Wednesday, 19 May 2010
A Jungle Woman in rural England
Sister Faye Carnaje has been called “The Jungle Woman”. A Filipina, she works in Thailand for World In Need, where she heads a team that runs schools, trains missionaries and builds relationships with the local communities. This week, she is in England for the World In Need International Conference.
Sister Faye is one of twenty four delegates from fifteen countries who have descended on the rural Sussex town of Crowborough for this tri-annual conference. They have travelled from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Pacific Ring and the United States of America to be with us for a week of teaching and fellowship.
Workshops at the conference include Child sponsorship, small business development, bookkeeping and self sustainability. Guest speakers include Alex Haxton, CEO of World Emergency Relief, who gave a passionate and informative talk on “Building a vision – the state of the world today” and Brian Nell, talking about the difference between “Mission and Missional”, while WIN Director Ron George talked about “Principles of working with Muslims” and “Kingdom Attitudes”.
Each day begins and ends with prayer and worship, and there has been opportunity for local people to meet with the delegates, build friendships and learn a little more about the work they are doing in their home countries.
Some delegates are attending local churches, taking part in their Sunday services, giving talks and testimonies, and allowing people to see and know how they can make a difference to the lives of others. Sister Faye is one of those who has been able to talk about her work.
A tiny lady, less than five feet tall, Sister Faye is full of energy and enthusiasm for her work. She began her ministry eight years ago, working alone in an area of Thailand near the Malaysian border. She works with young people, teenagers, helping them prepare for life, focusing their attentions in a world where it is all too easy to drift.
Other people soon came to Faye to help with the work and be trained by her, after which they spread throughout the country, taking the work further and further. Today, more than a dozen workers are helping more than four hundred children and young people to get a good start in life, and through that, to reach their fullest potential, gaining qualifications, training and experience and working in careers that would otherwise have been closed to them.
It has been a privilege to meet with delegates such as Sister Faye this week, and to learn about the work they are doing as part of the WIN family. We will highlight the work of some of the other delegates in future blog posts.
If you’d like to know more about Sister Faye, any of the other delegates, or the work of World In Need, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will do our best to answer all your questions.