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Discovering the Joy of Parenting

18-Mar-2019 • Joe Handley

18-Mar-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

18-Mar-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

I often speak with parents about the challenges of parenting and hear stories of the aches and pains...

I often speak with parents about the challenges of parenting and hear stories of the aches and pains people face or simply the frustrations of raising kids. How encouraging to know that Asian Access missionary...

I often speak with parents about the challenges of parenting and hear stories of the aches and pains people face or simply the frustrations of raising kids. How encouraging to know that Asian Access missionary Barbara Bauman, with help from her husband...

March 11th... And the future

10-Mar-2019 • Joe Handley

10-Mar-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

10-Mar-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

Eight years ago, Silk and I were here in Japan during the horrific triple disaster that hit the country....

Eight years ago, Silk and I were here in Japan during the horrific triple disaster that hit the country. In a matter of minutes, lives were ruined, the country was disrupted and it was a day that none...

Eight years ago, Silk and I were here in Japan during the horrific triple disaster that hit the country. In a matter of minutes, lives were ruined, the country was disrupted and it was a day that none of us will ever forget. The spirit of “Ganbatte” –...

J. D. Payne

05-Mar-2019 •

05-Mar-2019 • • blog: Endorsements

05-Mar-2019 • • blog: Endorsements

“I am extremely encouraged when I hear of an organization with a vision to influence leaders, local churches,...

“I am extremely encouraged when I hear of an organization with a vision to influence leaders, local churches, church networks, and entire countries for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom. Such is a biblical...

“I am extremely encouraged when I hear of an organization with a vision to influence leaders, local churches, church networks, and entire countries for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom. Such is a biblical vision that demands appropriate action! Asian...

Where is God in the extended seasons of unceasing trauma?

01-Mar-2019 • Joe Handley

01-Mar-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

01-Mar-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

One of our core faculty members, Rod Denton, has been going through a trying season the last several...

One of our core faculty members, Rod Denton, has been going through a trying season the last several years. After wave upon wave of disappointment and agony, he shared the following wisdom. I'm sharing...

One of our core faculty members, Rod Denton, has been going through a trying season the last several years. After wave upon wave of disappointment and agony, he shared the following wisdom. I'm sharing it here with his permission, and I hope it encourages...

The Koreas: dream of the March 1 Movement lives on

28-Feb-2019 •

28-Feb-2019 • • blog: Mission Network News

28-Feb-2019 • • blog: Mission Network News

North Korea (MNN) – All eyes are on the peninsula dividing the Koreas over the next couple of days.
Will...

North Korea (MNN) – All eyes are on the peninsula dividing the Koreas over the next couple of days.
Will North and South Korea be able to move past the Cold War framework toward peace?   Is...

North Korea (MNN) – All eyes are on the peninsula dividing the Koreas over the next couple of days.
Will North and South Korea be able to move past the Cold War framework toward peace?   Is American President Donald Trump’s leadership style...

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S1.6 N3.6 jj 76From Asian Access' series called, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words... Here's final part 6 in a series from Pastor Jeyakaran...

EV11.6: Asian Access contributing to breaking down discrimination

Pastor Jeyakaran describes how sharing the pro-empowerment story of Powerhouse Church has challenged dozens of Indian pastors to change their perspectives and practices in terms of the priesthood of all believers, leaving behind the caste, skin color, and gender prejudices of centuries.

taking values globallyFrom Asian Access' series called, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words... Here's part 5 in a series from Pastor Jeyakaran...

EV11.5 Church members carrying kingdom values wherever they go

Jeyakaran shares how a small network of five churches in Chennai, India, has birthed a growing national movement of emerging leaders who are bringing a radical message of God's equal love for all people, regardless of caste, skin color, or gender....

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From Asian Access' series called, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words... Here's part 4 in a series from Pastor Jeyakaran...

EV11.4: Asian Church combats discrimination against women

Pastor Jeyakaran shares how Powerhouse Church tackled the issue of full empowerment for leadership for both men and women the simple way—by releasing women as well as men into all roles of leadership in the church. Jeyakaran reflected, “God wanted us to champion the cause of releasing women into all positions of leadership the church." This has not been without controversy. He shared, “We know there is a big debate...

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From Asian Access' series called, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words... Here's part 3 in a series from Pastor Jeyakaran...

EV11.3: Asian Church breaks down discrimination of caste and colour

Pastor Jeyakaran shares how Powerhouse Church has applied their commitment to the equality of all persons — regardless of caste, colour, or gender — to impact the prejudices prevalent in the Indian Church...

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From Asian Access' series called, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words...

Here's part 2 from Pastor Jeyakaran...

EV11.2: Scripture compels Church to fight discrimination

Pastor Jeyakaran asserts that in the heart of God is equality and justice. Therefore his newly planted church decided to take on discrimination based upon Scripture's teaching that people are...

Jeyakaran

From Asian Access' series called, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words, we'd like you to meet Jeyakaran...

EV11.1: Is the Church mirroring culture or transforming it?

Pastor Jeyakaran shares the shocking reality of how the Church in his country has embraced the prevailing prejudices of his culture: caste, gender, and skin color, and how this has crippled the advance of the Gospel in his country. From Eastern Voices, Vol. 1 "Breaking Through The Barriers" (chp 11)

burmese couple screenshotDuring our recent graduation week in Myanmar, we were at a special dinner one evening and one of the participants burst out in appreciation for Asian Access. She was so exuberant that you would’ve thought Asian Access was Jesus himself! I asked her, can we have you share on video and she not only said “Yes” enthusiastically but suggested her husband, who I later learned was on the local Myanmar Working Team, should join her. Wow, what a powerful couple and amazing testimony. You won’t want to miss it! It’s five minutes but boy is it worth it. You’ll catch their enthusiasm in this video but I must confess, they are even more crazy powerful in person....

Will the Rohingya be safe if they return now?

Photo courtesy of Dinis Bazgutdinov via UnsplashMyanmar (MNN) — Myanmar and Bangladesh officials have been discussing the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar within the next two years. Plans to begin sending refugees back were set for January 23, but have been delayed as Bangladesh officials questioned the safety of those who would return and if they were returning voluntarily. And they’re not the only ones. Other officials and leaders have raised concerns as well. Asian Access’s Pastor Peter* has been in contact with Christian workers supporting and encouraging those in refugee camps in Bangladesh. After speaking with them, he says it’s difficult to know if the Rohingya people will be safe should they return anytime soon. There is still the question that hangs in the air: Will Myanmar forces abstain from violent attacks and other forms of oppression if the Rohingyas return?

Japan (MNN) — Years before Japan agreed to host the Olympic Summer Games, Asian Access (A2) was praying and planning for Gospel transformation in 2020. After the triple disaster in 2011, Japanese Christians were encouraged by the responses from around the world. Renewed hope seeped into their hearts for their country. Japanese pastors began sensing and sharing the call of God on their country in new ways. The mission field in Japan has been challenging for a long time. Hearts were hard toward the Gospel. But suddenly Christians began to sense God opening new doors for His Word.

Pastor Joshua HariJapan (MNN) — Of the 127 million people in Japan, only one percent of the population is Christian. The nation has been engaged with the voices of many believers for centuries, yet the Church has remained stagnant in its growth. These facts may sound pretty disheartening; however, Pastor Joshua Hari, Asian Access Japan’s national director, has hope. He has a goal to double the percentage of believers in the nation by the year 2023. How? By ‘pouring new wine into new wineskins’. Asian Access’ President Joe Handley recently shared in a blog post the challenge from Matthew 5:38: ‘new wine must be poured into new wineskins.’ 

carlton bruce 300x300pxHere is a review of Eastern Voices, Volume 1 offered by R. Bruce Carlton that appeared in Evangelical Missions Quarterly (EMQ). We are posting this review on our site with permission from EMQ.

A Review by R. Bruce Carlton, D.Th.

Professor of Cross-Cultural Ministry, Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK.

Can you hear the voices? This question being asked of the global Christian community regarding those who are church leaders from Asia is similar to a popular US- based cellular phone company that was once noted for its “Can you hear me now?” advertising campaign. Both questions presuppose that the ones seeking to speak face difficulty in being heard and understood. Eastern Voices: Volume 1 is the first volume in what is to be a series of compilations from Asian church leaders speaking to the global church, leaders who...

Joe and Cambodian friendMy colleague and friend Meng Aun Hour directs the Asian Access work in Cambodia. God has used Meng in powerful ways that have impacted many developing lives. One of Meng’s mentorees is a young minister who came to his ministry calling in a very unusual way. Here is his story… This young man grew up in a nice family, but fell into a life of drug addiction. He would steal from his own parents to feed his drug habits. Finally, his parents kicked him out of the home. One night, he broke into a home to steal items to resell for drugs. But this time, the family woke up and called the police. Rushing to the home, the police had the young man trapped behind a door. He prayed, Lord, if you get me out of this mess, I’ll dedicate my life to serving you. The police opened the door and looked the boy right in the face—but they never saw...

 

Dr. Steve Hoke & Takeshi TakazawaWhat a thrill it was participating in the final 50th anniversary celebration in Japan late November. Voices from across the lifespan of our ministry shared perspectives on what God has done and what we anticipate in the future. Most moving of all was one of my predecessors, former president Dr. Steve Hoke (above), who shared a passionate call for the people of Japan. As he stared out his window overlooking Tokyo in Shinjuku, he wept over the lost people realizing how few knew Jesus. Then he shared his vision which was initially given by his father, renown pastor and missionary Dr. Don Hoke“Japan is the key to Asia!”

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A2 Community blog with posts from a variety of contributors around Asian Access

Stories about Asian Access published by Mission Network News, a mission news service dedicated to keeping Christians informed on evangelical mission activity around the world. In doing so we hope to educate and motivate Christians to prayer, participation, and support of missionary work to help further the Great Commission.

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