CONNECTING WITH INDIGENOUS LEADERS
An Interview with Peter Friesen
The interest that Peter and Kathy Friesen have taken in our indigenous leaders has inspired our office team.
They have gone to great lengths to connect particularly with Pastor Lian and Daisy when they visit Manitoba.
As you will read below, they even camped out on the yard of their daughter and son-in-law so they could
connect with them while they had the opportunity. We have shared in previous newsletters an encouragement
for you all to prioritize spending time with our indigenous leaders while they visit us in Canada. Our prayer is
that Peter and Kathy's passion would be an inspiration to you.
How did you first learn about AIM and the
ministry of Pastor Lian and Daisy in particular?
I think we first came into contact with AIM
in Stuartburn while visiting our children who
live and worship there. Lian and Daisy were
there to share about what God was doing through
You have sought to come alongside Pastor Lian
and Daisy to encourage and bless them -- why
is that meaningful to you and your wife?
I guess because I look at a priority of needs.
When people donít have the Scripture that
they can read, then I see a great need for that.
I feel a tug on my heart for ministry to people
who are underprivileged.
What is it about Pastor Lian and Daisy, and
some of the other indigenous leaders that you
have met through AIM, that has encouraged
you in particular?
Itís the dedication that they have for their work as
leaders, to go as missionaries and to do teaching
and training. Whereas we here in Canada [we are
devoted to] a lot of extracurricular activities and
sports and money -- in my view they demonstrate
devotion to the ministry.
Youíve spent quite a bit of time with Lian and
Daisy on their visits. I understand that when
they were in town last time, you even stayed in
a camper on the yard of their hosts just so you
had more time to spend with them. Why is this
so meaningful to you?
I guess it is their heart for missions. We work
in our churches here as well. But I feel there is
a greater need in some of those countries. So
I feel that it is necessary to encourage and to
pray for leaders like them.
How have you been able to minister to Pastor
Lian and Daisy during their time in Canada?
Well, Lian was complaining of headaches and
so I gave him something to put around his neck.
And I told him that he needed to be careful that
he doesn't burn out. Some people are trying
to do too much. They need to work smarter, I
guess. At the same time you acknowledge that
you appreciate people who are willing to work
hard for the kingdom. But I think you need a
little bit of a balance.
Finally, is there anything that is particularly
insightful as you have connected with Pastor
Lian and Daisy during their visits here?
One night we were at an open house for them.
And whenever a new person came into the house,
Lian would dismiss his conversation, saying he
wanted to meet another person. I think he is very
gifted in being open for people like that. And that
struck me as a very good gift in ministry -- to be so
excited about meeting people and remembering
their names and having an interest in them. People
will gravitate to someone who cares about them.
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December 6, 2019