On November 18-25, 2019, the First ASPAC (Asia Pacific) Lay Partners gathering was held at the Divine Word Institute of Mission Studies in Tagaytay City. About 38 lay people came, representing the various SVD Provinces of the Asia-Pacific Zone: India, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Australia, and the Philippines. The event was organized by the different mission secretaries of the Zone. The Lay Society of St. Arnold Janssen (LSSAJ) of the Philippines helped in the preparations. The gathering promised to be a foretaste of future similar gatherings towards more collaboration among the lay.