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Taal volcano poses ongoing threat; believers offer help, hope

15-Jan-2020 •

15-Jan-2020 • • blog: Mission Network News

15-Jan-2020 • • blog: Mission Network News

Philippines (MNN) — Tremblors continue to rock the Philippines today following Sunday’s volcanic eruption...

Philippines (MNN) — Tremblors continue to rock the Philippines today following Sunday’s volcanic eruption south of Manila. According to government officials, 423 volcanic earthquakes were recorded...

Philippines (MNN) — Tremblors continue to rock the Philippines today following Sunday’s volcanic eruption south of Manila. According to government officials, 423 volcanic earthquakes were recorded in the Taal region as of 10 pm local time last night. See...

Indian Christians say "enough" to violence against women

14-Jan-2020 •

14-Jan-2020 • • blog: Mission Network News

14-Jan-2020 • • blog: Mission Network News

India (MNN) — The Indian government is taking steps to punish violence against women. Most recently,...

India (MNN) — The Indian government is taking steps to punish violence against women. Most recently, four men were sentenced to death for the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old female student in New Delhi...

India (MNN) — The Indian government is taking steps to punish violence against women. Most recently, four men were sentenced to death for the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old female student in New Delhi in 2012. However, not much has changed at...

Apples in Aomori: A Key to Fruitful Ministry

13-Jan-2020 • Robert & Roberta Adair

13-Jan-2020 • Robert & Roberta Adair • blog: A2 Community Blog

13-Jan-2020 • Robert & Roberta Adair • blog: A2 Community Blog

Honshu is the largest of the four main islands of Japan. Aomori is the name of the prefecture at the...

Honshu is the largest of the four main islands of Japan. Aomori is the name of the prefecture at the northern end of Honshu. It is a rural prefecture with a declining population, and its economy relies...

Honshu is the largest of the four main islands of Japan. Aomori is the name of the prefecture at the northern end of Honshu. It is a rural prefecture with a declining population, and its economy relies on farming, forestry, and fishing. In early November,...

Preparing for a 2020 Summer Team in Japan

10-Jan-2020 • Emi Miller

10-Jan-2020 • Emi Miller • blog: A2 Community Blog

10-Jan-2020 • Emi Miller • blog: A2 Community Blog

Japan 2020 | Preparing for this Opportunity from SIM USA on Vimeo.
Watch this short video to see...

Japan 2020 | Preparing for this Opportunity from SIM USA on Vimeo.
Watch this short video to see how you can begin preparing.
WILL YOU JOIN US?
Are you passionate about partnering with the local...

Japan 2020 | Preparing for this Opportunity from SIM USA on Vimeo.
Watch this short video to see how you can begin preparing.
WILL YOU JOIN US?
Are you passionate about partnering with the local Church to reach communities where Jesus is least...

Who is a Good Fit for this Opportunity?

10-Jan-2020 • Mary Jo Wilson

10-Jan-2020 • Mary Jo Wilson • blog: A2 Community Blog

10-Jan-2020 • Mary Jo Wilson • blog: A2 Community Blog

Japan 2020 | Who is a Good Fit for this Opportunity from SIM USA on Vimeo.
Do you have a heart for...

Japan 2020 | Who is a Good Fit for this Opportunity from SIM USA on Vimeo.
Do you have a heart for those who don’t know Jesus? Do you have a growing interest to explore how God can use you as part...

Japan 2020 | Who is a Good Fit for this Opportunity from SIM USA on Vimeo.
Do you have a heart for those who don’t know Jesus? Do you have a growing interest to explore how God can use you as part of His global mission? This is a great opportunity...

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taal volcano eruptionPhilippines (MNN) — Tremblors continue to rock the Philippines today following Sunday’s volcanic eruption south of Manila. According to government officials, 423 volcanic earthquakes were recorded in the Taal region as of 10 pm local time last night. See the latest updates here. Pastor Eniong Hilario with Asian Access says the Taal Volcano is within sight of a center they often use for training and retreats. “During the eruption, there was a lot of ashfall, and it reached our place where we live,” he says. “When we woke up it was very..."

woman, women, indiaIndia (MNN) — The Indian government is taking steps to punish violence against women. Most recently, four men were sentenced to death for the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old female student in New Delhi in 2012. However, not much has changed at the societal level. Joe Handley with Asian Access says many Indian women still suffer marginalization, domestic abuse, and sexual assault. “Gang rape is a huge problem in India,” Handley says. “These gangs will pick on a young girl and unfortunately do atrocities in those situations. “In addition to that, there are situations where someone will get married and something will happen in the marriage relationship. It’s so bad that the husband wants to disown the wife, so…they’ll throw acid in their face and then...”

 

aomori apple 85 01 600pxHonshu is the largest of the four main islands of Japan. Aomori is the name of the prefecture at the northern end of Honshu. It is a rural prefecture with a declining population, and its economy relies on farming, forestry, and fishing. In early November, I had the chance to travel there to meet with a group of pastors and discuss ways that Asian Access could potentially partner with what God is already doing in the region. On Friday morning, Pastor Shibuya picked me up, along with five other people from his church, to make the hour-long drive to the city of Hirakawa (until recently, one of the last cities in Japan without a church). As we drove to the prayer meeting, ...

Japan 2020 | Preparing for this Opportunity from SIM USA on Vimeo.

Watch this short video to see how you can begin preparing.

WILL YOU JOIN US?

Are you passionate about partnering with the local Church to reach communities where Jesus is least known? Please pray about being a part of this opportunity in 2020!

Contact us today by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or complete the “Pre-App” on the linked page to get started. Be sure to include “Japan 2020” in the message section along with your level of interest and/or questions. We’ll be in touch to start the journey!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Feb. 1, 2020...

Japan 2020 | Who is a Good Fit for this Opportunity from SIM USA on Vimeo.

Do you have a heart for those who don’t know Jesus? Do you have a growing interest to explore how God can use you as part of His global mission? This is a great opportunity to experience ministry with a team and a local church in communities where Jesus is least known. A specific love for Japan and some Japanese language would be wonderful but are not a requirement. A flexible heart and desire to serve are key. Watch this short video and see if this describes you...

Japan 2020 | Invitation from SIM USA on Vimeo.

SHORT-TERM OPPORTUNITY | SUMMER 2020

Japan is home to nearly 127 million people. Less than 1% of them are Christian.

Through SIM’s partnership with Asian Access, we have an established relationship with Japanese churches that want to take the good news of Jesus to those who have never heard it. These churches are asking for more workers to help...

Japan 2020 | Connecting through Community Outreach from SIM USA on Vimeo.

Short-term teams and interns will take part primarily in two ministries, both under the leadership of the Japanese Church. First, they will come alongside the local Church to help them host outreach events such as block parties, culture nights, pick-up sports games, dramas, and conversational English practice. These creative avenues to making community connections will leverage the unique skills and gifts of each team...

Japan 2020 | The Opportunity for the Japanese Church from SIM USA on Vimeo.

JAPAN 2020: A FOCUS ON 'ETERNAL HOPE'

The summer of 2020 provides a unique opportunity for us to send workers, as Japan opens its borders for athletes and spectators from around the world gathering in Tokyo for the Olympics...

China (MNN) — Pastor Wang Yi of China’s well-known Early Rain Covenant Church was sentenced to nine years in prison last week. The Chinese government never held a public trial for Pastor Wang, but charged him behind closed doors with “inciting subversion of state power” and “illegal business activities.” Pastor Wang was arrested in December 2018 along with several other church members. Prior to his arrest, Pastor Wang prepared a six-page statement refuting what he guessed the government would charge him with as the leader of a popular underground church.

Japan 2020Japan (MNN) – In his New Year address, Japan’s emperor Naruhito greeted his subjects, wished them well, hoped for a disaster-free year, and tried to set a tone of optimism. It was a message that resonated with people now struggling on multiple fronts. Joe Handley, president of Asian Access, said there are various layers on the social issues. “The people are not happy, ...

joe happy new year 2020 screengrab 600pxHappy New Year, Friends!

Looking forward, it's an exciting year as we enter this new decade. 2020 is ahead of us folks and I am super excited because a lot is on the horizon....

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A Look at God's Goodness in 2019

2019 has been a rich year of God's goodness. These stories help us remember His faithfulness through the last year as He continues extending His kingdom. Thank you for your partnership in prayer and giving that made these stories possible!

Now, here are some top stories from 2019...

joe 2019 recap screengrab 600pxHi friends! It's been an exciting year for us at Asian Access, and I want to thank you for your support. This past year we were able to open a new country—a closed access country—and we're grateful for that. The leaders have come to me and said: "Joe, this is awesome. We have nothing like this. We are so grateful that you came." ...

From the President blog by Joe Handley

A2 Community blog with posts from a variety of contributors around Asian Access

Stories about Asian Access published by Mission Network News, a mission news service dedicated to keeping Christians informed on evangelical mission activity around the world. In doing so we hope to educate and motivate Christians to prayer, participation, and support of missionary work to help further the Great Commission.

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