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About us

Reuben is from Malaysia and Erin is from Washington State, USA.  They met in Minnesota at a YWAM school.  We said "I do" in September 2010.  We have been living in Penang, Malaysia since 2011. Here's a little bit about us:



Reuben uses his electrical engineering background and YWAM training to teach Nepali migrant workers how to use appropriate technologies.  His vision is to bring holistic transformation to rural communities in Nepal by strategically reaching out to Nepali migrant workers here in Penang.  By training the men and women here in Malaysia how to use simple technologies that improve livelihood and physical wellbeing (think sand filters to purify water, solar energy, fuel-efficient stoves, toilets, etc.) they can return to their home villages equipped with the knowledge and passion to transform their communities from the inside out.  In addition to his trainings here, Reuben also travels to Nepal several times a year to facilitate seminars and sustainable community development projects in rural villages.   He partners with local churches there to train and equip key church members and leaders with the specific tools they need so they can minister to their own communities' spiritual and physical needs.  

Erin's background is in environmental education.  She gave up a position teaching literacy at a non-profit school for Rohingya refugee children when their son Ellis was born in 2014.  Ministry now lies closer to home now.  She uses a children's storybook Bible to teach an English class (also known as a Bible study!) to a group of Japanese women.  She hosts a weekly outdoor playgroup for moms and toddlers.  She is also helping to develop take-home school packs and a curriculum for a group of local Rohingya children with no access to schooling.  Our family is also deeply connected with our local international church community through worship, service and fellowship.

Ellis has celebrity status in the neighborhood, and he brings joy to everyone.  The kids who wait at the bus stop know him, as do the garbage collectors who come every afternoon.  He knows how to say "grandma," "grandpa," "uncle," and "auntie" in at least six languages, as our friends are like our family here.  His favorite things in the world right now are diggers and dump trucks, both of which he can watch in action from our balcony, as we have construction going on below us.  On a good day he gets to visit the construction site and sometimes even gets to ride on a truck.  

The tangibles of our ministry continue to evolve as God shapes and changes us, but we are taking this as God's overarching call to our family right now: 

"And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us." -1 John 3:23

So we show people how to purify water.  We teach English and tell Bible stories.  We play with the neighborhood kids, hang out at the park, and connect with people.  And we believe in Jesus and we love Him while we're doing it.  We do it because we believe Jesus and love Him.   Our faith is small but we believe it can move mountains.  We're sinful yet forgiven.  The outcome may sometimes look bleak, but we partner with Him and cling to the hope that He will make all things new.  We are ordinary people who have an extraordinary God, and our job is to show our small corner of the world what it's like to be redeemed by Him.  

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