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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.
Milan and Grace in Kirpa
As the Nepalese continue to rebuild their lives following last April’s devastating earthquake, our co-mission partners have kept up their punishing schedule of equipping leaders and workers for Kingdom business and bringing hope to the people.
Feeling inadequate to be a useful servant of God? Take heart from the inspiring story of Isha Limbu, a housewife in a Nepali village who used to have difficulty speaking confidently with people. In fact, she had even thought that as a housewife she could not do anything significant outside her home.
by Dr Tan Kang San
We were in Shimla, India recently for AsiaCMS’ Board meeting. On 25th April, 2015, we experienced tremors in Agra, India and later followed the unfolding drama of the Nepali Quake on TV. In a globalized world, Christians worldwide struggle to respond theologically and practically to calamities. Where is God during enormous human sufferings? What should be the Christian response to untold sufferings inflicted on innocent poor communities? Here, I offer humbly a biblical reflection in solidarity with our Nepali friends as they reach out in practical love and a call for Christians globally to assist through our prayers and financial support.