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Former Nozomi Project worker turns to Christ
Former Nozomi Project worker turns to Christ

11-Aug-2022 •

11-Aug-2022 • • blog: Mission Network News

11-Aug-2022 • • blog: Mission Network News

Japan (MNN) — Japan remains a challenging spiritual battleground, but Gospel workers say the Lord...

Japan (MNN) — Japan remains a challenging spiritual battleground, but Gospel workers say the Lord IS moving in the island nation.
“A lot of fear permeates the culture here: fear of natural disasters,...

Japan (MNN) — Japan remains a challenging spiritual battleground, but Gospel workers say the Lord IS moving in the island nation.
“A lot of fear permeates the culture here: fear of natural disasters, fear of war, fear of the virus,” Eric Takamoto...

Former Nozomi Project worker turns to Christ
Call upon me in the day of trouble
Call upon me in the day of trouble

02-Aug-2022 • Joe Handley

02-Aug-2022 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

02-Aug-2022 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

“Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify me.”— Isaiah 50:15

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“Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify me.”— Isaiah 50:15

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“Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify me.”— Isaiah 50:15

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Call upon me in the day of trouble
John Houlette's 'Resilience' receives Christian counseling award
John Houlette's 'Resilience' receives Christian counseling award

25-Jul-2022 • Robert & Roberta Adair

25-Jul-2022 • Robert & Roberta Adair • blog: A2 Community Blog

25-Jul-2022 • Robert & Roberta Adair • blog: A2 Community Blog

On July 22, Asian Access missionary Dr. John Houlette received the Office Fujikake Award for the Japanese...

On July 22, Asian Access missionary Dr. John Houlette received the Office Fujikake Award for the Japanese version of his book, Resilience: How Japanese Pastors Can Thrive in Every Season. The award...

On July 22, Asian Access missionary Dr. John Houlette received the Office Fujikake Award for the Japanese version of his book, Resilience: How Japanese Pastors Can Thrive in Every Season. The award is given annually to a new book in Christian counseling...

John Houlette's 'Resilience' receives Christian counseling award
Are Christian leaders even reading the same Bible as the Church?
Are Christian leaders even reading the same Bible as the Church?

19-Jul-2022 • Joe Handley

19-Jul-2022 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

19-Jul-2022 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

Recently I came across a book that caught me by surprise. Retired Bishop Hwa Yung wrote an excellent...

Recently I came across a book that caught me by surprise. Retired Bishop Hwa Yung wrote an excellent critique of the modern ‘leadership’ popularity within the Global Church and World Mission: Leadership...

Recently I came across a book that caught me by surprise. Retired Bishop Hwa Yung wrote an excellent critique of the modern ‘leadership’ popularity within the Global Church and World Mission: Leadership or Servanthood?: Walking in the Steps of...

Are Christian leaders even reading the same Bible as the Church?
Our Attitude Determines Our Life...
Our Attitude Determines Our Life...

18-Jul-2022 • Rod Denton

18-Jul-2022 • Rod Denton • blog: A2 Community Blog

18-Jul-2022 • Rod Denton • blog: A2 Community Blog

Not Our Circumstances

By Rod Denton, Equipping The Next Generation
Your attitude quotient (AQ) is...

Not Our Circumstances

By Rod Denton, Equipping The Next Generation
Your attitude quotient (AQ) is more important than your intelligence quotient (IQ)
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Not Our Circumstances

By Rod Denton, Equipping The Next Generation
Your attitude quotient (AQ) is more important than your intelligence quotient (IQ)
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Our Attitude Determines Our Life...
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Call upon me in the day of trouble
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John Houlette's 'Resilience' receives Christian counseling award
John Houlette's 'Resilience' receives Christian counseling award
Are Christian leaders even reading the same Bible as the Church?
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Asian Access' mission statement is to "identify, develop and release leaders." We consider those three verbs to be core competencies. They are at the heart of what God has called us to do. Each of them is a challenge unto itself. But it is the final one that can be the most emotionally challenging. . .

 

We've all experienced the emotions of releasing someone we love. I remember the first day my son went to kindergarten. My wife and I cried as we walked back from dropping him off. We had released him for the first time to someone else's care. It was difficult. But we knew it was the right thing for him. Now he is going to be a senior in high school. We are one year away from releasing him again.

 

Today as Asian Access released our president, Doug Birdsall, to devote 100% of his organizational leadership to Lausanne, I think many of us find this releasing thing difficult. It is so much easier to keep people within than to send them out. As Doug shared with all of us his decision to leave Asian Access, I felt a deep sadness mixed with a deeper joy. Sad that we would lose such a gifted and talented leader--a true friend, but joyful that he is released to a new role in the kingdom which will have a wide ranging effect on world evangelization.

 

So I find myself reflecting on the last 24 years that I have ministered together with Doug in Asian Access. He picked me up at the airport the first day I traveled to Japan to launch a whole new era of my life. He believed in me enough to ask me to serve next to him when he became president back in June of 1991. I've shed some tears today. But releasing is what we are all about; releasing leaders to unite the church, multiply the church, and transform the world through the power of the gospel. Praise God that he allows us the privilege, even when it is hard to do.

 

More Info:

  • Elliott Snuggs serves as Vice President for Operations at Asian Access.
  • You can read Elliott's staff profile for more information.
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Doug Birdsall

USA (MNN) ― Doug Birdsall has been with Asian Access for 28 years. In 1991, he was named President of the organization. His tenure will be coming to an end as he's stepping down.

"Three years ago I accepted the leadership of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, with the thought that I would be able to

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Public Statement:
For Immediate Release (06.12.07)

 

Asian Access President Plans to Step Down in September; Interim President Named.

 

Douglas Birdsall resigns to focus on Lausanne movement

Doug BirdsallGLENDORA, CA (A2) June 12, 2007 - Asian Access, an evangelical mission organization announced today that the organization’s third president, Rev. S. Douglas Birdsall, will be stepping down on September 30, 2007.Birdsall, who assumed the position in 1991, is also the Executive International Chair of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (LCWE). He cited the need to focus exclusively on Lausanne movement as the primary reason for stepping down as president of Asian Access. However, he will continue on as an Asian Access missionary, seconded to LCWE and will also continue as a member of the Asian Access board of directors.“After much thought and prayer, I realized that I could no longer effectively lead both organizations.  I remain committed to the people and the vision of Asian Access.  I am grateful for the evidence of God’s provident Hand in using everything I’ve experienced up to this point to prepare me for this new role with Lausanne. I want to give it my all.

by Doug Birdsall, President of Asian Access (1991-2007)...

Doug Birdsall, PresidentWhen I returned from our Asian Access 40th anniversary celebrations in Malaysia two months ago, I drafted a letter to give you a fresh report. However, it was so full of superlatives that I found it to be "over the top" even for a person of my temperament.So, I have taken time to reflect and gain perspective.During these weeks, we have received e-mails from many of the participants from across Asia.We have also enjoyed reading prayer letters from many of our missionaries in Japan and our staff in the U.S. to see how they reported on our 40th Anniversary festivities.

Japan (MNN) ― Materialism is a big problem in Japan. Many Christians say it's one of the biggest obstacles to people turning to Christ. However, Asian Access says one Japanese pastor points to the church as an obstacle itself.

Asian Access' Tim Clark says his pastor, Ryoichi Masuda (yo-ee-CHEE mah-su-DAH),

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ANA03-28-07.jpgAsian Access partners gather in Malaysia to celebrate 40 years of ministry.

Malaysia (MNN) ― It started in Japan in 1967 as the Language Institute for Evangelism. It later became Life Ministries. Now it's known as Asian Access.

Asian Access has gathered more than 150 of their workers from across Asia to celebrate what God has done. Speaking...

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Call center worker in India

India (MNN) ― Outsourcing telemarketing, technical support and other call center activities from North America and Europe to India has created an economic boon for the country. Gurgaon, a satellite city of New Delhi, is just one area that's thriving. Buildings are going up quickly and drawing many young employees....

Japan (MNN) ― Japan broke two postwar taboos last week, as its Parliament voted to bring patriotism back into the classroom and to expand the status and mission of its military forces. These are efforts to rebuild national pride and end six decades of constitutionally enforced pacifism.

It's unclear what this will mean for the church, in Japan,

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Nepal (MNN) ― Nepal has seen incredible political changes in the past year. Last April, the country went from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional democratic government, moving from the world's only Hindu kingdom to a secular nation. In November, the government and the Maoist rebels brokered a peace treaty to end over a decade of civil war.

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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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