionate about Christian ministry and his time is split between two organisations, supporting them as they develop locally led Asian mission. He is helping Jigsaw Kids as it becomes a sustainable Filipino organisation and working with Asia-CMS on their programme sending and receiving people in mission. Kate works at an international school in early years education and helps to train staff and develop the early years programme at Jigsaw.

Call

To improve the lives of children and families living in poverty in South East Asia by sharing God’s love in practical and strategic ways.

Role

To develop the work of Jigsaw Kids with children and families in the Philippines and to work with Asia-CMS to develop their local partner programme.

More about Kate and Tim Lee

We moved to the Philippines with CMS in 2003, and what started as playing with a few children from the local slum grew into a child, youth and family development organisation working with over 1,000 children a week in four deprived areas of Manila: Jigsaw Kids Ministries. Today, Jigsaw empowers children and young people living in extreme poverty in slum, squatter and street communities. After six years working directly with local staff, we felt the Lord saying that Jigsaw needed to grow into a Filipino organisation. For 10 years Tim travelled between the UK and the Philippines to help Jigsaw as it became locally run. However, working from the UK was not allowing Jigsaw to develop, and we felt God call us to move to Malaysia, from where we can support the ministry while still giving it space.

Tim has also been seconded to work with Asia-CMS in Kuala Lumpur, supporting them in developing procedures for their co-mission partner programme. Asia-CMS’s focus is on partnership and supporting indigenous Asian mission movements and they have co-mission partners across Asia, each selected and placed by a local mission agency or church. They want to support what God is doing in the region through local partners. Tim is excited to help where he can, particularly in helping to develop systems and relationships to support the pastoral care and empowerment of Asia-CMS co-mission partners.

Kate teaches at Garden International School, where she is deputy leader of early years, and helps train staff and develop the Jigsaw early years programme. We have three children, two of whom are with us in Kuala Lumpur, and one of whom is at university in the UK.

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