MERU is a new addition to the family of mission’s organizations and programs to reach Unreached People Groups (UPG) in Asia. MERU is a standing testimony to the godly atmosphere at the Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries (ASCM) in which innovative ministry efforts are born and life-long ministry partnerships are established. MERU is the fruit of the 2010 Unreached People Groups Conference held at ASCM by keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. Roland Vaughan, Coordinator of the Church of God World Missions (COGWM) UPG Missions. The Conference set the stage for partnerships between persons who were instrumental in the development of MERU. MERU is the result of an ASCM Doctor of Ministry (D. Min) research project by Dr. George Pappachen.
Dr. Pappachen, an ASCM D. Min. graduate, and the current COGWM-UPG Missions Strategist, studied missionary work with Christian Missions for the Unreached (CMU) among the Agta of Palanan, Isabela, Philippines focusing on the theme of Gospel Inculturation. The research documented some of the best practices for work among the unreached and paved the way for the formation of innovative strategies for further UPG missions in Asia.
MERU is a one to three-week intensive missions training program that aims to ignite passion and provide empowering experiences to encourage participants to reach unreached people groups in Asia. A typical MERU class is conducted by a practitioner-teacher in an area where participants can gain firsthand experience in reaching unreached people groups. The program is tailored to fit the needs of Pastors, church leaders, missionaries, senior seminary students, and others who would like to gain more experience in reaching unreached people groups.