Harry & Jenny Van Burik

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 
This verse has become a reality in the lives of Harry & Jenny during the 25 years that they have been in full-time ministry.  

Who we are

In 1994 they started serving the Lord with the Christian relief organization 'Shelter for Life'.  They worked with this organization until 2005, when the Lord called them to start a ministry in Sri Lanka. They established the mission organization 'Cherith International' with the purpose to encourage pastors serving small congregations in remote and often challenging areas, and to show the love of Jesus to those in need through word and deed.

Together with their two young sons, they moved to a remote small village in Sri Lanka in 2006. The Lord opened doors to work among less privileged people from all religious backgrounds. Cherith's programs enable pastors to build bridges to the locals, where Christians are often treated with suspicion and hostility.  By reaching out to them with programs based on their real needs, doors have opened for pastors to establish their presence.

Cherith has expanded over the years and is now serving five provinces. After serving seven years in Sri Lanka, Harry & Jenny were able to entrust Cherith Ministry to the local staff and return to the USA where they continue to oversee the work.

What we do

In 2015, the Lord directed them to establish the Cherith Clothing & Resource Center to serve those in need in the Oshkosh area.  Through the Cherith Clothing & Resource Center the love of God is shown in tangible ways by providing free clothing and basic necessities to both refugees and local residents. They often have 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.

Requests & Reports

Prayer Requests

  • God's wisdom, direction and inspiration for us and all the workers and volunteers of Cherith's ministry.
  • The protection of the pastoral couples who are identifying and carrying out Cherith's programs in Sri Lanka.
  • The exploratory mission trip to Myanmar in December.

Praise Reports

We are thanking the Lord for:
  • His faithfulness, providence and guidance throughout the years.
  • The prayers, encouragement and support of Community Church Oshkosh since the beginning of Cherith's ministry.
  • All the dedicated volunteers and for the opportunities to serve less privileged people in the USA and Sri Lanka.

What's Next

Harry & Jenny are going on an exploratory mission trip to Myanmar in December 2019. They are traveling to Shan State in the far east of Myanmar; one of the most unreached areas.  

The purpose of this mission trip is to visit pastors and to be an encouragement to them since they live in rather isolated and challenging areas. In addition, they would like to see what the Lord may have for Cherith's ministry in Myanmar and how to come alongside pastors. Harry & Jenny are going with open hands and without pre-conceived ideas, believing that "He has prepared the good works beforehand, so that we would walk in them" Ephesians 2:10

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