Malaysia Theological Seminary are hosting a seminar on 29th March (Saturday) from 9.00am to 4.00pm.
Dr Tan Kang San (Executive Director AsiaCMS) and Mr Philip Phua will discuss the question “Are Short Term Missions Good Stewardship for the Malaysian Church?”. The seminar consists of 3 sessions and a time for Q&A. Registration is free.
With what is a current challenge for the Malaysian Church, the seminar should prove to be an interesting and engaging day.
For more information or to register see here.
Tan Kang-San (left) Philip Phua (Right)
For the first time we have had all our people in mission from AsiaCMS and CMS UK together for fellowship, sharing and teaching. Immediately after the official launch of AsiaCMS we all travelled together to the Methodist centre Port Dickson, on the West coast of Malaysia, about 1.5hr drive from KL. In total we had 125 people including almost 30 children.
We benefited from some great teaching and workshops led by CMS staff, board members, mission partners and guest speakers. We were blessed to stay close to the beach and the centre has a swimming pool so mission partners and families could take some well-deserved rest!
Some feedback from the participants:
“Great. It is just so difficult to get good mission teaching either in Pakistan where I live, or in the UK when on home leave. I feel both challenged and equipped by what I have heard” Freda, Pakistan
“I now have a better understanding of what it is to be part of the CMS family. It has been wonderful to meet so many different people involved in mission in Asia” Lendehl, Philippines
“To see so many countries in Asia represented at the gathering was really exciting. Hopefully some more partnerships for ministry will now develop as we try to support each other and work together” Andrew, Malaysia
We would like to thank all those that attended and helped make the launch dinner on 8th March a success. We were delighted to have over 400 people to celebrate with us as we formally launched and thanked God for His provision.
The night was a traditional Chinese 9 course banquet dinner with speeches from Dr Wonsuk Ma, Kang-San and others, as well as song items from the hugely talented Tenors for Christ and Juwita Suwito.
The night was a special occasion for CMS with representatives from UK, New Zealand, Australia & Africa. We also had mission workers from all over Asia from Nepal to Philippines and Pakistan to Korea.
Dr Wonsuk Ma shared on the 1/3 barrier, and his belief that the world Christian population can and will break 1/3 of the total population. He explained the key mission frontier is Asia which has the lowest percentage of Christians of all continents. He invited the attendees to accept the challenge and support AsiaCMS in training and resourcing mission leaders to break the 1/3 barrier.
From top left – Steve Mania (NZ CMS), Francis Tsui (AsiaCMS Chair), Bishop & Mrs Ng Moon Hing, Peter Rodgers (Australia CMS), Phillip Mounstephen (CMS UK), Tan Kang-San (AsiaCMS), Dr Wonsuk & Julie Ma
Hi, we are pleased to have moved to Malaysia and are busy settling in. We came here last September to explore a possible ministry with AsiaCMS, before deciding to commit to join the team. Our visa has now been approved and have rented a condo, so everything is slowly falling into place. We also thank God for the provision of temporary car.
Before coming to Malaysia we used to work for 16 years at a theological seminary in the Philippines. We enjoyed a good relationship with the Filipino Christian leaders. Therefore, it was not an easy to make the decision to leave our home in the Philippines and relocate to Malaysia. But God gave us a new challenge to join the AsiaCMS team and to serve as Dean of AsiaGateway training.
We know that it is very significant to raise Asian leaders for world mission. We thank God for this very purpose and the opportunity for us to use our callings, Chul Woo for teaching and Moon Gyung for member care. Please pray for us as we begin our ministry here with AsiaCMS and that we might fit quickly into the team and be used for His kingdom.
Chul Woo & Moon Gyung
It was in 1814 that CMS missionaries first brought the gospel to Aotearoa/New Zealand. In 2014, our sister society New Zealand CMS plans to celebrate the bicentenary by inviting missionaries again, explains Steve Maina. Could you be one of them?
You’re invited!You’re invited!
Kiaora! Steve Maina here – I’m the national director of NZCMS. The New Zealand Church Missionary Society and the New Zealand Christian Network are turning traditional mission upside down to celebrate 200 years of the gospel in New Zealand.
Traditionally, mission has meant going ‘over there’. During 2014 African and Asian missionaries will be making their way over here to support local New Zealand communities, parishes, churches, schools and iwi [‘tribes’] in their evangelistic, social and spiritual development.
2014 marks the bicentennial of the Christian gospel’s arrival in New Zealand through Chief Ruatara’s invitation of CMS missionary Samuel Marsden. The New Zealand Church Missionary Society (NZCMS) initiative picks up both the missional DNA of the early CMS in New Zealand and links with what God is doing in New Zealand today.
Several Maori leaders say they can see a fresh stirring of the Holy Spirit amongst Maori. The Bible Society normally sells between 100 and 200 Maori Bibles a year. During the last four years they have sold over 1,000 a year. We are also seeing more leaders and local churches being re-awakened to the centrality of the gospel in our bicultural beginnings. They are looking to discern a more indigenous expression of what it means to be kiwi Christians and discovering ways to encourage evangelism amongst Maori and Pakeha [non-Maori New Zealanders].
The Team 2014 Project is designed to complement existing initiatives in New Zealand, or be the basis for new ones. Teams can be as small as three or large as 10 and stay from two weeks to two months.
Teams will include key leaders who are internationally respected and able to speak around the issues of gospel and mission. There are a number of African and Asian artists keen to come and minister in schools, churches, student groups and communities. Evangelism teams are available to work with local churches to serve and impact their communities with the gospel. Lastly teams of students and student workers are able to come to support evangelism amongst youth and young adults.
You can find out more about NZCMS’s plans for 2014 at their bicentenary website.
Kang-San speaking at the Victoria Summer School
Kang-San and Loun Ling (Executive and Training Director) have just returned from Australia where they were invited as speakers at the CMS summer schools. The Summer Schools are annual mission conferences and held in each state. With crowds of up to two thousand at the Sydney event, Kang-San writes ‘We really enjoyed our time at the summer schools. The conditions were challenging with record temperatures, travelling to five cities in the space of 3 weeks, it was a test of endurance. However the welcome we received made it worth it, the delegates had a real interest in mission and the work of AsiaCMS. With an increasing number of Asian diaspora in Australia many were interested in mission opportunities in their own cities. Please pray for a good partnership with CMS Australia as we look to work together in the coming years.”
Pandita Ramabai – Founder of Mukti Mission
Melody was one of our first Co Mission Partners from the Synod Mission Board in 2008, she served in a hospital in Himalyan part of India followed by a term in Punjab in a district bordering Pakistan working among women who were HIV positive . During this time she married Saia who was also taken on as a CoMP and taught in a school there . In early 2012 , they moved to Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission as part of their current placement. Melody works in the community hospital of the mission and Saia teaches maths and science and also given his theological training is a good support to the local church there. They have two sons , one born in Punjab ( Abel ) and the other a year ago ( Jacob ) at the Mukti Mission .
They ask for prayer for;
We thank God for His protection so far in all our journeys
Pray for our passport that we will get it as early as possible as have travel plans and have been various delays
Pray for the children, Abel & Jacob, in particular that the Lord would keep them in good health
Pray for Saia as he preaches and tries to support local church
For Mukti Mission, protection of their property and the adoption licence from the government would be granted
For unity & strength among the all the staff as we try to serve local community
Please join us for our launch and fundraising dinner on Saturday 8th March. We are expecting a great evening with testimonies and song items from Juwita Suwito and the Three Tenors. Call the office or click here for more information.
Those of you that attended, know the seminar was a great success with a challenging talk from Dr Chris Wright on the 5 marks of mission and the necessity for the church to engage in all aspects of mission in order to transform minds, communities and nations.
We are very grateful to DUMC for hosting the event and all those who helped make it a success.
Here are some pictures from the day;
Dr Chris Wright
Tan Kang-San introducing his new book
Serving in Kathmandu, Nepal
We previously asked you to pray for Diki who is serving as a co-mission partner in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she and he husband help run a project for children with special needs.
She was admitted in June for surgery to remove a molar pregnancy. She contracted an infection post surgery and chemotherapy is being used to treat the infection.
She writes this week “Just want you to know that I am still on chemotherapy treatment as my blood count is not normal yet and recently have had some complications from the treatment with my liver enzyme rising very high. I usually stay for 8 days in the hospital, a week rest at home and then back to the hospital. Now just mentioning the needle makes me feel sick. Its been about three months I have now been out of the office and am longing to get well and resume my work again.”
Please join us in prayer for her full recovery, and also remember her husband Marama and daughter Faith.