From the President

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ancient antique architecture 879359 500pxIt seems like every day, I’m hearing more reports about persecution happening in the world. I recently left a country that is under significant duress. The week we were there, a crackdown occurred in one of their most famous towns – a town known for having one of their national symbols. The pastors, alumni of Asian Access, had gathered together for a city-wide gathering of churches, only to be harassed by their local community. It seems that everyone is after them: government officials, religious authorities and even the neighbors. It’s sad to see and many lives are often at stake. This type of situation is on the rise in many of the countries we work in. We see this type of harassment happening in more than half the countries we work in and so we could use your prayers. More importantly, they need your prayers!

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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...

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Today is #GivingTuesday... We have two days for getting deals—Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But on #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back. Together, people are creating a new ritual for our annual calendar. #GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season, and every act of generosity counts. Asian Access is participating in #GivingTuesday to help leaders like Pastor Charya, a mangled, old-looking man 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 spiritually convicted during the session as they talked about the apostle Paul being chief among sinners. He later confessed to the director,...

joe and silk mongolian king and queenOn behalf of Asian Access, Silk and I are grateful for your prayers and support. This photo above was taken while we were with the seventh graduating class in Mongolia. You'd be amazed to hear their praise reports! We're excited for them. We want to wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving. May this be a season where you experience the wonder of all that God has given. He is the hope of the world and we are grateful to Him. 

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!" — Psalm 107:1 

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Coming off our 50th anniversary, we had high aims… And 2018 is a year of ‘breakthrough’ thanks to donors and leaders like you. On several fronts, we are seeing substantive progress that encourages our hearts. It honestly feels like the book of Acts where the church grew so rapidly: "And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord." — Acts 11:21 Everywhere we turn, we are seeing progress. Whether it be new growth in Japan, expansion into new countries and regions, empowering women and younger leaders, progress toward further...

mon ideree photographerMeet the Bird Man, my friend Ideree. (See him pictured here.) Why do I call Ideree the Bird Man? Because he’s more famous worldwide for his bird photography than for his pastoring a church or working with the leadership team of Asian Access. I tease him saying “Ideree, you are the most famous pastor in Mongolia.” He’s clearly embarrassed by that. But, check out his FB page and see the birds. You’ll see why...

 

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Ever since joining Asian Access as president in 2008, I've been having the time of my life. In this blog, I hope to share some stories that will encourage you to engage with this ministry. At Asian Access, we change the few, who change the many.

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