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 Treatment of Christians has taken a turn for the worse

Nepal UnsplashNepal (MNN) — For the past several years, the Gospel has moved more in Nepal than almost any country in the world. Christians were showing the nation that the Gospel was more than just a political agenda. But Joe Handley of Asian Access says that recently, things have taken a turn for the worse. Thanks to the Church’s work with orphan care through orphanages and human trafficking through rescue centers and job-training facilities, Nepal...

fish out of the water free 500pxTen years ago, Pastor Paul started a church, and for the past three of those ten, he’s been part of Asian Access in a South Asian country. He’s now planted eight churches from that first church plant but he learned something profound the last few years that will impact his ministry for years to come. As Pastor Paul was sharing his strategy paper, he said: “A relationship without God is like a fish out of water.” Paul was referring to serving as...

Christians are coming together in support of one another

nepal, church, cementary, pixabayNepal (MNN) – There have been significant changes in Nepal’s recent history which have introduced uncertainty for the nation’s future. In 2015, the nation declared itself a secular state through a new constitution. It seemed that religious freedom was growing in Nepal. However, earlier this year Nepal also adopted a new law, criminalizing religious conversion. The law is about to go into effect in August. And another big change just took place last...

A2.business session with Promod HaqueA few weeks ago, renown venture capitalist Promod Haque shared with one of our A2 cohorts for marketplace leaders. What a profound week we had learning together! Promod prompted some significant dialog and conversation as he shared his own life story and how he integrates the Bible and Christian worldview into his life, business, and philanthropy. My colleague Elliott Snuggs who has been spearheading our work with A2.biz as we call it shared the following...

A2 Summit 2018 doug and mengDoug Birdsall, former president of Asian Access and member of the A2 Board of Directors, also serves on the A2 Vision Council—a group of men and women who help to discern God’s “big picture” vision for the movement. Recently, the Vision Council meeting was scheduled back-to-back with our annual Summit, when Asian Access gathers its national leaders together for spiritual refreshment, vision-casting, and strategic planning. Doug arrived early enough to attend the Summit—and got a very encouraging surprise...

00315 00520Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. (— Joel 3:14) On Sunday afternoon, our family went to Harajuku here in Tokyo because I had found a great little Mexican food place. For those of you who live in Japan, you know that finding great Mexican food is no easy task. And, being from California, one of the things we crave most, is great Mexican food. It was the week of Silk’s birthday and the day after Cinco de Mayo, so why not go Mexican for lunch after church! As we were walking down the streets, I was overwhelmed by all the people. You can see the pictures here but they don't even do the situation justice. It was wall-to-wall people!

Anti-conversion laws create pressure on Christian ministries in India

India (MNN) – What if sharing the Gospel could land you in jail? This is the reality many Indian Christians face now that another state has enacted an anti-conversion law. Why Anti-Conversion Laws? Indian anti-conversion laws are put in place through local state governments. These laws have been part of public discourse since the colonial period, when they were seen as a way to protect national and religious identity in the face of British imperialism. Over the years, these laws continued to serve different purposes, but now they are coming back into popularity.

epic fail 885x400Have you ever failed at something? I have. Many times! I believe a key part of life and leadership is navigating, walking through and bouncing back from failure. I’ll never forget not making sports teams as a young person and how I responded to those situations. Those were great learning experiences for me. Later, in other school situations, I didn’t do as well as I had hoped and people told me: “Maybe you should consider a different career.” OUCH! That one hurt. Later still I was being encouraged to try other posts in life and several times I was told “No”. Again, big learning experiences for...

ec crossing the uncrossableWhen the Titanic went down, Major Arthur Peuchen was one of those who survived. Why? He was able to discern between the essential and non-essential. As the great ship was going down, he was faced with a crucial last-minute choice. On the one hand, he could choose the jewels or monies left on the ship for the taking. Or he could choose three oranges instead. He grabbed the fruit. Why? Because oranges could provide sustenance for him and others floating at sea, waiting for rescuers to come... 

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Good news! We are getting very close to meeting our matching gift—we just need $12,448 more. If you give soon, your gift can still be doubled! Recently I met a mangled, old-looking pastor in one of the small Asian Access training cohorts in Cambodia. Charya’s bones were crooked, he was missing an eye, he could barely walk. Charya (not his real name for security reasons) was convicted during the session as they talked about the apostle Paul being chief among sinners. He later confessed to the director, "I’m worse than that man."

Will you pray for the nations?A few weeks ago we asked you to pray for us as we went into our Global Leaders Summit. You may recall the post from my friend and colleague Adrian De Visser: Strongholds: A Call to Prayer. Lori Snuggs and Adrian led us in some very powerful prayer times in KL and these slides capture the essence of their sharing. We prayed through each country knowing the power of prayer. As Dr. Robert Coleman shared the key to breakthrough...

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I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20 — Pastor Edmund Chan began his second message sharing with our Global Leaders sharing this verse suggesting the Church is losing ground in much of the world today.  Why? He quoted Pastor Joseph Tson who told Adrian Rogers, “The American Church has substituted commitment for surrender!” As Galatians states, we must be crucified. That means our entire...

 Younger leaders are being equipped for the changing Church

A2 PALD 1.1 Apr25 2018 24 jjPan Asia (MNN) — Asian Access is expanding its leadership training program with plans to the launch its fresh “Pan Asia Leader Development Program”. The new program helps develop younger leaders in a context that will help them best serve their churches and countries. “Pan Asia is unique in that the cohort will be formed by participants from different countries, representing different countries and cultures. For an example, we will have two participants from Japan and [two participants from] other Asian countries, and we create one cohort,” Asian Access’ Thilini De Visser shares...

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