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tree with roots“He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” – Jer. 17:8

I was like a tree without roots and on the verge of burning out. Life and ministry felt like a desert until Pastor Richard Brohier shared with us about having deep roots. I thank God for Pastor Richard and for Asian Access. You have brought new life to me and to my ministry.

I was invited in to share a little at one of our SE Asian countries, a country that faces significant pressure, and we were in the region where the most persecution of pastors and churches occurs. After sharing that day, one of the pastors came up to me and shared this wonderful report of how Asian Access had refreshed his life and how Pastor Richard Brohier, one of our core faculty and country liaisons particularly influenced him. Ministry is a marathon not a sprint and life is the same. It’s important...

Joe with friendWhen I joined Asian Access just over 9 years ago, one of the motivating factors was their focus and success in reaching the unreached people groups of the world. That’s why I so enjoyed spending time with a colleague in one of our sessions recently in a country that must remain unnamed due to security concerns. My colleague wrote this follow up report that so encouraged me. I trust it’ll encourage you as well:

“One of the most exciting things for me about the pastors in these two classes is the dedication that they show toward reaching the unreached tribal groups in the mountains close to their country borders in addition to pastoring their own churches in the plains or the cities. The Gospel first came to this country in 1910 with the arrival of CMA missionaries. But it was not until the 1970’s that it made progress toward the 120 unreached groups in the highlands and along a famous Trail. Pastor L and his wife have expanded their tribal ministry to 11 people groups now, and in the K village to which they first went three years ago, where no one was a believer, and where he was incarcerated on his first trip, now almost everyone is a believer. In the other class...

Dee Wirz's postNot long after our 50th Anniversary Gathering in Jakarta, Jubilee in Jakarta, I received this note from my colleague Dee Wirz:

While the history of what has become Asian Access mission began exclusively in Japan 50 years ago, our outreach has now expanded to eleven countries in Asia. During the A2 Jubilee celebration held in Jakarta recently, I had my first opportunity to get to know many of our extended mission family pictured above. After the presentation of a twelve-minute video featuring my ministry in Japan, one of the country leaders asked me to come and teach some sessions at the A2 leadership development training scheduled for July 24 to 27 in Sri Lanka. This is a rare opportunity to invest in developing fourteen carefully selected trainees, who can have a significant influence on their own people in the country of Sri Lanka for years to come, since the majority of this group is in their twenties and thirties. After much prayer to discern God’s will, I agreed to...

 

The Medici Effect book coverNot long ago, one of my doctoral committee members suggested that the core of my dissertation research was very much in line with some new thinking related to the concept of the Medici Effect. You can learn more about this through Frans Johansson’s book of the same title linked above. Wikipedia describes this approach as:

“In the book, Johansson argues that innovation comes from diverse industries, cultures, and disciplines when they all intersect, bringing ideas from one field into another. He also recommends assembling diverse teams of people to collaborate on innovation.” Check it out here.

I’ve enjoyed digging into this concept as I review a new theory for mission leadership in my studies: Polycentric Leadership. Hopefully someday, after the dissertation, I’ll publish more on this topic. 

Ajith Fernando, teaching at A2|50th Day 2Day 2 • Homothumadon: "The Way of Unifying Passion"

Here are a few brief, but poignant quotes from Dr. Ajith Fernando's tremendous message:

"A genuine Christian is committed to unity, to teamwork, and to mission."
— Ajith Fernando

"Truth is more important than personal honour. Truth is more important than politics within the Church."

"We are committed to Truth and to God's glory. And we strive for unity."

"One of the principles of a happy marriage is that there are no winners in a battle.

Ajith Fernando: "The Way of Unity" [A2|50th Day 2 Keynote]...

00063 00099The story of this lady was amazing. She lived just 1.5 kilometers from the ocean (about a mile) and the tsunami took everything. Soon after, the gentlemen standing next to her, started a house fellowship not too long after retiring from work. He was inspired by his church to start another church after he retired from a great career. Did it matter that he is not a pastor? No. Did it matter that he had received no significant theological training? No. Rather, his pastor saw his gifts and invested in him for years. From the Asian Access training, he developed a plan to empower lay leaders to start churches so that they could reach the Japanese people. He knew there was no way you could reach Japan through just the clergy alone. So, he raised up several business leaders to begin starting house churches in his region.

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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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