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I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Psalm 32:8

James and Tika served at Stronghold Cambodia in the summer of 2023 so the programs, activities, and outreach could continue while MCN Mission Partners were in the USA.

James grew up in Flint, Michigan, where his home congregation is Lamb of God Lutheran. He attended Concordia University of Wisconsin. For his first two calls as a church-worker, James was stateside. Then, in 2005, he went to Asia to become an International Educator. Since that time he has served in 7 locations. Currently, James is an English as a Foreign language (EFL) professor at Luther University in South Korea. The university has been in operation for over 60 years and also has seminary coursework to prepare pastors for the Lutheran Church in Korea (LCK).

Tika grew up in Indonesia, which has the largest Muslim population in the world. She came to South Korea in 2018 as part of a scholarship program.  She met James at International Lutheran Church-Seoul, and they were married in 2021. Right now, Tika is working as an assistant trainer for a global mindset program which aims to help companies guide their employees through the challenges of language and culture.

Please pray for James and Tika and for the ministry of Stronghold Cambodia.

Prayer requests:

  • For the young people to find their meaning of life in God instead of worldly achievements and material possessions.
  • For the relationships among the Stronghold Cambodia staff, faculty, and community members.
  • For faith and wisdom to carry out their specific vocations.
  • For physical and spiritual health.
  • For opportunities to share the love of Christ, in word and deed, with their friends, family members, and everyone involved with Stronghold Cambodia.

Any funds raised that exceed Mission Partner’s Total Cost of Missionary Service may be used to further support Mission Partner in missional activities, or Mission Partner may donate, after consultation with the Executive Director, any excess funds to one or more Mission Partners who are in good standing with MCN or to MCN’s General Fund. The purpose for this is that any funds raised are to support missional activities throughout the world.


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