What is ACTI’s Mission?
Asian Cross-Cultural Training Institute (ACTI) exists to serve churches and mission agencies with pre-field preparation of their missionaries. Through a multi-cultural residential program, ACTI seeks to impart the knowledge, skills and character formation needed for cross-cultural workers to be effective in their future ministries.
ACTI was started in 1984 by OMF in response to churches in Asia who were asking for a training program for young people preparing for cross-cultural missionary service. In 1988, it became independent, partnering with mission agencies and churches in Singapore and in Asia to train future cross-cultural workers from around the world.
Who have been trained at ACTI?
ACTI has trained more than 355 cross-cultural missionaries (as of Mar 2017) and workers who are now serving in Asia, Africa and other parts of the world.
Our graduates are from S. Korea (30%), Singapore (20%), Hong Kong (11%), Indians (6%), Taiwanese (6%), Japanese (5%), Malaysians (5%), Myanmarese (4%), other Asian countries (6%) and Westerners (7%). Through a multi-cultural residential program, ACTI seeks to impart the knowledge, skills, intercultural know-how and character formation needed for cross-cultural workers to be effective in their future ministries in a globalised world and in challenging circumstances.
We have began to partner with like-minded organisations to train nationals in their own country since 2016.
Why ACTI Training is Suitable for you?
At ACTI, prospective cross-cultural Christian workers from across the world meet the real challenges of cross-cultural living, staying in places of training at Chiang Mai and in cosmopolitan Singapore.
Formal interactive lectures give strategic information about various aspects of the world of missions, while hands-on workshops offer skill development. Through the community life, trainees learn first-hand about the intricacies of interpersonal relationships, stress management, raising and keeping a missionary family together, and above all, practicing true discipleship.
When and where does ACTI Training courses take place?
This course is conducted twice a year, in February and in August for 6 weeks each, 4 weeks in Chiang Mai and 2 weeks in Singapore.
TRAINERS AND INSTRUCTORS
ACTI’s pool of 22 trainers and lecturers come from many different countries as well as from different mission agencies. All the lecturers are practitioners in the mission field with extensive missionary experiences. Each one will be able to utilise their experiences to teach and help the trainees to experience and feel what life will be like on the field.
Together with his wife Chris, Louis is involved in church planting ministries in Japan since 1992 as an OMF missionary. He is the Church Planting strategy facilitator in Japan and in Asia, training and facilitating missionaries and local leaders towards building church planting multiplication networks. He has also been involved in ministries to the poor and to the homeless in Tokyo since 2012.
Since 2014, he assumed the role as the dean at ACTI while continuing with his CP facilitator’s role. Louis sees ACTI as playing an important part in ensuring missionaries are prepared relevantly and effectively for the new era of globalisation amidst challenging circumstances.
Louis graduated with a MA in Intercultural Studies (Biola University). They have two children studying in UK – Justin doing his MA in English Literary Studies while Jeremy is a first year International Relations undergraduate student.
Ginnei Thang Ngaihte earned his Doctorate degree from School of World Missions, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA. He served as Director of Ministries and Missions in India over ten years. They joined IEM then OMF cross-cultural missions serving as Regional Director of OMF International in Bangkok and Department Head of Inter-cultural Studies and Director of International Students at Asian Theological Seminary, Manila. He served as adjunct faculty or visiting lecturer in various institutions like Chiang Mai Theological Seminary, Grace Bible College, (India); Bangkok Bible Seminary and Singapore Bible College in Singapore.
Presently Dr. Thang Ngaihte serves as OMF Regional Leader North Thailand, Training Director for Asian Cross-cultural Training Institute, Singapore and adjunct faculty at North East Centre for Training And Research-India.
Ching Ngaihte graduated from Manipur University, Theology from Calcutta Bible College, India and Master degree from Asian Theological Seminary, Manila. She served as missionary in India, as Church planter with OMF in Bangkok and Associate Chaplain for students in Asian Theological Seminary and Chiang Mai Theological Seminary also working with Urban poor ministry and AIDS Care ministry. Currently she serves as a Trainer in ACTI and NECTAR India.
Thang and Ching have two children – Khup Ngaihte who serves with OMF Thailand and Nem serves at Hope Christian International University living with her husband Oliver Malabuyo in Los Angeles, USA.
Chris Lau – Counsellor/Trainer
Chris Lau, together with her husband, Louis, are OMF missionaries sent from Singapore to Japan. They have been involved in church planting ministries since 1992. Prior to becoming a missionary, Chris was a Junior College (HS) teacher in Singapore.
Chris graduated with a Masters of Arts in Counselling (Singapore Bible College). She is presently a counsellor for OMF missionaries in Japan. However, she has also avail herself to the wider missionary community as well as Japanese who may need counselling help.
Besides serving at the Asian Cross-Cultural Training Institute (ACTI), Chris also serves at the Myanmar Baptist Convention and Re-entry Retreats for returning Singapore missionaries.