Waihon Liew – Disciple the Nations
Dear Brothers and Sisters at Radiant Church:
My name is Waihon Liew; I was born and raised in Malaysia. I came to Winona State University, Minnesota for my undergraduate (class of 1991). My wife Donna is leading another ministry called Prepare Ministries at the UMN campus.
I am very grateful that many Christians in this country had blessed and discipled me while I was a college student. My home church in Malaysia is: Kajang Assembly of God (www.kaog.org.my).
Our vision is to reach and disciple believers—mainly ethnic groups—so they will become true disciples of Jesus who will then disciple their own people. I use education & sports are my primary platforms to reach and disciple the ‘nations’ (people groups).
We share a common vision with the following ministries:
• Disciple Nations Alliance (www.disciplenations.org),
• Every Nation (www.everynation.org)
• The Seven Mountains of Societal Influence (www.generals.org)
The 5 spiritual pillars of my personal life (and that of my family as well) are:
1. God’s Word (Matthew 4:4)
2. Prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
3. Fellowship (Hebrews 10:24-25)
4. Witnessing (Matthew 28:18-20)
5. Discipleship (2 Timothy 2:2).
Through these pillars, I am able to connect, serve and mentor my students who are Karen immigrants (from Myanmar / Thailand) living in Minnesota. I also work as a tutor (8 hours a week) at Sejong Academy, St Paul. About 90% of the student population are Karen.
Serving and loving them like Jesus has also enabled me to get to know their parents. Then we started bible studies at their homes (since Covid 19 affecting us everywhere, we have been doing bible studies virtually). Discipleship also means ‘intentional; we apply the 5 spiritual pillars mentioned above in our ministry and lifestyle. Two of my students whom I am mentoring are now reaching out to their peers.
I have been praying for ‘open doors’ so I can access a particular ‘mission field:’ the Malaysian public schools that are very ‘strict’ to any form of non-Muslim activities. Yes, they are allowed to say their Muslim prayer during school events. Please pray for more Christian teachers, students and alumni to serve and share through services and creative ways. Just recently (Dec 2nd) I was invited to share and motivate 40 pre-University students from my high school in Rawang. I pray that many Christian alumni are using their professional platform as a vehicle to serve and share God’s hope. “In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father”. (Matthew 5:16 NLT)
Since this March, I have had several opportunities to share education workshops with schoolteachers from Klang and Rawang, Malaysia. It is a team effort; Radiant Church Winona is very much part of this community outreach. Let us be His salt & light. The Gospel will be communicated eventually through services and words. I envision that I will be sharing and conducting more education workshops to Malaysian schools and community leaders in Malaysia through virtual platform.
Last month, my wife Donna and I visited a Karen immigrant church in St Paul, Minnesota. This people group fled from Myanmar because of political and religious persecution. There are about 10,000 Karen new immigrants in Minnesota. Many have Christian background from the missionaries teaching at the refugee camps in Thailand. I am in the process of planning a holiday ‘bible, sports and leadership camp’ for the Karen youth, and collaborating with 2 Karen leaders. We will incorporate and cultivate a lifestyle of spiritual disciplines (‘eating’ God’s word daily, praying, biblical fellowship, witnessing and making disciples) to this Karen ‘nation’.
Their Karen leaders welcomed my idea and long-term vision for their youth. Please pray for this long-term collaboration. I hope to bring some of their leaders to visit Malaysia and their refugee camp in Thailand in the near future. One of the Karen leaders told me that his family had stayed in the refugee camp (in Thailand) for 7 years!
Thank you so much for your support and partnership in the works sharing the Gospel to every corner of the world. I include below my contact information as I desire to connect with the members of your community:
Disciple the Nations
Tel: (612) 836-8306