I sat across the booth from Jack and Daniel in an Asian fast food restaurant, waiting for their reply. Finally, Daniel broke the silence. “I’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this. I can’t wait.” Then Jack echoed, “I’m in. I believe this is my next step.” Then we all high fived and exclaimed how excited we were for what God was going to do.
This fall in our city, Jack and Daniel will be joining our team as the first Asian believers from churches we’ve started to step into full-time ministry. They will be doing a special 1-year internship with us where they will serve the church, minister on the campus, and complete a Bible school training. Equally exciting, at the same time in one of our other cities, two or three other believers will be joining their team in a more full time capacity to reach their campus for Christ.
This is a huge step, because they will be much more effective than us in reaching those within their culture. Hudson Taylor, the famous missionary to Asia, in a similar key moment expressed it like this, “The work … is steadily growing and spreading—especially in that most important department, native help… the future hope of Asia doubtless lies in them.”
I am so excited for this step by Jack, Daniel, and the others. The future hope of Asia doubtlessly lies in them.
1. July 27-21 is a special leadership retreat where the key disciples from the churches in our four cities will all be gathered together. Also during this time, the Asian leaders of these four churches will be making decisions together about how their network of churches should function together. Please pray for safety, wisdom for the leaders, and an impartation of faith for God’s supernatural power to be released.
2. From July 23-August 5, I will be leading a two week Bible school for six of the key leaders in our churches. Please pray for a powerful and effective time of training.
3. There is a lot of transition of roles in our city right now as the number of workers in our city is growing. Please pray for wisdom and grace that we would all excel in our new ministry roles.
4. Please pray for our family for protection from attack, continued growth in the language, and effectiveness in bringing Christ to those around us.
Thank you so much for standing with us and praying for us. Your prayers are extending God’s kingdom in Asia.