I just completed an exciting trip for Asian Access that I can’t tell you anything about.
If you’re like me, you would love to know everything possible about a ministry that you support. What are they doing? Who are they meeting with? How are their initiatives and programs going? What successes can we thank God for? What setbacks need our prayer? How can I be the most informed supporter possible?
We would love to let you know all of that, and more. But in many cases, we cannot. And that can be frustrating—for us as well as you. We want and need your friendship, prayers, and financial support. It’s your backing that makes it possible for Asian Access to do its Kingdom work. And we know that it is important to keep you as informed as possible on our work.
So why are there many times that we must keep you in the dark? The short answer is that many of our colleagues live under varying degrees of pressure because of their Christian faith and practice. To identify their names, vocations, and even geographical locations can put them at risk.
What makes it complicated is that many of our colleagues live in “gray areas”—countries where Christian faith isn’t exactly illegal, but not exactly legal either. And what is permitted and not permitted can change, sometimes quickly and erratically, as the political and social winds shift in their respective countries.
Why are things so gray? In some countries, there are laws protecting religious freedom—but they are ignored. In other countries, there are laws prohibiting religious outreach and conversions—but they are selectively enforced. And in still other countries, the laws are so fuzzy as to allow for all kinds of interpretations.
On top of that, attitudes toward Christians can vary widely in different regions of a respective country. In one community, things can be peaceful; in another community just 20 kilometers away, being a Christian can endanger one’s life.
At Asian Access, we have decided that, in situations where sharing information about our colleagues and their ministries might put them at risk, we will err on the side of caution. If there is any doubt, we will keep mum.
So unfortunately I cannot share with you details on my recent trip—the dynamic leaders with whom I met, how God is on the move in their churches, communities, and countries, and these leaders’ keen interest in how Asian Access could be of benefit to them, their families, and their ministries. No names. No photos. No stories.
I can tell you that God is on the move in Asia, and beyond. Please trust me that your friendship, prayers, and financial support are reaping much fruit for the Kingdom. THANK YOU for your support. And someday, you’ll hear all about it—although it might not be until we reach the other side of Eternity.
Noel Becchetti has been serving as Asian Access' VP for Leader Development since 2012. Noel and his wife Kyle currently reside in El Cajon, California.