Mission: Summer Outreach in
An interview with Peter
Over the past three years,
Kairos Asia has been working actively with
the youth from the Covenanted for Christ
Community (CfCC) based in Penang and
Taiping. This past summer
Peter Legaspi, a Servants
of the Word brother from the
Philippines went with a team of brothers
and sisters to lead two-week households
for men and women in Penang. We
interviewed him about his experience.
What numbers are we talking about
for this summer outreach?
They were very modest, and you could be tempted
to ask whether it was worth it. Five men and two
women from Malaysia together with fifteen
Filipinos and one Singaporean actually
participated in the households. We originally
had twenty on the list, but many dropped out.
But that is pretty typical when you just break
ground in a new area. People have yet to catch
the vision before making the necessary
sacrifices for such a program.
But we had other activities such as evangelistic
events, parties, picnics, sports events, and
those drew larger crowds. We have to remind
ourselves that we are at the beginning, and
winning a stable core takes time.
What was the goal of the visit?
We wanted to help this fledgling group in Penang
gain vision to reach out and become attractive
as a group to people who don’t know Christ. So
we chose the topic “Widen the tent pegs of your
heart” from Isaiah 54. Malaysia is a free
country, but there are still some cases when
Christians are experiencing discrimination. That
can make them reticent to speak to their friends
about the Good News. A very different situation
from the Philippines!
Do you think your work was
It is sometimes hard to say at the time. But
after we left I heard that the core group has
begun to meet regularly and they are starting to
reach out to their fellow students. God is
clearly at work in these young people. One man
even expressed to me his interest in
investigating living single for the Lord. And a
number of them are planning on visiting Manila
in the not too distant future, in part thanks
due to friendships they established with
Filipino members of our team. Such a visit will
surely help broaden their vision.
What is your long-term goal?
We want to establish a university outreach
modeled on CYA (Christ’s Youth in Action) in
Manila. So we are also going back and giving a
retreat this November. But we have to be
realistic: getting established in a new country
brings cultural, linguistic and religious
challenges, and it will take us a while to
overcome them and get firmly rooted. This is
real front-line mission so please pray for us!
[This article is excerpted from The
Servants of the Word Autumn Newsletter
2017. Used with permission. If you would
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members of the men's summer household gather
on the front porch of their house