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Dee Silk Joe coffeeThis past Sunday Silk and I had the privilege of spending a meal and afternoon with Dee Wirz. Dee is completely 43 years of ministry in Japan with us next month and we wanted some special time with just the few of us. What a joy it was being with her. It came following our annual staff retreat where many staff honored Dee and a letter was read from our founder, Ken with his wife Jan, as well as a skype from my predecessor Doug and his wife Jeanie. The impact Dee has made for the kingdom in Japan (and China)...

fish out of the water free 500pxTen years ago, Pastor Paul started a church, and for the past three of those ten, he’s been part of Asian Access in a South Asian country. He’s now planted eight churches from that first church plant but he learned something profound the last few years that will impact his ministry for years to come. As Pastor Paul was sharing his strategy paper, he said: “A relationship without God is like a fish out of water.” Paul was referring to serving as...

A2.business session with Promod HaqueA few weeks ago, renown venture capitalist Promod Haque shared with one of our A2 cohorts for marketplace leaders. What a profound week we had learning together! Promod prompted some significant dialog and conversation as he shared his own life story and how he integrates the Bible and Christian worldview into his life, business, and philanthropy. My colleague Elliott Snuggs who has been spearheading our work with A2.biz as we call it shared the following...

00315 00520Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. (— Joel 3:14) On Sunday afternoon, our family went to Harajuku here in Tokyo because I had found a great little Mexican food place. For those of you who live in Japan, you know that finding great Mexican food is no easy task. And, being from California, one of the things we crave most, is great Mexican food. It was the week of Silk’s birthday and the day after Cinco de Mayo, so why not go Mexican for lunch after church! As we were walking down the streets, I was overwhelmed by all the people. You can see the pictures here but they don't even do the situation justice. It was wall-to-wall people!

epic fail 885x400Have you ever failed at something? I have. Many times! I believe a key part of life and leadership is navigating, walking through and bouncing back from failure. I’ll never forget not making sports teams as a young person and how I responded to those situations. Those were great learning experiences for me. Later, in other school situations, I didn’t do as well as I had hoped and people told me: “Maybe you should consider a different career.” OUCH! That one hurt. Later still I was being encouraged to try other posts in life and several times I was told “No”. Again, big learning experiences for...

ec crossing the uncrossableWhen the Titanic went down, Major Arthur Peuchen was one of those who survived. Why? He was able to discern between the essential and non-essential. As the great ship was going down, he was faced with a crucial last-minute choice. On the one hand, he could choose the jewels or monies left on the ship for the taking. Or he could choose three oranges instead. He grabbed the fruit. Why? Because oranges could provide sustenance for him and others floating at sea, waiting for rescuers to come... 

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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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