Demonstrators were demanding that the government enact an anti-blasphemy law. We spoke with the national co-director of Asian Access (A2)/Bangladesh, Rev. Peter Mazumder, who also serves as director of IFES-Bangladesh (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students). He explains, [sic] "Jamaat-e-Islami want to pressure that Bangladesh should have this blasphemy law, which is totally denied by the government of Bangladesh. And also, the concerned people from Bangladesh, they don't accept that one."
If I’d known I’d be dancing in A2, I’d have taken lessons.
One unfortunate aspect of Christian culture in many parts of the world is the strictures that are put on pastors and other leaders. It’s considered "spiritual" for leaders to be very serious, have no outside activities or interests, never take time for holiday or vacation, and basically work themselves to death. There are a number of reasons for this phenomenon — a combination of Western missionary mistakes combined with rigid cultural expectations—but what it has created is generations of Christian leaders who suffer from burnouts and breakdowns . . .
The last few weeks, I have been powerfully struck by hearing several amazing stories of what God is doing across Asia through leader development alumni of Asian Access. As you have heard, the triple disaster that hit Japan two years ago brought about a spiritual hunger like I have never seen before there.
I have heard many firsthand stories from Japanese people who have had dreams and visions about Jesus—similar to the Muslim world. People are coming to Christ in handfuls because of their spiritual searching. Often God leads them to talk with pastors and missionaries in surprising and miraculous ways.
Let me tell you about Pastor Ichio Kishinami, an alumnus of A2’s leader development program...