The word “infrastructure” conjures up insipid, unexciting thoughts for many of us, but in any venture it is an essential necessity for function and growth.
Five days with VisionTrust Asia’s Country Directors from Cambodia, India, Myamar, Nepal, and Thailand revealed a leadership infrastructure that dismantled my initial thoughts about attending a “regional meeting” to assist with coaching. Instead I found an inspirational, authentic, and enthusiastic leadership team that underlies and frames the long-term ministry commitment of VisionTrust — to disciple and develop impoverished and marginalized children into adult Christ-followers free from a cycle of personal and spiritual poverty.
Our focus over the week was God’s Word, worship, prayer, and strategic planning for the five countries where VisionTrust serves in Asia. Lucy, our Asia Director, deftly opened the book of Daniel delivering multiple poignant life and leader applications. God encouraged, directed, and connected us in Spirit-orchestrated ways amidst the major concerns and challenges of finances, geopolitical dynamics, and resistance to our work in various Asia locales. Our structured and spontaneous intersections of prayer prompted by God’s Spirit in the big scheme of matters surpassed and encompassed every aspect of our time together. Pure infrastructure.
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. — Titus 3:4-7
This post was submitted by Chris Houts, Country Advocate for VisionTrust Nepal. Find him on Twitter @houts_chris.