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  • March 11th... And the future

    jpn tsunami ganbare 2012 jj 017Eight years ago, Silk and I were here in Japan during the horrific triple disaster that hit the country. In a matter of minutes, lives were ruined, the country was disrupted and it was a day that none of us will ever forget. The spirit of “Ganbatte” – never giving up or similarly “Ganbare” – let’s do our best or together carried the nation through the personal and societal loss. It was a significant time for the body of Christ in Japan, as Christ’s Church rose to the occasion to help bring hope and healing to the nation. It was one of the most unifying expressions in modern Japanese church history and the hope that it inspired is still active today. To get a glimpse of how this happened, take a look at this...{addthis off}

  • High alert grips Japan in wake of North Korean missile launch

    Photo courtesy of Secret ChurchMissionaries on alert in the wake of North Korean missile launch

    Japan (MNN) — North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan’s northern Hokkaido Island into the sea on Tuesday, testing already frayed international relations. Days later, Japan remains on high alert and launched evacuation drills along its west coast.  A missile defense system has been deployed to the west of Japan.  Tokyo also slapped additional sanctions against Pyongyang following repeated missile launches and other unresolved....


  • Triple disaster in Japan remembered

    Triple disaster in Japan rememberedJapan (MNN) -- Yesterday marked four years since Japan saw the worst triple disaster in the nation's peace-time history. The 9.0 magnitude earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant meltdown killed nearly 16,000 people. The country remembered with a moment of silence, while Asia Access remembered the day with a time of prayer. Would you continue...

  • A Day I'll Never Forget!

    tsunami-devastationFour years ago today, Silk and I were in Karuizawa, Japan with most of our Japan staff and Asian Access/Japan National Leadership. It is a day that I will never forget. That afternoon, while sitting in the Megumi Chalet chapel, the 9.1 earthquake hit. Being well acquainted with earthquakes growing up in Southern California, at first I wasn't concerned. But, as the earthquake kept going minute by minute and getting stronger by the moment, I began to worry. Soon, we evacuated the building and then learned about the terrible devastation that struck...

  • 7.3 quake strikes off coast of Fukushima over weekend

    Japan (MNN) ― A 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook Japan early Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.Asian Access president Joe Handley says, "The earthquake hit: it was a strong shake. Everyone felt it all the way down to Tokyo. But the impact was negligible for the most part."

    The quake was off the Fukushima region of Japan and triggered...

  • Japan: Post-Disaster Prayer Requests


    The 2011 triple disaster of a 9.0 earthquake, flattening tsunami waves and a nuclear meltdown galvanized the church in Japan.  Many local observers said that they had never experienced the church working together like this in their lifetime. Not only did it wake up the church internally, it also brought an international prayer and relief focus for the country that had not been seen since the end of World War II.

    Traditional models and methodologies...


  • Video: Japan Disaster Relief Project Report - 2 Years Later

    The Story is Not Over

    This Easter weekend, we are waiting for Sunday. The cross has spoken; the lifeless body of Jesus lays in the tomb. To the disciples, it seems hopeless . . . but Sunday's coming. The story is not over.

    In northeast Japan, the triple disaster of March 11, 2011 has spoken. At...

  • Thank you for investing in Japan!

    I want to deeply thank everyone who has donated to Asian Access' disaster relief efforts in Japan. Please take a minute to watch my brief video thank-you.

    Great News!

    As we approach the first anniversary of the Japan disaster, I have great news! Asian Access has just received another $1 million matching gift opportunity...

  • Asian Access Receives $1M Matching Opportunity

    Asian Access Receives $1M Matching OpportunityHelp us match $1,000,000 to bring hope to Japan, as they rebuild:

    As we near the first anniversary of Japan's March 11 Triple Disaster, Asian Access has just received a $US 1,000,000 matching opportunity to bring hope and healing to the country.

    While we were devastated by the horrific disaster that hit the country nearly a year ago and have...

  • A Child Shall Lead Them

    A few weeks ago, as I was calling several churches who gave to Japan's special tsunami relief efforts, one church shared a powerful story. This church's attendance averages around 125 people, yet they ended up being one of the top ten giving churches in America helping us match the $1,000,000 challenge to bring both spiritual and physical hope to...

  • A Progress Update on Japan Disaster Relief

    What’s been happening 9 months after March 11

    By Takeshi Takazawa 

    A Progress Update on Japan Disaster ReliefEvacuation Sites Closed

    For better or for worse, government-registered evacuation sites have now all been closed in northeast Japan. Out of the 330,00 former residents, over 75% moved to temporary housing; the rest had to move in with friends or relatives or completely...

  • 3 Waves 3 Walls: Reflections following Japan's Triple Disaster

    And the walls came a tumblin' down!
    3 Waves 3 Walls: Reflections following Japan's Triple Disaster

    The last few months I've been listening carefully to pastors from Japan share their reflections post 3/11/11. Their learning is profound because their reflections are deep.

    As you know, Japan was hit by a triple disaster on March 11, 2011 with three distinct waves:

    1. The 9.0 earthquake which did relatively little
    2. ...
  • Japanese church seeks help with rebuilding plans

    Japanese church seeks help with rebuilding plans

    The Daily Herald, a Chicago suburb newspaper covered one of Pastor Sato's "Exodus Church" presentations. Here's an excerpt from Deborah Donovan's informative article "Japanese church seeks help with rebuilding plans" . . .

    "It was very difficult to get food for the 70 people at once. We had no gas. The mountain road was

  • Christian Post story on Pastor Sato's 'Exodus Church' presentation

    Pastor Akira Sato and Chieko SatoPastor Akira Sato of Fukushima First Bible Baptist Church recently shared his congregation's collective experience with several audiences in Southern California and Chicago. The presentation was called "Exodus Church," because his entire congregation was forced to evacuate as a result of the Fukushima nuclear power plant damaged by the...

  • Exodus from Japan's Ground Zero

    Pastor Sato heads to the U.S. to personally share about Fukushima First Bible Baptist Church's experience following the nuclear disaster in Japan!

    Exodus from Japan's Ground Zero

    Meet Akira Sato, Senior Pastor of Fukushima First Bible Baptist Church—located just a few miles from Japan’s failed nuclear reactor site. His town evacuated. His congregation displaced. And...

  • He Reigns Over All The Earth . . . even Japan

    Chris Hunter

    Asian Access announces a song to benefit Japan Tsunami Relief

    C.L. Hunter, CEO of "Christ Hu Nterz Productions" (pronounced "Christ Who Enters") recently approached Asian Access to partner with him in promoting a great new song by Fahren Johnson, "He Reigns Over All the Earth."

    Hunter shared with us:

  • Japan breathes sigh of relief with Typhoon Roke's near miss

    Typhoon Roke took a swipe at the disaster zone in Japan

    washed out road (photo courtesy Jeff Johnston)  

    JAPAN (MNN) ― It also brought evacuations, flooding and more worry to the country struggling to recuperate from the tsunami, quake and nuclear disaster in March. Although a fierce storm, it weakened on approach to Fukushima as a Category 1 hurricane, before veering off....

  • Grandma, Jesus is here... Jesus has brought us food

    Shortly following March 11th's Triple Disaster in Japan, Steve Moore from The Mission Exchange called this "Japan's Hour" in a special webinar entitled Global Status of Japan Disaster where Asian Access was interviewed in light of the horrific tragedy impacting the country.  Surely enough, this moment is proving to be...

  • Tsunami Update: Asian Access Provides Relief in Japan

    Boots used by volunteers to help clean out the mud from homes in the Tsunami stricken areas of northern Japan.Thank you so much for the prayers and support for Japan following the March 11 triple disaster. Below is a brief report sharing what Asian Access has had the privilege of participating in due to your contributions, prayers and service teams.

    PHASE ONE: The last few months (Much of this in partnership with several churches and ministries)

    1) Helped deliver over 30 tons  of relief supplies— food, diapers, hygiene products, soap, toilet paper, bicycles, clothing, blankets, water and bedding. [Our staff purchased and delivered more than 2 tons of supplies the first week after the disaster alone.];  2) Even larger amounts  of...

  • An oasis from the storm

    Several weeks ago, I was introduced to Thomas Kim from Churches Helping Churches. From the moment we met, we knew there would be great synergy and collaboration. Why? Because we share the same ideas about ministry. We are both committed to coming alongside of pastors and churches in the midst of the chaos they face following a disaster; which in this instance is the triple disaster that hit Japan on March 11th, one of the worst disasters in world history...

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