By stepping out in faith, we have experienced how the Lord unfolded His plans and purposes step-by-step. However, we never expected that the ministry would expand to other countries. Currently, Cherith International is serving in Sri Lanka, USA and Myanmar. The programs in Sri Lanka and Myanmar are identified and carried out by pastoral couples who are partnering with Cherith International on a voluntary basis. Most of the programs of Cherith are small scale and focuses on less privileged and vulnerable people. Cherith’s programs enable pastors to build bridges while getting the recognition in local communities. In predominant Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim areas, Christians are often treated with suspicion and hostility but by reaching out to them with programs based on their real needs, doors have opened for pastors to establish their presence.
In 2015, the Lord directed us to establish the Cherith Clothing & Resource Center to show the love of Jesus to those in need in the Oshkosh area. The Cherith Clothing & Resource Center provides free clothing and basic necessities to refugees, immigrants and low-income families. The clothing center is run by a dedicated team of volunteers. The clients are referred through social organizations, churches, school district counselors, and government agencies. Since clients are met by appointment, the team is able to spend time with them and assess any other needs they might have. There are often opportunities to talk about the Lord, pray for people, give out Bibles, direct them to a church, and/or visit them at home as a follow up.