Joe will be celebrating his 5th year in his role as president with Asian Access in July 2013. It has been such a blessing being a part of the mission. We see and experience A2 as a family and we love that. There is no greater joy and honor than walking beside such choice pastors "to see a vibrant community of servant leaders leading the Church across Asia… who unite the Church, multiply leaders and congregations, and extend the transforming power of the Gospel".
Becca, our oldest daughter, is now a senior at Azusa Pacific University and is really hitting her stride. We're impressed with her diligence as she works toward completing her degree in liberal studies. If you know her well, you can picture her thriving in a kindergarten classroom. She's already doing labs in local schools near Azusa and all of her volunteer community service hours are with children as well.
Rachel, our second daughter, graduates from Torrance High this month. It has been a pleasure and a joy watching her mature and prepare for the next phase of her journey. She will be heading off to San Jose, CA in August to attend San Jose State — a school with a noted reputation in Rachel's field of interest: illustration and animation. San Jose State has a favored reputation from film companies like Pixar and it looks like a perfect environment for Rachel to grow during this next phase of life.
Our son John is entering the eighth grade and still in the middle of finding his groove on what the Lord may be calling him into someday. He loves Minecraft — a game that many boys his age find captivating. It flows well with his current interest in technology and he certainly has become a rival to Joe in our home when it comes to technological prowess. We're in the process of looking for a new school for 8th grade, praying that God directs us to a place where John will thrive.
Joe and Silk are committed to doing their best in this God-appointed assignment “for such a time as this". They trust that the Lord will provide the funding, focus and faith to see the fulfillment of our vision: "To see a vibrant community of servant leaders… leading the Church across Asia…" who are living out our mission, "to unite the church, multiply leaders and congregations, and extend the transforming power of the Gospel."
Words of Wisdom:
This verse has been central to our call these past four years:
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 2 Timothy 2:2.
Asian Access has this same spirit that the Apostle Paul had for Timothy: in-depth discipleship of pastors and leaders.
A Few Highlights:
- This past spring, during our annual retreat in Japan, we were privileged to commission a third of our missionaries to move to Tohoku, the tsunami-affected region, so they could be the hands and feet of Jesus on a daily basis to a multitude of people who are hurting and still dealing with the shock of the natural disaster. We are proud of all of our missionaries and the sacrifices they make for the sake of Christ.
- Hearing testimonies from pastors in Asia:
Over and over again, we hear testimonies like these... When asked how they are responding to the persecution and pressure, pastors share: "Now we must walk by faith. It's almost like God saying, 'In the valley you can know me more.' We give thanks in all things. Through fasting and praying I have learned to look upon God. My relationship with God is the foundation for all my ministry."
"You (A2) helped a lot. We meet together as pastors regularly and fellowship regularly. We can share real things in our personal lives and we can understand each other instantly… We can pray and find solutions… We are set free and we are really brothers… Without A2 we couldn't imagine that."
Another pastor from SE Asia shared, "So much of what I learned in A2 helped me directly with the problems I was facing in ministry.” Their love for youth was evident as they shared, “The youth in my community are eager to have someone listen to them and love them. I listen to them and love them."
A pastor from one of the largest unreached people groups said, "I learned a lot through writing this strategy paper. It has become a handbook for my church. God has given me a clear vision of the work he has called me to."
Pastor Mark attended an A2 graduation session in a neighboring country in May 2009; one of the strategy paper presentations at that session gave him a vision for multiplying home fellowships (HF) among young leaders across his region. He launched his first HF with 12 members in June 2009, and is now shepherding 12 home fellowships with over 250 members.
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