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Category: A2 Community Blog
Created on Friday, 02 October 2015 09:16

jpn nepal team 02 sm"If you give the driver chocolate, he will drive you wherever you need to go."This joke didn't actually come from our taxi driver, but from a successful pastor who has been a part of planting over 300 churches, starting multiple children's homes, and having a voice in the creation of Nepal’s new constitution that will protect religious freedom of minority groups. Last week I had the privilege of serving alongside this pastor and his colleagues with three of my Japanese friends...

Read more: Following disaster, Japan gives back to Nepal

Category: A2 Community Blog
Created on Wednesday, 30 September 2015 11:00

imageIn an article entitled "Nepal Earthquake 2015 - Petition to Transparency International, CIAA Nepal and United Nations," Sanju Lama levies pretty harsh allegations of corruption in Nepal that have kept relief funds and supplies from the quake victims. Following the initial devastating 7.8 magnitude...

Read more: Are relief funds getting to the people in Nepal?

Category: Mission Network News
Created on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 19:00

(Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons)Nepal (MNN) -- Nepal is a country under siege. Noel Becchetti with Asian Access says India is angry because Nepal decided it wasn’t a Hindu nation. 'They’re unhappy with the fact that Nepal approved a secular constitution. You might recall: the radical element of that group basically is wanting to go back to what they called the 'Greater India,'" w...

Read more: India blockades Nepal; fuel shortages bite into constitution crisis

Category: A2 Community Blog
Created on Monday, 28 September 2015 08:17

a2 business-korea-1 2aContinuing to prototype its ministry to marketplace leaders in Seoul, South Korea. Just recently 9 CEOs and entrepreneurs gathered for the second ever session. In session two, the nine participants wrestled with the second outcome: becoming a Christ-like leader. In particular, this session...

Read more: CEOs in Seoul hone in on Christ-likeness, Marriage and Worship

Category: A2 Community Blog
Created on Thursday, 17 September 2015 11:28

Pastor-BMcD-in-DhakaWhen you spend time with Byron MacDonald, you quickly sense the peace in his life, as well as his love for the Word of God. That's what participants of A2/Bangladesh class 2 (and I) recently enjoyed. Byron gave quality time to invest deeply in the lives of fourteen A2/Bangladesh leaders. He led the group in an in-depth study of 1 John, teaching principles of hermeneutics—equipping them to be "workers approved"—and how to deliver God's Word to His people. I enjoyed seeing the leaders wrestle with...

Read more: Bold Bangladeshi leaders empowered by Holy Spirit

Category: Mission Network News
Created on Monday, 14 September 2015 07:00

(Screen capture courtesy TV Tokyo)Japan (MNN) -- Japan is coping with a one-two Tropical Storm punch. On the heels of a record heatwave came Typhoon Goni. A couple of weeks later, it was Tropical Storm 18, or Etau. The resulting floods triggered landslides, but they also triggered bad memories, says Asian Access Asia Director of Development, Sterling Miller“More traumatically, f...

Read more: Historic flooding hits Eastern Japan in the wake of Tropical Storm 18

Category: Mission Network News
Created on Thursday, 10 September 2015 09:00

Forging new dreams in Nepal

Written by Mission Network News

Forging new dreams in NepalNepal (MNN) -- Writing your country's constitution is hard. Every word you write carries the direction of the nation. Nepal’s been having an especially tough time with it since starting this journey almost a decade ago. An Asian Access partner says the big question is secular vs Hindu nationalist law. Massive strikes have shut down parts of the constitution...

Read more: Forging new dreams in Nepal

Category: From the President
Created on Thursday, 10 September 2015 08:08

Family Rebuilding Packages only $130The people of Nepal are still reeling from the worst disaster to hit their country since 1934. But you can make a difference in the life of a family there today. The initial 7.8 earthquake struck Kathmandu on April 25, 2015, with significant aftershocks on April 26 and May 12. Over 9,000 lives were lost, 23,000 injured and more than 2,000,000 people displaced from their homes. People are living in tents with nowhere to...

Read more: Help Provide Family Rebuilding Packages in Nepal

Category: From the President
Created on Wednesday, 09 September 2015 07:45

U2"If you walkaway, walkaway... I will follow!" If you haven't noticed by now, my favorite band is U2. I've been a fan of theirs since high school and attending my first concert in the mid-80's. I love their unique style, prophetic voice, spiritual awareness and social consciousness! This song "I will follow" often reminds me of the call of Jesus: "Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." (Matt. 4:19). I love this about Jesus: He often calls us to question our prevailing assumptions: 1) In order to be first, you must be last, 2) In order to lead, you must...

Read more: I will follow

Category: From the President
Created on Monday, 07 September 2015 09:06

joe and A2/Bangladesh graduate"When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus." (Acts 4:13) Asian Access firmly believes that ministry flows from "who you are" and that as we are rooted in Christ, we will bear much fruit (see John 15). I would call this Keeping First Things First! It was in this context that we heard such powerful testimonies at the recent Bangladesh graduation last week: "This has been powerful in my family life and ministry. You helped me discover..."

Read more: Keeping First Things First

Category: A2 Community Blog
Created on Thursday, 03 September 2015 08:06

00075 00135How do you Sabbath? Recently I've heard a lot about the importance of Sabbath. It's easy to realize that I definitely need it, but not so easy to nail down what it means for me today. I asked friends and collegues how they "Sabbath". I consistently heard words like rest, or go to church, take time to slow down, prayer, etc. For many Sabbath is another word for taking a day off and doing something spiritual for a couple of hours. If I'm honest, on some level I too had the read your Bible and take a bubble bath mindset.

Read more: How does Labor / Sabbath Rhythm Really Change Us?

Category: A2 Community Blog
Created on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 07:19

satchel-paigeThis past weekend I heard a great quote from the great Satchel Paige: “How old would you be, if you didn’t know how old you were?” That quote got me thinking about this chapter of life that I and many of my friends are in. Are we “over the hill”, “experienced”, “done”, “waiting for the day we go home” or making our lives count? Do we have an OLD attitude or are we learning every day? Our health is, ...

Read more: Go hard after God in your senior years

Category: Mission Network News
Created on Monday, 24 August 2015 09:00

(Photo courtesy (MNN) -- Speaking of global warfare, comments from Japan’s Prime Minister about WWII is stirring up controversy.  Takeshi Takazawa of Asian Access says: "We know that the statement that 'we should no longer apologize' will be taken by Chinese government as quite negative, that we're not really taking the full responsibility of what we have do...

Read more: 70 years after WWII; further generations shouldn’t be predestined to apologize


  • From the President

    From the President blog by Joe Handley

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

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    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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  • The gift that brought joy (even if it didn't match)

    The De La Courier Sep 13, 2015 | 21:37 pm

     In April, my daughters gave me my Mother's Day gift in person (an "average" of Mother's Days which is celebrated earlier in the UK and later in the US).  It was a bird feeder made from a cup and saucer.[…]

  • island and ikea

    Adair Update Aug 31, 2015 | 12:56 pm

    Saturday was a good day. I like days full of time with people, and Saturday was definitely that. I suppose my full, happy people time started Friday evening. A friend’s kiddo got sick, so our dinner guests cancelled. I was[…]

  • Milbino Messenger Aug 24, 2015 | 15:24 pm

    Spring Bloom to Summer Gloom-We had a spring that was full of adventures and connecting spiritual communities.  Sterling was especially busy as he continues to focus on investing in spiritual discipleship opportunities.  He went to Cambodia with Asian Access-International to[…]

  • Milbino Messenger Aug 24, 2015 | 12:55 pm

    Milbino Messenger -Here is our latest news letter: (CLICK HERE:)Thank you all for you prayers and support:

  • Well, this is different!

    The De La Courier Aug 23, 2015 | 21:16 pm

    When I started this blog nearly nine and a half years ago, it was intended to give people a peek into our lives as missionaries in Japan.  One of our first posts was about the 920 square foot apartment we[…]

  • on sun and clouds

    Adair Update Jul 27, 2015 | 23:21 pm

    I started this when Mom was still here, which was more than a year ago. Wowzas. But re-reading my jotted notes made me chuckle. Japanese is vague. There’s so much reading between the lines that sometimes I second-guess my second-guessing (“sometimes”[…]

  • Narrowing down my paper topic

    The De La Courier Jul 26, 2015 | 01:45 am

    My summer class on Counseling Grief and Loss will be over for me as soon as I complete a Final Integration Paper. This is the part that I wish I didn't have to do -- and yet I really look[…]

  • be still my jealous little heart

    Adair Update Jul 15, 2015 | 01:59 am

    It’s been a while since I’ve written. I want to write a little more regularly as it’s almost like a discipline that helps me finish sentences (some of the time). I’m so scatter-brained with my mind jumping from one thing[…]

  • On the threshold of Year Three!

    The De La Courier Jul 15, 2015 | 00:13 am

    Yesterday we marked two years since we arrived in the US bringing to a close our 30 something years of ministry in Japan. Keeping a 5-year diary brings up these kinds of reminders.In many ways it feels much longer than[…]

  • two weeks of increasing awareness

    The De La Courier Jun 29, 2015 | 02:00 am

    The first day of my "Counseling Grief and Loss" I heard personal stories from three women who had been regularly sexually molested by family members from as young as age 3. This is so far from my own life story,[…]


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