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Flooding in Cambodia compounds pandemic problems

30-Oct-2020 • Asian Access

30-Oct-2020 • Asian Access • blog: Mission Network News

30-Oct-2020 • Asian Access • blog: Mission Network News

Cambodia (MNN) — Cambodia has faced widespread flooding throughout the month of October, and...

Cambodia (MNN) — Cambodia has faced widespread flooding throughout the month of October, and as the water recedes, the country must find ways to cope with the destruction. Tens of thousands...

Cambodia (MNN) — Cambodia has faced widespread flooding throughout the month of October, and as the water recedes, the country must find ways to cope with the destruction. Tens of thousands of households have been affected by this disaster, leaving...

Thai Christians rise above political unrest

28-Oct-2020 •

28-Oct-2020 • • blog: Mission Network News

28-Oct-2020 • • blog: Mission Network News

Thailand (MNN) — Conditions are ripe for another military takeover in Thailand. According to the Thai...

Thailand (MNN) — Conditions are ripe for another military takeover in Thailand. According to the Thai Enquirer, there have been 13 coups since the start of the 20th century. Today, any conflict...

Thailand (MNN) — Conditions are ripe for another military takeover in Thailand. According to the Thai Enquirer, there have been 13 coups since the start of the 20th century. Today, any conflict between pro-democracy demonstrators and monarchy...

Choose your friends carefully! Your future depends on it.

26-Oct-2020 • Rod Denton

26-Oct-2020 • Rod Denton • blog: A2 Community Blog

26-Oct-2020 • Rod Denton • blog: A2 Community Blog

One of the wisest persons in the Bible wrote the following words that have served me well in my life...

One of the wisest persons in the Bible wrote the following words that have served me well in my life of ministry:

“The righteous choose their friends carefully, But the way of the wicked leads them...

One of the wisest persons in the Bible wrote the following words that have served me well in my life of ministry:

“The righteous choose their friends carefully, But the way of the wicked leads them astray.”— Proverbs 12:26

So important was...

Learning from the Valley of Baka...

20-Oct-2020 • Joe Handley

20-Oct-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

20-Oct-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

A2 Goes on a Digital Spiritual Retreat
A few weeks ago, Asian Access held our annual fall national directors...

A2 Goes on a Digital Spiritual Retreat
A few weeks ago, Asian Access held our annual fall national directors gathering virtually due to travel restrictions from COVID-19. While not ideal for us, it was...

A2 Goes on a Digital Spiritual Retreat
A few weeks ago, Asian Access held our annual fall national directors gathering virtually due to travel restrictions from COVID-19. While not ideal for us, it was such a rich time of fellowship given the limitations...

India targets minorities in push for Hindu Rashtra by 2024

07-Oct-2020 •

07-Oct-2020 • • blog: Mission Network News

07-Oct-2020 • • blog: Mission Network News

Christian worker describes violent attacks based on caste and religion.
India (MNN) — India’s latest...

Christian worker describes violent attacks based on caste and religion.
India (MNN) — India’s latest chapter of minority oppression resulted in the violent deaths of two young Dalit women from Uttar Pradesh....

Christian worker describes violent attacks based on caste and religion.
India (MNN) — India’s latest chapter of minority oppression resulted in the violent deaths of two young Dalit women from Uttar Pradesh. On Tuesday, a 19-year old and 22-year...

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International (MNN) — False worldviews in South Asia about men and women lead to increased domestic violence as billions are confined to their homes by COVID-19. Adrian DeVisser, the Vice President for Partnership Development at Asian Access, says ugly views towards women already exist, but the isolation is compounding the issue. In the cultural context of South Asia, which is informed by Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, De Visser says, “[People] believe that man is [like a] god, and the wife happens to be not a god. For instance, a lady in Asian contexts sometimes find it difficult to call her husband by name. She will call him by the name of the child and say,... 

A2 ND zoom call 800px“We are experiencing Forceful Sabbaths – time to slow down, be with our families, recalibrate the focus on our ministries. God is causing us to rethink how we can serve the people in our communities in new ways.” “We are seeing a shift in how we do church, how we minister to our congregation and others; this lockdown is causing us to connect in new and different ways.”  “There is a new spiritual hunger in our country, among nonbelievers as well as believers. In the midst of disaster and suffering, there are new opportunities for the Church to meet the spiritual needs of our people. How will we prepare to do that?” Last week, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began its swath across the world, Asian Access gathered its key national and regional leaders for a time of sharing and prayer together, via the Zoom communications technology. While we were not able to get every leader on the video call, we were blessed that over 90% of our leadership were able to join...

India (MNN) — Will India end or extend its current nationwide shut-down? A national shelter-in-place order went into effect on March 24 and is scheduled to end on Tuesday. However, Prime Minister Modi plans to discuss options tomorrow with state leaders before making a final decision. India’s coronavirus cases more than doubled last week, and the number of new infections continues to rise. At least one state already extended its restrictions through the end of the month. See our global coronavirus coverage here. Many people live hand-to-mouth in India, and believers want to demonstrate Christ’s love by helping those in need. David Dayalan of Asian Access says the lockdown makes this practically impossible...

A2 in this together 1024x690 GI 1093166844Greetings on Good Friday. When it looks dark, that's when God shows up.

The year I joined Asian Access was the year the economy last collapsed. I was responsible for raising more money than I had ever dreamed of before and suddenly, the stock markets dropped to the floor. We had come to the end of the year and had set up a special meeting to begin closing major portions of the ministry. The same day of that meeting, I had a lunch appointment with a pastor and told him, “What was God thinking calling me to this post? I knew he wanted me to step out in faith, and raising funds was a big part of that, but I had no idea the funds wouldn’t come in.” I would likely have to cut staff and perhaps close a lot of ministry. That same lunch hour, a call came in letting me know that a $500,000 check was in the mail. When I called our team later that afternoon, I told them “God showed up—we don’t need to worry...”

easter2020 screenshot 560pxA Personal Message from Joe & Silk Handley

Hello, Everybody! We just wanted to take a moment and wish you all a Happy Easter. And we are glad to be with you this year. We know most of you, like us, are facing social isolation—stuck at home—not able to see your family. But we wanted you to know how much we appreciate you. It's been a unique year. I was just on the phone with most of our national directors the other day, hearing what's happening in their countries and...

Philippines (MNN) — “Desperate times call for desperate measures”: it’s a phrase used to describe extreme action taken under dire circumstances. Some may use this to describe the president of the Philippines’ statement last week regarding lockdown violaters. But, as Herman Moldez of Asian Access explains, things aren’t always what they seem. A political group stirred up protestors in Metro Manila last week, and – after negotiating for an hour – police arrested dozens of people who refused to go home. “It is not really right at this point of time to gather these people and protest because that will only aggravate the situation,” Moldez says, referring to the pandemic and containment measures...

30 days of scripture inspiration coverAsian Access faculty member, Jim Millard, president of Sunrise International, just created a wonderful little booklet that is sure to inspire. The booklet is 30 days of inspirational life messages that I’m sure will lift your soul. Here’s the review I just posted on Amazon.com – 

“This little booklet will encourage you and lift your spirits. Try it. It's 30 days of quick reading and it's sure to...

ariga prayerltr 1“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 pandemic throughout the world. This unknown power is affecting politics, education, economic, social, home and mass communications. Peoples are in great fear and uncertainty. On the other hand, God’s peoples are coming together for prayers and united for the bold actions of love. This crisis may turn to breakthrough!

A2/Philippines group photoEach 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 after scenario, if not properly sieved, make top heavy our worsening anxieties and fear. Local execs, either in public or private sectors, doing that much to the best they can, are in a quandary, influenced by opinionated seemingly wise individuals and scoop-seeking media resulting to nerve-wracking confusions and expectations among the citizens. Crisscrossed opinions considerably take their heavy toll on the gullible, stubborn and equally opinionated populace. How do we cope?...

adrian screengrab 600pxDear 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 the global body of Christ. Just like our series Eastern Voices, these voices are golden in our day and age. I trust you’ll take a moment to watch/read these words from my colleague, Adrian De Visser, from Sri Lanka. He has an important message to share...

sailboat by shreyas shah (rxip6Ne0nGo unsplash)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 life plan. I planned to go to medical school and to stay east of the Mississippi, but God took me to seminary in California I never thought I would go anywhere during seminary as a summer missionary, much less to Japan, with LIFE Ministries (Asian Access). I never thought I would be invited onto Mariners...

perspective redcharlie sSpFDw4Id8g cropped unsplashI 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 has had a little time to try gaining perspective. I've been getting messages from our volunteers across Asia trying to find perspective. I hope to share some because it's important for you to know and to pray. Here is an insightful one from a national director that I wanted to share with you...

brohier richard 2016I read a message sent from my friend and colleague, Dr. Ivor Poobalan. Ivor who serves as the Principal of the Colombo Bible College. I was encouraged by his sentiment, so I forwarded it to several friends, including Joe Handley. As a faculty member of Asian Access, Joe asked me to post this for the A2 Community. May it encourage you.

Friends, We are confined but not disabled. Stripped of our manic busyness but not disengaged from our thinking and creativity.
Distanced socially but not disconnected. In the middle of the first pandemic in our lifetime, what an opportunity...

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