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Culture Reigns

10-Dec-2018 • Rod Denton

10-Dec-2018 • Rod Denton • blog: A2 Community Blog

10-Dec-2018 • Rod Denton • blog: A2 Community Blog

The critical battle between Culture and Values
I recall participating in a seminar set aside by a church...

The critical battle between Culture and Values
I recall participating in a seminar set aside by a church where a group of its leaders came together to identify the values of the church. The group, seated...

The critical battle between Culture and Values
I recall participating in a seminar set aside by a church where a group of its leaders came together to identify the values of the church. The group, seated around tables, were led through a day where the...

It's getting tough out there...

03-Dec-2018 • Joe Handley

03-Dec-2018 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

03-Dec-2018 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

It seems like every day, I’m hearing more reports about persecution happening in the world. I recently...

It seems like every day, I’m hearing more reports about persecution happening in the world. I recently left a country that is under significant duress. The week we were there, a crackdown occurred in one...

It seems like every day, I’m hearing more reports about persecution happening in the world. I recently left a country that is under significant duress. The week we were there, a crackdown occurred in one of their most famous towns – a town known for having...

Paying It Forward: the Generosity of a New Asian Access Cohort

29-Nov-2018 • Joe Handley

29-Nov-2018 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

29-Nov-2018 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

“While we were praying for [the new country] last night, we felt that God was telling us to bless them.”...

“While we were praying for [the new country] last night, we felt that God was telling us to bless them.” That’s what Asian Access participants in a newly-launched country said to me. (For security purposes,...

“While we were praying for [the new country] last night, we felt that God was telling us to bless them.” That’s what Asian Access participants in a newly-launched country said to me. (For security purposes, we cannot identify this country by name.)...

Leaders Prepared for Persecution [VOM Radio]

28-Nov-2018 • Jeff Johnston

28-Nov-2018 • Jeff Johnston • blog: A2 Community Blog

28-Nov-2018 • Jeff Johnston • blog: A2 Community Blog

Voice of the Martyrs Radio recently interviewed Joe Handley on the topic of preparing Christian leaders...

Voice of the Martyrs Radio recently interviewed Joe Handley on the topic of preparing Christian leaders for persecution. Listen as Joe shares the process used to train leaders, and the special challenges...

Voice of the Martyrs Radio recently interviewed Joe Handley on the topic of preparing Christian leaders for persecution. Listen as Joe shares the process used to train leaders, and the special challenges of raising up leaders prepared to endure and...

"God could never forgive me!" ... A GivingTuesday story

27-Nov-2018 • Joe Handley

27-Nov-2018 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

27-Nov-2018 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

Today is #GivingTuesday... We have two days for getting deals—Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But on...

Today is #GivingTuesday... We have two days for getting deals—Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But on #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back. Together, people are creating a new ritual for our annual...

Today is #GivingTuesday... We have two days for getting deals—Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But on #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back. Together, people are creating a new ritual for our annual calendar. #GivingTuesday is the opening day...

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Refecting on Dr. Ortlund's Passing

 

By Doug Birdsall

 

Dr. Ray Ortlund, Sr.The Asian Access family mourns the loss of Dr. Ray Ortlund who was called home to be with the Lord on Sunday evening, July 22. Ray played an invaluable role in the life and mission of Asian Access. During the 25 years that he served on the board, Ray was an inspiring role model to every person in the Asian Access community. He was a friend and pastor who loved God, loved people and loved life. . .

Mongolian wrestling at NaadamNaadam is the Mongolian National Holiday, commemorating the People's Revolution of 1921. Every TV channel would broadcast the man's three games: mongolian wrestling, archery and horse racing. It is interesting that in old times these were the main sports/skills needed for the families to survive. Every male was expected...

 

Asian Access' mission statement is to "identify, develop and release leaders." We consider those three verbs to be core competencies. They are at the heart of what God has called us to do. Each of them is a challenge unto itself. But it is the final one that can be the most emotionally challenging. . .

 

We've all experienced the emotions of releasing someone we love. I remember the first day my son went to kindergarten. My wife and I cried as we walked back from dropping him off. We had released him for the first time to someone else's care. It was difficult. But we knew it was the right thing for him. Now he is going to be a senior in high school. We are one year away from releasing him again.

 

Today as Asian Access released our president, Doug Birdsall, to devote 100% of his organizational leadership to Lausanne, I think many of us find this releasing thing difficult. It is so much easier to keep people within than to send them out. As Doug shared with all of us his decision to leave Asian Access, I felt a deep sadness mixed with a deeper joy. Sad that we would lose such a gifted and talented leader--a true friend, but joyful that he is released to a new role in the kingdom which will have a wide ranging effect on world evangelization.

 

So I find myself reflecting on the last 24 years that I have ministered together with Doug in Asian Access. He picked me up at the airport the first day I traveled to Japan to launch a whole new era of my life. He believed in me enough to ask me to serve next to him when he became president back in June of 1991. I've shed some tears today. But releasing is what we are all about; releasing leaders to unite the church, multiply the church, and transform the world through the power of the gospel. Praise God that he allows us the privilege, even when it is hard to do.

 

More Info:

  • Elliott Snuggs serves as Vice President for Operations at Asian Access.
  • You can read Elliott's staff profile for more information.
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Doug Birdsall

USA (MNN) ― Doug Birdsall has been with Asian Access for 28 years. In 1991, he was named President of the organization. His tenure will be coming to an end as he's stepping down.

"Three years ago I accepted the leadership of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, with the thought that I would be able to

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Public Statement:
For Immediate Release (06.12.07)

 

Asian Access President Plans to Step Down in September; Interim President Named.

 

Douglas Birdsall resigns to focus on Lausanne movement

Doug BirdsallGLENDORA, CA (A2) June 12, 2007 - Asian Access, an evangelical mission organization announced today that the organization’s third president, Rev. S. Douglas Birdsall, will be stepping down on September 30, 2007.Birdsall, who assumed the position in 1991, is also the Executive International Chair of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (LCWE). He cited the need to focus exclusively on Lausanne movement as the primary reason for stepping down as president of Asian Access. However, he will continue on as an Asian Access missionary, seconded to LCWE and will also continue as a member of the Asian Access board of directors.“After much thought and prayer, I realized that I could no longer effectively lead both organizations.  I remain committed to the people and the vision of Asian Access.  I am grateful for the evidence of God’s provident Hand in using everything I’ve experienced up to this point to prepare me for this new role with Lausanne. I want to give it my all.

by Doug Birdsall, President of Asian Access (1991-2007)...

Doug Birdsall, PresidentWhen I returned from our Asian Access 40th anniversary celebrations in Malaysia two months ago, I drafted a letter to give you a fresh report. However, it was so full of superlatives that I found it to be "over the top" even for a person of my temperament.So, I have taken time to reflect and gain perspective.During these weeks, we have received e-mails from many of the participants from across Asia.We have also enjoyed reading prayer letters from many of our missionaries in Japan and our staff in the U.S. to see how they reported on our 40th Anniversary festivities.

Japan (MNN) ― Materialism is a big problem in Japan. Many Christians say it's one of the biggest obstacles to people turning to Christ. However, Asian Access says one Japanese pastor points to the church as an obstacle itself.

Asian Access' Tim Clark says his pastor, Ryoichi Masuda (yo-ee-CHEE mah-su-DAH),

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ANA03-28-07.jpgAsian Access partners gather in Malaysia to celebrate 40 years of ministry.

Malaysia (MNN) ― It started in Japan in 1967 as the Language Institute for Evangelism. It later became Life Ministries. Now it's known as Asian Access.

Asian Access has gathered more than 150 of their workers from across Asia to celebrate what God has done. Speaking...

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Call center worker in India

India (MNN) ― Outsourcing telemarketing, technical support and other call center activities from North America and Europe to India has created an economic boon for the country. Gurgaon, a satellite city of New Delhi, is just one area that's thriving. Buildings are going up quickly and drawing many young employees....

Japan (MNN) ― Japan broke two postwar taboos last week, as its Parliament voted to bring patriotism back into the classroom and to expand the status and mission of its military forces. These are efforts to rebuild national pride and end six decades of constitutionally enforced pacifism.

It's unclear what this will mean for the church, in Japan,

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Nepal (MNN) ― Nepal has seen incredible political changes in the past year. Last April, the country went from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional democratic government, moving from the world's only Hindu kingdom to a secular nation. In November, the government and the Maoist rebels brokered a peace treaty to end over a decade of civil war.

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a2-ls-06.jpgAsia (MNN) ― 85-percent of the world's unbelievers live in Asia. As the Gospel penetrates, the church is growing faster than leaders can be trained. That has resulted in cults and heresies. 

Asian Access' Doug Birdsall says four decades ago, they recognized the potential of the Asian church body and began making an investment in the future of...

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