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  • John Houlette's 'Resilience' receives Christian counseling award

    John Houlette pictured with 2021 winner, Rev. Nobuyuki Toyoda, pastor of New Life Christ Church in Osaka and a graduate of Asian Access (left) and with Dr. Akira Fujikake (right), founder of the award.

    On July 22, Asian Access missionary Dr. John Houlette received the Office Fujikake Award for the Japanese version of his book, Resilience: How Japanese Pastors Can Thrive in Every Season. The award is given annually to a new book in Christian counseling by Dr. Akira Fujikake, clinical psychologist, and visiting Professor at the Seigakuin University General Research Institute.

  • Resilience

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    My colleague John Houlette just completed an outstanding book for Japanese pastors. And, the principles and stories are ones that will help you thrive in every season.

  • On the Right Side of a Crisis

    kyushu relief group 2017Nurturing Resiliency through Emotional and Spiritual Care 

    “I have set the Lord always before me, because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”  Psalm 16:8 ESV

    Need for a Compass

    I am directionally challenged. If I tell my wife while driving to ‘turn right,' I really mean left. I am not the most reliable navigator. At times I find that I can be 'directionally challenged' in my walk of faith and ministry path as well and must intentionally…

  • Marching Toward 50 Years of Ministry

    handleys at clarks church 500What a joy it has been for the Handley family visiting churches here in Japan every weekend. So far, we’ve made it to four different congregations and connecting with Japanese pastors and Asian Access missionaries. You may have heard that next year Asian Access celebrates 50 years of ministry. And, many of you will know that it all started here in Japan. For most of our history, Asian Access was a Japan only ministry and even today, Japan take a pivotal role in all of what we do. Visiting our partners and churches in the Kanto region brings such a rich repository of stories for which to celebrate. This past weekend, we were with... 

  • The Legacy of the Pals Family

    Pals family felt called to Japan before tragic accident; why?

    Photo Courtesy World VentureJapan (MNN) — “How soon will some few years pass away, and then when the day is ended, and this life’s lease expired, what have men of the world’s glory, but dreams and thoughts? O happy soul forevermore, who can rightly compare this life with that long-lasting life to come, and can balance the weighty glory of the one with the light golden vanity of the other.” – Samuel Rutherford... There are few things that unite a body of believers like the loss of a loved one. For the evangelical community in Japan, that came with the recent tragic deaths of Kathyrine and Jamison Pals and their three children. The family of five was killed in a highway accident in Colorado, mere dollars and weeks away from their move to Japan. Why Japan? What was it that touched the hearts of the Pals family to start working in a missions field on the other side of the world?...

  • Emotional Care Seminars and Pastor Retreats in Earthquake-devastated Kyushu Japan

    damaged churchTwo months have passed since a series of devastating 6.4 to 7.3-magnitude earthquakes struck Kumamoto, Japan, with churches, pastors and volunteers facing the daunting task of trauma care for multitudes of displaced people. In a recent visit to the epicenter, Asian Access missionary John Houlette, along with Dr. Timothy Iwagami of Crash Japan and Shinji Ishizaka of the Salvation Army, met with Kyushu Christian Relief Center leaders Yoji Nakamura and Paul Yokota to assess the emotional care needs of survivors and care givers. They also provided pastoral care to two pastors. Kumamoto church leaders are resilient, but very tired. One pastor does not have permanent housing, so shuttles between living in a tent...

  • Who Cares?

    Three Streams Ministries Pastors Tour"Who cares for me?" After a difficult day or season of ministry, those of us who serve congregations have probably asked that question more than once. Globally, who cares for pastors? Responsible answers to these questions are what can help leaders be faithful, fruitful and finish well. Ultimately, we must care for ourselves, respond to God's invitation of divine pastoral care and allow others to be burden bearers with us. Little did I know that God's spirit would speak through brokenness and invite me to be a very small part of the answer to these questions for myself and others.

  • Cherry blossoms and dragons

    kana-ikemoto2-jhIn late April, we attended an interactive calligraphy show by Kana Ikemoto, a professional calligrapher and friend whose husband is doing research at Harvard. The theme was cherry blossoms and dragons. Conflicting themes? Perhaps, but not really. Cherry blossoms are gorgeous, delicate, pastel petals that beautify the world for roughly two weeks each year. We anticipate their arrival as the coming of spring, and fete their annual debut with parties, walks and photo ops as we revel in their breathtaking but fleeting charm. Their beauty is timeless but their visit is not; 340 hours give or take a few. They are harbingers of hope, warmth and...

  • Water please!

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    Our intake will always dictate our outflow.

    It has been one week since the Boston Marathon. During the year, the theme of 'Boston Strong,' could be seen everywhere on posters, attitudes and even by the beards of the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox players! This year the

    26.2 mile race was run without incident with...

  • Bio: John & Eriko Houlette

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    Background

    Eriko grew up in Miyagi, Japan and came to Christ in high school. John was born Upland, CA and saved while attending college in Tokyo. John was called into full-time ministry while interpreting a message from English into Japanese as a short-term missionary in 1979.  John and Eriko were married in 1981 and have four adult children and two grandchildren. The Houlettes were appointed with Asian Access in July 2013. 

    Ministry Experience

    Prior to joining A2/SIM, the Houlettes served faithfully for thirty years in Japan with WorldVenture. They planted Nishitama Baptist Church in Tachikawa, Saikyo Hope Chapel in Toda and Denen Grace Chapel in Kawasaki where many became Christ followers. Two of the churches have national pastors and are planting daughter churches. John and Eriko invested in field leadership and collaborated to develop a church planting strategy with the Japanese national church.

    Since 2011, John has been the director of Three Stream Ministries (TSM) providing clergy care and disaster response chaplaincy training for the church in Japan. After Japan’s triple disaster, he spearheaded WorldVenture’s disaster relief strategy and along with Eriko worked closely with Asian Access to provide Oasis Retreats for pastors.  Eriko has served on the board of directors of the Christian Academy in Japan and at Wheelchairs of Hope. 

    Education

    John graduated from The Middlebury Institute of International Studies, PacRim Christian University and Fuller Seminary. He completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at Bethel Seminary in Congregational and Family Care in 2015. Eriko is a graduate of the Sendai Baptist Seminary and Wellesley College. She completed a master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Human Development and Psychology in 2014. 

    Current and Future Ministry

    The Houlettes partner with Hokushin Calvary Church in Fukushima city, assisting the church in leader development and church planting.  John provides clergy care and leadership training in Japan and Greater Asia.

    Eriko works as an educational resource consultant through Japanese language teaching and child safety training.

    Vision

    My vision is to see vibrant communities of servant leaders in Japan and Greater Asia empowering their peers to be whole, holy and missional.

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    View our prayer letters: https://www.ministryupdates.org/houlette 


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