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I want to share some good news and share a story.

 

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!

 

An Amazing Story…

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."

You see, Charya was a commander during Pol Pot’s reign of terror. Everyone feared him because of brutality. He would pull people’s hearts right out of their body while they were alive—and he raped hundreds of women.

But following the Khmer Rouge brutal reign, Charya’s wife became a Christian and eventually so did Charya!

Surprisingly, Charya became a pastor in that remote region where the Khmer Rouge have been hiding to this day. He started leading people to Christ and started a church. His ministry became fruitful enough that he was one of the few chosen to go through Asian Access training.

During the two-year cohort, Charya confessed his past to the director and said, "God could never forgive me." But our director assured him that God can do the impossible and if he could forgive the apostle Paul, he would forgive him. Jesus paid the price for his sins on the cross. Charya found freedom from the guilt and shame of his past sins.

Asian Access helped build his understanding of God’s grace, and he grew stronger in the Lord. He learned about making disciples and reproducing what God had done through him.

Following graduation from A2, Charya has been one of the few who changes the many. He’s gone on leading hundreds to Christ, raising up dozens of leaders. He’s even led many Khmer Rouge members to Christ. Charya has now planted over 300 churches!

This is just one story among many highlighting our focus: changing the few who change the many, just like Jesus’ model of investing in a few key leaders. As we invest in emerging leaders, building their capacity as spiritual leaders, the Lord accelerates their call in mission. In this case, thousands of lives were changed because of your support. Thank you!

You are the hero of this story. Why? Because you partner with us in changing the few who change the many! Your prayers and support are what encourages and empowers leaders like Charya. You foster their growth and help catalyze their mission.

We closed out 2017, our 50th anniversary, with our largest matching challenge gift in our history. And now, $167,000 of that match challenge continues in 2018, and more in 2019! The great news is that we just need $12,448 more to meet this challenge for this second phase!

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Let’s Meet What Remains

Would you prayerfully consider a gift to help us meet the remaining challenge? Your gift now of $75, $100, $150, or even $500 or pledge to give will be doubled to expand Asian Access to all Asian nations by 2020 so more pastors like Charya will be trained, each resulting in perhaps thousands following Christ.

Thank you for partnering with Asian Access and God in seeing change like what we have seen in Cambodia. I’m grateful for you and I look forward to hearing from you on this match challenge as well.

God bless you,

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Joe Handley

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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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