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Official blogs from Asian Access

Category: From the President
Created on Friday, 21 November 2014 08:33

Giving is Worship"Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."
- Luke 6:38

As Thanksgiving approaches, I've been reflecting on my giving practices. I inherited an amazing treasury of generosity from my parents who are some of the most generous people I have ever met. They practice the truth of this passage in the Gospel of Luke...

Read more: Giving is Worship

Category: From the President
Created on Thursday, 20 November 2014 07:55

planting-healthy-church-webWhat a joy to sit at a coffee shop in one of the most dynamic cities of Asia today. My wife and I had the privilege of listening to A2 alumni across three different cohorts in country share how their ministry is doing and how they are doing. One alumnus is leading a network of 18 churches in the city that has 600 people attending. Another said that he leads a group of eight churches with 2,000 people. The third is now leading a local...

Read more: Multiplicity

Category: A2 Community Blog
Created on Monday, 17 November 2014 09:02

Mary Jo Wilson, A2's VP for Japan, shares why she is proud that Asian Access applies its four outcomes to women leaders across Asia:
1) Nurturing a love relationship with God;
2) Growing in Christ-like character;
3) Reproducing disciple-making leaders;
4) Planting multiplying churches.

Being a female leader can be a lonely road. But Asian Access is investing in these leaders to help each of them in their context. And as they are in the A2 community, they're mutually encouraged and learning...

Read more: Investing in women leaders, too, so churches can multiply

Category: From the President
Created on Friday, 14 November 2014 11:09

Watch Joe Handley share Asian Access' new plans to:
1) Launch leader development in a new country this year;
2) Begin exploring a second new country soon after;
3) Launch a new marketplace ministry, in which Asian Access takes lessons learned in 35+ years of pastoral training and apply it in developing business leaders.

Joe also reports a significant milestone that...

Read more: New initiatives and updates from Asian Access

Category: Mission Network News
Created on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 10:30

(Photo APEC flags courtesy Flickr/CC/Halans)Japan (MNN) — It was supposed to be a photo-op, but instead, it was an awkward handshake between the leaders of China and Japan meeting in Beijing for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Summit. The body language of both leaders made it clear that a lot of work lies ahead of smoothing out...

Read more: Beginning of reconciliation between Japan, China?

Category: From the President
Created on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 10:47

Ron & Maureen McMahonAt our October meeting, the Asian Access board unanimously and enthusiastically elected Ron McMahon to serve as the lifetime honorary chairman of our board. It was a deeply meaningful time together as we reflected on Ron's 23 years as our chairman. Because of Ron's great leadership, we are well on our way to celebrating 50 years of ministry in 2017. Prior to Ron's tenure, ...

Read more: A Lifetime Appointment

Category: From the President
Created on Friday, 07 November 2014 15:00

bangladesh-garment-factory-workers-500In one of the poorest countries in the world, where garment workers labor under harsh conditions, Asian Access is partnering with InterVarsity to build the Living Water Centre (LWC)—a multi-purpose training and conference facility in a country where land and buildings like this are scarce. Peter Mazumder, general secretary of InterVarsity Bangladesh, shares in a video interview his vision for a Centre that will lead people to living water. LWC will help the nearby garment workers through providing a medical clinic and chapel as well as serve the facility needs for a number of organizations who are partnering in this vision, including...

Read more: Life-Giving Water for Bangladesh – Never Thirst Again!

Category: A2 Community Blog
Created on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 08:00

 Inspiring attitude despite eight pastors imprisoned.

A2's Noel Becchetti learned from Asian leaders there is a new wave of persecution in their country. When he offered to pray for them, he was surprised to hear the leaders say: "Pray that we would be bold and stay bold as we face this new time of struggle."

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Read more: Facing new wave of persecution: Pray that we'd be bold!

Category: A2 Community Blog
Created on Monday, 03 November 2014 08:02

You'll be surprised to hear the answer!

Noel Becchetti of Asian Access asked an A2 national church leader how he accounted for the phenomenal growth of the church in his country, where it's grown from a couple hundred leaders to now nearly 2 million in about 25 years. The leader gave two clear reasons that you would not have guessed.

Find out what they are...

Read more: Two reasons to account for the growth of the church in your country

Category: A2 Community Blog
Created on Saturday, 01 November 2014 15:52

David Dayalan, national director of A2/India, talks about what's happening through the Asian Access leader development program there. He highlights the need for more and better leaders in order to reach a nation. Looking at the lives of alumni and current participants in India, David also reports:

  • life transformation happening in each;
  • that they see the need to reorganize their lives, families and ministries to bring God greater glory;
  • participlants begin to see the need to develop other leaders and are doing so...

Read more: What's really happening through Asian Access in my country?

Category: Mission Network News
Created on Friday, 31 October 2014 06:00

Women in Leadership: Part Three

Written by Mission Network News

Women in Leadership: Part ThreeInternational (MNN) — Throughout the world, women are treated as less than human. Gender-based killings — practiced everywhere from China to the U.S. — kills thousands of baby girls...

Read more: Women in Leadership: Part Three

Category: Mission Network News
Created on Friday, 31 October 2014 04:00

Kärin Primuth on Women in Leadership

Written by Mission Network News

Kärin PrimuthWomen in Leadership, Interview 1:

Kӓrin Primuth, Asian Access board member and Wendy Wilson with Missio Nexus discuss the pros and cons surrounding the topic of women in leadership with Mission Network News’ Katey Hearth.

Listen to the interview...

Read more: Kärin Primuth on Women in Leadership

Category: Mission Network News
Created on Friday, 31 October 2014 02:00

Handley on Women in Leadership

Written by Mission Network News

Interview: Joe Handley of Asian Access explores a controversial issue with Mission Network News’ Katey Hearth: Women in Leadership...

Listen to the interview...

Read more: Handley on Women in Leadership


  • 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...

  • Love this grandparenting-in-person time!

    The De La Courier Nov 20, 2014 | 15:14 pm

    We have had a wonderful time with our UK family the past week. We came here because I (Faith) have an International Personnel Conference with SIM staff from around the world at the SIM UK office. But since I was[…]

  • unexpected truth and love

    Adair Update Nov 19, 2014 | 02:08 am

    My uncle’s birthday was on Monday (or Sunday US time?). I called him – pretty bummed that, once again, I didn’t get a card in the mail. My uncle has a disability and often doesn’t make sense (at least to[…]

  • Significant

    The Takameter Nov 18, 2014 | 14:15 pm

    Significant This morning I prepared to walk over to Nozomi Project with a grumbling heart.  I shared some with my husband, who was gracious and listened.  Finished getting ready, make-up, the ever-essential Nozomi jewelry, picking up some clothes around my bed.[…]

  • Latest video

    The Takameter Nov 15, 2014 | 15:12 pm

    Latest video We made it through Review Week!  Woohoo.  We were sitting through one of the reviews in our guest room when I burst out laughing.  Two of our staff had replaced our wedding photo in a silver frame with a magazine[…]

  • Bi-Annual Reviews; and Reviews that Last

    The Takameter Nov 12, 2014 | 15:21 pm

    Bi-Annual Reviews; and Reviews that Last Tomorrow and Friday we will be conducting individual reviews with all of our Nozomi staff.  AARGGH!  We started this for the first time in the spring, and it is something we are committed to doing bi-annually.  The whole process is[…]

  • One way to mark the partnership between Asian Access and SIM USA

    The De La Courier Nov 9, 2014 | 19:57 pm

    In the courtyard between the Worship and Training Center and the building where my office has moved are six posts with signs pointing to the various countries where SIM USA missionaries are serving.  Not all countries have a sign, but[…]

  • A Place Set Apart

    The De La Courier Nov 9, 2014 | 03:43 am

    The SIM Member Care department is enjoying our new office suite. We took over some offices in what used to be living rooms in the "Lodge." The space was remodeled extensively and designed to give our missionaries a place of[…]

  • Recipe for a tough week

    The Takameter Nov 7, 2014 | 14:26 pm

    Recipe for a tough week It has been a challenging week, with some very real ministry and personal challenges and disappointments.  Some weeks are like this, aren’t they? We found out some really hard news about a dear friend; faced some personnel challenges at Nozomi[…]

  • Prophecies- For Real

    The Takameter Nov 2, 2014 | 14:53 pm

    Prophecies- For Real I sat next to her as the sobs ripped through her body.  I was somewhat stunned.  I had never seen her cry before.  She has always been one of the strong ones; the member of the Nozomi Project who always[…]

  • You're Worthy of our Praise

    The De La Courier Nov 1, 2014 | 15:44 pm

    Our SIM byline is "By Prayer" and we open each work day with a time of worship and prayer.  We cover prayer for our missionaries, our donors,  the countries that SIM missionaries are sent from and the countries where SIM[…]


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