The AEA General Assembly and Asia Mission Forum was held in Bandung, Indonesia from August 29 to September 1, 2016. More than 130 participants from 15 Asian countries gathered under the theme “Ethical Leadership and Authentic Discipleship.”
At this general assembly, Dr. Sang-Bok David Kim of South Korea who served 16 years as the AEA Chair stepped down and Rev. Hideji Paul Ueki (chair of JEA International Relations Committee, Immanuel Kakogawa Church) was elected as the new Chair of AEA for the next four years. As Japan has in the past invaded many Asian countries, we receive the chairmanship with a humble heart and seek to serve the AEA.
Despite increasing persecution against Christians in various areas of Asia, Christ’s gospel is advancing in many parts of Asia. Asia now has 60% of the world’s population and is at the frontier of gospel advancement where diverse cultures and many different religions exist. We must recognize that the role of Asia in world mission is increasing and therefore we need to pray that God will anoint Rev. Ueki with the Holy Spirit in order to lead the ministry of the AEA.
By Kenichi Shinagawa
From Japan Update #72 (Winter 2017), the English newsletter of the Japan Evangelical Association (JEA)