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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.
She is a beautiful young girl of 14 years. Life didn’t give her much of a choice in where she had to live; neither did it give a choice in becoming a mother at the age of 15. All she had been through in her life was rejection from her family and at every institution she was placed in.
Where He leads, we go. This seems to be the mantra of a young couple whose family backgrounds were as diverse as you could get. But by the grace of Jesus Christ, they are now one. And happily serving the Lord together.
Meet Kumar and Kats Aryal, the latest co-mission partners of AsiaCMS.
The Church Mission Society (CMS) has a long and illustrious history in China dating back to the 1800s. Bishop George Smith and T.M. McClatchie were the first CMS missionaries to be sent to China in 1844.
The early missionaries were focused on health and education to help meet the pressing needs of that time. Their lives and works left behind a positive impact of their gospel message up till the present day.
“Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.” – Exodus 23:9
Being in a foreign land with an alien culture thousands of miles from home can be an intimidating experience. Throw in some unwelcoming locals, or worse still, unjust officials, and the adopted world of the immigrants will be turned topsy-turvy.
This is the world of the estimated one million Chinese nationals living in Africa.
By Esther Gnanakan
Sanjay was referred to ESCAPE at the age of 16 through the legal system. He was at one of the remand homes before he was referred to ESCAPE. Sanjay received residential counselling at our respite home. During his stay with us he learnt to manage his anger and also to work as a team. We noticed good leadership qualities in him.
SACYN 2015 participants
SACYN 2015 has successfully concluded in New Delhi with the eyes of its core leaders firmly focused on the journey ahead, including in mission-related initiatives involving youth groups of churches.
Twenty-four participants from South Asia gathered at the Gandhi Peace Foundation to map out the way forward based on reflective evaluation of the three years of training module which was completed in 2014.
By Alexis Hamilton, Asia Gateway Missions Training
My husband Alan Hamilton and I set off on a mission trip with a deep desire to learn more about the life of Christians in Cambodia, the Khmer culture, and how we can be of service to God in that country.
It was a heady mix of experiences in our field exposure trip from 11th to 18th of July 2015. We enjoyed the warmth and hospitality of the locals. Still, challenges abounded.
SACYN 2015, a reflective-planning gathering, is aimed at building on the three years of training module which was completed in 2014.
Themed ‘Spirituality and Integrity in Youth Leadership’, it is being held at the Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi, India, from Oct 16 to Oct 20.
It is focusing on a reflection on the journey of SACYN for the past 12 years, as well as plan for the future in the light of those reflections. The reflective-planning sessions will be complemented with serious interactive sessions on Christian leadership, facilitated by senior church and mission leaders.
Anilal (L) during a house visit
By Anilal M. Jose, Asia Gateway Missions Training
What a difference a week can make. An immersion in a rural setting in a faraway land similar to my own has helped me in rediscovering and reformulating my objectives in life and ministry.
My field exposure trip to Cambodia between the 11th and 18th of July 2015 has impacted me in more ways than one.