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"I would really like to thank all the people who are committing themselves in prayer, in giving and in being part of the global movement of advancing the kingdom of God through church planting and equipping and training ministries. Everybody, because we believe in the priesthood of every believer, we all have been serving by our gifts, by our resources, and by our calling. So thank you very much for all of your investment and contribution to the churches in Asia and eventually the global...

wilson mike 2016Dec 500px sqareI grew up in a household where PTSD was the norm. Over the years—especially in my youth and early adulthood—I had some counseling as well as healing prayer. Since my freak bike accident trying to get two disciples to the train station and then LAX, I have entered a yearlong journey toward normal function of my arm and shoulder. My custom is to practice meditation on Christ with alertness. During this crisis, God has reminded me of an uncle who committed suicide and a cousin who was killed in a train yard trying to buy drugs. I am confident if this type of making efforts to be mindful of God was not my custom, I would not have “caught” what God was alerting me to. I know that now I have less anxiety about the long journey I am on. If you have only read the New Testament, then you may be surprised to know that the Jews were at times in their history very spiritual and had a custom of meditating on God. When they came back from the exile, they did not want to fall into apostasy again. This is one of the strategies they used to “abide with God.”...

brokenness beauty signNozomi のぞみ = Hope

Last week I had the privilege of visiting the Nozomi Project and wow, I didn’t expect how powerfully God would move in my own life. As we were sharing together I heard the amazing story shared in this video about an autistic boy: https://vimeo.com/164225374 Thing is, I didn’t expect it to hit me personally. You see, I have an autistic sister so I shared a lot in common with the family in the video. As you’ll see in the story, the mom was encouraged through the Nozomi team, and particularly by my colleague Sue Takamoto, that her son’s life has purpose and meaning. That led me to share part of my own journey growing up with my sister. You see, I’m not naturally a very compassionate person but growing up with my sister, there were times where...

joe and nakamurasPastor Yoji Nakamura, who leads the Kyushu Christ Disaster Relief Center in Kumamoto, is an amazing pastor. You can learn more about him in this post from last fall: Mr. Christ… Christ, Christ, Christ! I had the privilege of spending a few days with him in Kumamoto following up on the earthquake that hit the region about nine months ago. He was so inspiring and as he shared in church that morning before I preached, he told the congregation another amazing story that brought tears to all of our eyes!  As they’ve led the relief efforts, they have tried to adopt people from the disaster areas who live in temporary housing and Pastor Yoji adopted a little girl who has been particularly challenging to work alongside. Most people avoid the child because she’s so oppositional. But, Yoji just...

Kent and Yuko Muhling 2015Being with Kent and Yuko Muhling last week in Sendai inspired me. They are trying so many different ways to reach out to their neighbors, I was deeply impressed. You would be proud of them! One story in particular captured my imagination. They shared about a man who has been watching the Christian relief teams not far from Sendai City. He lived through the disaster and has seen the relief teams come and go. But, he was particularly inspired by the ongoing efforts of the local churches, missionaries, and believers from all over the world who keep coming and serving. As he thought about these people and what they were doing, he watched them very closely. He noticed that despite all the trials they suffered in serving, all the challenges they face on a daily basis and even the difficult circumstances through... 

huddled masses 1Lady Liberty shouts this amazing phrase from Emma Lazarus sonnet. It was a picture that came to it’s fullest light yesterday when I visited Takamori Church here on Kyushu island. How inspiring to hear of the missionary pastor Spoor who after planting 6 churches around Kumamoto before being called to serve at the Takamori Church. Visiting this church inspired me as there are so many wonderful stories to tell about it’s history and outreach. For now though, when the world is wrestling... 

tomoaki goto and joe 500pxRecently, I experienced a great deal of joy at Asian Access/Japan National Conference. Story after story was shared that inspired me! One pastor who just graduated from Asian Access/Japan, Tomoaki Goto, shared an incredible vision. He wants his church to be known as the Joyful Church. And Pastor Goto lives out the essence of the word “joy”. Just look at his face pictured here with me. That says it all! Before he shared, several ministry strategists spoke about the needs of the church in Japan...

A2 50th Anniversary Save the Date postcardFriends, this is an exciting year for Asian Access. We get to celebrate 50 years of ministry, and we want to invite you to something special. Yes, we would love for you to join us for our "Jubilee in Jakarta" this coming April. Please come! We would love to have you help celebrate 50 years of ministry with Asian Access. It's going to be an exciting, wonderful time.

Considering coming? The dates are April 26-28, 2017. For more details about attending our anniversary Jubilee in Jakarta, visit: http://www.asianaccess.org/a250...

A2 philippines 1 1 B 500pxAsian Access/Philippines is underway.

On January 16–19, 30 handpicked leaders attended an orientation session co-sponsored by the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) and the Philippines for Jesus movement (PFJ). Between them, PCEC and PFJ represent 55,000 of the more than 68,000 Protestant churches now active in the Philippines. They include churches from more than 75 different denominations. Bishops Noel Pantoja from PCEC and Dan Balais from PFJ headed the group that attended the session. “Asian Access/Philippines is an answer to a prayer for...

BuildingBlocks Leadership Scripture 464502576 500px part4Qualities of a Great Leader, Part 4: Seventeen Essential Qualities

This is the final post of my 4-part series about great leaders that took me 36 years to write. Here is a summary of what I've shared: Six Foundational Qualities, Five Spiritual Qualities, Two Relational Qualities, and Seventeen Essential Leadership Qualities. Having studied leaders, it is clear to me that when God wants to get something done, He finds a person, but not just any person. He looks for a person with certain qualities.

MY THESIS: Great leaders who achieve great things are characterised by certain...

BuildingBlocks Leadership Scripture 464502576 500px part3Qualities of a Great Leader, Part 3: Two Relational Qualities

This is the third post in a 4-part series about great leaders that took me 36 years to write. Here are the categories of the 30 leadership qualities I will enumerate: Six Foundational Qualities, Five Spiritual Qualities, Two Relational Qualities, and Seventeen Essential Leadership Qualities. As I shared in Part 1, when God wants to get something done, He finds a person, but not just any person. He looks for a person with certain qualities.

Relational Leadership Qualities

12. Self-Leadership (relation to self)...

BuildingBlocks Leadership Scripture 464502576 500px part2Qualities of a Great Leader, Part 2: Five Spiritual Qualities

This is the second entry in a 4-part series about great leaders that took me 36 years to write. Here is the outline of the 30 leadership qualities I will cover: Six Foundational Qualities, Five Spiritual Qualities, Two Relational Qualities, and Seventeen Essential Leadership Qualities. As I shared in Part 1, when God wants to get something done, He finds a person, but not just any person. He looks for a person with certain qualities.

Spiritual Leadership Qualities

7. Doing what...

BuildingBlocks Leadership Scripture 464502576 500px part1Qualities of a Great Leader, Part 1: Six Foundational Qualities

This is the first installment of a 4-part series about great leaders that took 36 years to write. Here is the outline of the 30 leadership qualities I will cover: Six Foundational Qualities, Five Spiritual Qualities, Two Relational Qualities, and Seventeen Essential Leadership Qualities. When God wants to get something done, He finds a person, but not just any person. He looks for a person with certain qualities. Consider the following examples...

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