Given Asian Access’ focus on church leaders (primarily lead pastors), the majority of our cohort participants are men—but by no means all. Several A2 cohorts in recent years have included women. And in one country we won’t identify for security reasons, a branch of A2’s ministry focuses exclusively on the nurture, development, and empowerment of women leaders.
This branch of Asian Access’ work is growing rapidly—tripling in just the past few years. And God is blessing the ministry, in spirit as well as in numerical growth. Take these testimonies from members of a recent cohort:
“I’d just changed jobs when I began the first A2 class. My concern was that I wouldn’t be able to do the work expected of me. So I asked for prayer that I could adapt well to my new job and be a witness for the Lord.
“Two years later, I praise God for His faithfulness. Despite difficulties and challenges on the job, it’s all turned out to be blessing. I’ve witnessed to my colleagues and invited two of them to come to a seekers’ class. And another three are coming to a cell group! Although none have accepted Christ as yet, I believe that God has my colleagues in His hands, in His own timing!”
“I’ll never forget the small group sharing time. In front of the sisters I wept. Because I could tell only God of my troubles, the sisters didn’t ask me for details of my problems. They wept with me and then they prayed for me.
“So now when I face problems, a picture of my sisters comes before my eyes--reminding me that there are blessings and prayers surrounding me. God is with me! I thank God that I have the fellowship and prayers of my sisters."
“The six of us attending A2 from our church are all cell group leaders--and we have changed. Through A2, we have learned that the Christian life is not just about performance or service, but rather our personal relationship with God. We want to help our brothers and sisters deepen their relationships with Jesus as ours have deepened.
“So many believers think that taking part in church activities is crucial to their walk with God. After our experience in A2, we would say that nurturing our relationship with God through prayer, listening, meditation, and experiencing His grace is more important.”
We are thankful for these A2 leaders as they pour into the lives of the courageous women leaders in this country—leaders who are sharing the Living Water of the Gospel with their very thirsty countrymen… and women.