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Journeying with prisoners

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As 2016 drew to a close, we looked back with wonder at all that God has done, and we are overwhelmed because He has done much more than we can ask, think or imagine.

We began the year stepping out in faith to work for rehabilitation of women prisoners. In a year’s time the project has grown by leaps and bounds, thanks to God’s amazing favour and the passion and commitment of the team working with the prisoners.

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Impacting emerging leaders among unreached groups

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Chanak Ram Chaudhary belongs to the Tharu, one of the most unreached people groups in Nepal. They used to be landlords of the far western Nepal but lost their possessions after their land was confiscated or they were cheated by the upper class people. Today, many of them work as a Kamaiya (servant) for the landlords.

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When cultures converge: A great cross-cultural mission opportunity

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Serah Wambua and Wayne Wong

In an extraordinary example of everywhere-to-everywhere mission, Serah Wambua, one of the founding leaders of CMS-Africa and Wayne Wong, a team leader with OMF who moved to Kenya in 2014, are in the early stages of a joint strategy to help the African Church grasp the opportunity to share the gospel with the ever-growing Chinese population on their doorstep.

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Women convicts find freedom and hope

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The third quarter was truly one of miracles and you have stood in the gap for us to experience these miracles.

We are overwhelmed with all that has happened and it is the Lord’s doing. We were able to assist in rehabilitation of released prisoners, complete first level of life skills and livelihood training with women convicts, bringing such hope and future to them, and found miraculous provisions with regard to finances.

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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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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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God’s Love in My Journey to Motherhood

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By Kathryn Aryal

Psalm 139:1-4 exclaimed: “O Lord, You have searched me and known me! You know when I sit and when I rise up… Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.”

In the early weeks of my pregnancy, one of our young godmothers from church came and handed me a book entitled, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”. The book was our first unexpected, welcome gift from the Lord. It made me realised God’s love and care, helping me prepare for what’s to come and letting me know He is right there to guide us in our journey.

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