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$167,000 Matching Gift will Help Asian Access design Persecution Curriculum

“Joe, what is being done is not enough. Given the fruitfulness of Asian Access leadership approach, can we add this component to our overall leader development?”

This is what the leader of one of our countries asked as he begged me to better empower leaders as they face increasing levels of persecution. This is someone who is deeply connected to the groups who work to help the Persecuted Church.

Addressing the Rise in Persecution Across the Region

Indeed, persecution is on the rise! Ten of the 16 countries Asian Access works in face persecution. We’ve seen recent reports from India, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. In the first few months of the year, the same types of things have occurred in China as well.

So, Asian Access is presently pursuing partnerships with as many of the Persecuted Church groups as we can to provide a more robust preparatory leader development effort so that they are better able to withstand the onslaught of pressure and persecution that is ever-growing. This will include spiritual, legal, and community organization training for a comprehensive effort to come alongside atrocities.

The Need for Effective Leadership

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Not long after the 2011 tsunami hit Japan, one of our alumni, Rev. Makito Matsuda, was barraged with questions on how people could help. It was overwhelming for someone right in the thick of the disaster. As he considered the situation, he realized that tangible needs were needed but that wasn’t the most important thing. He said,

“What we really need is leadership!”

He knew that supplies and aid would come but the bigger challenge was having leaders prepared and ready to manage the crisis and lead the people toward safety, security, and shelter.

Pastor Matsuda's wisdom sticks with me to this day. He shared about a 70-year-old man named Mr. Abe who took upon himself to mobilize those in his neighborhood to get to safety, arrange shelter, and plant a garden so that they could withstand the days it would be before aid would come.

In the face of persecution, we need hundreds of Mr. Abe’s who will ‘stand in the gap’ and rally the community with the light of Christ at the center!

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Please pray and please give so that we can both provide tangible needs in the face of this Sri Lankan crisis as well as better equip leaders like Mr. Abe to rise to the occasion.

We have a matching challenge grant of $167,000 that can be applied to this situation. So, every gift you give to aid the Persecuted Church will be doubled.

God bless you and thank you for praying and giving!

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Joe Handley, President

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What they're saying...

Toshio Maehara
John Pearson
Dan Busby
Hugh O. McClellan
Rob Martin

Toshio Maehara

"As a Japanese businessman living in the U.S., I was reluctant to accept an invitation to join the Board of Directors of Asian Access. My schedule was so full, and I feel my English is not so great. However, when I met the staff and the missionaries, and when I first visited with other Board members, somehow I just couldn't refuse their invitation. My friends in Japan who are pastors and businessmen tell me how much they appreciate Asian Access missionaries and staff. They often tell me, 'they are people who give themselves unselfishly to the cause of Christ in Japan.' As a Japanese, I feel challenged by the men and women of Asian Access to do more for my own country. I am proud to be a supporter and a member of the Board of a mission like Asian Access."

Rev.Toshio MaeharaToshio Maehara
President, Maehara and Associates and 

Asian Access Board Member

John Pearson

"You can sense the energy and optimism of a ministry by visiting its website and meeting the key leaders. But…to know the heart and heartbeat of the ministry, get acquainted with their board members. As the board goes, so goes the ministry. So I’m delighted to say—based on up-close and personal observations and interactions—I know that Asian Access is led by God-honoring board members who care deeply about the Gospel and the Great Commission. And as stewards of the ministry, the board ensures that Asian Access continues to meet or exceed the rigorous accreditation, integrity, and transparency requirements of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)."

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Board Governance & Management Consultant,

Author, Mastering the Management Bucket 

Dan Busby

"Asian Access is a charter member of ECFA, having been a member for 39 years. ECFA is privileged to accredit this significant ministry as it develops leaders, growing and reproducing churches throughout Asia. We congratulate Asian Access on reaching the significant milestone of 50 years in ministry. May God continue to bless you as you advance God's kingdom."

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President, ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability)

 

  

 

Hugh O. Maclellan

"I have full confidence in Asian Access as their track record for developing leaders is strong and impressive. Their successful church multiplication model has impacted thousands of lives worldwide."

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The Maclellan Foundation, Inc.

Rob Martin

"If you want to change a country through strengthening the church, look at Asian Access. They do it right!"

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Former Executive Director, First Fruit, Inc.

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