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kyushu relief group 2017Nurturing Resiliency through Emotional and Spiritual Care 

“I have set the Lord always before me, because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”  Psalm 16:8 ESV

Need for a Compass

I am directionally challenged. If I tell my wife while driving to ‘turn right,' I really mean left. I am not the most reliable navigator. At times I find that I can be 'directionally challenged' in my walk of faith and ministry path as well and must intentionally put the Lord before me, as my compass and stabilizer. When I do that, I experience resiliency even in times of crisis. How does this work out in ministry in Japan? Here are a couple recent examples of being on the right side of a crisis…

Here is a review of Eastern Voices, Volume 1 that appeared on Amazon several weeks ago. It is reposted on our site with permission from the reviewer, Peter T. Sommer.

EV1 final title slide 2017 04 25 flat 700pxUsually Pretty Far from the Benefits of Globalization

Reading Eastern Voices is a different book. It’s not Western reporting on churches and movements. It’s not Asian believers working for West-based churches or NGOs. Rather it’s the voices of men and women, usually pretty far from the benefits of globalization. They lead and evangelize via Asian churches or agencies. The nine people here, from India, Bangladesh, Japan, Cambodia, Myanmar and three unnamed-for-security-reasons nations, don’t even raise money from the West, much...

leaders emergeWhere have all the leaders gone?

Could there be any more desperate cry than this in our world today? We have facilitators, administrators, managers, academics, coordinators and people with various titles and qualifications, but very few leaders. So we are left to recruit staff from elsewhere, or raise up volunteers who are given leadership positions and a roster of helpers, or we overload the few leaders that are around. These options often result in a gradual decline or at best a plateauing in our churches and the few leaders that remain, ultimately burn out. We send those in leadership positions to quick fix courses that end up achieving little because courses don’t develop leaders. And so those in leadership positions end up being overtrained and underdeveloped. Often, it is only when a situation reaches a crisis point that desperate measures are taken, if it is not already too late. It took the intervention of Moses’ father in law, Jethro, to realise the desperate need for leaders that existed when he questioned Moses, “What is this you are...

Meet Prasanna Vuppula, A2/India Alumnus

pras-and-company.pngRecently, we had the opportunity to meet with an Asian Access graduate who has seen God use his Asia Access experience to prepare him for his new ministry. Prasanna Vuppula (who goes by Pras) is based in Hyderabad, Telangana, in south-central India. A long-time pastor, he realized several years ago that while on the outside his ministry looked good, inside, he was struggling spiritually. “By 2011, I had to face the fact that I was struggling spiritually,” Pras told us. “Unfortunately, I did not feel free to share my struggles with the church community where I ministered. In India, the Church can often be a legalistic place where we are afraid to reveal our true selves.” It was at this time that Christopher Uputuri, who helps to lead Asian Access/India, approached Pras with an invitation to join the upcoming South India cohort...

phil timeline triad 1(believe it or not)

If you spend any time in the Philippines, you will learn quickly that basketball is amazingly popular. Filipinos love to play, watch, and talk about the sport. So when we set up the schedule for Asian Access Philippines Class One, we made sure to build in afternoon time for our leaders to enjoy their favorite pastime.  What we hadn’t counted on is how much our leaders were invested in sharing, and hearing, one another’s life stories. The second full day of an A2 first session focuses on developing and sharing a timeline—a poster-sized template that allows each leader to map out their personal, spiritual, and ministry journeys.  The morning is spent developing the timelines, then everyone breaks for lunch. Upon returning from lunch...

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