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Happy Easter from Asian Access

27 March 2013 (10:54) | posted by jhandley |

Happy Easter from all of us at Asian Access
Photo from Asian Access Global Leaders' Summit in Chiang Mai, Thailand

We are grateful for you and for Jesus' love for us!

The Latest News from Asian Access:

Uprooted by Tsunami, Church's Flock Regroups — NY Times article

If you want to grow the church, you must grow the leader — A report from Cambodia

Body of Christ growing in former Communist Nation
 — A report from Mongolia (Mission Network News)

Red Sun Blue Earth — A novel about the tsunami written by one of our staff children

The Second Year — A Reflection two years post-tsunami

What do pastors have to do with art, film, music and business? — A report from a restricted access nation

Beauty from Brokeness — A video on the Nozomi "Hope" Project for Japan


"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." - John 15:13



If you want to grow the church, you must grow the leader!

22 February 2013 (12:22) | posted by jhandley |

Meng and Joe

Pastor Meng Aun Hour (pictured here with me) was recently traveling with me in the U.S. and shared this kernel of wisdom. He originally thought that in order to see his church grow and multiply, that he should focus on the church ministry.

However, he joined Asian Access as a volunteer nearly 12 years ago because he was challenged from his participation in our program. What did he learn?

In order to "grow the church,"
it's best to "grow the leader."

This, he thought, was real wisdom.

Pastor Meng, National Director of A2/Cambodia, now spends much of his time investing in leaders both for his church and his nation. He has seen the fruit of this truth that through developing the leader, the Church grows and multiplies.

One of the pastors in the class was a commander during Pol Pot's reign of terror known as the "Killing Fields." This man was brutal before he met Christ, but God got ahold of his life—and he's never been the same. He came through the A2/Cambodia leader development process a few years ago and since graduating has planted more than 300 churches in the center of the area occupied by the former Khmer Rouge people. Most of these new churches have 30-90 people of whom the vast majority had never heard about Christ before. It's simply amazing!

The power of reproduction in the model Jesus created two centuries ago: invest in twelve select disciples and see them multiply! "If you want to grow the church, grow the leader."

Please pray that the current leaders in the A2 program will allow God to change them, develop them and transform them.  This will, in turn, bring growth to His Church across Asia.


What do pastors have to do with art, film, music and business?

25 January 2013 (11:19) | posted by jhandley |

Having just returned from an Asian Access session in a restricted country, I am blown away by the the kind of impact that investing in twelve key pastors has on a nation. After more than twelve years of investing in twelve choice leaders every two years, the leveraged influence was stunning to see. This was especially true knowing that, due to government pressure, we have been on cruise control there the last few years.

Now, as we re-launched the training, the alumni introduced me to some of the leading artists, musicians and cinema stars in their nation. All are now believers and want to both deepen their faith and expand their influence. The pastors, having been inspired by A2's vision "to see a vibrant community of servant leaders with vision, character and competence leading the church in Asia", are now reproducing the training among those in the marketplace and across several sectors of society. This includes both the arts and industries, like publishing, and the business community.

As I met with these artists, musicians, film stars, publishers and business leaders they shared a burden to see Christ shape their country and His values influence society. What a profound picture of God's kingdom at work… pastors and marketplace leaders mutually committed to changing their nation!

These leaders inspired me and gave me great joy in seeing how investing in just twelve choice pastors can change the world. You and I can do this too… In our marketplace, our spheres of influence, our worlds, and His world. All it takes is investing your life in a few key leaders!

For His Kingdom,

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Last Day of 2012 to Empower National Leaders

31 December 2012 (10:55) | posted by jhandley |

Dear Friend,

As we celebrate the final hours of 2012 and look forward to the hopes and dreams for 2013, I ask you to prayerfully consider a special year end gift to invest in key leaders.

If you wish to give online, click here to make a gift.  Your gift by midnight tonight may be tax deductible as allowed by law. But next year your gift may not be tax deductible if you are in one of the higher tax brackets. So you may want to consider giving some or all of next year's gift now while you can still be sure of the tax benefit.

One A2 national director told me: "The young church in my country is like a hospital now, full of young wounded soldiers with no older friends or spiritual fathers to care for them."

Please join me in praying for more spiritual fathers for pastors in Asia, as they ask us to invest in them.

A2 Leader Summit 2012 

Know that your partnership with Asian Access is a blessing to hundreds of pastors, who are becoming spiritual fathers to younger believers. I pray you have a wonderful New Year.

In Christ,
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Joe Handley
President, Asian Access
jhandley@asianaccess.org
(310) 787-3321


The Need for Fatherly Love

21 December 2012 (13:15) | posted by jhandley |

"For [the Father] so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

Merry Christmas from Asian Access! Here is a photo of our A2 staff in Japan.

A2 Japan Spring Retreat 2012 - Group Shot

At this time of year, we rightly focus on the incarnation, the coming of the Lord in human form. But Christmas also reminds me of fatherly love. First, I see our Heavenly Father, whose perfect love compelled Him to send His one and only Son to reveal Him to a broken world. I also recall Joseph, the adoptive human father of baby Jesus who chose love over any embarrassment he may have felt.

The love of these fathers highlights the great need everyone has for fathers—both physical and spiritual. Asian Access is committed to help train up a generation of leaders across Asia who can serve as spiritual fathers to an emerging generation of believers and leaders for the Church. And we are exceedingly grateful to you, because your prayers and gifts are essential to this ministry.

Yet as we look to 2013 and beyond, we know there is much work to be done. One A2 national director told me:

"The young church in my country is like a hospital now, full of young wounded soldiers with no older friends or spiritual fathers to care for them."

Please join me in praying for more spiritual fathers and friends for pastors in Asia.

A2 Leader Summit 2012

Know that your partnership with Asian Access is a blessing to hundreds of pastors, who are becoming spiritual fathers to younger believers. I pray you will have a blessed Christmas season and a joyous New Year.
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Joe Handley, President
Asian Access


Merry Christmas from the Handleys

13 December 2012 (10:51) | posted by jhandley |


Our Greatest Need is Leadership

19 November 2012 (12:19) | posted by jhandley |

Lesson from Japan's triple disaster

Pastor Makito Matsuda of Rifu Oasis Chapel.Makito Matsuda is pastor of Oasis Chapel in Rifu, Japan, one of the key hubs for relief efforts after the triple disaster in northeast Japan. Pastor Matsuda, a graduate of Asian Access’ leader development program, is one of the emerging generation leaders in Japan.

Immediately following the disaster, people from outside the disaster region wanting to help, continually asked Pastor Matsuda: "What do you need?" Because there were so many needs early on—such as food, clean water, clothing, blankets, dry places to live, emotional support—the pastor struggled to know specifically how to answer that simple question.

But then something happened to make the answer crystal clear.

One month after the tsunami, Pastor Matsuda visited this village washed away by the tsunami.  He met an amazing survivor.

Mr. Abe, 70-year old survivor from the disaster, who lost close family members, found his 90-year-old mother alive and ran up the hills carrying her on his back. After rescuing his mother, this man sought other survivors and created a temporary housing campsite for his community. Assessing the situation, Mr. Abe determined to build a shelter, grow a vegetable garden to feed the people, dig a well for all the survivors and encourage those who remained. He led.

When Pastor Matsuda arrived, he noticed that everyone was lively and vibrant. He had brought food to hand out, but was treated to a meal himself. He came to serve those in need, but the ravaged community actually served him. Having visited many other survivor outposts, Pastor Matsuda was shocked at the way this village responded to the catastrophic situation.

Why was this village so different?  Clearly, it was Mr. Abe’s leadership that made all the difference.

From that point on, Pastor Matsuda began responding to that simple question by saying: "Leadership is our greatest need!" While there are many needs following a disaster the size and scope of what hit Japan 3.11, Pastor Matsuda saw the deeper and more enduring need—leadership.

Following this discovery, Pastor Matsuda felt a renewed challenge that Oasis Chapel should also take up the mantle of developing leaders during this crisis. For example, they found a city without power and water for several weeks. The church determined to collect water from a church member’s well and distribute it to those in the community who were without supply. This was followed by several endeavors to help empower the local community: everything from coming alongside fisherman to creating a leather-works micro-enterprise. These gave survivors something to do and provided at least some form of income.

Oasis Chapel determined that, better than simply delivering aid for physical and emotional help in the moment, they need to focus their efforts on fostering local leaders, who would make a huge impact their communities in both immediate and long lasting ways. Put simply, leadership transforms.

Pastor Makito Matsuda of Rifu Oasis Chapel.

Pastor Matsuda and his church embody a core belief of Asian Access: Leadership is a huge need of the Church of Asia! Without leadership—like the 70-year-old taking ownership of the situation and rallying his community to rebuild and press on—the people falter.

Proverbs states it this way, "Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety." - Proverbs 11:14 (ESV)

The world needs more leaders who provide leadership for communities, as well as guidance to other leaders toward God’s present and eternal purposes.

Asian Access comes alongside of leaders like Pastor Matsuda, helping contribute to a vibrant community of effective leaders who make eternal impact. In this way, we endeavor to work with God, who transforms people, communities, and nations.


$1M match met!

1 November 2012 (12:10) | posted by jhandley |

Thank you for helping us match the $1 million challenge for Japan. By November 1, the deadline for the matching grant, you helped us not only match the goal—you went above and beyond. We're still calculating all the funds to know exactly where we stand, but we now know that we've exceeded the match. We are so grateful for God's provision.

Thank you for standing with the "Unsung Heroes" of the disaster, the pastors and church families who continue to be engaged in providing hope and healing to the Japanese people. We are humbled to have tremendous partners, through which these relief efforts are carried out.

Some of our partners in Japan Disaster Relief

Sadly, I just read an LA Times article yesterday ("Billions for Japan tsunami recovery went elsewhere, reports find") about government misspending in Japan relief. Here is an excerpt:

Billions of dollars meant to help Japan recover from its devastating tsunami went to government projects that had little or nothing to do with the disaster, a new spending review shows.

Japanese politicians have questioned why millions went to a factory that makes contact lenses, or why money was spent to fend off  environmental activists opposed to whaling, or other projects in areas far removed from the tsunami. Local media have dug up numerous  examples of dubious spending, from renovating government buildings outside the disaster zones to job training in prisons.


All in all, government documents show roughly one out of every four dollars budgeted for reconstruction went to unrelated projects, and more than half has not been allocated at all, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. An outside analysis by recovery expert Yoshimitsu Shiozaki found the same pattern of spending on projects outside the disaster zones.

In contrast, we want you to know how A2 has invested relief funds thus far; please download our September Japan Disaster Update.

Construction site for a new apartment building for evacuees displaced by the nuclear crisis in Fukushima.

We consider you to be one of our heroes for standing with these heroic leaders in Japan through your prayers and support. Your ongoing prayers are still very much needed.

Thank you for helping during Japan's greatest hour for the hope of Christ!

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Joe Handley


Downloads

A2/apan Disaster Report [4 single pages]

A2/Japan Disaster Report [tabloid layout]


Releasing Indigenous Leaders: Empowerment vs. Enlistment

11 October 2012 (12:00) | posted by jhandley |

Kevin Malone, Ph.D.I was reading the latest issue of EMQ (Evangelical Missions Quarterly) on the plane the other day and noticed an article that piqued my interest. As I was reading through the piece noting the importance of indigenous leadership training, I was pleasantly surprised to see an assessment of Asian Access' unique model of leadership development. The article was written by Dr. Kelly Malone, a former missionary to Japan and current professor at Southwest Baptist University: www.sbuniv.edu/redford/faculty/KMalone.htm

For those interested in practical issues of church and mission, I heartily recommend reading the EMQ. If you are interested in subscribing to the journal, you can contact them here [ http://www.emqonline.com
]. EMQ is well worth subscribing to learn more about church and mission. The articles are focused, practical and of immense value!

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Releasing Indigenous Leaders: Empowerment vs. Enlistment

by Kelly Malone, Ph.D.

Photo courtesy EMQ

When I was serving as a missionary in Japan, I saw a number of mission organizations that either came with a pre-designed church-planting strategy or designed a strategy they believed would be appropriate for the local context. Only after all the meaningful decisions had been made were nationals invited to participate.

When Japanese Christian leaders raised questions about the appropriateness of these plans for the local context, missionaries castigated them as spiritually immature, un-evangelistic, and close-minded. Perhaps the worst comment I heard was that these believers were “contaminated by their exposure to historic Japanese Christianity!” When I heard these comments, I wondered, “Aren’t these Japanese brothers and sisters spiritually mature believers in Christ? Don’t they know their own culture better than we do? Isn’t the same Holy Spirit working in them as well as us? I am certain they have weaknesses. We all do. But shouldn’t we at least listen to them?”  [More...]


Match offer expires November 1st - There's still time to double your gift

5 October 2012 (10:41) | posted by jhandley |

Dear Friend,

Japan MailerThank you for your prayers and support for the ongoing work of Asian Access and the response toward tsunami relief in Japan the past 18 months. To show you what support from people like you has accomplished, we have posted a report online, which you can view here.

In addition, I wanted to remind you that Asian Access has until November 1st, 2012 to finish our latest $1,000,000 matching challenge that will bring continued hope and healing to Japan. We are now just under a month away from the deadline, but we still have $300,000 left to meet the match. Every dollar towards Japan given between now and November 1st will be doubled to bring both spiritual and physical relief to Japan.

Pray for us as we seek to meet this challenge.  Would you consider a gift to help us maximize this match? For more information on this opportunity and for ways to give go to this web page.

Most importantly, pray for Japan. As my predecessor Doug Birdsall has said, "We haven't had an opportunity like this since the end of World War II when Douglas MacArthur called for 5,000 missionaries to be sent to Japan."

This is clearly Japan's critical hour of need. And in this time of tremendous opportunity, Asian Access missionaries are reaching out to be the hands and feet of Jesus, meeting needs and sharing the love of Christ. Thank you for being a part of this answer to prayer. God bless you for standing with us during this important season of hope in Japan.

For His Kingdom,

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Joe Handley
President, Asian Access


Downloads

Japan Disaster Report - Sept. 2012 [4 single pages]

Japan Disaster Report - Sept. 2012 [tabloid layout]


Noel Becchetti becomes Asian Access' vice president for leader development

26 September 2012 (08:15) | posted by jhandley |

Noel BecchettiIt is with great delight that I welcome Noel Becchetti to the international leadership team of Asian Access. Noel joins our team on October 1, 2012 as the vice president for leader development, a role that works in partnership with our Leader Development leadership team.

Noel comes to Asian Access with a wealth of experience. He has served in a wide array of ministries including InterVarsity, Youth Specialties, sports outreach in Romania, The Center for Student Missions, and most recently Truthseekers International. Noel and I have known each other for many years and have led together on ministry teams for Azusa Pacific University's Mexico Outreach program and one of the first multi-national high school student missions conventions, Conquest '96, in Mexico City. (See us in the back in the photo below.)

Joe and Noel - Mexicali 1996

Having known and watched Noel's leadership for 20 plus years, I am honored that he would join the Asian Access family and bring his incredible array of wisdom and talent to our work in leader development. Noel is a great team player, who has served in several cross-cultural ministry contexts, most recently with his work in India through Truthseekers. Noel is also a proven leader who is known to be a problem solver and someone who gets things done.

I'm looking forward to working with Noel and hope you'll join me in welcoming him to the Asian Access family!

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Joe Handley

 


And the eXcelerate Award goes to...

19 September 2012 (06:39) | posted by jhandley |

Asian Access & SIM win award for excellence & innovation in partnership

A2 - SIM co-branded logo for strategic partnership (jpeg)

Asian Access was honored to be co-nominated with SIM for the 2012 eXcelerate Award for Innovation in Partnership from our peers through Missio Nexus. And now to receive news that we have been selected to receive this award later this week, we are greatly humbled. We thank Missio Nexus, and we congratulate SIM!

Several years ago we realized we needed to make some major changes at Asian Access in order for our ministry in Japan to thrive. God took us on a 3-year discovery path that led to forging a strategic sending partnership with SIM USA. What a thrill to find a mission partner with a common goal to reach Japan for Christ and who was willing to blaze a new trail in the way mission is accomplished!

This is the future of mission and it flows from the heart of God. As King Solomon once suggested:

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor." - Ecclesiastes 4.9.

Indeed, working together is better than working alone.

Through this strategic sending partnership, we envision sending more missionaries to Japan and supporting our current staff in a much stronger fashion. At the same time, we retain our leadership on the field and our unique model of ministry.

Interestingly enough, we have always been about partnership--rather than sending pioneering church planters or missionaries, we have sought to place missionaries strategically with visionary pastors for catalytic synergy in ministry and church planting.

Our dream is to fulfill our 2020 vision:

  • To deploy 100 church multiplication networks
  • Who will plant 1,000 reproducing churches
  • Who will see 1,000,000 new followers of Christ
  • And send 1,000 Japanese missionaries to Asia.

All of this is proving very promising these days post-Disaster as Japanese pastors and churches have been the unsung heroes of the relief efforts. As they have been the hands and feet of Jesus, people are more responsive to spiritual conversations, and pastors have developed enormous vision for church planting. This is an exciting day and "the future is as bright as the promises of God" (Adoniram Judson).

Thank you for celebrating with us this new strategic partnership. We are indeed humbled and honored to receive an award for this unique moment for the hope of Christ in Japan!

Bruce Johnson of SIM and I will be in Chicago this Friday, September 21st to personally receive the eXcelerate Award at the Recalibrate Conference, sponsored by Missio Nexus. Bruce is a good friend and a valued partner in the Gospel. I am thrilled to be with him to represent both organizations.

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Joe Handley, President
Asian Access

P.S. - Here are a couple comments I've received from A2 Board Members:

"Congratulations on the news of this award! I do believe this strategic partnership with SIM will serve as an inspiration and creative model of collaboration for other mission organizations struggling with issues of sustainability." - Kärin Primuth

"This is a wonderful award and will give us added credibility in our good paths ahead." - Phil Foxwell, Jr.


Family and Ministry Update * September 2012

5 September 2012 (11:47) | posted by jhandley |

"For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure." -- Philippians 2:13

As I make my way to Asia, currently some 40,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean, I am reminded of how blessed we are to have your support fueled by God himself. As Paul reminds us in this passage, God is working in us for his good pleasure. What a joy it is to please him and to be part of his grand movement of drawing nations to himself.  Your prayers and support are felt on a daily basis as we sense God's pleasure through you. Thank you for walking by our side as we seek to fulfill our part in reaching the final peoples of the world with the hope of Jesus!

Family Time

Since our last newsletter, our family has been on vacation enjoying the beauty of California and the presence of one another. God has blessed Silk and me with a tremendous family and three wonderful children. Here is a recent family photo for you to get a glimpse of how quickly we all are getting older or growing up!

Handley Family August 2012

Global Leadership Summit

Not too long ago, our dear friend from Rolling Hills Covenant, Phil Hodges, co-founder of Lead Like Jesus, joined our Global Leadership Summit to help facilitate a few significant sessions for the key leaders of Asian Access across 10 countries. He was touched by our focus on the most important thing: our love relationship with Christ. For a two-minute video from Phil, follow this link and tap or click on the start button.

Investing in the Next Generation

I was also asked to post a blog on the Generous Mind website. It shares the importance of investing in the next generation, which is key to the Great Commission: making disciples of all nations. To learn more about how God has placed some key leaders in my life for this phase of ministry, click on this link. As you reflect on this, take some time to note who is currently influencing your life and be sure to thank them for their contribution. In addition, I trust you will "pay it forward" and pass on what you have learned to the next generation.

RHCC Japan Team Aug 2012Vision for Japan

During the month of July, Silk and I went with a team from our home church to Japan and had a wonderful time introducing the team to key leaders in the country and showing them what progress has been and continues to be made for the hope of Christ following the March 11, 2011 triple disaster. God has certainly placed us "for such a time as this" as we have never seen such an opportunity like this in our lifetime -- seeing people who have been completely unresponsive to Christ open their hearts in a nation that is considered one of the largest unreached people groups of the world.

$1M Matching Challenge

You are likely aware that we received a second $1,000,000 matching challenge this past March following the match we achieved last September. To date, we have received just over $600,000 toward this second challenge and we have until November 1 to finish the task.  We ask that you would prayerfully consider a gift to help us meet this match for this crucial hour for the Gospel's advance in Japan!

Update on Support

In addition, our family support is short by about $3,000/month. We're looking to add a few members to our financial support team and ask that you would pray about joining our team on a monthly basis. Call or write us if you have questions on how to participate.

Thank you for allowing God to work in your life for his good pleasure! Your prayers and support mean the world to us and we don't take them lightly. We need you because you are a key player in God's kingdom in helping us bring the hope of Christ to the darkest corners of this planet, most of which lies in the continent of Asia!

Be sure to share with us your prayer requests too. We are blessed when you give us the opportunity to keep you in our prayers.

For His Kingdom,
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Important Dates & Joe's Travel:

August 25th - September 9th:
Joe is in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan
August 28th - 31st:
A2/Cambodia is in session 3 of the 5th class of pastors
September 10th - 12th:
Asian Access Leadership Team Meetings in California
September 10th - 14th:
A2/Nepal begins their 4th class
September 17th - 22nd:
A2 Sessions in Myanmar, V-land and Bangladesh
September 19th - 22nd:

Joe travels to Chicago to receive an award being presented to A2 for Innovation in Partnership after having been nominated by a group of similar ministry organizations
September 24th - 27th:
A2/Sri Lanka holds session 6 of the 6th class of pastors
September 24th - 30th:
Joe is hosting a group of leading Japanese Pastors in Southern California
October 13th:
The family attends Life Pacific College's 50th Alumni Reunion for Joe's father, honoring him with a Lifetime Service Award as a graduate of Life Bible College
October 14th - 22nd:
Joe and Silk travel to the East Coast for A2's Board Meeting and will be visiting friends of the mission
October 15th - 20th:
A2/Mongolia graduates their 5th class of pastors
November 2nd - 4th:
Joe and Silk fly to Phoenix, AZ to join SIM USA's President's Gathering due to our strategic partnership
November 5th - 8th:
A2/North India hosts a session for their 4th class
November 10th - 11th:
Joe & Silk attend Rolling Hills Covenant's Market of Hope (focus is Japan this year)
November 12th - 15th:
A2/South India hosts their 2nd class
November 25th - 28th:
Joe will be in Japan for a National Pastor's Leadership Summit
November 26th - 29th:
A2/Cambodia hosts session 4 of their 5th class
November 29th - December 2nd:
Joe will continue traveling to either C-land or Central Asia


What impresses Phil Hodges about Asian Access?

14 August 2012 (16:25) | posted by jhandley |

Phil Hodges, co-founder of Lead Like Jesus

Phil Hodges, co-founder and Chief Content Officer of Lead Like Jesus and A2 Reference Council member, recently joined our global Leaders' Summit in southern Thailand and shared a few words about Asian Access on this video clip.

Phil has been a friend of mine since I became a pastor at Rolling Hills Covenant Church in 1998. Phil and his wife Jane have traveled with me on several occasions sharing the core principles from his book Lead Like Jesus an excellent resource for learning how to lead like the greatest leader of all time.

If you have questions or comments for Phil or me, feel free to email us or follow us on Twitter:

I am thrilled to have such high caliber people like Phil Hodges speaking into our movement. It is an honor! 

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Joe Handley, President
Asian Access


Going Deeper

1 June 2012 (08:53) | posted by jhandley |

Go Deeper Together: Becoming our Vision, Living out our Mission

The last few years I have sensed the Lord calling us at Asian Access to go deeper in who we are as we feel called to grow broader across Asia. As we went into our 2015 strategic planning process, my sense is that God wasn't calling us to anything profoundly new, but rather calling us to go deeper into the Essence of Asian Access, embodying the incredible vision, mission and values God has called us to achieve as we seek to expand the ministry across Japan and across now all of Asia.

With this 4-year theme in mind, we sensed God calling us to Go Deeper Together: Becoming our Vision and Living out our Mission.

Dr. David BennettL.T. JeyachandranTo launch this endeavor, we held an incredible Spring Retreat in Japan and Leaders' Summit in Thailand in March. During these times, Dr. David Bennett and L.T. Jeyachandran led our devotions in this very theme. We couldn't have asked for richer expressions of what God is calling us to move forward in as we follow His lead across the continent of Asia.

Both men, complimented each other, without even knowing what the other would be sharing. It created a rich environment for us to grow deeper in Christ and deeper with one another. They both challenged us in this deeper journey pointing us back to one of our theme passages for this season of ministry: Psalm 1:

"Blessed is the man [whose]… delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers."
-- Psalm 1: 1, 3

We are striving "to see a vibrant community of servant leaders… unite the church, multiply leaders and congregations, and extend the transforming power of the Gospel" across Asia. But in order to achieve all that God has inspired for us, we realize it is crucial to grow deeper in Christ, in this vision and mission, and in our values.

Pray for us as we endeavor to grow deeper together to become all that Jesus wants us to be as He leads us to growth across Japan and across the entire continent of Asia.

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Joe Handley, President

If you would like to learn more about what Dr. Bennett and Mr. Jeyachandran taught, please contact me. And, if you have suggestions for how we can grow deeper as a mission community let us know. You can reach me at: jhandley@asianaccess.org

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