Alumni

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Asian Access actually has four classifications of alumni:

 

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There is a growing number of leaders who have graduated from the A2 Leader Development program across Asia. For example, in Japan, where the program initially began, there are more than 500 graduates who have pastored 11% of the believers there. Check out testimonies from leader development alumni and current participants...

 


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We also have been privileged to have more than 100 faculty members serve in Asia. See a small sampling of the faculty members who have taught Asian Access leadership development sessions. See the diverse curriculum that our faculty members integrate into the leader development sessions.

 


gi profile3. Missionary Alumni

In partnership with hundreds of churches across North America, Asian Access has mobilized and trained nearly 3,000 missionaries for service in Japan. The vast majority of these workers were summer and one year missionaries. These alumni are now in all walks of life and scattered across the globe. The evidence of our fruitful work is seen not only in Japan, but also in the people who have served with us over the past three-and-a-half decades. We are privileged to call them our alumni.

 


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In addition, there are nearly 100 people who have served in various ministry support roles in our U.S. headquarters in southern California over the last 45 years. In essence, these are people who have kept the ministry in Japan and across Asia running smoothly, so that missionaries could "do their thing."

 


Staying Engaged...

We really want to stay in touch with you, our alumni, to keep you informed about the work in Asia, and also to find out what's happening in your lives. So please update your contact information whenever it changes by submitting our online Alumni Update form. Be sure to follow us on the social media sites listed below...

 

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Ways to Stay Involved

NOTE: If you're an A2 alumnus on Twitter, be sure to write us at either Twitter account, so we can follow you and add you to the a2-alumni list.

 

 

More Alumni Stories

When God does something new

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." — Isaiah 43:18-19, NIV

It has been six months since the lockdown began in Manila and to this day churches have not been allowed to operate fully. Restrictions on mass gatherings have severely crippled what we call “corporate churches” or churches that manages the ministry like a corporation, with paid pastors, board of elders, and facilities (rented or owned).  For months we cried out to God to intervene so that we can go back to the way we used to do worship, but what if God has a new agenda for his church?...

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Jay Kumar: pastor, entrepreneur, strategic leadership trainer

Jay KumarStory about Jay Kumar—graduate of Asian Access leader programme in South India—highlighted by City to City - Asia Pacific

Greetings! We’re excited to gear up for the upcoming Faith & Work Roundtable on the topic of Financial Struggles in the Pandemic. To paint a backdrop for it today, here’s the story of Jay Kumar—a pastor, entrepreneur, and strategic leadership trainer from Chennai, India. Jay attended the City to City Asia Intensive 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan...

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Coronavirus Reflections from Bangladesh

aporna 500pxEvery day, new COVID-19 patients are being added in Bangladesh, my home country. Family members and close friends are suffering from the illness. Many patients live next to my building. People diagnosed with coronavirus are facing social ostracism; many people are losing their jobs. People cannot earn enough money to meet their daily needs. We are learning that people in Bangladesh are dying not only from COVID-19, but from additional mental and physical issues. It makes me cry when I hear and see a mother cannot provide food and medical supplies for her child. I just cry out to the Lord, “Give me Your provision to stand beside them in a tangible way.” But I am not afraid. I fix my eyes to the Lord who is the author of our life.

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COVID forcing Philippines to change pastoral ministry, church model

family of Jason Richard TanGod's Work Cannot Be Quarantined

As ministry front-liners in the Philippines, we could literally see how the landscape of pastoral ministry is changing before our very eyes. This health pandemic is bringing to an end the era of the corporate church model, and it is fast being replaced by the house-church model. Allow us to share to you what has been happening in our part of the world: 1) 40,000 small church pastors have had no pay for the past two...

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A2 alumnus Virukshan Perera highlighted by City to City - Asia Pacific

Story about Virukshan Perera, graduate of Asian Access leader programme in Sri Lanka

Greetings, CTCAP [City To City - Asia Pacific] family! We hope these stories have been encouraging us to press on towards what God has placed in our hearts for our cities. Today, we are pleased to bring you a story of generosity, resilience and service in the face of persecution and need from Colombo, Sri Lanka!

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What Asian Access means to us in our country

A2 prayer meeting endorsement video screengrabEvery once in a while, you come across a powerful testimony that you just have to share. The other day, on a global prayer call with 50+ of our Asian Access global family, we had one of our leaders share the impact of the program on their country. The story was so compelling that we wanted you to be able to watch or listen… Take a listen! And, thank you for praying and partnering with us to see this kind of transformation happening...

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Asian Access’ double impact – on a ministry couple

Pastor Juserdi Purba and his wife, Dr. Meiti Pragiwati, are quite a couple. In addition to pastoring a network of churches in the Bekasi (Jakarta) area, Ps. Juserdi (whose background is in chemical engineering) works full-time for a large company. And Meiti is indeed a doctor. She currently works as a doctor for a factory two days per week while devoting the majority of her time to family and ministry. Asian Access was fortunate when God decided to... {addthis off}

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Asian Access is recharging, engaging and profoundly uplifting

filipino couple screengrabTestimony from a Filipino Couple

I praise and thank the Lord for Asian Access. For the past two years, we're almost over, and it's just been so uplifting. Maybe one word to describe Asian Access is… it's recharging for us pastors. It's not mentally draining, but it's emotionally and spiritually engaging for us. And we also enjoy the sceneries and all the sessions that we have had it, especially the food also. So the speakers are great and the topics are really relevant in our lives. So I thank the Lord for Asian Access. How about you, Sweetheart? Well, I am so grateful also...{addthis off}

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Letter from a Persecuted Leader

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"I especially want to thank Asian Access for standing with me at this hard time. My Asian Access friends helped me greatly during this trial. We each experience this opposition, and so we are there for each other."

A Letter from My Friend, an A2 Alumnus

Just before Thanksgiving, I received his letter from a graduate of Asian Access. He writes: "Dear President Joe, Greetings in the Name of Christ. As you know, we continue to face many hardships...{addthis off}

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Alumnus plants 77 churches since graduating

Last month while attending a session in Cambodia, we spent some time with Asian Access alumnus BN (pictured here). Pastor BN has a remarkable story. He had a brutal past, participating in some of the ugliest history his country has ever seen. He was personally responsible for horrible atrocities many times over. After the Khmer Rouge was pushed to the sidelines in Cambodia, following the Killing Fields, he went into hiding. Along the way, his wife met Jesus and he was astounded that she loved Jesus so much that she would often disobey him just to attend church. He even beat her many times admonishing her not to go to church. But, she kept going...{addthis off}

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Asia Leaders Summit

Asians Reaching Asia!

It was pure joy being with key church leaders across Asia a few weeks ago here in Tokyo. Three years ago I was the only westerner present during the core meetings and this time around, there were only 2 of us. It’s really an honor to be included as the tagline for this gathering is “Asians Reaching Asia!” More importantly though to me is how many of my friends and colleagues are part of the gathering. Increasingly key leaders from the Asian Access networks are participating...{addthis off}

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Changing the few in Cambodia who change the many

The working team of A2/CambodiaPictured here with me is the Asian Access "working team" from Cambodia. They work with Pastor Meng Aun Hour (far right) of the photo to lead the work of Asian Access in the country. They are hitting way above their weight as a country, and it’s fun to see God’s story unveiled through them. The pastor in the middle left side of the picture has seen remarkable fruit since graduating from Asian Access. He’s clearly a keen example of God “Changing the Few who Change the Many.” He took what he learned through Asian Access and began multiplying it and that’s a key reason why Meng chose him to be on their working team. {addthis off}

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Common Learning: A2 Bangladesh Graduating Cohort #4

Testimony after testimony from the 4th graduating cohort in Bangladesh revealed several common themes. It was encouraging hearing their reports as several were chosen to share what God had done in their lives over the last two years. Common themes included how much they had learned about their identity in Christ. Many had gone through seasons of pain, difficulty, and challenge but each of them could see how God shaped them during the course of their lives, even through the difficult seasons...{addthis off}

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Jason Richard Tan: "Asian Access came at just the right time"

tan jason richard 200x200pxHello, my name is Jason Richard Tan. I was introduced to Asian Access way back in January 2017. And at the time I was just recovering from the very discouraging and painful ordeal. I had lost my voice, my ministry, and even my integrity, and I left the pastoral ministry. I wasn't sure about my calling and my future in ministry. Asian Access came just at the right time. Through Asian Access, I learned two things: one is the value of...{addthis off}

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Paying It Forward: the Generosity of a New Asian Access Cohort

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“While we were praying for [the new country] last night, we felt that God was telling us to bless them.” That’s what Asian Access participants in a newly-launched country said to me. (For security purposes, we cannot identify this country by name.) But before you read the rest of this encouraging story, I want to ask you to consider an opportunity to partner with Asian Access to equip and empower more pastors and marketplace leaders across Asia. And whatever you give, up to a total of $250,000 will be matched dollar for dollar. Leveraging investment is so important. Most of the leaders who participate in Asian Access come from modest financial means. Their home countries often struggle with economic hardship and poverty. In addition, pastors are usually paid less than the average workers in their countries. Many pastors must work as farmers, taxi drivers, or laborers to make enough to support their families, while they minister virtually for free. This is the case in the newly-launching country, where an Asian Access orientation session was held this past July. While some of the pastors from metro areas are in better financial situations, many of the leaders live on very little. And by Western standards, all of these leaders, including...{addthis off}

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