In Nepal, leadership positions are dominated by men. Even churches outside of the main cities are not spared this trend. Given this scenario, we thank God for sustaining us to train and equip women from various denominations throughout the country.
The participants travelled for two days and some walked for 12 hours to catch the bus to come to the training centre. Many participants are the wives of church leaders, but had never set foot into a bible training centre. It was their first opportunity to be trained and equipped for mission work.
Small groups in the International Graduate School of Leadership (IGSL) called Iron-Sharpening Group (ISG) have consistently been one of the most unforgettable and meaningful experiences of our students in their IGSL journey. It is in this context that individuals are able to process personal lessons that the Lord is teaching them and learn to disclose issues in their lives where they need loving support and accountability.
Visiting patients at the CMC Hospital in Vellore can be an enriching experience. In my chaplaincy ministry, I have been encouraged by patients who continue to trust in the Lord no matter what the circumstances faced.
Cancer patient Varan, 53, is one such blessing to care givers.
It was like a page out of John 3. But the scene was thousands of miles from where Nicodemus encountered Jesus. And it was an evangelist sharing the truth with a rural, teenage girl studying in the city of Yangon.
Grace Magar, born and raised in a Kachin village in northern Myanmar, had just enrolled in a university when she chanced upon a local missionary. Despite having attended the village church from her childhood, Grace was taken aback when the missionary asked, “Are you born again?”
Dr Abraham Saggu was born into a Hindu family in a remote village in south India. After his father passed away, his mother came to faith in Christ and eventually became a “bible woman.”
The only child in the family, Saggu was attending church for a year and thought he was living out life as a Christian until a divine appointment one night. He was at home when he overheard his mother sharing the gospel with an elderly lady. Among other things, his mother asked the neighbour, “Where will you spend your eternity if you die tonight?”
On 22 March 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, around seventy people from various churches and para-church organisations participated in a talk entitled “The Global Church Landscape: Trends in global Christianity, religion, & mission.”
Despite the usual congestion in traffic on a weekday evening, many turned up early and the programme commenced on time.
The talk was organised by AsiaCMS in collaboration with Asia Gateway, Seminari Theoloji Malaysia, and the Malaysian Center for Global Mission.
As we stay simple, humble and true to Scriptures, we could feel the faithful leading of God. In 2017, the Shalom School of Ministries started a training programme called “Building a Foundation for Faith”.
It is aimed at reaching out to local pastors and church leaders who lack opportunities to attend training in their local areas to equip themselves. Our facilitators humble themselves to stay where they stay, eat what they eat and fellowship with them in God’s love.
On 23 March 2017, the Board of AsiaCMS officially received the notices of resignation from Executive Director, Dr. Tan Kang San and Training Director, Lee Loun Ling. Their resignations were accepted as the Board acknowledged their service of five years in AsiaCMS, thereby providing leadership since the organisation’s inception.
On 11 March 2017, Asia Gateway and Wesley Methodist Church, KL jointly conducted a Weekend Seminar on “Engaging with People of Different Faiths” by Dr Tan Kang San & Ms Lee Loun Ling with special sharing by Chitra Jayakaran.
In November 2016, the National Mission Commission of Nepal launched a livelihood development programme for women living in the slums of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.
The purpose of this programme was to equip women who lived in marginalised communities with skills that would enable them to eventually start a tailoring business for sustainable and dignified livelihood.