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Taal volcano poses ongoing threat; believers offer help, hope

15-Jan-2020 •

15-Jan-2020 • • blog: Mission Network News

15-Jan-2020 • • blog: Mission Network News

Philippines (MNN) — Tremblors continue to rock the Philippines today following Sunday’s volcanic eruption...

Philippines (MNN) — Tremblors continue to rock the Philippines today following Sunday’s volcanic eruption south of Manila. According to government officials, 423 volcanic earthquakes were recorded...

Philippines (MNN) — Tremblors continue to rock the Philippines today following Sunday’s volcanic eruption south of Manila. According to government officials, 423 volcanic earthquakes were recorded in the Taal region as of 10 pm local time last night. See...

Indian Christians say "enough" to violence against women

14-Jan-2020 •

14-Jan-2020 • • blog: Mission Network News

14-Jan-2020 • • blog: Mission Network News

India (MNN) — The Indian government is taking steps to punish violence against women. Most recently,...

India (MNN) — The Indian government is taking steps to punish violence against women. Most recently, four men were sentenced to death for the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old female student in New Delhi...

India (MNN) — The Indian government is taking steps to punish violence against women. Most recently, four men were sentenced to death for the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old female student in New Delhi in 2012. However, not much has changed at...

Apples in Aomori: A Key to Fruitful Ministry

13-Jan-2020 • Robert & Roberta Adair

13-Jan-2020 • Robert & Roberta Adair • blog: A2 Community Blog

13-Jan-2020 • Robert & Roberta Adair • blog: A2 Community Blog

Honshu is the largest of the four main islands of Japan. Aomori is the name of the prefecture at the...

Honshu is the largest of the four main islands of Japan. Aomori is the name of the prefecture at the northern end of Honshu. It is a rural prefecture with a declining population, and its economy relies...

Honshu is the largest of the four main islands of Japan. Aomori is the name of the prefecture at the northern end of Honshu. It is a rural prefecture with a declining population, and its economy relies on farming, forestry, and fishing. In early November,...

Preparing for a 2020 Summer Team in Japan

10-Jan-2020 • Emi Miller

10-Jan-2020 • Emi Miller • blog: A2 Community Blog

10-Jan-2020 • Emi Miller • blog: A2 Community Blog

Japan 2020 | Preparing for this Opportunity from SIM USA on Vimeo.
Watch this short video to see...

Japan 2020 | Preparing for this Opportunity from SIM USA on Vimeo.
Watch this short video to see how you can begin preparing.
WILL YOU JOIN US?
Are you passionate about partnering with the local...

Japan 2020 | Preparing for this Opportunity from SIM USA on Vimeo.
Watch this short video to see how you can begin preparing.
WILL YOU JOIN US?
Are you passionate about partnering with the local Church to reach communities where Jesus is least...

Who is a Good Fit for this Opportunity?

10-Jan-2020 • Mary Jo Wilson

10-Jan-2020 • Mary Jo Wilson • blog: A2 Community Blog

10-Jan-2020 • Mary Jo Wilson • blog: A2 Community Blog

Japan 2020 | Who is a Good Fit for this Opportunity from SIM USA on Vimeo.
Do you have a heart for...

Japan 2020 | Who is a Good Fit for this Opportunity from SIM USA on Vimeo.
Do you have a heart for those who don’t know Jesus? Do you have a growing interest to explore how God can use you as part...

Japan 2020 | Who is a Good Fit for this Opportunity from SIM USA on Vimeo.
Do you have a heart for those who don’t know Jesus? Do you have a growing interest to explore how God can use you as part of His global mission? This is a great opportunity...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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..."

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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Today is #GivingTuesday...

We have weeks for getting deals and for shopping during this Christmas season. But on #GivingTuesday, we have a day set aside for giving back. Together, people are creating a new ritual for our annual calendar. #GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season, and every act of generosity counts. Asian Access is participating in #GivingTuesday to make a difference in Asia. There are several opportunities if you want to invest in our little part of God's Kingdom work in Asia. Projects include...

5-Fold Discipleship JourneyPastor Chinzorig from Mongolia shared at the fall session of the eighth cohort of pastors in Mongolia on Kingdom Discipleship. It was breathtaking simply sitting in and listening the first few days. He shared how often we get stuck in a simplified gospel paradigm: that we can just be saved at a one-off event in our lives and move on. He walked the cohort through God’s word amplifying an important thread in the bible: what he called 3D Discipleship or the Discipleship Journey.

nozomi project 1Nozomi Project Vision Expands

by Rebecca Gutknecht

Hope. It was needed after Japan’s triple disaster in March 2011, the combination of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear plant meltdown. The people in the damaged areas were in shock and despair. Brokenness was everywhere. Hope emerged, initially from those who helped. The Japanese Church gave supplies, care, and empathy. People also came from around the world to provide support and comfort for those left in disaster’s wake. Many organizations responded, including Asian Access. After initial relief efforts were underway, it became clear that economic hope was needed for long-term recovery. The Japanese word nozomi (のぞみ) means “hope”, and, at just the right time, the Nozomi Project was born. Sue Takamoto, pioneer...

A2 HappyThanksgiving 2019We wish all our friends a very Happy Thanksgiving on behalf of everyone at Asian Access. Here's a brief clip we made for you... Hello everyone! We're here in Mumbai, India. We've been here for a week and having a great time. Silk has some highlights to share… Yesterday was such a blessing for me. I got to spend several hours with the first graduates of the women's cohort, and they were so excited, empowered, blessed to get this kind of leadership training. That was really exciting for me to be a part of that. And we just wanted you to know how grateful we are for your prayers and your support. This Thanksgiving, we are especially grateful for you. God bless you and Happy Thanksgiving...

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