Cultural Immersion of Missionaries

Parachurch Missionaries in the Philippines, Jeffrey and Emily Weimert, experienced “cultural immersion” upon arriving for their assignment in the Philippines. Earlier last year, the Weimerts completed their training in Thailand and moved the family to Iloilo City, Philippines.

While in Thailand, the Weimerts’ family of eight became friends with Pao, Khem, and their two daughters Pon and Mang Pua. They were self-proclaiming Buddhists, but were open to the Christian faith. Jeff, Josiah, and Byron stayed in their home for 10 days to experience “cultural immersion.” Emily, T’Aunie, Selah, Trin, and Avi stayed with another family. The Thai family had already received sown seeds of the Gospel into their lives from some Brazilian missionaries.

Each evening, Pao allowed the reading of the Bible together. Pao desired to know more and it was a blessing that Josiah led some of the discussions and studies. All the children became great friends, and they gladly accepted the invitation to attend church. After attending church on Sunday morning, the two families would spend the rest of the day sightseeing and preparing dinner together. Khem told one of the missionaries she felt something inside her “come alive” when in church, and the preaching always spoke to her.

A few days before the Weimerts left, Khem confessed she was a Christian! Although not sure she understood, the Weimerts could see the Holy Spirit working in her heart and knew He would lead her the way. After leaving Thailand, the Weimerts received a photo of Khem being baptized! PTL! Her husband, Pao, however, as yet feels the weight of his Buddhist ancestry.

Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

Project Number 065-0951