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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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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 

A2 ministry report 2018 inside thumbAsian Access Ministry Highlights in 2018

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...

Deepening Sustainability by Developing More Asian Faculty

Many years of dreaming, strategizing, and planning were realized this past October when A2 held its first-ever international faculty development training in Bangkok, Thailand. Under the direction of Dr. Bob and Erlinda Betia, 34 men and women from 10 Asian Access countries buckled down for an intensive two days of training, designed to equip them to serve as Asian Access faculty—both within their own countries and throughout Asia...

 

Vision Festa Church Multiplication Conference

vision festa panelThe Church in Japan faces a crisis. And Japan’s pastors and church leaders are stepping up to face it head-on. The crisis? Unless the Church begins to grow immediately, it is possible that the Christian community in Japan will literally die out within 30 years. It’s stark evidence that illustrates how difficult it has been for the Gospel to impact the Japanese culture. The encouragement? Leaders in Japan are collaborating to explore new ways to plant and multiplying churches. In October, over 100 leaders from throughout Japan came together at Vision Festa...

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”...

 

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The men and women who volunteer to serve as faculty for Asian Access are experienced pastors and ministers. They teach out of their own ministry experience, and their dream is for our Asian Access leaders to take what they learn and run with it in their own ministries. This dream was recently realized following the May 2018 A2/Philippines session. The couple serving as faculty (who prefer not to be identified) shared a Bible study method they have found effective with unreached...

 

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!

 

Here are two more reflections shared by participants from the Marriage & Family module in a restricted-access country which was taught by Joe and Silk Handley. These clips are blurred to protect identities...

1. "It's more important for me to be a good father than a good pastor."

 

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"In this country, everything is kept secret. No one shares openly. But, this week at A2 has been different. I’ve been surprised at how open everyone is, sharing about everything they are going through. This is so powerful, I want my husband to attend again!"

Recently Silk and I had the privilege of teaching for our "Marriage and Family" module in a South Asian Buddhist country that we cannot name for security reasons. In fact, it’s a country we just launched last year. At the week-long session, we met Darwa, the wife of an Asian Access participant in that country. She was attending the A2 session along with all the other spouses and kids of the current participants. But Darwa piqued my interest when she declared, "I had no idea how good this was!" ...

 

Joe and Silk recently taught the Marriage & Family module in a restricted-access country. Here are some testimonials from that session, blurred to protect identities...

 

Listen to Joe and Silk Handley share reflections from their first time teaching the Marriage & Family module, where they recently led the session in one of Asian Access' newest countries.

Watch the brief video clip here...

 

From the President blog by Joe Handley

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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