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The Legacy of Dr. George Leslie Mackay

Not long ago I had the privilege of speaking at the Asia Church Leaders Forum in Taipei, Taiwan. It was an honor to share especially as the only non-Asian asked to talk about “Asians Reaching Asia”.

Even more powerful for me though was visiting Greater Taipei with my son and good friend Shung. We had a wonderful day together exploring the city and seeing the story and impact of the first Canadian Presbyterian missionary to Japan, Dr. George Leslie Mackay. It was amazing seeing all the missions, schools, and hospitals that were started by this missionary pioneer. Who would’ve imagined that God could use such a humble missionary to make such a significant contribution to the world.

Dr. Mackay’s influence in Taiwan is so renown that there are placques and statues all over the place highlighting his influence and the difference he made for the people. To learn more, just check out his Wikipedia page: Dr. George Leslie Mackay.

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And his legacy just keeps on giving today. Not only did Dr. Mackay impact Taiwan in such a significant manner but my friends and I reflected on how his legacy today influences the Greater Chinese world through other missions and outreaches. This includes Asian Access! We would not be able to do what we are doing throughout the Chinese world today without the rich heritage of Dr. Mackay’s disciples. Through their time, energies and resources, Asian Access has spread it’s wings throughout the Chinese world and beyond.

This has gone so far as us investing in the new Chinese mission movement today and their 2030 Vision to send 20,000 missionaries from China to the unreached areas of the world today by the year 2030. We’ve been active participants in mobilizing and empowering church leaders for this very vision. Why? Much of it stems from the support of Dr. Mackay’s disciples and influence.

So, today I praise God for the way he inspired and led Dr. Mackay!

Will you be the next Dr. Mackay? If you let Jesus use you, this could be you!


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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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