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Joe and Silk: Happy Easter 2019

19-Apr-2019 • Joe Handley

19-Apr-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

19-Apr-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

Hi Friends! It’s Good Friday here at O’Hare Airport in Chicago. We just want to let you know how grateful...

Hi Friends! It’s Good Friday here at O’Hare Airport in Chicago. We just want to let you know how grateful we are as we get ready to board our flight back to Japan where we’ll celebrate Easter. We...

Hi Friends! It’s Good Friday here at O’Hare Airport in Chicago. We just want to let you know how grateful we are as we get ready to board our flight back to Japan where we’ll celebrate Easter. We just want... {addthis off}
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Increasing Persecution: How You Can Help

18-Apr-2019 • Joe Handley

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

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

Every time I turn around these days there are reports of increasing persecution of believers and churches...

Every time I turn around these days there are reports of increasing persecution of believers and churches in various countries. It seems that persecution is on the rise as nationalism becomes the political...

Every time I turn around these days there are reports of increasing persecution of believers and churches in various countries. It seems that persecution is on the rise as nationalism becomes the political whim of the moment. 10 of the 16 countries...

Shaping Your Culture

15-Apr-2019 • Rod Denton

15-Apr-2019 • Rod Denton • blog: A2 Community Blog

15-Apr-2019 • Rod Denton • blog: A2 Community Blog

By what you create or what you tolerate
I was recently reminded of the valuable responsibility leaders...

By what you create or what you tolerate
I was recently reminded of the valuable responsibility leaders have in shaping the culture of their organisation. They can shape their culture intentionally, or...

By what you create or what you tolerate
I was recently reminded of the valuable responsibility leaders have in shaping the culture of their organisation. They can shape their culture intentionally, or they can shape their culture by default. This important...

Jason Richard Tan: "Asian Access came at just the right time"

12-Apr-2019 • Jeff Johnston

12-Apr-2019 • Jeff Johnston • blog: A2 Community Blog

12-Apr-2019 • Jeff Johnston • blog: A2 Community Blog

Hello, my name is Jason Richard Tan. I was introduced to Asian Access way back in January 2017. And at...

Hello, my name is Jason Richard Tan. I was introduced to Asian Access way back in January 2017. And at the time I was just recovering from the very discouraging and painful ordeal. I had lost my voice,...

Hello, my name is Jason Richard Tan. I was introduced to Asian Access way back in January 2017. And at the time I was just recovering from the very discouraging and painful ordeal. I had lost my voice, my ministry, and even my integrity, and I left the...

Emperor to step down as Japan approaches Reiwa era

06-Apr-2019 •

06-Apr-2019 • • blog: Mission Network News

06-Apr-2019 • • blog: Mission Network News

Japan (MNN) — There’s a new day dawning in the land of the rising sun. Japan’s current emperor – Akihito...

Japan (MNN) — There’s a new day dawning in the land of the rising sun. Japan’s current emperor – Akihito – is stepping down at the end of April. His son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will take over this largely-symbolic...

Japan (MNN) — There’s a new day dawning in the land of the rising sun. Japan’s current emperor – Akihito – is stepping down at the end of April. His son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will take over this largely-symbolic yet culturally-vital role on May 1. The...

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Joe and PaulWe met at 4 A.M. for our shuttle to the airport… Little did we know what God had in store for us that day. I traveled with Dr. Paul Ariga from our A2 Vision Council from Malaysia back to Japan following our Global Leaders' Summit and Vision Council meetings. Our shuttle was a Tamil Taxi driver who grew up in Kuala Lumpur. I noticed he had several Manchester United buttons hanging from his rear view mirror so began a delightful conversation. He told me all about his favorite sport and team and was surprised to hear that I knew a World Cup teammate of the renown soccer star Maradona...

What Does This Mean?

At Asian Access, we say that we change the few who change the many. But what does this mean? It means we intentionally focus on a small number of proven leaders with potential providing a transformation process that then releases them to change the many throughout Asia. First, our model calls for a learning community of 12-15 leaders...

Daniel FongLast December, Asian Access faculty member Daniel Fong (founder and teacher of Million Dollar Baby) taught for our opening session in India. He co-taught with pastor Skye Jethani over a weekend focusing on what we call the most crucial thing in mission: A Love Relationship with God. See our link on our core value: ALL IN with God. During that weekend, Daniel made a profound statement affirming this value: Life on earth is an epic battle between a focus on God or on us.”  

Dr. Yukikazu OtomoPastor Yukikazu Otomo recently shared a book that we published in Japan. I hope that we can someday produce this for the English speaking world but for now, I want to share with you one of the ideas he presents. He talked about the history of the church in Japan and how the conservative and liberal streams of the church focused on different elements of the Gospel. The conservative church focused on evangelism while the more liberal leaning churches focused on social...

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Recently I met a mangled, old-looking pastor in one of the small Asian Access training cohorts in Cambodia. Charya’s bones were crooked, he was missing an eye, he could barely walk. But before I get to his story in the next paragraph, I want to share some good news—the largest match challenge in Asian Access’ history is still not over. So your gift or pledge at this time can still be doubled!  Now, back to Charya… Charya (not his real name for security reasons) was convicted during the session as they talked about the apostle Paul being chief among sinners. He later confessed to the director, “I’m worse than that man.” You see, Charya was a commander...

A2 50th group public webNext week, Asian Access is hosting our Global Leaders' Summit in SE Asia. While we are gathering, we are aware of the important spiritual battles we face. So, with that in mind, we ask you to be praying for us. Will you join us in prayer? To help you know how to pray, these words of wisdom about strongholds are from Adrian De Visser...

Joe and Silk with friendsLast week I had the privilege of visiting Pastor Youngsan Cho, a Korean missionary serving with Asian Access partner church Hongodai from Yokohama appointed to Ishinomaki. He’s the pastor I’ve been sharing about leading the Ochako “Tea” House in Ishinomaki. We’ve posted a few stories about him. This visit was quite profound for me. Cho sensei, as we call him, was his normal ebullient self. He’s the most optimistic joyful Korean missionary I’ve ever met. I love being around him!

Church leaders are asking for assistance

cover photo (Header photo by Sander Wehkamp on Unsplash)Indonesia (MNN) – A major component for a healthy church is strong leadership. However, there are so many places around the world where church leaders lack access to leadership tools and training. That’s why Asian Access exists—to equip Christian leaders and to bring leaders together within a country so they can live as the Body of Christ. Noel Becchetti of Asian Access (A2) says it’s looking like an exciting new venture is ahead for Asian Access. Church leaders from Indonesia have invited A2 in to see if a leadership development program can be implemented there. They’ve held conversations for about a year now, and Becchetti and some colleagues recently visited some church leaders to assess the next steps...

Joe and Silk Handley wish everyone a Happy Easter from Shinjuku Park during cherry blossom season.

Large refugee population affecting the economy and nationals

Bangladesh (MNN) – The discussions between Myanmar and Bangladesh for repatriating the nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees have been slow, creating issues in Bangladesh’s economy. However, the Rohingya people are not pushing for their return to Myanmar either. “The Rohingyas are not willing to go back because they are getting food here, they are getting shelter, and they say they are not willing to go back. But it’s a big issue because a huge amount, a population [around] one million are here. So, it’s a big responsibility for the Bangladesh government, as well as the Christian churches, and NGOs and international NGOs,” Asian Access’ *Pastor Peter says.

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From Greed to Generosity

On March 11—the 7th anniversary of the Triple Disaster here in Japan—I’ve been asked to preach at Tokyo Life Church, the church we attend most regularly. TLC is in a Lenten series, and the topics are The Seven Deadly Sins. The passage I’m to cover is Matthew 19:16-30. It is the story of the rich young ruler, and the deadly sin is greed. As I reflect on how to tie greed, the rich young ruler, and 3.11 together, vivid memories come to mind. I’ll never forget that day in the mountains of Karuizawa thinking...

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Japan (MNN) – Seven years ago on the afternoon of March 11, a massive earthquake shifted Japan’s Honshu island by several feet. The moving earth resulted in a series of tsunamis, the first of which struck the Fukushima nuclear power plant at a height of 45 ft, knocking out its backup generators. Three of the six reactors exploded because the cooling systems stopped functioning. Many people died in what’s known as Japan’s Triple Disaster, also called 3/11. Hundreds of thousands of people had...

Joe and John WJohn Worcester, Asian Access faculty from ChurchPlanting.net, recently taught for us here in Japan after teaching for us in Mongolia. The seminar here in Tokyo was done in concert with Biblical Church of Tokyo. Prior to the seminar, we had a dynamic discussion where John made a provocative statement:“It’s as if 'conversion' has become a bad word.” After reading the news and following the reports of Billy Graham’s legacy, this statement struck me even more powerfully. The essence of Graham’s ministry was all about people converting to Christ.

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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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