Stories

God is good. Apart from my regular activities, I had the privilege of conducting the “Building a Foundation for Faith” programme in several provinces for about 100 people in the second quarter. The extension programme of the Shalom School of Ministries, which was taken to Preyveng, Battambang, Kompong Chhnang, Kompong Speu, Kompong Thom, Takeo and Ratanakkiri, benefited the participants immensely by enhancing their knowledge and understanding of the Bible.

In June, a group of international students attending the Asia Gateway residential training on inter-cultural mission participated in an exposure trip to Perak. Though short, the trip gave them invaluable insight into the lives of the Orang Asli community. More importantly, it helped the students to contextualize what they learned in class during their month-long training. The following is a report written by a student from Bhutan:

I would like to thank and praise God for his grace and his hand in all that we do. In partnership with one of our main donors, we had to organise and train volunteers who could go and collect facts about children living in CDC’s (Child Development Centres) all throughout the island.

In Nepal, leadership positions are dominated by men. Even churches outside of the main cities are not spared this trend. Given this scenario, we thank God for sustaining us to train and equip women from various denominations throughout the country. The participants travelled for two days and some walked for 12 hours to catch the bus to come to the training centre. Many participants are the wives of church leaders, but had never set foot into a bible training centre. It was their first opportunity to be trained and equipped for mission work.

Small groups in the International Graduate School of Leadership (IGSL) called Iron-Sharpening Group (ISG) have consistently been one of the most unforgettable and meaningful experiences of our students in their IGSL journey. It is in this context that individuals are able to process personal lessons that the Lord is teaching them and learn to disclose issues in their lives where they need loving support and accountability.