Holtwood Methodist Church is the home church of Brian and Laureen Powell, who are Missionaries with OMF International (originally called China Inland Mission).
Brian has an engineering degree and Laureen a pharmacy degree.
They were married in 2002 and have two daughters, Ruth born in 2005 and Anwen born in 2007
From 1993 to 2007, Brian and (from 1998) Laureen were based in Matol, a village inland from Davao City on the island of Mindanao in the Southern Philippines. There they worked with a minority people group called the Langilan Manobo. Some of their time was spent on translating portions of the Old Testament into the Manobo language. They were also involved in teaching and training in the churches of the area, and in some primary healthcare work.
From 2008 to mid-2011 Brian & Laureen lived on the small island of Camiguin (near the North coast of Mindanao). There, they worked alongside the existing small churches of various denominations to help them to work together to communicate the gospel message of salvation through Jesus Christ.
In August 2012 Brian and Laureen returned to the UK for 12 months of Home Mission. Whilst in the UK, they stayed in Derbyshire and visited many churches and prayer groups around the country, telling about their work with OMF.
They returned to Davao City where they focused on translation work again, producing resource materials in the Cebuano language, especially for pastors and church leaders including translating “Pilgrim’s Progress” into Cebuano. They also served as team leaders for OMF’s work amongst the Manobo at that time.
Brian, Laureen and their daughters then went to OMF headquarters in Singapore where they ran the Orientation Courses for new OMF recruits who would be stationed all over East Asia.
Brian & Laureen are continuing to work for OMF at the UK headquarters and now live in Kent where Ruth and Anwen are doing well at school.
They need all the support we can give and especially our prayers. If you have any comments, or messages for Brian or Laureen please e-mail email@example.com
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