Kate and Tim Lee are CMS mission partners based in Britain. They lived in Manila in the Philippines from 2003-2009. Together with members of a local squatter church, they formed Jigsaw Kids Ministry, which shares the love of Christ with children and families at risk from poverty and abuse. Currently Jigsaw works with over 800 children and their families, all of whom come from the slums, squatter camps and street. They now support Jigsaw from the UK and Tim visits the Philippines regularly.
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In 2003, Kate and Tim felt called to serve in the Philippines and arrived in Manila with a plan to help a local church with their street children’s ministry.
What started as playing with a few children from the local slum area has grown to become an organisation working with over a 1,000 children a week in four deprived areas of Manila.
Jigsaw has a vision of working together with other organisations to provide for the needs of those ‘at risk’ including many unloved children. Jigsaw provides day centres in slum communities where children can meet regularly to worship, play, eat, study and learn about God’s word and, above all, be loved, known and accepted. Today, 26 staff are employed and trained by Jigsaw, all of whom come from and live in the slum areas in which Jigsaw works.
After six years of working daily with the staff at Jigsaw, however, God made it very clear that Kate and Tim were to leave the Philippines and manage Jigsaw from the UK. It did not seem to make sense at the time but two years on, despite a few ups and downs, they can see now why God needed them to leave. Jigsaw needed space to grow and be accepted in the communities as a Filipino organisation.
So for the last two years, Tim - supported as a CMS mission partner - has directed Jigsaw via Skype, email and regular visits. Tim’s work is still a full time job and there is still much work to be done to ensure Jigsaw’s survival. The plan is that Tim will continue to direct and oversee Jigsaw. The focus is to develop the organisational structures, safeguards and ethos to ensure that Jigsaw continues to be a loving, stable and secure place for so many children and staff whose lives are chaotic and unstable.