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joe and silk mongolian king and queenOn behalf of Asian Access, Silk and I are grateful for your prayers and support. This photo above was taken while we were with the seventh graduating class in Mongolia. You'd be amazed to hear their praise reports! We're excited for them. We want to wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving. May this be a season where you experience the wonder of all that God has given. He is the hope of the world and we are grateful to Him. 

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!" — Psalm 107:1 

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Coming off our 50th anniversary, we had high aims… And 2018 is a year of ‘breakthrough’ thanks to donors and leaders like you. On several fronts, we are seeing substantive progress that encourages our hearts. It honestly feels like the book of Acts where the church grew so rapidly: "And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord." — Acts 11:21 Everywhere we turn, we are seeing progress. Whether it be new growth in Japan, expansion into new countries and regions, empowering women and younger leaders, progress toward further...

mon ideree photographerMeet the Bird Man, my friend Ideree. (See him pictured here.) Why do I call Ideree the Bird Man? Because he’s more famous worldwide for his bird photography than for his pastoring a church or working with the leadership team of Asian Access. I tease him saying “Ideree, you are the most famous pastor in Mongolia.” He’s clearly embarrassed by that. But, check out his FB page and see the birds. You’ll see why...

 

00333 00553Meet Ariunbold! He has vision like I’ve rarely seen. It’s a God-given vision, passion, and gift mix that truly is rare among pastors these days but one that Asian Access loves to fan the flames for. Ariunbold truly is “Bold” in his faith and action. When he joined the first A2 cohort in Mongolia almost 20 years ago, Ariunbold had started 3 churches. But through Asian Access he was inspired and equipped to take his unique gifts into a whole new stratosphere. He is the embodiment of our brand: “Changing the few who change the many”...

 

00329 00544For several years, Asian Access has focused on the importance of sustainability. However, progress was so slow that most of our leaders would say things like, “Really? Do we have to talk about that again? All we do is talk. Nothing seems to ever go anywhere!”  Fortunately, the last few years we’ve taken baby steps and today we are seeing tremendous momentum. Things are gaining steam. Why, you may ask is sustainability so important?

 

kishinamiagape love - n. selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual in nature)

Silk and I enjoyed visiting Pastor Kishinami this week who is noted for planting 33 house chapels in Tohoku following the triple disaster of March 11, 2011. What a wonderful visit with tremendous lessons learned. The key to Pastor Kishinami’s success has been Agape Love! He shared how love, without expecting anything in return (no return on investment), is the key to evangelism and church planting. While we were together, Pastor Kishinami even cut the grass of one of the friends to show his love for the neighbors as a tangible expression of this love. It was fun watching him serve and interact with the people. See the photo of him serving the community!

 

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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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