Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Gerard Seow and Oikos

Gerard Seow sort of "fell into helping" improve the lives of Filipino domestic workers. Now, he and the Oikos Associate Trust Home (OATH), of which he is director, have seen 12 former domestics nurtured and trained as church planters and serving in two areas in the Philippines.

Since 1996, OATH has built two ‘barrios’-- a type of house which can double up as a church, residence, library and community hall, in the Southeast Asian country. A third barrio is underway.

The structures are built in areas of sugar plantations and rice fields that have little government support or church presence. GerardSeow is the author of When Favor Comes. Now residing in Singapore, he has lived outside Asia from childhood to teenage years, sharing his family's diplomatic life in Switzerland, the U. S., and elsewhere.  

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