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Thilini De Visser Kodikara was born and raised in Sri Lanka. Thilini was exposed to the world of ministry through her parents involvement as founding pastors of an indigenous church in Sri Lanka. She was also introduced to the global mission field in her early years through Asian Access. Thilini always felt called by God to work among young Christian leaders in Asia. She received her Bachelors in Psychology at Biola University in California, and went on to work at the global engagement department at a mega church in Southern California. She then returned to Sri Lanka and led the Youth work at Kithu Sevana Ministries. She has also been involved in youth leader development work in Cambodia, a country that has become very dear to her heart. Thilini is currently based in Sri Lanka.
Thilini serves as the PALD Program Coordinator. PALD is Asian Access’ new initiative called the Pan Asia Leader Development program which was launched in April 2018.
What would you suggest for people who sense God may be calling them into ministry?
In a broken and rapidly decaying world, God has ordained His people to be the light and the solution. That means you and I are Gods method. And making ourselves available to be that method may mean that we will have to step outside of our comfort zone. It might mean many personal and temporal sacrifices. But to respond to His call and to be within His will is far greater than any sacrifice we can possibly make. To realize that we can only fulfill that calling through complete reliance on Him and His wisdom is comforting and humbling.
What are some ministry methods or activities you find especially meaningful?
- Ministry should only be an overflow of a deep and personal relationship with Christ. Without a deep connection with the one who has called, we cannot fulfill our calling joyfully.
- Ministry must be intentional and personal. In order to reach the masses, we must be approachable to the few.
What have been some especially meaningful aspects of your ministry, or some especially fun memories?
I knew of Asian Access since I was around 9 years of age. Asian Access has always been a huge part of my life and in many ways shaped my desire to serve in Asia. But, I had never imagined working with Asian Access. I am amazed at how it has all come full circle.
What are some important lessons you've learned as you have served in ministry?
It’s not about what I bring to the table, It’s about how willing I am to be used by God and how faithful I am to Him.
When you’ve recognized the calling on your life, protect it, fight for it and stay true to it with all your heart. There will be decisive moments in life that will tempt you to compromise your calling. Guard it with all your heart, no matter the cost.
What would you like some of your greatest “ultimate contributions” to be?
In a context where women in leadership, more specifically women in Christian leadership are few and far between, my prayer is that we will be able to provide a greater platform for women to be in positions of Christian leadership in Asia. Not because we simply need female representation, but because there are incredible female leaders whose voices need to be heard and because their capacity will enrich the Christian atmosphere in Asia.
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