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Sacred hope in the midst of crisis

03-Apr-2020 •

03-Apr-2020 • • blog: A2 Community Blog

03-Apr-2020 • • blog: A2 Community Blog

“If My people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from...

“If My people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”...

“If My people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Truly this is an unprecedented...

Living Each Day At A Time

01-Apr-2020 • Herman Moldez

01-Apr-2020 • Herman Moldez • blog: A2 Community Blog

01-Apr-2020 • Herman Moldez • blog: A2 Community Blog

Each day is not as certain as we think of and to talk about. Nothing is certain in COVID-19 days! Changes...

Each day is not as certain as we think of and to talk about. Nothing is certain in COVID-19 days! Changes happen quickly and swiftly. Plans are revised every now and then; we are left confused and groping...

Each day is not as certain as we think of and to talk about. Nothing is certain in COVID-19 days! Changes happen quickly and swiftly. Plans are revised every now and then; we are left confused and groping in the dark. The experts’ projections of scenario...

Called to be salt and light to our nations

31-Mar-2020 • Joe Handley

31-Mar-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

31-Mar-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

Dear Friends, the collective wisdom from the Asian Access family in light of our current global crisis...

Dear Friends, the collective wisdom from the Asian Access family in light of our current global crisis is such a treasure. As they come in, I’d like to share them with you so that you can sense their heart...

Dear Friends, the collective wisdom from the Asian Access family in light of our current global crisis is such a treasure. As they come in, I’d like to share them with you so that you can sense their heart and the insight they have for those of us in...

When God Leads Us by a Route We Do Not Expect

30-Mar-2020 • David Bennett

30-Mar-2020 • David Bennett • blog: A2 Community Blog

30-Mar-2020 • David Bennett • blog: A2 Community Blog

An Asian Access Devotional
God often leads us by a route we do not expect. When reflecting on the course...

An Asian Access Devotional
God often leads us by a route we do not expect. When reflecting on the course of my life and ministry over the last 50 years, I am reminded that every single major transition...

An Asian Access Devotional
God often leads us by a route we do not expect. When reflecting on the course of my life and ministry over the last 50 years, I am reminded that every single major transition was a complete surprise—it was never part of my...

Finding perspective amidst coronavirus

28-Mar-2020 • Joe Handley

28-Mar-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

28-Mar-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

I trust and pray that you are well. For most of us, things haven't really settled into a new normal yet....

I trust and pray that you are well. For most of us, things haven't really settled into a new normal yet. We have recently begun a season of self-isolation here in Japan while others have been doing this...

I trust and pray that you are well. For most of us, things haven't really settled into a new normal yet. We have recently begun a season of self-isolation here in Japan while others have been doing this for weeks now. But wherever we are, I think everyone...

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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}

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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...{addthis off}

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. {addthis off}

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... {addthis off}

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... {addthis off}

A2 teamworkLearning to work together for Kingdom advance

We invited Asian Access board member and visionSynergy CEO, Kärin Primuth to attend our A2 national directors' gathering to share devotions for the week on unity in the Body of Christ. Afterward, we sat down with Kärin to get some impressions of her time with leaders from 16 A2 countries. Here is another impression that Kärin shared. In every corner of the world, God's people, ... {addthis off}

00369 00643aUntil I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
– 1 Timothy 4:13

A wonderful new resource has been released here in Japan, one which I believe will make a lasting impact. One of our partners, the Grace and Mercy Foundation just finished the Public Reading of Scripture Drama Bible App for Japan. It complements the same resources now offered in English and Korean. Hopefully someday other languages as well... {addthis off}

 

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