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Waiting on God: The importance of keeping in step with Him

09-Jul-2020 • Rod Denton

09-Jul-2020 • Rod Denton • blog: A2 Community Blog

09-Jul-2020 • Rod Denton • blog: A2 Community Blog

We live in a generation that is not noted for its ability to wait patiently. The demonstrators of the...

We live in a generation that is not noted for its ability to wait patiently. The demonstrators of the world march and chant in unison, “What do we want” and “When do we want it?” And the answer echoes...

We live in a generation that is not noted for its ability to wait patiently. The demonstrators of the world march and chant in unison, “What do we want” and “When do we want it?” And the answer echoes back, “We want it now!” Waiting is rarely seen as...

A Hybrid World

07-Jul-2020 • Joe Handley

07-Jul-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

07-Jul-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

I was honored to be asked to review a new book that’s out that I believe is an important contribution...

I was honored to be asked to review a new book that’s out that I believe is an important contribution to our ever-evolving world. This new book, A Hybrid World: Diaspora, Hybridity, and Missio Dei. edited...

I was honored to be asked to review a new book that’s out that I believe is an important contribution to our ever-evolving world. This new book, A Hybrid World: Diaspora, Hybridity, and Missio Dei. edited by Sadiri Joy Tira and Julie Lee Uytanlet, was...

House Gatherings Multiply in Japan

06-Jul-2020 • Joe Handley

06-Jul-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

06-Jul-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

Last week I learned some encouraging news: During COVID-19 emergency suggestions here in Japan, churches...

Last week I learned some encouraging news: During COVID-19 emergency suggestions here in Japan, churches in Japan are seeing some intriguing growth. We have shared previously about a monthly webinar Asian...

Last week I learned some encouraging news: During COVID-19 emergency suggestions here in Japan, churches in Japan are seeing some intriguing growth. We have shared previously about a monthly webinar Asian Access has been hosting for pastors: 1) Japan:...

Asian Access overcomes pandemic restrictions, launches new programs

02-Jul-2020 •

02-Jul-2020 • • blog: A2 Community Blog

02-Jul-2020 • • blog: A2 Community Blog

South Asia (MNN) — So far, 2020 has been a memorable year for all the wrong reasons. Global events like...

South Asia (MNN) — So far, 2020 has been a memorable year for all the wrong reasons. Global events like the COVID-19 pandemic create an unpredictable atmosphere for ministry. More coronavirus coverage...

South Asia (MNN) — So far, 2020 has been a memorable year for all the wrong reasons. Global events like the COVID-19 pandemic create an unpredictable atmosphere for ministry. More coronavirus coverage here. But Joe Handley of Asian Access says there’s...

Listening to the Bible Together

02-Jul-2020 • Joe Handley

02-Jul-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

02-Jul-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

The last few months I have been fairly regularly attending bible reading sessions hosted by the Grace...

The last few months I have been fairly regularly attending bible reading sessions hosted by the Grace and Mercy Foundation in New York City. They hold sessions three times a week and I can attend their...

The last few months I have been fairly regularly attending bible reading sessions hosted by the Grace and Mercy Foundation in New York City. They hold sessions three times a week and I can attend their Monday evening program since it aligns with my Tuesday...

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nozomi project 1Nozomi Project Vision Expands

by Rebecca Gutknecht

Hope. It was needed after Japan’s triple disaster in March 2011, the combination of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear plant meltdown. The people in the damaged areas were in shock and despair. Brokenness was everywhere. Hope emerged, initially from those who helped. The Japanese Church gave supplies, care, and empathy. People also came from around the world to provide support and comfort for those left in disaster’s wake. Many organizations responded, including Asian Access. After initial relief efforts were underway, it became clear that economic hope was needed for long-term recovery. The Japanese word nozomi (のぞみ) means “hope”, and, at just the right time, the Nozomi Project was born. Sue Takamoto, pioneer... {addthis off}

A2 HappyThanksgiving 2019We wish all our friends a very Happy Thanksgiving on behalf of everyone at Asian Access. Here's a brief clip we made for you... Hello everyone! We're here in Mumbai, India. We've been here for a week and having a great time. Silk has some highlights to share… Yesterday was such a blessing for me. I got to spend several hours with the first graduates of the women's cohort, and they were so excited, empowered, blessed to get this kind of leadership training. That was really exciting for me to be a part of that. And we just wanted you to know how grateful we are for your prayers and your support. This Thanksgiving, we are especially grateful for you. God bless you and Happy Thanksgiving... {addthis off}

A2 teamworkLearning to work together for Kingdom advance

We invited Asian Access board member and visionSynergy CEO, Kärin Primuth to attend our A2 national directors' gathering to share devotions for the week on unity in the Body of Christ. Afterward, we sat down with Kärin to get some impressions of her time with leaders from 16 A2 countries. Here is another impression that Kärin shared. In every corner of the world, God's people, ... {addthis off}

00369 00643aUntil I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
– 1 Timothy 4:13

A wonderful new resource has been released here in Japan, one which I believe will make a lasting impact. One of our partners, the Grace and Mercy Foundation just finished the Public Reading of Scripture Drama Bible App for Japan. It complements the same resources now offered in English and Korean. Hopefully someday other languages as well... {addthis off}

 

unity-diversityBody of Christ designed to collaborate for Kingdom advance

We invited Asian Access board member and visionSynergy CEO, Kärin Primuth to attend our A2 national directors' gathering to share devotions for the week on unity in the Body of Christ. Afterward, we sat down with Kärin to get some impressions of her time with leaders from 16 A2 countries. Here is another impression that Kärin shared... {addthis off}

worship man 600pxA2 emphasizes cultivating a love relationship with Christ

We invited Asian Access board member Kärin Primuth to attend our A2 national directors' gathering to share devotions for the week. Afterward, we sat down with Kärin to get some impressions of her time with leaders from 16 A2 countries. Here is another impression that Kärin shared... {addthis off}

“Is this a tragedy?” John Piper asked an audience of 50,000 young people when he spoke of two 80-year-old ladies, Ruby a nurse and Laura a retired doctor, who were killed instantly when their car went over a cliff in the Cameroons, where they were serving as missionaries. I continued to watch the video of John Piper where he said, “What happened to these two ladies was no tragedy. But this is a tragedy.” And then he told the story from a Readers’ Digest article about a couple aged 59 and 61, who took early retirement to live in a coastal development in Florida, USA to spend their time cruising on their trawler, playing softball and collecting seashells. And John Piper challenged his... {addthis off}

KBP screengrab w buttonA2 Board Member Kärin Primuth observes a key value lived out

We invited Asian Access board member Kärin Primuth to attend our A2 national directors' gathering to share devotions for the week. Afterward, we sat down with Kärin to get some impressions of her time with leaders from 16 A2 countries. This is one impression that she shared with us. Kärin observed Asian Access' value of authentic community lived out among the national directors' gathering. Despite the diversity in experience and theology, there was a sense of community, respect and shared learning... {addthis off}

joel staveley Uo87K3AkF 4 unsplash croppsedWhen 12 spies were sent by Moses to explore Canaan, 10 of them returned with a discouraging report. They saw a land with powerful people and large fortified cities, and strongly discouraged the people from entering the land. Caleb and Joshua saw the same land differently and strongly encouraged the people to go up and take possession of the landTwelve people had sight but only two had insight. INSIGHT is a critical quality that characterises great leaders and the decisions they make. It separates leaders from followers and great leaders from ordinary leaders and can be defined as perspective, intuition, vision and discernment. However, insight can be compromised by logic, precedence, fear, legalism and traditions. Jesus was a person of insight and often saw things that others did not see. The religious leaders of His day sent...{addthis off}

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:13

It was inspiring and convicting to spend a few days with our collaboration to partner in reaching Japan for Christ. As we worshipped together, these lyrics caught my attention... {addthis off}

Japan (MNN) — Just weeks after the super Typhoon Hagibis, another storm raced in over the weekend: Typhoon Bualoi. Robert Adair of Asian Access says the area is still in recovery mode. For those who experienced the triple disaster in 2011, the typhoons have dredged up familiar fears. Adair says that visually, the aftermath looks the same. The remnants of the storms show the water’s pathways, and people’s belongings are scattered in the open...{addthis off}

 

00367_00638.jpgMonday afternoon we were running an All-Ability Festival at the front of Hongodai station. It had been raining in the morning so Samuel, the coordinator, cancelled it. As soon as he did that, it stopped raining. So he told me that we have now cancelled the cancellation… so we were on again. A brave decision as one weather forecast had an 80% chance of rain. God was kind and there was no rain. We set up with a team of over 60 people. During the festival, we played blind football, sit-down volleyball, ran a sensory zone, and also danced and sang to a song written by a blind lady at our church. It was a truly amazing time and we all were blown away by what happened and the impact of Festivals. This is our first festival as a pre-run to many All-Ability Festivals that we want to run during the Paralympics... {addthis off}

Last month while attending a session in Cambodia, we spent some time with Asian Access alumnus BN (pictured here). Pastor BN has a remarkable story. He had a brutal past, participating in some of the ugliest history his country has ever seen. He was personally responsible for horrible atrocities many times over. After the Khmer Rouge was pushed to the sidelines in Cambodia, following the Killing Fields, he went into hiding. Along the way, his wife met Jesus and he was astounded that she loved Jesus so much that she would often disobey him just to attend church. He even beat her many times admonishing her not to go to church. But, she kept going...{addthis off}

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