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Equipping leaders through cross-cultural training

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Lecturer Berdine van den Toren (centre) with some of the students

Asia Gateway has successfully launched its 2016 Residential Training, which is a key initiative of AsiaCMS to train and equip workers and leaders for cross-cultural mission.

The six-week training at Malaysia Theological Seminary in Seremban attracted 16 students from six countries – Malaysia, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore and Turkey.

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Overcoming the taboo of disability

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One of the most common taboos in Pakistani society is “disability”. Disabled people carry a stigma which can dog them for life.

A village in Khowaja Goth, rural Sindh, chants this same sad story of the scars that disabled people, especially children, have been bearing since birth. The lame or mentally retarded children have one and only possible way to survive, and that is to be shut out completely from society. Their families feel an inner shame and are unable to shake off this albatross.

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Young girl with a heart for mission

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Kripa sharing her testimony

By Milan Magar

I tried to refrain from writing this but I was very excited and moved by the spirit to share this short testimony of my daughter’s involvement in mission work.

Recently, at our family night prayer, I was sharing with my wife that if we could help the Mushar community with an umbrella it would be a great help for them in this rainy season.

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AsiaCMS empowers Asian mission leaders

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Kang San (right) and Chhinho

By Sarah Holmes of CMS UK

AsiaCMS’s goal to see local mission leaders rise up in their own countries and reach their own people with the gospel is gathering pace with an exciting joint training venture just completed in Cambodia.

AsiaCMS teamed up with Chhinho Saing, founder and director of Shalom Mission Cambodia (SMC), and held a Missional Leadership Training in May 2016. Together with Chhinho, who is also AsiaCMS’s new co-mission partner, AsiaCMS executive director Dr Tan Kang San and AsiaCMS training director Loun Ling Tan taught at the training sessions held at SMC’s School of Ministries in Phnom Penh. 

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Creative responses to the differently abled

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By Yeap Boo Yam

A total of 47 delegates from seven countries are gathered in Nagarkot, Nepal, for the SACYN Leadership Conference 2016 on the topic of disability, based on the theme “Accessible South Asia: Creative Responses for Mental Health and Differently Abled.”

The six-day gathering from July 1 is packed with worship sessions, personal devotions and private reflections, workshops and presentations by internationally renowned church leaders and subject matter experts on the differently abled and mental disorders, which are issues that cut across generations.

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The death of Christ: The defeat of a great man?

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By Dr Ajith Fernando

Some years ago I spoke at a meeting in Sri Lanka on the topic of Christian witness. I was early for the meeting, so I chatted with some of the people in the audience before the meeting started.

One of them was a well-known Buddhist writer. He told me that the Buddha was superior to Jesus because, even though Jesus lived a noble life, he was defeated through death in his battle for righteousness. 

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