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  • Call upon me in the day of trouble

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    “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify me.”
    — Isaiah 50:15

  • Are Christian leaders even reading the same Bible as the Church?

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    Recently I came across a book that caught me by surprise. Retired Bishop Hwa Yung wrote an excellent critique of the modern ‘leadership’ popularity within the Global Church and World Mission: Leadership or Servanthood?: Walking in the Steps of Jesus.

  • Our Attitude Determines Our Life...

    Not Our Circumstances

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    By Rod Denton, Equipping The Next Generation

    Your attitude quotient (AQ) is more important than your intelligence quotient (IQ)

  • How could closing 20 churches increase disciplemaking?

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    During the inaugural Asian Access training just conducted in North Africa two weeks ago, we were updated on two recent events—the closing of 20 churches by the government, and the conviction of three pastors for leading churches.

  • Disciplemaking course takes fresh look at following Jesus today

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    A2 online course offered by Biblical Training

    Disciplemaking is not an everyday word. It may be mentioned at church, but even there it can feel foreign to our common experience. To be honest, the word “disciplemaking” is not in the Bible and my auto-correct continues to tell me it’s not a word in any standard dictionary.

  • Biblical Training

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    A Growing Partnership

    Asian Access is proud to partner with Biblical Training. Since we are both involved with providing training for Christian leaders, it makes great Kingdom sense to team up, learn from one another, increase our collective reach, and expand our library of training resources.

  • For Such a Time as This — A New Movement Births!

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    The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
    — Matthew 9:37-38

  • Giving challenge to expand not only met, but surpassed

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    I have great news to share about the 2021 giving challenge issued to Asian Access by some very generous financial partners last year!

  • Raising Up Leaders who are Abiding in Christ

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    The purpose of this podcast is to showcase how much God loves Japan through different stories of people. It is like God sending a care package to the ones He loves in Japan! 

  • James Choung brings his expertise to A2's council of reference

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    As our world becomes increasingly complex, I’m thrilled to announce that James Choung has joined our Council of Reference. James leads strategy and innovation for InterVarsity USA and these are days where these two attributes are essential for ministry. He’s also a student of Dr. Bobby Clinton in leader formation which has been so vital to Asian Access. He’s adapted the ideas and framework Bobby developed for the next generation, a generation that is pivotal for the future of the Church.

  • A2's Projects for GivingTuesday 2021

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    Today is #GivingTuesday...

    We have weeks for getting deals and for shopping during this Christmas season. But on #GivingTuesday, we have a day set aside for giving back. Together, people are creating a new ritual for our annual calendar. #GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season, and every act of generosity counts.

    Asian Access is participating in #GivingTuesday to make a difference in our world.

  • Bring A2 to the Middle East & North Africa

    Thank you for helping us fulfill this 2021 giving challenge that helps us launch in the MENA region. Ongoing support of A2 for this multiyear project for the expansion into the Middle East and North Africa is vitally important. As we move forward, please consider partnering with us in continuing this special project beyond 2022...

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    What's Missing?

    "Joe, we have tons of leadership training in this region but what is missing is relationship. There are wonderful groups serving our region offering all sorts of material, ideas, tips and techniques. Many of those are good but what is lacking is a deep commitment to journey together. If Asian Access can walk with us, together hand-in-hand, it would be a tremendous encouragement."

  • Remembering Bob Fuhriman

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    My Tribute to Robert Fuhriman

    Blessed to Be in Community with Bob

    Bob & Beth Fuhriman served as missionaries with Cru in Japan starting in 1968. In 1981, they switched to Asian Access (then, LIFE Ministries). I met them in 1987 as an Asian Access short-termer living in Tokyo. I remember carefully watching several of these long-term missionaries to see if I could possibly become one, as well as if these were the people whose community I wanted to join.

  • Developing Leaders under Persecution and Pandemic

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    As bad as the COVID pandemic was in India which I wrote about just a few months ago, it is now more than twice that bad in another Asian country based on the number of deaths per capita. And COVID deaths are thought to be drastically undercounted, so the situation is actually much worse.

    What is causing the surge there? And what does this have to do with Asian Access?

  • Freedoms in U.S., but Persecution Elsewhere

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    My friends, 

    I want to wish you all a very happy Independence Day this weekend! What a joy for those of us who are Americans to celebrate the freedoms we have in this world.

    As one who works globally, I'm well aware of these freedoms. Every day, I seem to hear about the Persecuted Church. And we even have friends right now whose children are in custody. And it deeply impacts you when you know these things. It really makes you grateful for these United States—that we get to have these freedoms.

  • Announcing a matching challenge to develop leaders during a crisis

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    Hello Friends,

    What a year you and I have been through and our entire planet. This COVID-19 has just slammed us, as the world has faced this crisis. And for those of us in the U.S., it's getting a little easier and we praise God for that.

  • You can do something about the loss of pastors in India.

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    Give Now!

    Good News Amidst Growing COVID Crisis in India 

    As you are well aware, the COVID crisis has gripped the world, perhaps none worse than what we are seeing in India today. Fortunately, Asian Access just received a matching challenge to help serve the church in India as well as the Middle East.

  • Ten Principles that have Shaped my Life

    Words that have impacted my life and leadership

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    1. “START AT THE TOP AND WORK YOUR WAY DOWN. THEY MIGHT SAY 'NO' BUT THEY COULD SAY 'YES'."

    Dr. Robert Clinton, a former professor of leadership at Fuller Seminary had five principles of mentoring. His first principle; it is the mentee’s responsibility to find a mentor. This could be interpreted as the principle of attraction.

  • Beware of Becoming a Christian Atheist

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    CHRISTIAN ATHEIST: Is a person who believes in God but lives as though God doesn’t exist or is largely irrelevant to the everyday business of living.

    The term CHRISTIAN ATHEIST is a figure of speech called an oxymoron in which seemingly contradictory terms appear side by side. Other examples of oxymorons that perhaps you have used are:

  • One-Percenters... that build a culture of excellence

    I was most interested to learn from a family in my church about their recent holiday in another state. Even more so when they had taken the time to visit a very well known church in that state. I asked them what was it that impressed them most about the church and what could we learn from them.

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