Koko Lamkang, Fusion’s South Asia coordinator introduces the rest of the team in Delhi who help make everything happen. Most of the team have at least one university degree and speak more than three languages!
Khular Thamthung has been with Fusion since 2009. He has worked as the Hostel manager for Fusion and now is the Team leader in Delhi, he is originally from Manipur. Khular hopes that, “all people of India will know personally who Jesus Christ is and what he has done for them; that they might accept Him as their personal saviour. Secondly, I hope India experiences a cultural change which brings harmony and justice to every Indian. Finally, my hope is that all Indian citizens will learn to care for each other.”
Koko was also born in Manipur, he says, “I grew up with warmth and love thanks to the small community where we lived.” After a year training with Fusion in Australia in 2009, he is now working towards a diploma in Youth and Community Work (Christian) with Fusion. Previously team-leader for Fusion Delhi, he has recently accepted the position of Co-ordinator for South Asia. “My dream is to see India as a nation where the worth and dignity of a human life will not be determined by caste, place of birth or religion. The India I want is a nation where justice, mercy and compassion are shared values. It is an absolute joy to see how much God has grown and built up the Fusion Delhi team.”
Frankie was born in predominantly Christian Nagaland in north east India. With a strong commitment to his home state, his desire is, “to see India free from poverty, a place with equality for all, and a place where people can live in safety.” He has been with Fusion full-time since 2009. Frankie finds encouragement when Australians visit for pilgrimage. “It’s great, I look forward to those friendships growing as together we make a real difference in the lives of all the people in India regardless of their religion, ethnic group, caste or financial status.”
Jerome and Girija were married in 2010; Jerome comes from Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu, South India. Jerome worked for 5 years as a pastor of a church in a slum area of South India. At festivals he enjoys dressing up as a clown and balloon sculpting. “This is a wonderful way to meet the children and their families.” He also is part of the Kids Club team.“I really enjoy leading the kids in a game we call ‘Fire in the mountain’ which reinforces the community value of helping each other. When you come to India, perhaps I can teach you this loud, but enjoyable game!”
Shel-Ngam Tholung, has been with Fusion since 2008. He enjoys festivals – “It warms my heart to see people coming together in friendship and co-operation, it transcends normal cultural barriers of financial status, caste or religion.” His vision for India is, “to see genuine love among all people”, and he adds, “I have dedicated my life to God for that purpose.”
Pankaj from Delhi who came to faith as a result of festivals, Ali from Nagaland and Henry from Delhi are all part of the Delhi team.
The work in India extends beyond Delhi with teams in Imphal and Hyderbadad.
In the capital of the eastern state of Manipur, Imphal, work began 2 years ago with Open Crowd Festivals from which developed weekly Kids Clubs. Moses from Imphal is a long-term Friend of Fusion who works with a number of Christian organizations in Imphal, where he helped set up a kids club. The state is about 30% Christians but suffers periodic insecurity from insurgents fighting for independence from India. A number of our Delhi team come from this State and have a strong attachment with it.
Hyderabad is the capital of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. The Fusion team there is led by Dayakar who is the adopted son of missionaries in the city. He was part of the Fusion Delhi team for two years before heading back to his home city where he now lives with his wife and daughter. His gifts as a networker with pastors of local churches, his very gentle nature and great sense of humour have been key to slowly building the work.