From the President

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“If you want something to last a year, plant a seed.
If you want something to last a decade, plant a tree.
If you want something to last a century, plant a person.
But, if you want something to last for eternity, mentor people!”
Roli Manuel, Mentorlink and TOPIC, Philippines

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Today’s topic for our Spiritual Engagement Track was Pastoring of Pastors and/or Mentoring. Herman Moldez, the leader of Mentorlink and TOPIC for the Philippines did an exceptional job of showing us how to really see lives changed: through mentoring of others to be and live like Jesus. His colleague Roli, caught the concept quite well in quoting the proverb above: if you want something to have enduring value: mentor people! 

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As you can see in several of these photos, a number of wonderful resources were suggested and many of you may want to visit the Mentorlink website to download free materials.


Perhaps most powerful was when Asian Access/Myanmar alumnus Chuang Sang Vunga shared his story. He had learned so many great lessons from Asian Access but he failed to pass them along until he realized that whatever he was learning, he had to practice himself. Once he began modeling what he was learning and practicing it in his own life, things started to explode! 

He first started spending quality and quantity time with the Lord every day. This led his family to take notice as his life was beginning to transform. His wife then joined him for these daily sessions and their relationship grew by leaps and bounds. Before this, he tried to explore his adult children to spend time with Jesus but it wasn’t until they began seeing the life changes that they actually joined in. All of sudden a mentoring movement exploded.

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Today, as you can see in this picture: 

  • The mentoring started to influence 40 pastors under his care.
  • They in turn started movements influencing more than 3000 people across 7 unreached people groups.
  • Today, there are 60 churches that have been planted and 11 of them (600 people) are from Muslim heritage.

Indeed, if you want to see a movement, spend deep time with Jesus every day; then let your life shine among those you serve. If you want something to endure for eternity, mentor people!

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Joe Handley

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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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