From the President

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Not long ago, I got to watch one of our local faculty members in action… It was so fun!

Dr. A, as we’ll call him for security reasons, who is blurred in these photos is an expert on Orality, a focus of modern missions since the majority of the world is either Oral Preference Learners or Illiterate. He did a superb job of training this group of pastors on the topic of “Christ and Culture.”

It was inspiring watching him. We played games, had dialog, and listened to his lectures. They were all designed to keep us moving and involved. It enhanced the overall learning experience because he used so many different styles and didn’t rely on just his lectures. He called the approach “Androgoral” meaning a blend of adult learning approaches with orality. Rather than pedagogy, he used andragogy to get participation and thus ownership. He combined that with the use or Oral Methods: the use of story, symbols (images), and signs.

It was a brilliant example of the ideal form of Asian Access teaching methodology. When we are at our best, we incorporate all of these to get leaders learning at an entirely different level.

ION logo 300x150And, I couldn’t have been more proud. Why? – Because I was asked several years ago to serve on the International Orality Network’s senior advisory team for leader development. Even though most of our Asian Access participants are literate, they are mostly oral preference learners. Thus, Dr. A’s approach was perfect for who we are! 

I hope you’ll get a little snapshot of his approach in these photos but I hope that someday, you’ll come experience Asian Access with us. There’s nothing like getting involved on the ground.

In the process, you might be surprised at how much deeper you’ll go in learning together!

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Joe Handley, President

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International Orality Network

The International Orality Network is an affiliation of agencies and organizations working together with the common goal of making God’s Word available to oral communicators in culturally appropriate ways that enable church planting movements everywhere. The International Orality Network is part of the Lausanne Movement and grew out of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism in 2004. ION has since grown to be a global network of over 2,000 organizations.


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Joe joined Asian Access as president in 2008 and has logged many miles traveling across the Asian continent. One thing he has learned is to platform other leaders. In this blog, he hopes to share some of their stories that will encourage you to engage with Asian Access that strives to change the few, who change the many.

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