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Category: From the President
Created on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 20:13
29
Oct

Asian Access

Joe Handley's article was originally published by Global Proclamation Congress.

Last year, one of my colleagues, Noel Becchetti, A2’s VP for Leader Development drafted the following report:

“We have seen some amazing breakthroughs this past year (2013) in our restricted-access countries. Restricted Access means countries where religious freedom, especially the freedom to practice and share...

Read more: Training Pastors in Restricted-Access Countries

Category: Mission Network News
Created on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 06:00
29
Oct

Women In Leadership: Part One


Written by Mission Network News
Women in Leadership1International (MNN) — Putting women in leadership has been a controversial subject since the turn of the century, both in sacred and secular circles. Over the next few days, MNN will investigate the issue as it relates to global missions. The goal of this mini-series is not to debate or choose a side (i.e. women leaders are...

Read more: Women In Leadership: Part One

Category: From the President
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:06
28
Oct

prayer-pic-grace-filipino-churchDear Friends of Japan, The next two days offer a very strategic opportunity as many of the top church planters in Japan are gathering together for a significant summit. They are praying about the future of the country and their vision to reach Japan for Christ. This is truly an historic opportunity so I would like to ask you to keep them in your prayers these next two days.

Here is the request I received this afternoon in California (Wednesday morning in Japan)...

Read more: Immediate chance to pray for Church Planters in Japan

Category: A2 Community Blog
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 05:50
28
Oct

OC-teardown-500A disaster strikes. People help. The helpers leave. Then, the rebuilding begins. Camp Morigo first opened in 1960. Owned and operated by Oasis Chapel (located in the Sendai region of northeast Japan), Camp Morigo served as a full-service Christian camp for decades. Then, the Triple Disaster struck March 11, 2011—the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear-plant meltdown that devastated the Sendai region. Camp Morigo suffered significant earthquake damage, but ...

Read more: Rebuilding... for a New Ministry

Category: A2 Community Blog
Created on Friday, 24 October 2014 05:01
24
Oct

Noel Becchetti, Asian Access VP for Leader Development shares about plans for expansion into a new country—what's involved and what to pray for. Check this clip out to hear about an exciting vision this country has to reach its own in and outside its borders. Asian Access is encouraged to come alongside to train leaders in an effort to help them achieve their vision...

Read more: Asian Access invited to a new country

Category: A2 Community Blog
Created on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 15:54
22
Oct

How do you comfort people trapped in a refugee existence? How about old-fashioned African-American gospel music—in Japan! It’s been over three years since the triple disaster struck Japan on March 11, 2011. A massive earthquake, devastating tsunami, and nuclear-plant meltdown killed thousands, wiped out whole communities, and left hundreds of thousands displaced. While most survivors have been resettled, nearly 90,000 Japanese still live in “temporary” housing—grim, tiny metal containers lined up in rows on any available ground. While the physical needs of these people are...

Read more: Reaching Japan’s Forgotten People – with Down Home Gospel

Category: From the President
Created on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 06:04
22
Oct

LittleEngineThatCould

When I first interviewed with Asian Access over six years ago, I told the board, “This is one of the best kept secrets in mission today.” Why? Because I was in cross-cultural mission leadership for more than 20 years and had no idea of the impact of the mission.

This summer when our Mid-Year Report went out, we had several similar responses: “Joe, I had no idea the impact of Asian Access. Thank you for sending the mid-year report!” I just shared...

Read more: The Little Engine That Could

Category: From the President
Created on Monday, 20 October 2014 09:10
20
Oct

pre-christian-evangelist-1a-thumbA few weeks ago, I was attending Pastor Joshua Hari’s church near Tokyo. Joshua is an assistant director for Asian Access/Japan and the lead pastor for this dynamic congregation. His church began a new outreach by providing a weekly community exercise and stretching program for young mothers. On this particular morning, a young mother got up to promote the new program. She wasn’t a believer! She enthusiastically shared how another church ministry rallied around...

Read more: Amazing Pre-Christian Evangelist

Category: Mission Network News
Created on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 09:00
07
Oct

Typhoon Phanfone compounds disaster in Japan


Written by Mission Network News

Typhoon Phanfone compounds disaster in Japan

Japan (MNN) — Barely a week after the volcanic eruption on Mt. Ontake, Japan was hit again early Monday morning, this time with Typhoon Phanfone.

President of Asian Access Joe Handley asks for prayers for Japan. While Asian Access does not have personnel near Mt. Ontake...

Read more: Typhoon Phanfone compounds disaster in Japan

Category: Mission Network News
Created on Monday, 06 October 2014 14:00
06
Oct

(Photo courtesy of Asian Access)Katey Hearth of Mission Network News speaks with Joe Handley of Asian Access about the needs for leadership in the rapidly expanding Church of Asia.

Listen to the interview...

Read more: The need for leadership in Asia's expanding church

Category: Mission Network News
Created on Monday, 06 October 2014 00:00
06
Oct

Trends of the Church: Asia needs leaders


Written by Mission Network News

Image by Asian AccessAsia (MNN) — According to a study done by The Center for Study of Global Christianity at Gordon Conwell Seminary, the Church in Asia is one of the fastest growing churches in the world. Joe Handley of Asian Access says, “As you look at this research, one of the places that the church is just growing like gangbusters, really rapidly, is in the...

 

Read more: Trends of the Church: Asia needs leaders

Category: Mission Network News
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 02:00
03
Oct
(Photo courtesy Flickr/CC/Pasu Au Yeung)Hong Kong (MNN) — Tensions are rising in Hong Kong. Protestors, upset over China’s involvement with a new CEO, have threatened to occupy government buildings. Then, they demanded the resignation of the chief executive. A former British colony, Hong Kong returned to China’s sovereignty in 1997. China promised ...

Read more: Leadership plays a critical role in Hong Kong protests

Category: Mission Network News
Created on Friday, 03 October 2014 00:00
03
Oct

Tensions building in Hong Kong protests


Written by Mission Network News

hong kong protests Oct 2014Hong Kong (MNN) -- Tensions building between Hong Kong protestors and mainland China. Hong Kong protestors and mainland China square off over democracy issues. Asian Access President Joseph Handley talks issues, perspective and vigilance as it applies to their scope of mission. Interviewed by MNN’s Ruth Kramer.

Listen to the interview...

Read more: Tensions building in Hong Kong protests

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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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  • Inside the Boat – in my Happy Place

    The Takameter Oct 27, 2014 | 12:54 pm

    Inside the Boat – in my Happy Place Today for the first time this year we experienced autumn! I have been SO SO homesick for fall.  Even though we are in a northern region of Japan, because there are so few trees that change colors – and in[…]

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  • Being in the boat

    The Takameter Oct 19, 2014 | 14:22 pm

    Being in the boat Much of last week is a blur in my head because it was so busy!  We had five different groups coming through who we (Eric and I) were personally responsible for.  We love to introduce people to Ishinomaki and our[…]

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  • MORE connecting the dots

    The De La Courier Oct 17, 2014 | 01:56 am

    You may remember that we spent quite a bit of time in late July and August involved in caring for the SIM missionaries who were evacuated from Liberia.  We are very grateful that God enabled our missionaries, Nancy Writebol and[…]

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  • Connecting the dots

    The De La Courier Oct 11, 2014 | 18:37 pm

    Stan and I joined Joe Handley, President of Asian Access,  Bruce Johnson, President of SIM USA, and his lovely wife Mary for dinner a week ago. I have appreciated that even though we are no longer officially "Asian Access" missionaries,[…]

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  • Finding the Joys

    The Takameter Oct 5, 2014 | 14:15 pm

    Finding the Joys There are weeks that go by and I think…if I had to tell someone about everything that has happened this week, they probably wouldn’t believe it.  Each morning, day, and night has been so — full.  Little crises, challenges, sorrows.  I[…]

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  • Whole-hearted

    The Takameter Sep 22, 2014 | 13:28 pm

    Whole-hearted When we returned to Ishinomaki a little over two weeks ago, we were very thankful to be able to settle back into a “normal” life again.  We poured our energy into getting our kids settled back into school – making[…]

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  • Reset

    The De La Courier Sep 21, 2014 | 22:49 pm

    In a couple of days we will have officially come to the end of the summer of 2014. I am not sure what I expected it to be like. Throughout the spring I kept hearing that summers are busy at[…]

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  • Needing Prayer

    The Takameter Sep 9, 2014 | 13:10 pm

    Needing Prayer Yesterday was our kids’ first day back to school;  today was my first day back to work – at the Nozomi Project.  And it was a dozer day.  We would appreciate your prayers for a number of challenging situations: one[…]

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  • Tickets to Ride – Stories of Travel

    The Takameter Sep 3, 2014 | 06:59 am

    Tickets to Ride – Stories of Travel Today we began the first of three days’ journey to return to Japan. With the help of my sister Allison and our friend Arlene, two vans got our family of six and ten pieces of luggage to the Philadelphia Airport.[…]

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  • The second year in a row...

    The De La Courier Sep 2, 2014 | 01:37 am

    Last year we attended the second day of a Revolutionary War reenactment at Latta Plantation  about 25 minutes from our home. This year we went to the first day of what is an annual event commemorating the Revolutionary War Battle of[…]

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