You'll be surprised to hear the answer!
Noel Becchetti of Asian Access asked an A2 national church leader how he accounted for the phenomenal growth of the church in his country, where it's grown from a couple hundred leaders to now nearly 2 million in about 25 years. The leader gave two clear reasons that you would not have guessed.
Find out what they are...
The spring 2014 issue of Leadership Journal had a powerful article by J.R. Briggs, Transforming Failure: How God used a painful season of ministry to change my life.
The article posts these difficult statistics about the tough calling that pastors have today..
It is a nearly unbearable feeling reading about brothers and sisters around the world who are being persecuted for their faith and feeling helpless in knowing how to respond. This is true in situations like the current catastrophe of Iraqi and Syrian Christians as well as in the everyday persecution friends face in many corners...
On a day that Americans celebrate their country's birthday, and the religious freedom that comes with it, many brothers and sisters in Christ across Asia are facing tremendous persecution. Asian Access is standing with these persecuted church leaders and you can too.
MNN’s Ruth Kramer interviews Asian Access’ Noel Becchetti about persecution issues hitting A2 pastors and church leaders in several undisclosed countries. Noel issues call to prayer and ways to help.
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Sponsor a pastor: http://www.asianaccess.org/persecutedpastor
Asia (A2/MNN) — Persecution is alive and well in Asia.
It’s easy to forget when visiting a country and reveling in its exotic beauty. Asian Access’ national leaders are gracious and, says A2′s vice president for leader development, Noel Becchetti, “I am often lulled into complacency as I visit with our A2 participants...
Many of our friends in Asia serve as pastors and national leaders while facing harassment, oppression, and outright persecution. They persevere with amazing courage as, in the words of a Western colleague, “They feel that suffering is part of their calling.” By coming alongside these choice leaders who serve Christ on the front lines, we can encourage and equip them to weather the deep challenges they face. Will you join us in supporting a persecuted pastor?
This fact sometimes escapes me as I travel in the region. Our A2 national leaders are so gracious that I am often lulled into complacency as I visit with our A2 participants and hear about what God is doing in their area.
I’ve been jarred out of that complacency by some recent flareups of what is in fact simmering at all times…fear and resentment of the growth of the Church in what have historically been Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, and/or animistic cultures—or countries where one-party dictatorship has replaced any semblance of representative government. What I’m realizing is that this fear and resentment, and the persecution that can accompany it, never really goes away. Rather, it ebbs and flows, depending on events, political climate, and other factors.
At least two of our A2 countries are currently facing significant harassment and persecution...
The last few weeks I had the privilege of seeing the powerful fruit of Asian Access: leaders being developed who are making disciples, planting churches, helping street children, working in the garbage dumps, establishing orphanages, and working with those suffering from human trafficking. It was a powerful week seeing their ministries and hearing their stories of how...