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Flooding in Cambodia compounds pandemic problems

30-Oct-2020 • Asian Access

30-Oct-2020 • Asian Access • blog: Mission Network News

30-Oct-2020 • Asian Access • blog: Mission Network News

Cambodia (MNN) — Cambodia has faced widespread flooding throughout the month of October, and...

Cambodia (MNN) — Cambodia has faced widespread flooding throughout the month of October, and as the water recedes, the country must find ways to cope with the destruction. Tens of thousands...

Cambodia (MNN) — Cambodia has faced widespread flooding throughout the month of October, and as the water recedes, the country must find ways to cope with the destruction. Tens of thousands of households have been affected by this disaster, leaving...

Thai Christians rise above political unrest

28-Oct-2020 •

28-Oct-2020 • • blog: Mission Network News

28-Oct-2020 • • blog: Mission Network News

Thailand (MNN) — Conditions are ripe for another military takeover in Thailand. According to the Thai...

Thailand (MNN) — Conditions are ripe for another military takeover in Thailand. According to the Thai Enquirer, there have been 13 coups since the start of the 20th century. Today, any conflict...

Thailand (MNN) — Conditions are ripe for another military takeover in Thailand. According to the Thai Enquirer, there have been 13 coups since the start of the 20th century. Today, any conflict between pro-democracy demonstrators and monarchy...

Choose your friends carefully! Your future depends on it.

26-Oct-2020 • Rod Denton

26-Oct-2020 • Rod Denton • blog: A2 Community Blog

26-Oct-2020 • Rod Denton • blog: A2 Community Blog

One of the wisest persons in the Bible wrote the following words that have served me well in my life...

One of the wisest persons in the Bible wrote the following words that have served me well in my life of ministry:

“The righteous choose their friends carefully, But the way of the wicked leads them...

One of the wisest persons in the Bible wrote the following words that have served me well in my life of ministry:

“The righteous choose their friends carefully, But the way of the wicked leads them astray.”— Proverbs 12:26

So important was...

Learning from the Valley of Baka...

20-Oct-2020 • Joe Handley

20-Oct-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

20-Oct-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

A2 Goes on a Digital Spiritual Retreat
A few weeks ago, Asian Access held our annual fall national directors...

A2 Goes on a Digital Spiritual Retreat
A few weeks ago, Asian Access held our annual fall national directors gathering virtually due to travel restrictions from COVID-19. While not ideal for us, it was...

A2 Goes on a Digital Spiritual Retreat
A few weeks ago, Asian Access held our annual fall national directors gathering virtually due to travel restrictions from COVID-19. While not ideal for us, it was such a rich time of fellowship given the limitations...

India targets minorities in push for Hindu Rashtra by 2024

07-Oct-2020 •

07-Oct-2020 • • blog: Mission Network News

07-Oct-2020 • • blog: Mission Network News

Christian worker describes violent attacks based on caste and religion.
India (MNN) — India’s latest...

Christian worker describes violent attacks based on caste and religion.
India (MNN) — India’s latest chapter of minority oppression resulted in the violent deaths of two young Dalit women from Uttar Pradesh....

Christian worker describes violent attacks based on caste and religion.
India (MNN) — India’s latest chapter of minority oppression resulted in the violent deaths of two young Dalit women from Uttar Pradesh. On Tuesday, a 19-year old and 22-year...

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Japan 2020Japan (MNN) – In his New Year address, Japan’s emperor Naruhito greeted his subjects, wished them well, hoped for a disaster-free year, and tried to set a tone of optimism. It was a message that resonated with people now struggling on multiple fronts. Joe Handley, president of Asian Access, said there are various layers on the social issues. “The people are not happy, ...{addthis off}

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Looking forward, it's an exciting year as we enter this new decade. 2020 is ahead of us folks and I am super excited because a lot is on the horizon....{addthis off}

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A Look at God's Goodness in 2019

2019 has been a rich year of God's goodness. These stories help us remember His faithfulness through the last year as He continues extending His kingdom. Thank you for your partnership in prayer and giving that made these stories possible!

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joe 2019 recap screengrab 600pxHi friends! It's been an exciting year for us at Asian Access, and I want to thank you for your support. This past year we were able to open a new country—a closed access country—and we're grateful for that. The leaders have come to me and said: "Joe, this is awesome. We have nothing like this. We are so grateful that you came." ...{addthis off}

nelson mandelaIn 1964, Nelson Mandela was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of incitement to sabotage, treason and violent conspiracy against the South African regime. He spent a total of 27 years in captivity, most of them in the notorious prison on Robben Island. For those long years, he broke rocks, did hard labour, was beaten, and had no privileges. One day he walked out of the prison to change the world. Following his release in February 1990, Nelson Mandela has emerged as the world’s most significant moral leader since Mahatma Gandhi. As president of the African National Congress and figurehead of the anti-apartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving South Africa towards black majority rule. And throughout the world, he has been revered as a vital force for human rights and racial equality. In 1993 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize...{addthis off}

Joe & Silk Handley 2019Merry Christmas, Everyone on behalf of Asian Access!

We have a verse for you from the prophet Isaiah: “For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” — Isaiah 9:6 (HCSB)

We just want to thank you for all the ways you support us whether it is through your prayers, through your financial support, through your moral support. We are so grateful for you in our prayer this holiday season is that you will experience the peace of Christ. And may the message of Christ encourage you...{addthis off}

joe screengrabHi Friends! I want to thank you for your support this year. We really appreciate you. You may remember that this past year one of our leaders came up to me and asked for help. You may know that 10 of the 16 countries in which Asian Access works is facing persecution and pressure, and they've come to me and said: “Joe, the groups that are helping us, we love them. But we think the equipping of leaders could be better for those of us who are facing persecution. Would you go and see if we can strengthen this part of the church across Asia.” Well, I went and met with all the different groups that help with persecution today, and they're willing to partner with us. In fact, next March, they've invited me to join them for a big gathering where we're going to talk about how we can collaborate and strengthen one another and work together to empower the persecuted Church. And it just so happens that we have a matching grant that goes towards that project. As we come to the end of 2019, we have a $167,000 matching challenge. We need to raise that amount by December 31st. Every dollar raised between now and then will be doubled...{addthis off}

filipino couple screengrabTestimony from a Filipino Couple

I praise and thank the Lord for Asian Access. For the past two years, we're almost over, and it's just been so uplifting. Maybe one word to describe Asian Access is… it's recharging for us pastors. It's not mentally draining, but it's emotionally and spiritually engaging for us. And we also enjoy the sceneries and all the sessions that we have had it, especially the food also. So the speakers are great and the topics are really relevant in our lives. So I thank the Lord for Asian Access. How about you, Sweetheart? Well, I am so grateful also...{addthis off}

gifts freestocks.org PxM8aeJbzvk-unsplash-600pxMy wife Sue’s birthday was fast approaching, and try as I may, I couldn’t think of a memorable present that she needed, that I could buy for her. We had been married for forty years and memorable presents were now more difficult than ever to find. However, in the process, the word memory would not leave me and then it came to me; why not buy Sue a memory. After all, you can never wear a memory out, it can never add clutter to your house and you are less likely to forget it. But what kind of memory! Now my thought processes were quite stirred and I started to think of a person that Sue would be delighted to meet over a meal where she could enjoy a memorable conversation. One of my well-used axioms came to mind as I began to think of “the” person who I could invite to join us for a birthday meal. “Start at the top and work your way..."{addthis off}

handley Dec2019 picture14Seasons of life & ministry for the Handleys in 2019

Just as there are four seasons of the year, Joe and I have experienced four seasons in life and ministry this year. 1) Strategic Planning: This has been a significant year for Asian Access (A2) in strategic planning. Various groups in the A2 community have met throughout the year, brainstorming, praying and waiting on the Lord as we seek to refine the A2 vision and mission for 2025...{addthis off}

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"I especially want to thank Asian Access for standing with me at this hard time. My Asian Access friends helped me greatly during this trial. We each experience this opposition, and so we are there for each other."

A Letter from My Friend, an A2 Alumnus

Just before Thanksgiving, I received his letter from a graduate of Asian Access. He writes: "Dear President Joe, Greetings in the Name of Christ. As you know, we continue to face many hardships...{addthis off}

2020 is a pivotal year in the life of Asian Access.

In the early ’90s, Asian Access adopted a vision God had given my predecessor Doug Birdsall. It was a vision he had rested on for a few years but one that came into clearer scope by the time he became our fourth president. In many ways, it became an audacious goal, one which many told Doug was impossible. As he shared the discouragement from the feedback with our founder, Ken famously said, “Impossible. Impossible. I love Impossible.” Why? Because God makes... {addthis off}

Last week, Thanksgiving week in America, Asian Access – Japan hosted our annual National Pastors Conference in Kobe. It was encouraging to see so many younger pastors joining the gathering. Of special importance as we enter the Reiwa Era in Japan, is the importance of appreciating Pastors Ariga and Ohashi who have given over 80 years collectively to the ministry of Asian Access. Pastor Ariga has served as the chairman of our board for several decades and has passed the baton of chair to Pastor Kodaira as we transition into a new era. And, Pastor Ohashi has been a catalyst for church planting networks on our Japan team for many of these years as well... {addthis off}

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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