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starship enterprise 600x400A2.business Enterprise: Starship Log – Entry 2017-0321-09:33

I grew up watching the TV series, Star Trek. I was recently reminded of the opening of that show at a session of A2.business in South Asia. Star Trek opened every show with Captain James T. Kirk saying,

“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

After spending the weekend together one of the CEO’s shared this A2.business group...

thumb brachiateDuring a recent conversation with a friend of mine, he mentioned a word I had not heard before... brachiate. He suggested I search it out on google when I returned home. He said it is a word worth discovering... and even more important, a word worth living. I did as he said and discovered the following:

BRACHIATE: comes from the Latin BRACHIUM, discovered in the mid eighteenth century and means “arm” or “arm swinging”. The verb means to swing by the arms from one hold (branch or tree limb) to the next and one of its uses is for smaller monkeys that proceed through the jungle by swinging from one hold to the next.

I began to think of other possibilities and thought of...

univ of desert 800pxGod's choice training ground for future leaders

It took some time for me to understand God’s University of the Desert and then to trust Him in those deep experiences. But then it took even further time to recognise not only God’s presence in the loneliness of the desert, but also God’s purposes in the desert as He would be preparing me for the next season of my life. In the process I found perspective as I began to read the scriptures with a desert paradigm and I was surprised how many of God’s choice leaders spent time in the desert at critical seasons in their lives.  Many of them became my mentors on how to live life in the desert. People like Joseph, Abraham, Moses, David, John The Baptist, Jesus, Paul and the Apostle John. Gradually it dawned on me that God has a choice discipleship training school called the University of the Desert. It is not one in which we can formally enrol and undertake classes of our own choosing and be graded on our academic achievements. Rather, it is one in which God sovereignly works through the circumstances of our lives to test us in order to approve us and then entrust us with responsibilities that are known only to Him. Sometimes it is only God and I that are aware of the fact that the class in the University of the Desert is in session. The following are some of the lessons I have learned as a result of...

cam wesley teaching closeup 375pxMy first cross-cultural teaching experience

In Asian Access, we believe that God is empowering our leaders to take larger roles in the movement. This includes developing more leaders within Asia who can teach Asian Access in their own countries. But beyond that, we are dreaming that A2 leaders can teach in one another’s countries throughout the movement. That dream became a reality for me. In February, I was invited by my good friend and colleague Meng Aun Hour (National Director for Cambodia) and his Working Team to help to teach for the A2 Cambodia session. I joined Rev. Paul Ariga from Japan and Dr. Steven Taylor in teaching the leaders in the current Cambodian class. The first day, I shared on the subject What Does it Mean to be a Servant of God?, focusing on the concept of servant leadership. The second day, they allowed me to share my ministry journey. This journey has taken some surprising twists in the last few years, as God has led my wife Alma and me to leave a secure ministry career and launch, on faith, a ministry to the poor, hardcore-Buddhist day laborers of Myanmar, a ministry called New Life in Christ. When I arrived in Phnom Penh, I was warmly welcomed and received into their...

bang 3 6 adrian2We got an energizing and provocative word from the Lord at the Asian Access Bangladesh class in February. Rev. Adrian De Visser of Sri Lanka was our faculty. His topic was Evangelism Through Grace. Grace? That seemed odd to some of the participants. Evangelism is about proclamation and warning people away from Hell, isn’t it? But Brother Adrian gave us a new look at this vital area of the ministry. Adrian began by identifying the four aspects of a human being:  physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. “As ministers”, he told us, “We too often focus only on the spiritual side of a person. While this side is very important, it can cause us to ignore the other three components. All four, together, are vital to a healthy and balanced disciple.” At the session, Adrian spent extensive time on emotions. “We need to understand a person’s emotional needs as well as their spiritual needs if we are to reach them...

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