For the rest of January, we will resume our prayer series featuring Christian leaders from Southeast Asia. Bordered by India to the west, China to the north, Papua New Guinea to the east, and Australia to the south, Southeast Asia is an economically, culturally, and religiously diverse region that is home to around 10% of the global population. Learn more about Southeast Asia here.
This week, please intercede with us for Dr. Jason Richard Tan from the Philippines.
An archipelagic republic in the Pacific Ocean, the Philippines consists of 7,640+ islands organized into three geographic regions: Luzon to the north, the Visayas in the middle, and Mindanao in the south. For over 300 years, the archipelago was colonized by Spain until the 1898 Spanish-American War. Although the Philippines declared independence, the United States annexed the islands, establishing control after the Philippine-American War (1899-1902). After WWII, the Philippines gained independence in 1946. Decades of dictatorial rule, political corruption, and recent human rights violations against alleged drug users and street children cast a shadow over the newly industrialized country and its emerging market. Today, the Philippines is home to over 109 million people, of whom 85% are Christians (predominantly Catholic) and 6% are Muslims.
Jason is President of Great Commission Missionary Training Center (GCMTC) in Antipolo City, Philippines. GCMTC prepares missionaries for both short- and long-term intercultural missions. In addition, Jason teaches part-time at Asia Graduate School of Theology (Quezon City) and Biblical Seminary of the Philippines (Manila). He also serves as Ministry Strategist for RREACH, an evangelistic and pastoral training ministry.
Jason earned his PhD in Intercultural Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, USA), with Leader Studies support. Check out his 2019 article, “Matrices for Understanding Pastoral Leadership and Implications for the Global Landscape of Theological Education,” for the InSights Journal for Global Theological Education. Jason and his wife Donna have a son, Joshua, and a daughter, Elisha.
Jason shares the following prayer requests:
I am on a research sabbatical from January to June, focusing on Bridging Formal and Nonformal Pastoral Training and exploring possibilities for a global center for pastoral training advancements. This initiative is supported by RREACH, Langham, and DTS (ICETE). Please pray for creativity, wisdom, direction, and God’s favor, that the project might come to fruition and result in something concrete.
Kindly pray for Donna, that she may defend her thesis successfully. Her research topic is on Reentry Stress Among Returning Filipino Evangelical Scholars and Their Families. This is for her MA in Pastoral Counseling. We are also looking for a publisher for this research.
Please pray for Joshua as he enters his fourth year in Occupational Therapy, that he will pass all his modules this year. He had struggled with anxiety but, by God’s grace, has been doing much better in the past two years.
Elisha is in her senior year of high school. Please pray for wisdom and discernment as she applies to various colleges in hopes of studying nursing.
Please include in your prayers our financial needs for their college tuition.
Jason Richard Tan