A few years ago, Pastor Hikari Suzuki, went through Asian Access leader development process in Japan and his strategy paper which every graduate is required to write proved substantive in the life of his church. He was groomed by his predecessor to become the senior pastor and the plan he developed during his Asian Access cohort became pivotal in the life of their church.
His predecessor went on to start a daughter church of the congregation and the mother church started different services to reach the various communities they had attending.
It was great hearing Hikari's story as he shared at the Pan Asia Leader Development program session in Japan. That program is a new feature we’ve begun at Asian Access to help us develop a next generation of leaders for the work we do, but also for the Church of Asia—in other words, beyond their own national borders. In the first cohort, there are ten leaders, two each from five different countries.
As Pastor Hikari shared, I learned that in the process of his development, he sensed God leading him to see 5% of Japan reached for Christ during his lifetime. Wow, that’s impressive! And, it’s really rare. I almost never hear that type of vision being shared in Japan. But, this new generation is amazing. They have vision growing out their ears and it’s exciting to see.
Over and above this, he just released a new book on Evangelism building off of his experience and learnings from Asian Access. His approach is so good that our missionary staff in Japan wanted him to share at their upcoming Fall Training so that they too could learn from his wisdom.
It’s amazing to see what God can do through just one person. We truly get to see God “Changing the few who change the many” through Asian Access.
Thank you for praying with us as we seek to empower this generation to be the light of Christ in a land so desperately in need of hope. And, pray for leaders like Pastor Hikari who have enormous vision. It feels like a new season in Japan, and I’m eager to see what the Lord is going to do.
Joe Handley, President