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Live from Hong Kong

I’m sitting here in Hong Kong, thankful that everyone has now arrived for the MAI-Asia Publishing Forum. The 60-plus participants traveled from a dozen different countries. And, typical for an event like this, everyone has a story about their journey.

Daniel from Burma, our keynote speaker tonight, seemed remarkably fresh for having just arrived after an all-night layover in the Singapore airport en route to Hong Kong. Some of the Chinese rode the train for 24 hours from Beijing. Two participants from the Philippines confessed embarrassment for getting lost between the Hong Kong airport and Breakthrough Youth Village, where we are meeting.

One participant accidently picked up someone else’s suitcase in baggage claim, and didn’t realize he had the wrong bag until arriving at the conference center. That meant an hour-long trek back to the airport where he fortunately turned in the wrong suitcase for the right one.

As I said, I’m just thankful that everyone has now arrived. We are expectant of what God will do during this training for Asian Christian publishers in the areas of editorial and marketing. Pray with us that participants come away with fresh vision and skills that heighten their effectiveness in Christian publishing and writing.

Much like the trek to Hong Kong, training is a journey. Rarely do things go exactly as planned, and surprises pop up along the way. But we learn as we go and get there in the end, with God’s help.

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