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.
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Asia Gateway is an intensive programme laying down a firm foundation in intercultural learning for mission, combining practical experience with theological reflection. It is uniquely endorsed and sponsored by 2 Malaysian churches (Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia and Methodist Church of Malaysia), Malaysia Theological Seminary (STM), and 5 mission agencies: AsiaCMS, InterServe, OM, OMF, and SIM East Asia.
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.
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.
By Amanda Mason, Asia Gateway Training
This paper reflects upon a field exposure trip to Cambodia between the 11th and 18th of July 2015 in partnership with the Shalom network of national Cambodian churches.
I was deployed to stay for two days with Pastor Tek Andrew’s family in Takeo, a rural province in south Cambodia, with a further two days at Shalom International School in Kandall Province.
By Yeap Boo Yam
They all came from the four cardinal directions with a single-minded focus – to equip themselves to be better trainers. And the 18 participants of the Asia Gateway Training (AGT) programme went home enriched, and hopeful that they would be able to put into practice what they learnt.
The seven-week AGT, held at Seminari Theologi Malaysia in Seremban from June 21 to Aug 8, was a unique a cross-cultural training programme designed to give participants the best of both worlds -- solid academic training and practical field lessons.
By Amanda Mason
The skinhead smiled at me with a gappy smile of recognition. “I see you at the seminary. I go there to work,” he said. We had just arrived at the Kenosis Home, a drug rehabilitation centre in Mantin, run by Christians on Buddhist land for the benefit of any.
By Anilal M. Jose
What do you expect a drug rehabilitation centre to look like? Ya, I was expecting something like a closed place, which keeps the people indoors to prevent them from falling prey to the temptation again!
Most rehab centres which I visited before were instrumental in creating such a picture in me.
By Yeap Boo Yam
It has been said that where mission work is concerned, the calling is divine but the relationship is very human. By extension, mission training should be a good blend of the core principles of theology and the practicalities of everyday life.
It is on this premise that Asia Gateway Training (AGT) kicked off its seven-week residential programme on cross-cultural mission training at Seminari Theologi Malaysia in Seremban on June 21.