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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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Japan (MNN) – Super Typhoon Hagibis—Tagalog for ‘speedy’—left a large and muddy footprint over Japan. Today, thousands of military personnel and first responders remain in search and rescue mode in the wake of torrential rains that caused 20 rivers to burst their banks. Even as the casualty rate climbs, Asian Access’ Robert Adair says the scope of long-term damage means this is just the beginning. “The storm came in just south of Tokyo, kind of in Chiba and that region, and then came across Japan up through Tohoku, which is the area that was hit by the disaster back in March of 2011.“   

Asians Reaching Asia!

It was pure joy being with key church leaders across Asia a few weeks ago here in Tokyo. Three years ago I was the only westerner present during the core meetings and this time around, there were only 2 of us. It’s really an honor to be included as the tagline for this gathering is “Asians Reaching Asia!” More importantly though to me is how many of my friends and colleagues are part of the gathering. Increasingly key leaders from the Asian Access networks are participating...

The working team of A2/CambodiaPictured here with me is the Asian Access "working team" from Cambodia. They work with Pastor Meng Aun Hour (far right) of the photo to lead the work of Asian Access in the country. They are hitting way above their weight as a country, and it’s fun to see God’s story unveiled through them. The pastor in the middle left side of the picture has seen remarkable fruit since graduating from Asian Access. He’s clearly a keen example of God “Changing the Few who Change the Many.” He took what he learned through Asian Access and began multiplying it and that’s a key reason why Meng chose him to be on their working team.

St. Anthony's in Sri LankaCOLOMBO (A2)  It was sobering to drive beside and walk through St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Hearing the story of our driver who overcame fear to drive to church that fateful Sunday when several churches were bombed as well as a few hotels and seeing the pictures of the aftermath at St. Anthony’s was overwhelming. We walked through the barricades that now protect the church and saw the area where so many lives were lost as well as the memorial they set up to remember what had happened that day...

hong kong protests 2019Hong Kong (MNN) — The China-Hong Kong divide takes center stage today as China celebrates 70 years of Communist rule. A major celebration of China’s military and economic might is underway in Tiananmen Square. Meanwhile, protestors plan to march in Hong Kong despite a police ban, labeling October 1 a “Day of Grief.” China recently increased its paramilitary forces in the semiautonomous region following weeks of civil unrest, Reuters reports. Asian Access board member Francis Tsui says religious freedom thrives in Hong Kong now, but that could change. “I want the global...

joe handley eXcelerate award 2019 plaqueFor Excellence in Mission

We are pleased to share that Missio Nexus has bestowed the 2019 eXcelerate award to Joe Handley for excellence in mission. In particular, they affirmed Joe for his excellence and innovation in the area of communications in efforts at accelerating the Great Commission.

women prayingThis past week was an encouraging one for me as we spent time exploring the idea of launching our Women in Ministry training in Cambodia. It came on the heels of seeing our largest group of women ever in a graduating class – around 7 of the members in Bangladesh were women. Everywhere I go, the need to empower and equip women is overwhelming. That’s why Asian Access is spending more time and energy investing in women. Nearly 30% of most of our cohorts in 16 countries include women but that pales in comparison to the need. Thus, our special Women in Ministry cohorts are...

Pastor Fukuda on Japan's "Vision Festa"

Pastor Makoto FukudaI’m Makoto Fukuda from Grace City Church Tokyo. I’m a church planter as we as a pastor of the church. This year’s Church multiplication Vision Festa was great. I’ve noticed that this Vision Festa had much wider network than the one we had before in Tokyo. I can see increased interests in church planting and church multiplication, and I realized that its work has been spread, deepen, and strengthen. I really saw God has been at his work. Our work of church planting has been in the urban city area, and I saw...

Testimony after testimony from the 4th graduating cohort in Bangladesh revealed several common themes. It was encouraging hearing their reports as several were chosen to share what God had done in their lives over the last two years. Common themes included how much they had learned about their identity in Christ. Many had gone through seasons of pain, difficulty, and challenge but each of them could see how God shaped them during the course of their lives, even through the difficult seasons...

Adoniram JudsonA few weeks ago, Silk and I had the privilege of traveling around Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) with a group of leaders from 5 countries there to learn about ministry and what God has done through the years. One of the most inspiring parts of our trip was visiting the sites (pictured here) where Adoniram Judson, America’s first anglo missionary and first to leave the western hemisphere, was in prison. Adoniram’s entire life work in mission went down in flames and he was tortured for his faith. His family bore an incredible burden as well but they all left a powerful legacy that we saw in the lives of Burmese Pastors across the country. One pastor, in particular, was...

Japan 2020Next year an immense opportunity is knocking at our doors and you can play a part in it! Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Olympics and Asian Access in partnership with SIM is mobilizing teams to participate through partnering with local churches in reaching out. I hope you’ll join us! We’re praying for a breakthrough and believing that God has a plan to see the Christian population double by 2023 and the Olympic year presents a unique springboard for this to happen. In a few weeks, Japan is hosting the Rugby World Cup which starts the wheels rolling. Then, next summer you can take part through teams coming to serve before the games as Tokyo hosts both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Hong Kong (MNN) — As protests in Hong Kong hit the 10-week mark, some demonstrations have turned violent. Protests at the airport caused the city to ground all flights yesterday. What started as a cry of concern for extradition legislation has turned into a demonstration built upon years of frustrations.  Francis Tsui, a board member of Asian Access, says the protests have thrown Hong Kong into the most serious crisis it has experienced in decades. The demonstrations, which are the largest and longest the city has seen in some time, have significantly disrupted daily life. And it is dividing the local Church, too. “Initially, when the focus of the protest [was] quite clear on trying to fight against the...

China (MNN) – Rumors that China’s Central Government ordered its towns to monitor and count Christians appear to be true. More specifically, Asian Access’ Joe Handley says, “What we’re hearing is they’re following up and wanting to get actual names of those who believe in God. It’s not just Christianity; it includes Buddhism, Taoism.  It’s spanning the scope of everything, including...

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