Tim Lee, Philippines

Tim Lee, Philippines

To improve the lives of families living in poverty in the Philippines by supporting Jigsaw Kids to become a sustainable organisation.

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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.

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  • Asia: safe travels

    Give thanks for safe travels and good visits for CMS’s manager for Asia – the trip was a good time of connecting with people in mission and other partners. Give thanks also for the organisations he visited and the ways in which they are sharing the unconditional love of Jesus. Read more

  • Philippines: making connections

    Please pray for mission partners Eric and Sandra Read, recently returned from UK leave, as they settle back in to life in the Philippines and connect with other like-minded organisations in the area of creation care. Pray for them as they work towards financial sustainability for the farm they run using natural farming principles. Read more

Tim’s story

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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