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Mental Toughness... More important than ever for all leaders

27-Feb-2020 • Rod Denton

27-Feb-2020 • Rod Denton • blog: A2 Community Blog

27-Feb-2020 • Rod Denton • blog: A2 Community Blog

My first memorable experience of being placed in a situation requiring mental toughness occurred when...

My first memorable experience of being placed in a situation requiring mental toughness occurred when I was conscripted into the Australian Army at the age of twenty for two years of military service....

My first memorable experience of being placed in a situation requiring mental toughness occurred when I was conscripted into the Australian Army at the age of twenty for two years of military service. On the first morning of my ten-week recruit training...

Asian Access’ double impact – on a ministry couple

19-Feb-2020 • Noel Becchetti

19-Feb-2020 • Noel Becchetti • blog: A2 Community Blog

19-Feb-2020 • Noel Becchetti • blog: A2 Community Blog

Pastor Juserdi Purba and his wife, Dr. Meiti Pragiwati, are quite a couple. In addition to pastoring...

Pastor Juserdi Purba and his wife, Dr. Meiti Pragiwati, are quite a couple. In addition to pastoring a network of churches in the Bekasi (Jakarta) area, Ps. Juserdi (whose background is in chemical engineering)...

Pastor Juserdi Purba and his wife, Dr. Meiti Pragiwati, are quite a couple. In addition to pastoring a network of churches in the Bekasi (Jakarta) area, Ps. Juserdi (whose background is in chemical engineering) works full-time for a large company. And...

Coronavirus and How You Can Help

18-Feb-2020 • Joe Handley

18-Feb-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

18-Feb-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

A few weeks ago, the coronavirus hit, and the world seems to be in an ever-growing cycle of media barrage....

A few weeks ago, the coronavirus hit, and the world seems to be in an ever-growing cycle of media barrage. I’m sure most of you by now are taking necessary precautions and being wise in how to stay safe....

A few weeks ago, the coronavirus hit, and the world seems to be in an ever-growing cycle of media barrage. I’m sure most of you by now are taking necessary precautions and being wise in how to stay safe. You may be asking, how is the affecting ministry...

Compelled by Love: Join Silk and me at Rolling Hills Covenant Church (Feb 22-23)

17-Feb-2020 • Joe Handley

17-Feb-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

17-Feb-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

Hi Friends, I want to invite you to join Silk and me as Rolling Hills Covenant Church celebrates what...

Hi Friends, I want to invite you to join Silk and me as Rolling Hills Covenant Church celebrates what God is doing in the world. My predecessor, and current Asian Access Ambassador at Large, Doug Birdsall...

Hi Friends, I want to invite you to join Silk and me as Rolling Hills Covenant Church celebrates what God is doing in the world. My predecessor, and current Asian Access Ambassador at Large, Doug Birdsall will be the keynote speaker this weekend (Feb...

Personal Vision Worksheet

12-Feb-2020 • Rod Denton

12-Feb-2020 • Rod Denton • blog: A2 Community Blog

12-Feb-2020 • Rod Denton • blog: A2 Community Blog

The following worksheet is provided to help clarify your calling in life. It is organized to help you...

The following worksheet is provided to help clarify your calling in life. It is organized to help you see how God has worked in the past, is working in the present, and how He will work in your life in...

The following worksheet is provided to help clarify your calling in life. It is organized to help you see how God has worked in the past, is working in the present, and how He will work in your life in the future. In the past, God used specific characteristics,...

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Japan (MNN) ― One in every four marriages in Japan now ends in divorce. The issue has been a source of concern for a society in which families are a core strength. The Japanese grow up following their society's emphasis on social interdependence---the concept of being members of the whole as

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Today, June 30th is an important day; so is tomorrow, July 1st.

Today is Bruce Johnson's last official day as Vice President for Leadership Development at Asian Access.  His contributions over the past several years to our leadership development ministry across Asia have been many.  See this previous blog post for more info.

Tomorrow is Bruce's first official day as U.S. Director of SIM, International.  SIM, which stands for "Serving In Mission," is a wonderful mission organization, and they are getting an incredible leader in Bruce.

At our last leadership meeting with Bruce, earlier this month, I was able to pray for Bruce as he heads into a new ministry arena. Watch this brief video clip and pray along with us...

We wish the very best to Bruce and SIM.  We're sure going to miss you!

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P.S. - You can continue to follow Bruce on his blog, Where in the World is Bruce? or on Twitter, Where is Bruce?

Pastor PoSan Ung shares how pastors in the Asian Access program multiply the training

 

"And the things you’ve heard me share, pass along to others”

– 1 Timothy 2:2

 

In this very brief video, PoSan, one of our country resource coordinators shares how the Asian Access training is being multiplied throughout Camobdia. This same story I hear over and over again throughout our ministry. The leverage in focusing on leading pastors is proving tremendous. Why? Because these pastors are passing on what they have learned to other congregations and leaders throughout the country.

 

One mission leader told me, “Joe, you are training the field marshals of the church! These pastors are influencing the next generation of pastors in a multiplying manner – training the ground troops across their nation. You must expand this ministry to new countries as the need in Asia is so great.”

 

Listen to Posan as he shares this important principle.

 

P.S. - To read a transcription of this video, please click here.

 

 

Translation:
My name is PoSan.  I am a pastor of a church plant in Boston.  I’ve been involved with Asian Access for about eight years now.  We are in our third class for Asian Access in Cambodia.  I had hoped to bring this program into the country.  I want to share with you a story just so you can see the impact Asian Access has for the pastors in this country.

 

The recent trip I just had gave me a chance to visit one of the pastors from our second class, pastor Kin Kuan, at a province, more of a countryside part of Cambodia.  While I was there he was really excited to have me visit and at the end of the worship he showed me a group of leaders that is impacting his training from around that region.  These are church planters, church leaders and he has them coming for studies on Thursday, every Thursday.  He’s excited about the lesson that he received from Asian Access and it’s been a beautiful witness to see what God is doing in that country.

 

Lastly, I just want to thank you for your prayers and for your support and praise the Lord for your work and your partnership in the Gospel. 

 

Here’s a quick video greeting from me at Narita Airport, following three days of meetings with our A2 leadership team.

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 This week, you’ll hear from Pastor JE again as he shares about Asian Access in Southern India. As you know, we have a passion for church multiplication and Jeyakaran shares how the ministry has impacted his own life in this arena. He started in ministry as a church planter who multiplied his church but overtime lost momentum for starting new churches. Listen to his video below and see how Asian Access helped re-ignite his original vision...

Atlas of Global Christianity

A2 sponsors a great new global resourceThe Center for the Study of Global Christianity has produced a new resource, The Atlas of Global Christianity.

This resource has such great potential for those of us in mission, that we’re sponsoring it. I commend the work of Dr. Todd Johnson, director of the center, and his research team and recommend you take a look at this worthy resource. Be sure to check out the 60% off pre-publication discount coupon below...

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Sri Lanka (MNN) ― A decades-long civil war appears to be coming to an end in Sri Lanka.  In the meantime, however, a humanitarian crisis is developing. 

Tens of thousands of civilians are trapped in a tiny area less than two miles square, between the government forces and the last holdouts of the Liberation

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Jeyakaran Emmanuel from Chennai in South IndiaToday, listen to Pastor JE from Chennai, India share how Asian Access is making a difference! In this video Jeyakaran will share how Asian Access is investing in pastors through their character development. This work is foundational as a leader in the church because in order to make disciples, a leader must first be a disciple – one who is deeply rooted in his relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Pastor PoSan Ung

Cambodia (MNN) ― In North America, it is estimated that there is one trained and competent Christian leader for every 1,300 people. In Asia, that ratio is 1:600,000.  Because the pastors are the frontline advance of the Gospel, they need to be well grounded.

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This week’s blog has a video clip of a fun baby shower game... Of course, for those of us eating the baby food, I’m not sure how much “fun” it really was. Check out the video clip and you’ll be sure to get a laugh.

As for the celebration, our colleague, Tsuneya Kiguchi and his wife had a new baby and we held a party for them. Their new daughter is named Mioko which has a beautiful meaning. It means “a person who walks with God” or “a person who chooses to obey God as a priority.” What a beautiful name!

It’s so fun to celebrate a newborn’s life. It’s a refreshing reminder of our new life with Christ. That’s why I love the name Mioko so much. When we put our faith in Christ, we have a new set of priorities. We begin a journey of walking with God and choosing to obey him as our first love. It brings a freshness to our life and frees us from the bondage of our past.

We welcome baby Mioko Kiguchi into our family and likewise we are eager to see new babies being born in Christ throughout Asia. What a great day of celebration and what a great reminder of the purpose God has given us as a mission: to see new life in Christ multiplied through vibrant communities of faith across the continent.

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Handley family in Karuizawa

What a joy to be with our Asian Access Family in Karuizawa the last several days. Silk and I thoroughly enjoyed being with the team and watching our children bond with our staff families. It seems like every time we turn around, the Lord affirms the sense of family that the A2 community has become for us. What a joy to know that your calling is clear and to work with such a wonderful mission family...

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Asia (MNN) ― Asia is the world's largest and most-populous continent.  Buddhism, Hinduism and a host of other religions compete for dominance, and most of the world's unreached live in Asia.

Conflicting worldviews have led to a spiritual dissonance in many of these countries, which leaves millions open

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Bruce Johnson, VP for Leadership Development“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven...” Ecclesiastes 3:1
My friend and colleague, Bruce Johnson, Asian Access Vice President for Leadership Development is well along in the process of becoming the next U.S. Director for SIM "Serving in Mission." The Lord has masterfully orchestrated this surprise to Bruce, SIM and us here at Asian Access. My sense is that what Bruce describes as a kairos moment has truly come to pass. Asian Access, SIM and Bruce have all been well prepared for this Kingdom change.  However, we simply didn’t anticipate it; it was a complete...

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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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