Stories

Written by Terence Lee The sudden and tragic death of three family members; being married off to a man not of her choosing; caring for her sister as she slowly faded and finally being unwelcomed in her own home. Through it all, Anila still says “God never leaves us in the time of troubles, in tough times or in problems, but He gives us more strength that I feel during all these problems or hard times.”

Written by Terence Lee “Before that conflict, when we were young, I think every Muslim could visit any family of any religion. We had many Muslim friends when we were young, but in this age, we are not even allowed to visit their homes.” Patrick is referring to the widespread rioting and clashes between Rakhine Buddhists and Muslims in 2012. Sporadic clashes between the Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims had been that way for years, but in 2012 this came to head with widespread rioting leading to over 2,500 houses being razed, 90,000 people displaced and approximately 100 fatalities.

  Ever wondered what a strategic discipleship ministry among the grassroots of western-central and northern India entails? If so, the ministry of Rev. Shirish together with TAFTEE is probably a good place to start. Amongst the many ministry endeavours of The Association For Theological Education by Extension, Rev. Shirish and the team have been embarking on a most commendable effort: to equip and disciple village church pastors, evangelists, and missionaries for church planting and growth.

We praise God that on April 8, 2017, 67 students from 14 countries graduated from their International Graduate School of Leadership (IGSL) training, three of whom are from our small group. Steven will be going back to Myanmar to share Jesus and disciple young professionals in the marketplace. Marvin, who is an ex-convict, will minister among prisoners and their families. He will also continue to disciple cadets from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in Baguio as well as serve in the local church there. Laurice, who is a youth minister, will disciple young people and raise the next generation of Christ-committed leaders in her province, Marinduque in the Philippines.

As we pour out in service of God, we need to be replenished. I count myself blessed for having completed the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Module 1 course in April. The three-month training in counselling has increased my capacity as a pastoral caregiver to the sick and suffering at the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH).