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Transformation on so, so many levels

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to Pastor Anthony Alexander, his wife Dr. Chandni and their beautiful family. Pastor Alex as everyone calls him is a graduate of Asian Access/India and does he have a story!

You see Pastor Alex and his wife come from different castes. He was raised Catholic and she was raised Hindu. It’s amazing that they ever got together in the first place given the caste system and religious milieu that exists in India. For some time, they were ostracized by Dr. Chandni’s parents because of the religious issues; but over time, her parents began to see how much Alex cared for them, especially during times of great need. Today, they see Alex as a favored son. It’s truly amazing!

Several years ago, Pastor Alex from Zoe Dharampuri Ministries was introduced to Asian Access. He joined the batch, and today, he notes the profound difference the cohort made in his life. Today, he has a fellowship of other pastors that he didn’t have before. Now, in times of great need, he has a ‘band of brothers’ to call upon and they rally around one another. He says this was the single greatest outcome of his time with Asian Access. 

Today, Pastor Alex is pursuing a grand vision. Their church has a remarkable heart for their region and are seeking to bring the hope of Christ to their community. I met him in Sri Lanka because he and his wife were looking to my colleague Adrian De Visser and his model of a sustainable and comprehensive ministry plan. Dr. Chandni is operating a small medical clinic that they want to grow into a robust health center for their region. And, Pastor Alex wants to start some sustainable projects to see ministry continue to thrive for generations.

Would you pray for them? They have a great vision and through Asian Access they have joined a strong Christ-like fellowship of like-minded pastors to help them in the journey. Now that community has expanded beyond South India where it began to the broader Asian Access community outside their country.

Join me in praying for their venture and for the seed capital to help fuel their vision. And, please keep praying for Asian Access as we seek to grow deeper and wider in shaping the lives of pastors like Alex. May we keep pointing to the Living Water that helps their lives and ministries thrive. May we strengthen their walk with Jesus and help unite the Church to see fruit that will last!

“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” – John 7:38

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PS: After writing this story, Alex shared this: “Thank you so much for thinking of us and sharing our story! We are humbled and truly thankful for the many ways that God has blessed us through Asian Access!”

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Joe joined Asian Access as president in 2008 and has logged many miles traveling across the Asian continent. One thing he has learned is to platform other leaders. In this blog, he hopes to share some of their stories that will encourage you to engage with Asian Access that strives to change the few, who change the many.

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