Editor’s note: The following announcement was posted by the City to City Asia Pacific Facebook account. We will provide updated information when we have it.
Today is a day of deep loss and grief for all of us at City to City Asia Pacific. Our beloved friend, and chairman of the board, Jayson Kyle, was called home to God after suffering a massive stroke earlier this month.
Jay was instrumental in birthing CTC Latin America before moving to set up China Partnership in 2001. In the years to follow, God took Jay from city to city, literally, all across the Asia Pacific region, to raise church planters and leaders everywhere he went. He worked tirelessly to start something where there was nothing. In 2008, Jay pioneered an Intensive in New York where the first batch of church planters from Asia were trained and equipped with City to City’s gospel-centred DNA.
As we look back, we can see that this was a pivotal step toward laying the foundation for the gospel movement and growth we are experiencing today in the Asia Pacific region. Over the years, the Lord raised many leaders through Jay, who are now leading networks and movements in their cities. When asked about the origins of their ministry with City to City, it is common to hear many of our church planters and network leaders say, “Jay Kyle found me!”
Jay’s life and ministry has left an indelible mark on each of our lives, to say the least. He loved people and invested generously into their lives. He was amazing at relating to people from different cultures and had a way of making people feel seen and special. We praise God for his life that was lived so well. And he finished so well! We will miss him dearly.
Because of the hope we have in the gospel, we are confident that this is not the end. We long for the day we meet Jay again at Jesus’ side. And until that day comes, our prayer is that we carry Jay’s vision and legacy for gospel movements across the globe forward.
We want to deeply appreciate Jay’s wife, Maureen, and their children, Jenny, Jeff, and Amy for standing by him all these years, as he sacrificed much of his time for the work of the Lord to see the gospel take root in hundreds and thousands of lives.
We invite you to pray for the family as they grieve his passing and as a blessing to them, we encourage you to share a line below, remembering Jay.