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Grassroots Discipleship

 

Ever wondered what a strategic discipleship ministry among the grassroots of western-central and northern India entails?

If so, the ministry of Rev. Shirish together with TAFTEE is probably a good place to start. Amongst the many ministry endeavours of The Association For Theological Education by Extension, Rev. Shirish and the team have been embarking on a most commendable effort: to equip and disciple village church pastors, evangelists, and missionaries for church planting and growth.

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Trained and sent for His glory

We praise God that on April 8, 2017, 67 students from 14 countries graduated from their International Graduate School of Leadership (IGSL) training, three of whom are from our small group.

Steven will be going back to Myanmar to share Jesus and disciple young professionals in the marketplace. Marvin, who is an ex-convict, will minister among prisoners and their families. He will also continue to disciple cadets from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in Baguio as well as serve in the local church there. Laurice, who is a youth minister, will disciple young people and raise the next generation of Christ-committed leaders in her province, Marinduque in the Philippines.

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The fruits of local training

The need to train and equip pastors and church leaders is growing in tandem with the rapid church growth in Nepal, particularly in villages and other places outside the cities.

But grassroots pastors and leaders in Nepal usually lack theological education and formal academic training, putting them at a disadvantage to enrol in seminaries or bible schools. The Lord gave me the burden to reach those leaders in their local places.

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Building a foundation for faith

God is good. Apart from my regular activities, I had the privilege of conducting the “Building a Foundation for Faith” programme in several provinces for about 100 people in the second quarter.

The extension programme of the Shalom School of Ministries, which was taken to Preyveng, Battambang, Kompong Chhnang, Kompong Speu, Kompong Thom, Takeo and Ratanakkiri, benefited the participants immensely by enhancing their knowledge and understanding of the Bible.

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Inter-cultural mission and the Orang Asli

In June, a group of international students attending the Asia Gateway residential training on inter-cultural mission participated in an exposure trip to Perak. Though short, the trip gave them invaluable insight into the lives of the Orang Asli community. More importantly, it helped the students to contextualize what they learned in class during their month-long training. The following is a report written by a student from Bhutan:

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Empowering women through training

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.

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Small groups, big impact

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.

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