From the 2016 Annual Report.
In an area of the world with a strong climate of works-based righteousness, the gospel of grace is profoundly and radically changing hearts in the Asia Pacific region. Gospel leaders are being trained from an increasing array of cities and cultures, and it is rewarding to see the City to City Asia Pacific (CTCAP) network grow to the point of having local leaders teach and share out of their own experience in the Asia Pacific region. These leaders share a passion to build hundreds of new churches to fuel a gospel movement.
- In 2016, CTCAP launched 21 new churches across the region. There were also four new church planting networks established and 1,551 leaders actively trained through Intensives, Incubators and coaching. The 13 church planters who participated in the International Church Planting Intensive in Singapore and Hong Kong reflected the widest array of cities and cultures of Asia Pacific's five Intensives to date.
- In March, 80 church planters, trainers, and donors from CTCAP gathered in Penang, Malaysia for a Renewal Retreat, the first gathering of the whole CTCAP community since its official launch in 2012. In many cases, the church planters are laboring alone in their cities, so the speakers encouraged these leaders to rest in the gospel and find rhythms of grace while in a busy and demanding calling.
- Due to the vast size of the Asia Pacific region, three regional leaders have been identified: Guna Raman—Southeast Asia Regional Director, Stephen Ro—Movement Catalyst for Korea and Gary Watanabe—Movement Catalyst for Japan.
- CTCAP is also translating the Incubator training material and Tim Keller’s Center Church into Japanese. The project is progressing well, but the team asks for prayer against spiritual attacks as they work to gain ground in a highly secular region.