PATHFINDERS | STORIES OF BEGINNINGS

SIM Myanmar is the newest field in the Southeast Asian region, and "Tim", "Sandra", and their three young boys are the first family sent there by SIM. Very few have gone before them; Myanmar has historically been one of the most closed nations in the world – and Tim and Sandra talk about life for them in Myanmar. 

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One year – that's how long Evelyn and John expected and planned for it to take for them to go serve in Asia. But one year turned to five, and this academic couple had to learn what it means to wait on God. 

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“No one wanted to be my friend,” Dr. Vandana recalls about her childhood. When her parents announced to relatives or neighbors their plans to make her a doctor, Vandana would look for a place to hide. It’s hard to find a trace of that girl now as Vandana bustles down the outdoor corridors of her hospital in one of India's poorest states, her arms full of papers. It looks like she’s not quite making contact with the ground.

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"In their previous lives some on this team were engineers, paramedics, nurses, teachers, businessmen, artists. Now they are mostly language students and they all want the same thing - to see just one Christian church growing among the hundreds of thousands of Muslim Yees who live in and around the city they have come to call home." 

Read about the life, the challenges and the hopes of a unique SIM church planting team in one stark, Central Asian City. 

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At 5 foot 4, Somchai Thongkao may not be the first person you notice in a room, but don’t be fooled – this young Thai man isn’t easily overlooked.

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