“For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” — Matthew 17:20
Asian Access is passing some significant milestones in 2017. We are celebrating 50 years of ministry this year and are major celebratory event is happening at the end of April: Jubilee in Jakarta!
Also this month, on April 1, Asian Access/Japan passes another significant milestone: passing the torch from one national director to another. Takeshi Takazawa, whom many of you have been praying for has been planning for this moment for some time when he took the leadership post 3 years ago. On April 1st, Takeshi (pictured below on left) hands the leadership to Joshua Hari (right).
I’ll never forget the day sitting in our Asian Access/Japan board meeting last fall when Takeshi described this moment in time. He told his fellow board members:
"We have taken the ministry to the top of Mount Fuji but now we must pray for Joshua because it’s time to scale Everest!"
Over the last 50 years, Asian Access has made significant strides in ministry and now we are poised for the adventure of a lifetime. I found it so interesting that Takeshi used images from both Japan and Nepal because those two countries have been collaborating via the Asian Access community the last few years. Both went through massive disasters and as you can see in this picture they have sent teams back and forth.
As Joshua takes the helm of Asian Access/Japan, we are closing in on our humongous 2020 Vision! And, as Takeshi stated about him above, the heights are even greater. Now the Church of Japan has an even larger vision: a vision to see 50,000 churches planted in Japan!
We are definitely going from Fuji to Everest!
Pray for us as we step into the future and pray for Joshua Hari as he takes the leadership in Japan. We and he will need all the prayers we can get!
I found it interesting that God put on my heart at that very same conference, God’s words to Joshua in the bible:
"I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:3-9
God has given us this great vision. All he asks is that we be “Strong and Courageous”. And he promises us that he will be with us wherever we go!
Asian Access has climbed Fuji over the last 50 years and now we are charged to scale Everest: a monumental task! But God is with us and like Joshua of yesterday, all we have to do is follow God as he will be with us wherever we go. The land has already been given… It’s our task to keep climbing!
Great job, Takeshi and teams! AND, Go get ‘em Joshua! We’re with you. More importantly, God is with you!
2020 Vision for A2/Japan
To deploy 100 church multiplication teams to start 1000 reproducing churches that would enfold 1,000,000 new followers of Jesus and send 1000 missionaries from Japan to the major cities of Asia which will be home to 1 billion people by the year 2020.
Please pray for Joshua and his wife Megumi and he assumes the position of national director of Asian Access/Japan beginning in April.