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jeffery akiko sonnenberg 2016We had so much fun last week at our Kanto Thanksgiving Gathering. One of the highlights was meeting with some potential missionaries to Japan who had a wonderful story of how they met and how God called them to Japan. Hearing how they had met with so many people who discouraged them about Japan but then meeting with Asian Access gave them a sense of hope in serving here really warmed my heart! They also asked great questions! One of them was asking Jeffery Sonnenberg (pictured here with his wife Akiko) why we encourage church planters to work together. In other words, What’s the value of...

cherishA2 inset 200x125"Joe, I cherish Asian Access. It helped to save my marriage." — Spouse of an A2 participant

The woman speaking these words is the wife of a key national leader in a country, which, for security reasons, I can’t identify. I have had the privilege of knowing “Linda” (not her real name) and her husband for many years. While I was of course very grateful for her affirmation, I wanted to know more. “Linda, what has made Asian Access so precious to you?" She answered, "Asian Access has influenced so many of the key leaders in our country. It is amazing how your program can change so many when you start with so few. Of all of the ministries I’ve seen over the last 20 years, Asian Access is the one that stands out..." #givingtuesday

advent2016 BGCE cover thumb 1"That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown!" — Linus van Pelt

If you are like me, you grew with the tradition of watching A Charlie Brown Christmas during Christmas season—that, along with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and It’s a Wonderful Life. I loved those shows and couldn’t wait to watch them when December came around. That word wait is important. This same season is known as Advent, which means “coming” in Latin—adventus. As we believers wait for His coming (both His coming again and the commemoration of the waiting for Jesus’ birth), we have an even more compelling anticipation for the wonder Christ will bring: hope for the world...

gary barbara 2014 500px wideWhat a blessing to be with our team here in Tokyo yesterday for our Thanksgiving banquet. It was so fun just being with everyone and experiencing a little Americana together. My highlight was when we were sharing stories of gratitude with one another and Barbara Bauman shared a wonderful story. After two decades of faithful ministry summed up in the principles taught in her 2002 book, Discovering the Joy of Parenting, one of the first class participants, Sanae, is taking a new step of faith. Sanae came to a mothers group nearly 20 years ago and has been faithfully learning and growing ever since. She’s been an active Bible reader, learning so many wonderful lessons about parenting from the Bible...

oyamas handleysIt was a brisk and windy day in Tokyo a few weeks ago when Silk, John and I made our way to the Biblical Church of Tokyo. We are so glad we made the trip. We had a delightful visit with Pastors’ Seiji and Kathy Oyama and a wonderful reunion with friends from our home church in America: Rolling Hills Covenant Church. Pastor Seiji preached a wonderful message even highlighting one of Asian Access prime shapers: Dr. Bobby Clinton from Fuller Seminary. He mentioned how much Dr. Clinton influenced his life and leadership journey and then he proceeded to encourage us that we are truly God’s Masterpiece...

sunday3It was a beautiful Sunday here in Tokyo—a day that inspired my hopes for Japan, and for the world. I was more than ready for some inspiration, as the American presidential election that had taken place earlier in the week seemed so divisive. That morning, Silk, John and I made our way to attend services at Saikyo Nozomi Chapel, led by Pastor Joshua Hari. Joshua is Asian Access/Japan’s associate director, due to step into the national director’s position next April. Joshua and his wife Megumi lead a vibrant church; it was exciting just to be there. In addition, Asian Access missionaries Jeffery and Akiko Sonnenberg partner with Joshua and Megumi to support the integration of a missional vision...

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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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