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.
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.
Some things can’t be learned at work, and most people do not have the time or resources to sit and study at home. For Kingdom work, Cambodians find it very expensive and impractical to spend three years at a seminary to gain a diploma.
Praise be to God, whose power has never failed. In May, the local government invited AsiaCMS’s Indonesian partner agency to meet to discuss a new project. This time God was opening two projects for us, one in central Jakarta and another in East Jakarta.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Milan and Grace Magar
Garry Chapman illustrates that marriages can be seen through the four seasons of winter, fall, summer and spring.
As described by Chapman, winter and fall are the most challenging seasons, which require an important strategy to care for marriages.
It took some ingenuity, teamwork and a few kindhearted souls to rebuild a house that was destroyed by the earthquake in Nepal in April last year. And after just 24 working days, Uttam Bahadur Tamang’s family of five now have a roof over their heads, and an earthquake-resistant one at that.