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“Making disciples means making servants. That is what Bob Moffitt shared. Just like Jesus, disciples are called to serve. How? By loving and helping their neighbors. And Bob emphasized that service was not just words…it means action.” Our National Director was sharing about the A2 session that had just been held in their country. (For security purposes, we will not reveal the location, or our leader’s identity.) Bob Moffitt, the faculty for this session, was teaching on how Christ followers can make a difference in their communities as a practical expression of their witness...

Major needs in the Church coincide with expanded ministry

photo-1462557661829-6a1129313bbbPhilippines (MNN) — It takes a discerning crowd to recognize the needs of the Church in one nation. In the Philippines, church leaders are pulling together to advance the Gospel, and they’re asking Asian Access to help. Joe Handley of Asian Access is excited to announce they are expanding their ministry into the Philippines. The need? Church leadership, church planting, and healing across the Body of Christ. God has uniquely equipped the ministry in these three areas...

geese story 1I just returned from a land of the richest soil. The fruit of what God has been doing in this country the last 25 years is enormous. Some of the key alumni gathered to meet with me expressing a new found enthusiasm for the future of what God is doing in their country and how Asian Access can assist. It was one of the most deeply enriching experiences you can imagine...

joe with millers 500How fun it was seeing Emi and Sterling Miller and their girls last weekend. We had a blast together catching up and going out for beef BBQ. It was one of the best meals we’ve had in Japan so far. Seeing how their family is growing was such a joy for me as their oldest daughter took a liking to me from the moment she met me when she was just a toddler. I get to see Sterling quite often because he serves with me in sharing about Asian Access in several countries across Asia. But, it was fun seeing the better half as we say and those precious little girls. Reminds me of when my girls were little...

moses aaron hur 500A few weeks ago, our national directors and key working team members from each country gathered for some rich times of fellowship, growing together and learning in community. It was time well spent as we dug into creative ways to share in the Asian Access communities. As you can see in these pictures, we had a lot of fun together! My colleague David Dayalan shared about it here, too...

It’s been a wonderful week here in Singapore learning together with Asian Access National Directors. Leaders from across Asia just wrapped up the Asian Access' National Leaders Gathering in Singapore. We brought in Marlene Le Fever to help us consider how adults learn, so that we can continue improving the effectiveness of the A2 Leader Development program. We also tackled translating the Vision, Mission and Values of Asian Access into each of the languages where we work. And we prayed together and had fun together...

Tell the time 1000x667I was sitting in a coffee shop in Beijing Airport waiting for my plane when a red faced airport attendant came up to me and asked,”Are you Mister Rod Denton?” When I replied that I was, he then said, ”I have been searching for you. We have been calling your name. You have missed your flight. Your plane has gone without you.” And the reason I missed my flight was that I could not tell the time. I had forgotten to synchronize my watch with Chinese time. I had made a serious mistake and would now have to suffer the inconvenient consequences. My thesis for this paper is One of the important characteristics of effective leaders is that they can tell the time. For down through the years causes have been won or lost because leaders could or could not tell the time. But I am not talking about time as we in the west usually refer to time. The Greeks have two words for time...

skyejethaniIn God’s kingdom our work becomes a manifestation of his love for the world.
— Skye Jethani

I was inspired by this recent quote from my friend Skye Jethani. If you don’t read his devotionals, they are fantastic. This one is linked here. They are not free but very affordable! I firmly believe this and it’s why Asian Access has jumped into the business space to help develop marketplace leaders... 

sato akira closeup LRYou may remember Pastor Akira Sato, the pastor from Fukushima First Baptist Church. He was the focal point for many of the stories coming out of Japan following the triple disaster on 3.11. His now famous story of the Exodus Church can be found nearly anywhere online. And, it’s a story full of life and leadership lessons. Yesterday I heard him preach as a guest speaker at Kurume Christ Church in Higashikurume, Tokyo. Pastor Sato asked this question... 

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... 

“When we do mission, we need one heart. So we can do it together.”

These two sentences best sum up our commitment to live and work in community. Pastor Yukimasa Otomo shared this with me to describe his partnership with A2 missionaries Robert and Roberta Adair. The partnership between Japanese pastors and A2 missionaries is deep. As Yukimasa Sensei added, “Having Robert [here] is good for me, because I can share my heart.” Robert was excited to partner with this pastor, too...

japan team 2016 aTeam from Japan Learns About Trust

A team of young Japanese Christians recently headed to South Asia. It was my second year leading a team from Japan to this country, and I went with equal amounts of excitement and concern. I was excited about what God had in store for our team, yet was concerned about increased government pressure on the Church in this region. Walking out of the airport, our local partner immediately turned to me and said, "...

our first few weeks in japan potluckWhat a thrill it is to be in Japan! For several years, I have wanted to move here serving as the president of Asian Access. This year proved to be the perfect time! Our family was ready and next year Asian Access turns 50! What a joy to be here where it all began nearly 50 years ago. It’s been an adventure… to say the least! Those who follow us on social media are well aware. Even with a tremendous team in place to help us settle and with all these years of experience settling staff in country, we still faced a series of challenges that boggle the mind. As I reflect back though, I see it all as God’s divine plan. You know, at Asian Access we often talk about The School of God. The Lord has taught us many lessons the last few weeks and there are many more to discover I’m sure... 


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