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brokenness beauty signNozomi のぞみ = Hope

Last week I had the privilege of visiting the Nozomi Project and wow, I didn’t expect how powerfully God would move in my own life. As we were sharing together I heard the amazing story shared in this video about an autistic boy: https://vimeo.com/164225374 Thing is, I didn’t expect it to hit me personally. You see, I have an autistic sister so I shared a lot in common with the family in the video. As you’ll see in the story, the mom was encouraged through the Nozomi team, and particularly by my colleague Sue Takamoto, that her son’s life has purpose and meaning. That led me to share part of my own journey growing up with my sister. You see, I’m not naturally a very compassionate person but growing up with my sister, there were times where...

joe and nakamurasPastor Yoji Nakamura, who leads the Kyushu Christ Disaster Relief Center in Kumamoto, is an amazing pastor. You can learn more about him in this post from last fall: Mr. Christ… Christ, Christ, Christ! I had the privilege of spending a few days with him in Kumamoto following up on the earthquake that hit the region about nine months ago. He was so inspiring and as he shared in church that morning before I preached, he told the congregation another amazing story that brought tears to all of our eyes!  As they’ve led the relief efforts, they have tried to adopt people from the disaster areas who live in temporary housing and Pastor Yoji adopted a little girl who has been particularly challenging to work alongside. Most people avoid the child because she’s so oppositional. But, Yoji just...

Kent and Yuko Muhling 2015Being with Kent and Yuko Muhling last week in Sendai inspired me. They are trying so many different ways to reach out to their neighbors, I was deeply impressed. You would be proud of them! One story in particular captured my imagination. They shared about a man who has been watching the Christian relief teams not far from Sendai City. He lived through the disaster and has seen the relief teams come and go. But, he was particularly inspired by the ongoing efforts of the local churches, missionaries, and believers from all over the world who keep coming and serving. As he thought about these people and what they were doing, he watched them very closely. He noticed that despite all the trials they suffered in serving, all the challenges they face on a daily basis and even the difficult circumstances through... 

huddled masses 1Lady Liberty shouts this amazing phrase from Emma Lazarus sonnet. It was a picture that came to it’s fullest light yesterday when I visited Takamori Church here on Kyushu island. How inspiring to hear of the missionary pastor Spoor who after planting 6 churches around Kumamoto before being called to serve at the Takamori Church. Visiting this church inspired me as there are so many wonderful stories to tell about it’s history and outreach. For now though, when the world is wrestling... 

tomoaki goto and joe 500pxRecently, I experienced a great deal of joy at Asian Access/Japan National Conference. Story after story was shared that inspired me! One pastor who just graduated from Asian Access/Japan, Tomoaki Goto, shared an incredible vision. He wants his church to be known as the Joyful Church. And Pastor Goto lives out the essence of the word “joy”. Just look at his face pictured here with me. That says it all! Before he shared, several ministry strategists spoke about the needs of the church in Japan...

A2 50th Anniversary Save the Date postcardFriends, this is an exciting year for Asian Access. We get to celebrate 50 years of ministry, and we want to invite you to something special. Yes, we would love for you to join us for our "Jubilee in Jakarta" this coming April. Please come! We would love to have you help celebrate 50 years of ministry with Asian Access. It's going to be an exciting, wonderful time.

Considering coming? The dates are April 26-28, 2017. For more details about attending our anniversary Jubilee in Jakarta, visit: http://www.asianaccess.org/a250...

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Ever since joining Asian Access as president in 2008, I've been having the time of my life. In this blog, I hope to share some stories that will encourage you to engage with this ministry. At Asian Access, we change the few, who change the many.

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