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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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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. {addthis off}

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... {addthis off}

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... {addthis off}

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. {addthis off}

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... {addthis off}

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...{addthis off}

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...{addthis off}

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... {addthis off}

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. {addthis off}

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... {addthis off}

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...{addthis off}

“Being in Myanmar was a breakthrough for me.” – Pastor Hikari Suzuki

A few weeks ago, Silk and I had an exhausting and inspiring in Myanmar with the pioneering leaders of our Pan Asia Leader Development (PALD) group. This is our first cohort of specially-chosen A2 alumni—two leaders each from five of our Asian Access countries. Our five days together included many long bus rides as we visited areas in Myanmar pertinent to the country’s history, especially as it relates to the growth of God’s kingdom. We were sleep deprived but exhilarated... {addthis off}

vision festa 2019For I will pour out water on the thirsty land And streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring And My blessing on your descendants. – Isa 44:3

Vision Festa: an inspiring gathering of Japanese leaders

Ever since the Japan Evangelism Congress in 2017, Japanese Church leaders have been gathering together seeking to double the percentage of Christians in the country (Lord willing by 2023) and praying for a 10x10 blessing (by 2024) where Japan will receive 10 times the blessings. Vision Festa is where leaders come together to share inspiring reports of what God is doing in Japan and this year we were encouraged once again by countless stories of how God is moving in Japan. Between the sessions, I heard stories of many coming to faith and several baptisms; far more than I am accustomed to hearing living here. Every year I leave inspired with what God is doing but this year felt special. It feels like God is on the move and that we are on the cusp of a breakthrough... {addthis off}

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