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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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burmese couple screenshotDuring our recent graduation week in Myanmar, we were at a special dinner one evening and one of the participants burst out in appreciation for Asian Access. She was so exuberant that you would’ve thought Asian Access was Jesus himself! I asked her, can we have you share on video and she not only said “Yes” enthusiastically but suggested her husband, who I later learned was on the local Myanmar Working Team, should join her. Wow, what a powerful couple and amazing testimony. You won’t want to miss it! It’s five minutes but boy is it worth it. You’ll catch their enthusiasm in this video but I must confess, they are even more crazy powerful in person....

Will the Rohingya be safe if they return now?

Photo courtesy of Dinis Bazgutdinov via UnsplashMyanmar (MNN) — Myanmar and Bangladesh officials have been discussing the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar within the next two years. Plans to begin sending refugees back were set for January 23, but have been delayed as Bangladesh officials questioned the safety of those who would return and if they were returning voluntarily. And they’re not the only ones. Other officials and leaders have raised concerns as well. Asian Access’s Pastor Peter* has been in contact with Christian workers supporting and encouraging those in refugee camps in Bangladesh. After speaking with them, he says it’s difficult to know if the Rohingya people will be safe should they return anytime soon. There is still the question that hangs in the air: Will Myanmar forces abstain from violent attacks and other forms of oppression if the Rohingyas return?

Japan (MNN) — Years before Japan agreed to host the Olympic Summer Games, Asian Access (A2) was praying and planning for Gospel transformation in 2020. After the triple disaster in 2011, Japanese Christians were encouraged by the responses from around the world. Renewed hope seeped into their hearts for their country. Japanese pastors began sensing and sharing the call of God on their country in new ways. The mission field in Japan has been challenging for a long time. Hearts were hard toward the Gospel. But suddenly Christians began to sense God opening new doors for His Word.

Pastor Joshua HariJapan (MNN) — Of the 127 million people in Japan, only one percent of the population is Christian. The nation has been engaged with the voices of many believers for centuries, yet the Church has remained stagnant in its growth. These facts may sound pretty disheartening; however, Pastor Joshua Hari, Asian Access Japan’s national director, has hope. He has a goal to double the percentage of believers in the nation by the year 2023. How? By ‘pouring new wine into new wineskins’. Asian Access’ President Joe Handley recently shared in a blog post the challenge from Matthew 5:38: ‘new wine must be poured into new wineskins.’ 

carlton bruce 300x300pxHere is a review of Eastern Voices, Volume 1 offered by R. Bruce Carlton that appeared in Evangelical Missions Quarterly (EMQ). We are posting this review on our site with permission from EMQ.

A Review by R. Bruce Carlton, D.Th.

Professor of Cross-Cultural Ministry, Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK.

Can you hear the voices? This question being asked of the global Christian community regarding those who are church leaders from Asia is similar to a popular US- based cellular phone company that was once noted for its “Can you hear me now?” advertising campaign. Both questions presuppose that the ones seeking to speak face difficulty in being heard and understood. Eastern Voices: Volume 1 is the first volume in what is to be a series of compilations from Asian church leaders speaking to the global church, leaders who...

Joe and Cambodian friendMy colleague and friend Meng Aun Hour directs the Asian Access work in Cambodia. God has used Meng in powerful ways that have impacted many developing lives. One of Meng’s mentorees is a young minister who came to his ministry calling in a very unusual way. Here is his story… This young man grew up in a nice family, but fell into a life of drug addiction. He would steal from his own parents to feed his drug habits. Finally, his parents kicked him out of the home. One night, he broke into a home to steal items to resell for drugs. But this time, the family woke up and called the police. Rushing to the home, the police had the young man trapped behind a door. He prayed, Lord, if you get me out of this mess, I’ll dedicate my life to serving you. The police opened the door and looked the boy right in the face—but they never saw...

 

Dr. Steve Hoke & Takeshi TakazawaWhat a thrill it was participating in the final 50th anniversary celebration in Japan late November. Voices from across the lifespan of our ministry shared perspectives on what God has done and what we anticipate in the future. Most moving of all was one of my predecessors, former president Dr. Steve Hoke (above), who shared a passionate call for the people of Japan. As he stared out his window overlooking Tokyo in Shinjuku, he wept over the lost people realizing how few knew Jesus. Then he shared his vision which was initially given by his father, renown pastor and missionary Dr. Don Hoke“Japan is the key to Asia!”

A2 Happy New Year 2018Happy New Year, Everyone!

2018 is a big year for Asian Access. We just completed our Jubilee Celebration in 2017 and one of the signature focal points of 2018 is sustainability. Our national directors meeting spent an entire 4 days focused on the topic and built upon the theory we’ve been pursuing for many years. For quite some time, we defined sustainability to include the following: 1.) Local Leadership; 2.) Local faculty; 3.) Local resources...

EV1 final title slide 2017 04 25 flat 700pxHey it's been an awesome year with Asian Access this past year as we've celebrated 50 years of ministry. We have had so much fun and seen amazing growth. And one of the exciting initiatives from this past year, we have released this new copy of Eastern Voices, which starts a series that we're really excited about. We believe the global Church can learn from those in Asia, who have a lot to share with us. You should see the reviews we are getting on smile.amazon.com. Why don't you go there, download a copy, and read a couple chapters. Check it out and give us a review. Tell us what you think. So far the reviews are amazing. And we'd love to hear what you have to share, as well...

2017 to 20182017 has been a tremendous year of seeing God at work—remembering His faithfulness through the last five decades and seeing Him continue extending His kingdom. As our 50th anniversary draws to a close these last days of 2017, we want to share some highlights from this past year of Jubilee. Check out a sampling of our top stories from 2017...

What an exciting year 2017 has proven to be. Asian Access celebrated 50 years of ministry, our year of Jubilee. 2017 has been a phenomenal launching pad for the coming year. Thank you for praying for us and for giving. As you think about it and pray about it, please consider giving to our new matching challenge. You know the work that God has in store for us in the coming years in Japan alone is amazing. The leaders there have vision to reach 2% of the population, and...

chun pamela2017 Highlights: Endorsements of Asian Access

Here are some things people are saying about Asian Access this year...

Mrs. Pam Chun
Co-Founder and Vice President, Hawaiian Island Ministries

"Praise God for the gifts he's given Asian Access through its fifty years of faithfulness: the gifts of relationships, respect, wisdom and understanding that cross bridges, opens doors and welcomes people into the family of God...

Warm Christmas greetings to you, dear friends! Jesus is our greatest gift. But you have also been a gift to us. We thank you for your love and prayers. We want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas from ourselves, as well as from the entire Asian Access community. God bless you and Merry Christmas! We want to share...

From the President blog by Joe Handley

A2 Community blog with posts from a variety of contributors around Asian Access

Stories about Asian Access published by Mission Network News, a mission news service dedicated to keeping Christians informed on evangelical mission activity around the world. In doing so we hope to educate and motivate Christians to prayer, participation, and support of missionary work to help further the Great Commission.

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