Global discipleship for a changing world

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Whole-life disciples in Sri Lanka

Still recovering from a civil war, Sri Lanka is in need of disciples who follow Christ in every area of their life. Following very successful consultations in North India and Nepal, Faith2Share has been invited by local Christian leaders to bring our tried-and-tested discipleship programme to Sri Lanka.‘We don’t just make converts and leave them but we should also ensure that they are disciples.’ Depth Discipleship Participant, Ghana'From now, I will focus on a few people and model them after...

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Dignity through tailoring

Married at fourteen to an eighteen-year-old, Rai lives in the slums by the Bagamati River. She was among five women who enrolled in a tailoring training programme started by Faith2Share member the National Mission Commission of Nepal. After her husband met with a serious accident on a building site, only Rai’s father-in-law is currently able to work, which is a real challenge for this family of seven. Rai says, ‘I want to learn tailoring and start a small shop...

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Corn, Prizes and Sunday School

Lun Sokly starts her day by riding her old bike to school. Sokly lives in Cambodia with her 65 year-old grandmother while her parents work in Thailand. Sokly earns $1 per day peeling the skin off corn but she is passionate about her schoolwork. Every month she wins a prize and is top of her class (year 9 or eighth grade). Sokly wants to be a teacher when she grows up: ‘I love children and want them to avoid drugs....

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Soaking Up God’s Word Like a Dry Sponge

‘I’ve been waiting my whole life to hear this!’ exclaimed Mika, clapping her hands, when she read in the Bible about God’s unconditional love.Mika had hit rock bottom when she first stepped through the doors of the church in Japan. She had grown up in a household with domestic violence, leaving her with no real sense of ‘home’. Her own marriage had failed and her strict Buddhism left her feeling lost and guilty.All Mika knew about the Christian faith was...

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Dentistry and Forest Conservation – What’s the Link?

Romanna gives discounted dental treatment to people in an East Asian rain forest provided they agree to stop logging. In this way, the NGO co-founded by Romanna promotes both the poor villagers’ healthcare and their natural resources – the precious forest. Romanna is committed to caring for the whole person and has used this opportunity to show God’s love amongst the Muslim villagers. This is just one of four Asian women in mission profiled by Lee Loun-Ling (pictured) of...

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Planting Seeds of Peace in South Asia

Adam was visiting a village in South Asia when he noticed something unusual. Adam was giving out sweets to the local children and a young girl was making sure that the younger ones also had their share. This is counter-cultural behaviour where the attitude tends to be, ‘If it comes to you, God gave it. Take it.’ Surprised, Adam asked the girl why she was sharing.‘I learned it in my school,’ she replied.‘How?’ he asked.‘It is in the teachings of...

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New hope for children at risk

“She is lost”“He is frightened”“They were beaten”“We were raped”Can you imagine how the parents must have felt when their children had been trafficked? Akhil had already been trafficked once. At the age of 15, he had left with an uncle to work in a bag factory in a distant city. He had been locked in a factory, expected to work 12-14 hour days, not fed enough and had suffered beatings. After 6 months, he had escaped without being paid a...

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How God opened my eyes to the poor

"For 20 years I had seen the same poverty in India," writes John, a Christian worker in India, "people living without shelter, clothes, shoes or food. The government does not provide but I was no better. Then, one morning, I opened my Bible and God took me by surprise. God spoke to me about caring for the poor and deprived. After that, I saw them everywhere I went because God had opened my eyes. I went to talk to them...

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Tourist Attractions and Gospel Opportunities

On a recent trip with friends to a well-known tourist attraction in India, M.*, a good friend of Faith2Share, began an interesting conversation with their Muslim driver. Their talk turned to faith and the driver shared his knowledge about Islam very enthusiastically. After listening to him quietly for a while, M. said, ‘You are extremely knowledgeable and I have perhaps learned some things from you today. But listen! God created us out of mud and breathed life into us so...

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Impossible Dream, Surprising Partnership

Karen* was drawn to mission from a very young age. She began to pray for an unreached people group at a student mission conference – the B* people. But how could the gospel ever reach these nomadic sheep herders? She prayed for them but it seemed like an impossible dream.Karen got married and began raising children but did not stop praying for the nomads God had put on her heart. She continued to pursue her interest in missions and attended...

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Working Hand In Hand

‘We need a youth leader for our church plant. We don’t have anyone available, and we wanted to know if David would be interested.’ asked Isabelle Wen, the pastor’s wife. ‘I was very interested indeed!’ says OMF’s David Jansen. He was thrilled to have the opportunity of working with a brand new group of mostly non-Christian young people.The youth group started and the atmosphere was … well … completely unstable at first. Weekly incidents included swearing, yelling, and even, occasionally,...

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An Unlikely Leader Emerges in Cambodia

Faith2Share and our members know the importance of Christian leadership and we were thrilled to read a recent report from Faith2Share member Asian Outreach Alliance (AOA) about their work with a local man in Cambodia. As a quiet and softly spoken middle-aged man, Yan Bunsan is not a typical Christian leader in his rural village. He wanted to get involved in ministry, but most of his peers said he was too quiet. Yan Bunsan was very disappointed but instead of...

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The Word of God bears fruit in India

An indigenous mission in West Bengal has recently distributed more than 2,000 bibles in the local language and now has 1,000 new contacts and 12 new preaching centres. They are reaching many rural villages which have no Christian witness. The mission, which has been in contact with Faith2Share for a number of years, and whose director has participated in our Leadership Consultations is also committed to holistic mission and has already set up 10 education and development centres for...

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Christian Care for Children in Myanmar

Faith2Share has contact with many Christian workers who quietly serve others in practical witness to Christ. In Myanmar, many tribal parents lack the resources to take care of their children’s basic needs. Rev. Martin Lalthangliana and Salai Manaai Cheng are just two of the local Christians who have responded by looking after these tribal children and giving them opportunities which they could otherwise never have experienced. Some of the children are cared for in purpose-built facilities while others are even...

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Celebration Brings Joy to Indian Evangelists

Following the Faith2Share Christmas appeal for India, evangelists and pastors from eight different organizations gathered in Bhorpada on Christmas Day. The celebrations began with children singing and a Bible message was given. The gospel workers gave thanks for God’s amazing gift of Jesus and rededicated themselves to sharing the good news with those who do not know the Saviour. Pranab Kishor Kumar (from Faith2Share member New Life for India) encouraged those present to adopt a village and to pray for...

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The witness of Christian character

The following story was told recently by Global Teams, a member agency of Faith2Share who support Christian leaders coming from other faith backgrounds. "Adam is a clan leader in the B tribe [in South-east Asia]. Born into a Muslim family, his father sent him to live with local Christian missionaries as a boy to study English. The missionary told Adam's father that he would also teach Adam his faith, along with English, and the father agreed. Adam put his faith...

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Christmas Hope in Cambodia

“This year is the second anniversary of my new birth in Christ. I received and accepted Jesus at the Asian Outreach Cambodia Christmas Celebration in 2014. I decided to follow Christ because I saw Christians in my village work so well together with AOC to help the poor; this touched my heart. The pastors loved me by offering tangible help and they were so willing to share what they had with others as well. I realized that their love is...

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Well connected

"What will we teach them? We will love them in Christ Jesus. ... We will listen carefully to their stories and find ways to partner with them for the spread of God's kingdom. The gospel will be preached. Rising leaders will be identified and helped. The possibility of new works to spread the kingdom will be prayed over." This is how Manik Corea of NAMS Network describes his aspirations for a visit to Orisha in India. Manik will...

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Jesus - the gift of a dying man

Economic deprivation and spiritual vitality seem to go hand in hand in north east India. Faith2Share has for some time partnered with churches in the state of Mizoram who are sending mission workers to many places around the world. The states of Assam and Nagaland also have strong churches but in neighbouring Manipur there are large communities without any visible Christian witness. Faith2Share partner Phijam Singh, from Manipur, grew up in a Hindu family but was introduced to Jesus by...

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Christmas blessings for India

It all started with a casual conversation on a bus in India. Pranab Kishor Kumar asked the man sitting next to him if he knew Jesus. “I have no idea who you are talking about,” came the reply. This was a life-changing moment for Pranab, who later founded New Life for India to reach the unreached by presenting the gospel through words and deeds. The mission’s activities now cover evangelism and church planting, youth and children’s ministry, women’s ministry, pastors’...

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Husband finds God through motorbike accident

Ramesh lost his shop and all of his earnings because of his addiction to alcohol. He found Jesus through the ministry of Faith2Share member the Indian Evangelical Mission. Ramesh started coming to church, but sadly then reverted to his old way of life for over a year. Ramesh’s wife Sytho was heartbroken at her husband’s backsliding and suffered a breakdown. Meanwhile, the church was crying out to God for his deliverance but this came in a very unusual form -...

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Teacher, your seminar is not the main thing

After working hard on preparation, a teacher doesn’t want to hear that the seminar was not the major blessing. But when the seminar is on the subject of family life and the feedback praises their parenting, then it’s a job well done. "More than the teaching, I have been blessed by seeing their family life. I am touched by the way they have nurtured their children." This was Raj Kumar's response after attending a family life seminar run by Faith2Share...

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Asia Mission Training Highly Recommended

“I would love to start a training programme like this to prepare people for cross-cultural missions”, said a graduate from the Asia Gateway 2016 mission training programme in Malaysia. The initiative is run by a group of agencies including Faith2Share member, AsiaCMS. The course combines lectures and field trips, which offer exposure to a multi-faith environment. Topics include: the mission of God; issues for Asian mission and inter-religious engagement. This year’s students came from six different countries and benefitted from...

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Ruins to Restoration in Nepal

“Local people and government officials are very aware of the work of Christians, bringing glory to God, and they have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” writes Faith2Share partner in Nepal, Ram Prasad Shrestha. Following last year’s devastating earthquake, NMC Nepal has built six new resilient houses for destitute members of the community. In a recent handover ceremony, they were able to share about the love of God which motivates them to care for those in need. One of the...

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Mandalay Diocese welcomes NAMS mission team

What do Myanmar, Nepal and Thailand have in common? Now they have a very special connection as the team from NAMS visited the Anglican Diocese of Mandalay earlier this month. It was the first visit at the invitation of Bishop David (who was introduced to NAMS leaders at the Faith2Share Depth Discipleship consultation in Yangon). The team was able to train 30 local clergy over several days and share with them on a range of topics including organic church-planting practices...

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Mission baton travels from Jakarta to Seoul

As the Lausanne Young Leaders' Gathering which has brought together more than one thousand mission leaders from over 140 countries, finishes in Jakarta, Indonesia, another significant mission gathering has just started in Seoul, South Korea, where the International Association of Mission Studies is holding its 14th Assembly on the subject of Conversations and Transformations: Missiological Approaches to Religious Change. The fact that both gatherings are taking place in Asia is a real testimony to the importance of Asian churches...

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Young Leaders gather in Indonesia

This week nearly 1,000 young Christian leaders from 140 countries around the world are gathering in Indonesia for the Lausanne Young Leaders Gathering. A few days before the gathering Michael Oh, Lausanne's International Director, wrote, "I’m convinced of God’s gracious and powerful work—beyond what we have dreamt—taking place in this generation. What makes me say that? In this year of preparation leading up to YLG, I have seen young influencers listening and learning from previous generations, and seeking to be...

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Floods hit Nepali villages

We are receiving news today from the National Mission Commission of Nepal (NMCN), a Faith2Share member agency in Nepal, that severe flooding has taken place following continued heavy rain across the country. At this stage 39 people are reported to have lost their lives and in the last 24hrs a further 28 are reported missing. The main problem seems to have been landslides which have destroyed houses and some bridges. The worst hit area was Pyuthan where at...

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Equipping leaders in Myanmar

Faith2Share member NAMS has been invited by the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Mandalay to go to Myanmar and train key clergy and lay leaders of his diocese in discipleship and church planting among the many people groups there. The invitation came about after Manik Corea, NAMS regional operations for Asia, met Bishop David Nyi Nyi Naing at a Faith2Share Leadership Consultation in Myanmar in May 2015. Bishop David then asked Manik and NAMS Servant General Jon Shuler...

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Disability tops agenda in South Asia

Young leaders from seven countries are currently in Nepal for the 2016 conference of the South Asia Christian Youth Network (SACYN), coordinated by Faith2Share member AsiaCMS. Delegates are deliberating on the conference topic of Disability, based on the theme 'Accessible South Asia: Creative Responses for Mental Health and Differently Abled.' Fifty young leaders from countries including India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Bangladesh are gathered in Nagarkot, Nepal from 1st – 6th July. Over the past four years, SACYN...

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Arrests in Nepal for distributing scripture to children

Seven people have been arrested in Nepal, including the proprietors of two private schools in Dolakha. Those arrested have been accused of evangelising by distributing children's Bible stories among students. Prakash Pradhan is principal of Mout Valley boarding school, while Bimal Shahi is principal of Modern Nepal School. And five staff who work for Teach Nepal, a Christian teaching organisation, are also among those accused. Both Pradhan and Shahi are Christians and organise extra curricular teaching activities for...

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New ministry brings hope to women prisoners in India

Rabbi and Chitra, co-mission partners in India with Faith2Share member Asia CMS, have started a new ministry, called Peacemakers, for women prisoners, their children and families. In India women prisoners are often neglected and are crying out for hope and transformation in their lives. After more than a year’s preparation, staff, office and funding have been found and a great team is in place, committed to the work.Rabbi and Chitra said: “We have two well-experienced professional social workers who...

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Bangalore Home of Hope inspires delegates

While in Bangalore for Faith2Share's Leadership Consultation, delegates had the opportunity of visiting a number of local ministries. One group was given a glimpse inside a most inspiring and moving ministry: New Ark Mission of India's Home of Hope. It was set up in 1997 by a former auto-rickshaw driver known locally as 'Auto Raja' or the 'Mother Theresa’ of Bangalore. Home of Hope is a community that rebuilds the lives of destitute people from the busy streets of Bangalore....

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172 trained for discipleship in West Bengal

Just weeks after the Faith2Share Leadership Consultation in Bangalore one of our participants gathered 172 Indian leaders from across West Bengal for a Discipleship Consultation. During the two days of intensive training Tushar, a Faith2Share leader spoke on 'Depth Discipleship' and how churches can encourage their new and existing members to follow the ways of Jesus in every aspect of their lives. Tushar attended the very first Faith2Share Depth Discipleship consultation in northern India in 2012. Now he is planning...

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​Faith2Share Leadership consultation Bangalore

We would like to thank all of you who prayed for the 16th Faith2Share consultation in Bangalore that took place last week.We had almost 60 participants from almost every country in South Asia, from UK and USA, from East and West Africa representing our members, partner churches and mission movements. It was a time of rich fellowship, mutual learning and leadership equipping and also an intentional time of discerning how we can work together to advance the Kingdom of God.

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Contextualisation in mission

"The recent popularity of talk of contextualisation in mission is fatally flawed if it fails to take account of the universal church" claimed Rev. Raja Singh at the opening session of the Faith2Share Leadership Consultation taking place in Bangalore this week.Rev. Singh, the new General Secretary of the Indian Evangelical Mission, went on to say that although it is vital that the gospel is contextualised in every community this has also led to isolation and separation of Christian communities. The...

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