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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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What a joy it was for Silk and me to teach together for the first time on Marriage and Family. We were joined by our teammates Christy Rajender and Jeyakaran Emmanuel from India serving with them in this remote Himalayan Kingdom. We had a great time playing games, spending time with the families and digging into God’s word helping couples grow closer together and become better husbands, wives and parents. Many shared how impactful the week was for them and their marriage. Some had said they had been through the bible passages and special material before but they found this module particularly challenging. Why? Because we actually dug in deep and discussed the Word together, sharing how these principles and values work out in...

suzuki hikari PALD 1.1 Apr25 2018 6A few years ago, Pastor Hikari Suzuki, went through Asian Access leader development process in Japan and his strategy paper which every graduate is required to write proved substantive in the life of his church. He was groomed by his predecessor to become the senior pastor and the plan he developed during his Asian Access cohort became pivotal in the life of their church. His predecessor went on to start a daughter church of the congregation and the mother church started different services to reach the various communities they had...

 

suicide rates in JapanDeclining Rates, But Daily Reality

It is well known that Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Fortunately, the numbers have been declining in recent years as can be seen from this graph. That said, many days I ride the trains in Tokyo and a delay occurs because of “an accident”. It’s so sad to see. And, it’s a complicated situation as culturally many Japanese see suicide as a way to retain honor for one’s nation or family as in the case of war before being overtaken by an enemy or by saving your family from the shame of losing your job, and so on. Yesterday, this all became much more vivid to me as...

 

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A year ago, my friend and colleague Adrian De Visser suggested I get to know Janice Munemitsu. What a powerhouse! Upon Adrian’s recommendation, I quickly invited her to teach with Asian Access and boy was I impressed. She co-taught with me in Cambodia which she references below and as I got to know her that week, I thought, Janice would make a great board member. That led us on a several month journey of discernment… More on that later. But first, check out Janice’s sharing about her time in Cambodia...

 

Three countries work together to lead an A2 session

group1Every organization, both spiritual and secular, has vision and mission statements, and Asian Access is no exception. Our vision is: To see a vibrant community of servant leaders with vision, character and competence leading the church across Asia. And our mission is: To identify, develop and release emerging kingdom leaders to unite the church, multiply leaders and congregations, and extend the transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Making vision and mission a reality is an ongoing challenge for any organization, and Asian Access is no exception. So it is especially encouraging when everything comes together beautifully, as it just has in one of our newest countries (which, for security reasons, we cannot identify by name)...

man hidden identity“We were busy, but with no priorities. Doing lots of ‘ministry’, but it was superficial. Nine years wasted. It was ‘Preach here! Evangelize there! Plant that church!’ We were all running around on our own. We were not reproducing ourselves. It was all we that we knew. Then we got involved with Asian Access. We learned how to...

 

earthquake mapA2 President Joe Handley discusses Indonesia double disaster

Indonesia (MNN) — Joe Handley of Asian Access shares information they received from pastors responding to Indonesia’s recent earthquake and tsunami:

  • The earthquake created liquefaction or like quicksand effect in the soil
  • For first responder aid (up to 6 months), we recommend agencies such as International aid agencies
  • such as World Vision and World Relief (especially Lutheran World Relief)
  • Asian Access' strategy is to provide long-term presence, coming alongside pastors and leaders, empowering and equipping them to respond over the long haul.
  • Right now people need blankets, food, supplies for those who have lost everything.
  • importance of the presence of Christ-followers to meet needs and listening to people's stories and pray for them.

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Indonesia (MNN) — The hits just keep on coming for Indonesia. A volcano erupted yesterday on Sulawesi, the same island rocked on Friday by an earthquake-tsunami combo. As described here, a massive explosion of ash blast more than 19,700 feet into the sky from Mount Soputan – one of Sulawesi’s most active volcanoes. Experts tell the Associated Press there’s no concrete evidence linking Soputan’s activity with the 7.5 magnitude earthquake on September 28, but the disasters could be connected. Thankfully, the ash explosion isn’t...

kärin primuthA2 Board Member calls for more coordinated efforts in mission

Orlando (MNN) — Asian Access board member Kärin Primuth and Mission Network News' Katey Hearth discuss Great Commission trends at the 2018 Missio Nexus Leadership Conference.

Primuth calls for more coordination and collaboration between groups in mission to maximize our overall effectiveness in achieving the Great Commission. Using Jesus' prayer for unity in John 17, she highlights the partnership models that both Asian Access and visionSynergy are implementing in their respective circles to contribute to the advance of the Gospel.

 

Karin Primuth, Asian Access, September 20, 2018

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Global mission themes identified and explored at recent conference

International (MNN) — The annual Missio Nexus event – North America’s largest mission conference – wrapped up this weekend. Over 935 missions agency and church leaders gathered for three days of discussion, teachings, and networking. One of the event’s keynote speakers was Asian Access board member Karin Primuth. She says everything at the Missio Nexus Leadership Conference revolved around a central theme of...

 

image courtesy Jordi Bernabeu Farrús via FlickrPressure builds following Rohingya abuse report

Myanmar (MNN) — The global community is stepping up pressure on Myanmar while Christians in neighboring Bangladesh care for Rohingya refugees. “In the midst of this ‘ethnic cleansing’ type of situation, the Church is just trying to be the Body of Christ reach out to their neighbors, and share the love of Jesus,” says Asian Access’ Joe Handley. “They’ve seen hundreds, maybe even thousands, come to...

 

The Forbes.com’s number 1 Business Book of 2016 was, KEEP IT SIMPLE: Unclutter Your Mind to Uncomplicate Your Life written by Joe Calloway. The book challenges us to resist the temptation to overcomplicate things and to boil things down to the essence of what matters most. It confronts our natural almost unnoticed tendency to drift towards complexity or away from the purpose for which we exist. It takes some continued resolve to keep it simple and focused. Calloway’s advice is to boil things down to three simple rules, like the large national trucking company that reduced things to three simple rules:

  1. Pick it up when you said you would.
  2. Deliver it when...

Public DomainJapan (MNN) – Japan continues to be decimated by natural disasters after a summer filled with floods, heatwaves, earthquakes, typhoons, and landslides. Typhoon Jebi, the strongest to hit Japan’s mainland island of Honshu in a quarter century, made landfall on Tuesday. At least ten people have been reported dead. The storm overturned cars and quite literally tore the country apart. Reports say the violent winds pulled Houunmaru, ...

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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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