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Category: From the President
Created on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:05

Rusty CoffeltThis past year, a friend made the following Facebook post: “God is not dead. His son died so each of us could have eternal life if we accept him. Do you accept the gift he has given you?” Pretty bold! It reminded me of a post I made for EvangelVision on how effective I found social media for sharing my faith, especially via simply praying for people. As you can see from my friend’s post, ...

Read more: God’s Not Dead: Social Media Engagement

Category: A2 Community Blog
Created on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 08:46

Pastor-Mark-Rosacay-and-Joe-webYou can say this about Christian leaders in the Philippines—they have vision. In 1974, there were around 5,000 churches in the entire nation. Then, a key church-growth conference was held in Manila. Out of this conference was birthed the Disciple A Whole Nation (DAWN) movement. DAWN’s vision? By the year 2000—a mere 25 years away—there would be 50,000 churches in the Philippines—a 1000% increase...

Read more: The Philippines: Big Vision, Big Challenges—And More Vision

Category: From the President
Created on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 08:06

Move the NeedleIt was about 7 years ago this month that I put my name in the hat as a candidate for president of Asian Access.Luis Bush from Transform World encouraged me to apply a few months prior and after doing quite a bit of research, I told the Asian Access board at my interview, "Asian Access is one of the best kept secrets in mission today." Why? As the mission leader...

Read more: Moving the Needle

Category: A2 Community Blog
Created on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 09:46

japanese pastors-500-gbRecently I met with a Japanese Christian leader to catch up on each other’s lives, to discuss the challenges of the spread of the gospel in this nation, and to dream a bit about how to build upon the many partnerships that have been developing between Christian groups in Japan. During our conversation, he surprised me with an unexpected  comment: “The leaders of the church community in Japan need to come from outside the church community!”

“What do you mean?” I asked...

Read more: The Leaders Must Come from Outside!

Category: A2 Community Blog
Created on Monday, 09 February 2015 08:31

Springtime and Harvest in Japan

Written by Raymund To

rice-harvest-3As we approach Spring again, rice farmers across Japan are once again preparing their paddies to plant a new crop soon. Springtime and harvest. Just a few months ago, it was that time when rice paddies turn bright and golden yellow, signaling they’re ready for harvest. The process began back in the spring. Before planting, the land was tilled, and the soil and seedlings were prepared. The seedlings were then meticulously planted, and the paddies subsequently flooded with water...

Read more: Springtime and Harvest in Japan

Category: From the President
Created on Friday, 06 February 2015 13:29

Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking at my son's high school chapel. He attends a fairly new preparatory school here in the South Bay of Los Angeles. It was an honor being with the students at Ambassador High. It reminded me of my time at Whittier Christian High years ago. I don't know about you but high school was one of those seasons of life where...

Read more: Are you a world changer?

Category: A2 Community Blog
Created on Friday, 30 January 2015 14:17

slowThe new year is a natural time for deeper reflection setting ambitious goals. Here are some thoughts I've been mulling over. As the year began, I was reminded of something Nehemiah said when he was nearing completion of his building project, the wall around Jerusalem—clearly a work God had called him to. In chapter six two men, who were feeling threatened by Nehemiah's success, requested he come to a meeting. But he saw through their invitation and instead replied, "I am about a great work and will not come down" (v. 3). My husband, Mike, and I like to repeat this quote when something or someone tugs at us that is clearly a distraction. These words pull us back to what God has called us to—the great task at hand and our unwavering commitment to it.

Read more: Are you distracted and hurried in 2015?

Category: From the President
Created on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 09:26

dbirdsall-speaking1-thumbAt Asian Access’ fall board retreat, Doug Birdsall shared the powerful story of how the 2020 Vision for Japan emerged. Listening to Doug share is always an inspiration! He spoke about how he was sensing the Lord might be calling him away from the mission of Asian Access—but one night woke up and all he could see and hear was the phrase “Plant Churches… Plant Churches… Plant Churches…” over and over again!

Read more: Plant Churches... Plant Churches... Plant Churches!

Category: From the President
Created on Monday, 19 January 2015 09:07

Journey-of-Grace coverThese are exciting days for Asian Access. Ministry is thriving and we are on the cusp of growing into new countries. Several have noted A2’s influence, even challenging us to speak publicly on those things God has gifted us with – Making the Most of Our Time. Even charity watch groups have noted our effectiveness: Charity Navigator’s CEO highlights A2! Most recently, I’m proud to announce the publication of two new books: Exponentential Culture and Journey of Grace...

Read more: A2 Colleagues Release New Books

Category: From the President
Created on Monday, 12 January 2015 09:01

gandalfAs we entered 2015 a few weeks ago, I found it interesting that the Lord spoke into my life at least three different times, from three different sources unbeknownst to one another, and all saying essentially the same thing. The picture you see here was the final incident as I was watching the film, “The Fellowship of the Rings” from Tolkein’s masterpiece trilogy, The Lord of the Rings...

Read more: Making the Best Use of our Time

Category: From the President
Created on Friday, 09 January 2015 09:04

r-laugh-200Most of you know that many of the countries Asian Access works in the leaders face trials, tribulations and persecution. My colleague Jim, who serves in partnership with us through Sunrise International Ministries, shared this powerful story from one of our alumns. Sometimes the stories of others give us perspective on our own situation. I will also share the testimony of our good friend R. Recently R. shared his story with us and we were very touched...

Read more: Joy in the midst of Persecution

Category: From the President
Created on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 10:25

pmazumder-jhandley-webThe Church in Bangladesh has received a core challenge from Asian Access to address a key problem. And learning this encouraged me greatly. Recently, I had the privilege of traveling with Peter Mazumder, general secretary of Bible Student Fellowship of Bangladesh (IFES) and co-national director of Asian Access/Bangladesh. Peter shared stories of the life-transforming process...

Read more: Why Disciple-Making is So Important

Category: From the President
Created on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 19:31

Maclellan Matching Gift CampaignWith a few hours to spare, and thanks to your help, we have just met the $200,000 matching challenge! We reached 100% of the goal! We are rejoicing because The Maclellan Foundation will double the $200,000 we have just raised, allowing us to expand our work in India plus two additional countries. And it will help us come alongside persecuted pastors in...

Read more: Maclellan Match Met! Thank you... $200,000 raised and doubled!


  • From the President

    From the President blog by Joe Handley

  • A2 Community Blog

    A2 Community blog with posts from a variety of contributors around Asian Access

  • Mission Network News

    Stories about Asian Access published by Mission Network News, a mission news service dedicated to keeping Christians informed on evangelical mission activity around the world. In doing so we hope to educate and motivate Christians to prayer, participation, and support of missionary work to help further the Great Commission.

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From around the A2 Community...

  • o me of little faith

    Adair Update Feb 25, 2015 | 07:34 am

    Last week was a rather stressful/intense/faith-stretching/scary kind of week. Three situations in particular were quite yucky, and each looked pretty hopeless to me. Each also had the potential to really blow up in some tough ways (yes, my mind went[…]

  • Does it make a difference?

    Milbino Messenger Feb 23, 2015 | 15:52 pm

    Does it make a difference? Our pastor challenged us to not just bring more people into the church, but serve the world outside the church. "Rejoice with those who are rejoicing, and mourn with those who mourn "歓ぶ人たちと共に歓び,泣く人たちと共に泣きなさい" - Romans 12:15We've talked often about how[…]

  • Pointing the Way

    The Takameter Feb 17, 2015 | 16:30 pm

    Pointing the Way Today has been a weepy day for me. (Note:  I started this post on Monday, February 9th.  Just finishing it now, ten days later — I couldn’t quite process it all to get this written). We found out that a[…]

  • a cheery and lots of dreary

    Adair Update Feb 17, 2015 | 08:00 am

    Here’s the alternate, melodramatic title to this blog: Clouds blocking out the sun.  The winter here in northeast Japan is cloudy.  No, we don’t get a lot of snow and, no, it’s not even super cold (although inside and outside[…]

  • Hidden Changes and New Things

    The Takameter Feb 5, 2015 | 11:36 am

    Hidden Changes and New Things This morning in staff meeting we played an observation game.  We divided up into two teams.  Team A turned around, faced the wall, with eyes closed.  Team B had about 2 or 3 minutes to change 12 things about themselves.[…]

  • Who would have thought to look in the juice aisle?

    The De La Courier Feb 4, 2015 | 02:42 am

    After wandering the local grocery store over three different visits, looking for lemon juice, I finally broke down and asked for help finding it from a clerk. She quickly said, "Its on aisle 5, about the center, on the top[…]

  • Out with the demons; In with the birds

    The Takameter Feb 3, 2015 | 13:38 pm

    Out with the demons; In with the birds Our five year old saved the day! Today in Japan, many people celebrate the day before spring by a ritual to cleanse away the evil from the former year, and hopefully bring good fortune to the coming year.  Traditionally participants will[…]

  • Our futures…

    The Takameter Jan 31, 2015 | 15:27 pm

    Our futures… Yesterday as the weekend was approaching at the social enterprise where I am working, one of the staff shared that her daughter has her major college entrance examination this weekend.  She would need to drive to Sendai (an hour or[…]

  • Six Family History Rituals that Even Moms Like Me Can Do

    The Takameter Jan 29, 2015 | 14:18 pm

    Six Family History Rituals that Even Moms Like Me Can Do One of my “bents” is finding unique ways to celebrate people that I love.  This can mean making a unique cake for friends, surprise parties, even wacky practical jokes. This interest plays out in our family.  For numerous reasons, I[…]

  • food fun following the flu

    The Takameter Jan 23, 2015 | 16:16 pm

    food fun following the flu After a week in virtual quarantine at home, today I was ready for some healthy food alternatives!  I’ve had the flu – and three out of four kids as well and one with strept throat to boot!  Most of the week[…]


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