From the President

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Asian Access is pleased to announce that Kärin Butler Primuth has joined the Asian Access Board of Directors for a three-year term. We are excited to add such a high caliber person to our fine board.

Karin Butler Primuth joins A2 BoardKärin currently serves as Executive Director of visionSynergy, based in southern California — visionSynergy’s expertise is in partnership formation and collaborative ministry ventures. I was introduced to their founder, Phill Butler nearly 20 years ago when he was pioneering efforts to build partnerships worldwide. I met Kärin at a MissioNexus conference last year as Asian Access was looking for advice in developing our new strategic partnership with SIM USA. Little did I know that she knew of our ministry from her time in China and had a deep sense of shared values with the overall work of Asian Access. Working together in partnership through board involvement seemed a perfect fit.

Having lived in South Africa, India, and China, and traveled to over 25 countries, Karin has developed a vision for collaboration that has grown out of a wealth of international ministry experience. Between serving two terms with her family in China, Karin was the director of a mission mentoring program for ten years, equipping leaders for cross-cultural ministry. Karin has worked most of her life in the non-profit sector, and was instrumental in the start-up of two non-profits during the eight years she worked with homeless and underserved families in the inner city of Los Angeles before going overseas.

Karin Butler Primuth joins A2 BoardKarin earned an M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to that, she graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Human Development and Social Policy.  She is married to Jonathan Primuth, who has his own law practice.  They have three children, and have sent their oldest to college.

In accepting our invitation, she writes:

"I have decided to serve on the Board of Asian Access because of my desire to invest in and learn from this vibrant and effective ministry that is significantly shaping the lives of Christian leaders across Asia. It’s my hope to make as much of a contribution as I am certain to gain through my involvement. Thank you for offering me the privilege of serving beside you."

I am delighted to welcome Kärin to the Asian Access board and hope you will join me in welcoming her too.

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Joe Handley

P.S. - We would love to hear your thoughts on partnership and collaboration as we seek to be "A vibrant community of servant leaders with vision, character and competence leading the Church across Asia." Please send us your thoughts here:

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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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