Burma Background

ActionOverseas has partnered with Stand By Me, a global movement of people who rescue kids in crisis, to come to the aid of children in Burma. In 2009 land was purchased, staff trained and four homes built to cater for 48 young children who have no parents to care for them. The teachers come from a nearby Bible college where ActionOverseas has a good relationship with the principal. It is our hope that all children will come to accept Jesus as their saviour during their stay at the home.

Visits are made twice a year by teams from the UK to promote and assist with the work in these homes. Such encouraging progress is evident to see as each child has his or her own bunk bed with a comfortable mattress, which they are very proud to show you, this is something many Burmese children do not have. They attend a local school, have clean clothes and nourishing food, and are surrounded by loving, caring Christian people who have chosen to dedicate their lives to care for them.

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Andrew Jenkins is currently the longest standing member of the ActionOverseas Board having served for 10 years now.

He has a huge heart for world mission and holds a special role on the ActionOverseas Team.

Prior to entering church ministry he trained in structural and mining engineering where he worked in the industry for 18 years, 14 of them underground. God had his hand on his life even then as the Lord knew his future 'mining career,' would be searching and finding treasure in the many underground churches throughout the world.

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Pastor Andrew is married to Joyce and has two married children and a granddaughter. Joyce has certainly been a blessing in Andrew's ministry, as he has benefitted from a very high level of support, which has enabled him to fulfil the varied expectations and frequent periods away from home which his unique ministry has brought.

Although much of the year is spent travelling, Andrew does pastor churches in South Wales and the West Country of England, he is also mentoring 4 young men for future church leadership. He carries the title of Mission Liaison Officer, whose job it is to represent ActionOverseas throughout the UK churches and other organisations. This role is vital as ActionOverseas exists due to the financial giving of churches and church members. Presentations, advertising mission work, planning and enabling exhibitions to take place, and advising on short term mission opportunities are all part of his role.

Along with this Andrew is also the ActionOverseas Special Envoy, facilitating leadership training and structure for the Apostolic Church in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He is currently exploring new opportunities in Latvia and Romainia and is continually working with international partners in a peace making capacity.

Andrew's passport holds an impressive record of countries he has both involvement with, and positive links for the advancement of the gospel: Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Latvia, Romania, Vietnam, India, Poland, Brazil, and Hungary to name just a few. Many times his work has placed him in situations where he has had to rely on God for protection, his faithfulness and desire to reach into these dark areas, placing him in dangerous situations. Stepping out in faith definitely came with the job description.

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In addition to his specific role with ActionOverseas, Andrew has also experienced working with people and agencies following disasters such as the 2004 Tsunami, the Pakistan earthquake in 2005, and the floods also in Pakistan in 2010. The success of the Lotus School following the floods has partly been due to the support that Andrew has given, in what has become known as the most dangerous place on earth.

In his spare time, not really sure there is much time for that though, Andrew enjoys cycling, rugby and football, although more as a spectator now.

He has a great sense of humour and is able to 'break the ice' in any situation! He has a warm character that brings people together. All qualities that God uses in the ministry which Pastor Andrew has been called to.

Burma Profile

Burma was once a prosperous country with thriving agriculture, rich deposits of jade and extensive timber industries; it was known as the Golden Land. However a cruel and military junta, persecution and corruption have resulted in poverty, starvation, hunger, child prostitution and the largest percentage of child soldiers in any country in the world. Until recently isolation and persecution of Christians and the closure of churches was an everyday occurrence. One million people live in the forests of Burma still afraid of the government forces.

There is a glimmer of hope for the country as a new government has come into power and progress is slowly being made. Some aid is now reaching the country from the UK, with an aim to tackle malaria, reduce child mortality and enable children to build their future. This is still only a tiny proportion of that truly required by the nation.

The country is still predominantly Buddhist with some 89% of the population following this religion. Christianity meanwhile accounts for only 4%, with people facing attack and persecution by the military. In early 2012 talks between the government and Christian leaders were held, there is hope these will lead to an end of the sixty year conflict within the nation but there is a long way to go as the conflict, the warfare, the death of civilians, and attacks specifically targeting Christians are long running issues.

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