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This group of graduating pastors inspired me! I spent a week with them in South Asia listening to their stories, hearing their heart and facilitating discussions along with my colleagues Mary Jo Wilson and Pastor Laji. The focus of our week was World Mission and each of the pastors presented their strategy paper for their church.

Most compelling as usual with Asian Access is our core teaching about being “ALL IN with GOD”. To hear these pastors share about the importance of their “love relationship with God” was deeply moving. 

As each of them spent significant time with the Lord and with one another over the past two and a half years, the Lord laid on their hearts a vision like you wouldn’t believe. What a joy it was listening to their plans—plans that were birthed by spending a great deal of time at the feet of Jesus!

One pastor reflected that if a plan is your own plan, it is likely going to be sized toward your expectations. But, he learned through Asian Access that true vision is God sized: something that is simply impossible through men! Each of them shared the vision God had for them and within the next five years many churches will be planted. 

This one pastor who shared about learning a “God Sized Vision” was remarkable. He said that God impressed upon him “to plant a healthy church in every district of India by 2025”.

That vision was so big that even the other pastors asked, “Are you sure about that?” If this is true, then God is asking his church to plant 665 churches by 2025. Now that is a God-Sized Vision!

I’m praying for these pastors and the vision God has given them to plant churches in their nation. They inspire me and I’m praying that this particular pastor can see the vision God gave him to come to fruition—imagine, a church in every single district of his country by 2025: 665 new churches! Wow!!!

Thank you for praying for us as we come alongside leaders like these and more importantly please pray for visionary pastors like these who God has called to lead the Church across Asia!

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Ever since joining Asian Access as president in 2008, I've been having the time of my life. In this blog, I hope to share some stories that will encourage you to engage with this ministry. At Asian Access, we change the few, who change the many.

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