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80% of the Church in our Country are Women

19-Sep-2019 • Joe Handley

19-Sep-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

19-Sep-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

This past week was an encouraging one for me as we spent time exploring the idea of launching our Women...

This 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...

This 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...

Church multiplication networks widen and deepen in Japan

13-Sep-2019 • Joe Handley

13-Sep-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

13-Sep-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

Pastor Fukuda on Japan's "Vision Festa"
I’m Makoto Fukuda from Grace City Church Tokyo. I’m a church...

Pastor Fukuda on Japan's "Vision Festa"
I’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....

Pastor Fukuda on Japan's "Vision Festa"
I’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...

Common Learning: A2 Bangladesh Graduating Cohort #4

12-Sep-2019 • Joe Handley

12-Sep-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

12-Sep-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

Testimony after testimony from the 4th graduating cohort in Bangladesh revealed several common themes....

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...

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...

The Future is as Bright as the Promises of God

22-Aug-2019 • Joe Handley

22-Aug-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

22-Aug-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

A few weeks ago, Silk and I had the privilege of traveling around Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) with...

A 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...

A 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...

An Olympic-Sized Opportunity

19-Aug-2019 • Joe Handley

19-Aug-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

19-Aug-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

Next year an immense opportunity is knocking at our doors and you can play a part in it! Tokyo is hosting...

Next 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...

Next 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...

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Exactly 20 Years Ago

 

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of first arriving in Japan

 

At this very moment on September 6, 1987 I was walking out of customs at Narita Airport in Tokyo to explore Japan for the first time. I had just finished college at the University of North Carolina, where I became a Christian. At the end of my senior year, I signed up for a 1-year stint as an English teaching missionary with Asian Access (formerly LIFE MInistries) in Tokyo. My life would never be the same.

 

Walking out of the customs doors into the airport arrival area made the reality hit: "This wasn't Kansas anymore; I was in a totally different country. . ."

 

This was an encouraging letter sent to an Asian Access faculty member. . .

ASIA[edited for security]

Dear J.,

I want to give you a little report on what happened to close the week's training following your superb teaching.The pastors decided that they wanted to pray about these things that they had heard you teach on during the week. So, at 3:00PM we began to pray. This is how they organized it: Each participant listed four or five issues on a sheet of paper, and then over the next few hours each leader prayed in turn for every other participant in the group.Fourteen leaders were praying for each other and then also being prayed for. When they go into this mode, mind you, they do not pray for just a minute or two, but in most cases it was 15-20 minutes for each person.  By 5:45PM they had prayed over four of the fourteen. After supper, we resumed prayer again at 7:30PM and they finished about 11:00PM that day. I don't think I have ever prayed so intensively in my life.The exciting thing for me was that leader after leader had listed on his paper issues that had been raised by your teaching. Many of these issues concerned marriage, family health and unity ("oneness"). And the participant who was the coordinator for that week wrote five items on his sheet, every single one of them encapsulated your teaching, especially with regard to his relationship with his wife.I can't help feeling that especially in his case your visit was most timely. That is such a good investment to make at this time in our work here. Without a doubt it was an especially rich time, and possibly a very critical one for us at this time in the work of equipping leaders. Time will help us see this better.I want to thank you for coming to be with us at this very busy time in the life of your church. But I am also deeply grateful to your church family because this is a commitment the entire church is making to the worldwide kingdom advance in Asia.Warm affection to all our friends there, and peace and grace to the entire church family.Sincerely,
"Asian Access Staff Member"

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Doug BirdsallReflecting on Doug's Decision

 

As I blended into the crowd of 350 other Christian leaders gathered from across the world at a small seminary in downtown Budapest, there was one person who, try as he might, could not blend in:  Doug Birdsall.  It was very clear to me and the 349 others at the Lausanne International Leadership Meeting that here was a man whom God has anointed “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:4). . .

Just as Esther was given global influence by God to affect a period in history, so too do I see a ... 

 

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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