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(Image courtesy Wikipedia)Sri Lanka (MNN) – Flood waters in Sri Lanka are slowly receding now, revealing the extent of the damage from last week’s torrent.  Asian Access’ Joe Handley says what they’re hearing from their partners is that, “It’s the worst disaster to hit the nation in the last five years.” The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its situation report, “Many of the affected population, particularly in the rural areas, were already amongst the most vulnerable in the country and have now lost everything, including their homes, possessions, agricultural land and means of making a living.” The water’s surge forced more than 350,000 people from their homes.  Government officials also anticipate the death toll to rise well beyond too. “They’re estimating”, explains Handley, that “at least the last...

MJW cycle of worksI had a blast co-teaching with Mary Jo Wilson, Asian Access vice president for missional engagement, these last two weeks in India! She led the pastors through a culture game that had everyone actively engaged and experiencing a taste of how difficult it is to operate in another culture. Watching the pastors try to figure out each others tribes was hilarious. Some even resorted to fighting, practically speaking...

(Image courtesy Wikipedia)Sri Lanka (MNN) – At least 37 people are dead following Sri Lanka’s incessant rains and mudslides. Countless others remain missing, reports CNN. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by the rains, which have come earlier than the usual monsoon season expected later in this month. Entire houses have been submerged beneath rising water. Sri Lanka’s army, police, and navy are conducting search and rescue operations, digging out survivors. But with the heavy rains have come mudslides...

KumamotoEarthquake100k 565x327Takeshi Takazawa of Asian Access reports that there are over 100 churches in the Kyushu earthquake disaster area and surrounding vicinity in SW Japan.

Those churches together created the "Kyushu Christian Relief Center" and it's already functioning. One of the on-site leaders is an alumnus of our leader development program, Pastor Yoji Nakamura. Together, they are distributing relief goods and helping out individual victims by removing debris from their houses...

paradigm shifts webWe had another fun week in India as the 3rd group of pastors graduated on Thursday evening. These two pastors pulled me aside to personally thank me for the investment of Asian Access.

The first guy shocked me. He said: "A2 questioned my orthodox ways of thinking!” I was a little worried to be honest with you. I thought, Oh boy, what happened? However, he went on to talk about orthodox methodology rather than theology. Too funny! Here’s what he shared...

samuel cb headshot 2016On our third day at Asian Access Global Leaders’ Summit, C.B. Samuel once again challenged us. This day was quite challenging indeed as you can tell from the title of this blog. I encourage you to listen to C.B.’s entire lesson below, but to give you a few doozies as teasers, here’s a little of what you can expect:

• The church will have to go through major restructuring in order for us to embody the kingdom of God!

• When you get into the lift (an elevator), you don’t know who is a leader… Jesus sees people, not leaders! It doesn’t matter who you are but what matters is how you behave!

• When you follow Jesus, he changes the way you look at the world!—The best leadership training seeks disorientation!...

CBSamuel 2016As I mentioned the other day, C.B. Samuel led our Global Leaders’ Summit in some rich reflections on our values at Asian Access. The first day his focus was our Intimacy with God (see "They were lost in God."). This posting is about his second day and the importance of community. We have the audio of this recorded message and you can listen to C.B’s wisdom here...

Let me just tease you to listen to this tremendous teaching by selecting some of his choice quotes: "We need to shake up the pastors to say you are not a CEO, you are a shepherd to create community!"...

samuel cb headshot 2016We need leaders today about whom we say, “They were lost in God!” - C.B. Samuel

A few weeks ago, Asian Access held our Global Leaders’ Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was one of the best summit gatherings of my nearly eight years of ministry with Asian Access! The fellowship and partnership with one another across eleven nations is strong, the sense of community grows year after year, and the mutual support and rallying behind one another is second to none. We had a powerful week together. One of the highlights is captured in this quote above by C.B. Samuel who helped start Asian Access/India and who serves on our India Council of Reference. Each day C.B. shared about one of our core values and this quote came in reference to our first and primary ministry value: ALL IN with God. We often say that everything in ministry and life flows from “A Love Relationship with God”...

n i grads 600pxBeing in India this week has truly inspired me. The alumni caught the vision of being community and even more importantly of living in a love relationship with God: They are ALL IN with God and they LIVE Community! They are also all committed to Accelerating Kingdom Leaders BUT, it’s important to note that this only flows out of our/their love relationship with God: John 15:1-16 Just see John 15:5 alone -

"I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me...

CB at graduation NI2016I had the privilege of welcoming the newest group of graduates to the Asian Access family yesterday: “a vibrant community of servant leaders… leading the Church across Asia… to unite the Church, multiply leaders and congregations, and extend the transforming power of the Gospel.”

This group inspired me as they shared the impact of the last two and half years. I thought you might enjoy hearing their praise:

stories here...

tea time summit 2016Last week, the Asian Access family gathered for a rich community experience. We were in Jakarta, Indonesia for our Global Leaders’ Summit. What a fantastic week we had together. It was one of my all-time favorite summits!

What made it so special? - COMMUNITY! This is one of our three core values at Asian Access: We LIVE Community! You can learn more about our values here: Asian Access' Core Values. As we gathered together, we prayed and took a collection to help our persecuted friends in Bangladesh. Read their stories here...

KumamotoEarthquake100k 565x327I felt an urgency to get this letter to you immediately! A generous, kindhearted donor has just offered a $100,000 matching gift for earthquake relief in Southwest Japan. So now I want to give you an opportunity to respond to this huge need, starting with assisting Pastor Yoji Nakamura of Kumamoto Harvest Church. But let me provide some context for you… As you know, the Island of Kyushu in Southwest Japan was hit by two very large earthquakes and multitudes of smaller tremors continue to rock the area. Here are some current reports from the quake zone...

Most UnreachedI’ve been reading a lot of news lately… The election has been on my mind a fair amount and most of you know where I stand there. At this point, it’s looking like I’ll be voting for a third party candidate or making a write in vote! More important than all of that though, is what I’ve been reading about where the world is heading and how we can be strategic influences. All the strategic analyses I’m seeing seem to point in the same direction: Asia is going to be crucial in the coming decades. Just take a look at this collection of graphs I found from places like the Economist Intelligence Unit, the World Economic Forum, etc. Check these out! ...

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