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jeffery akiko sonnenberg 2016We had so much fun last week at our Kanto Thanksgiving Gathering. One of the highlights was meeting with some potential missionaries to Japan who had a wonderful story of how they met and how God called them to Japan. Hearing how they had met with so many people who discouraged them about Japan but then meeting with Asian Access gave them a sense of hope in serving here really warmed my heart! They also asked great questions! One of them was asking Jeffery Sonnenberg (pictured here with his wife Akiko) why we encourage church planters to work together. In other words, What’s the value of...

“Things have gotten better here.”

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Given where I am sitting as I hear these those words, this is no small statement. I’m writing from Dhaka, where I am attending a session for A2 Bangladesh’s third class. 15 pastors and parachurch leaders are deep into the fifth of what will be eight sessions together over a two-year period, ably led by a combination of foreign and in-country faculty. All in all, it is a very encouraging environment...

cherishA2 inset 200x125"Joe, I cherish Asian Access. It helped to save my marriage." — Spouse of an A2 participant

The woman speaking these words is the wife of a key national leader in a country, which, for security reasons, I can’t identify. I have had the privilege of knowing “Linda” (not her real name) and her husband for many years. While I was of course very grateful for her affirmation, I wanted to know more. “Linda, what has made Asian Access so precious to you?" She answered, "Asian Access has influenced so many of the key leaders in our country. It is amazing how your program can change so many when you start with so few. Of all of the ministries I’ve seen over the last 20 years, Asian Access is the one that stands out..." #givingtuesday

advent2016 BGCE cover thumb 1"That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown!" — Linus van Pelt

If you are like me, you grew with the tradition of watching A Charlie Brown Christmas during Christmas season—that, along with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and It’s a Wonderful Life. I loved those shows and couldn’t wait to watch them when December came around. That word wait is important. This same season is known as Advent, which means “coming” in Latin—adventus. As we believers wait for His coming (both His coming again and the commemoration of the waiting for Jesus’ birth), we have an even more compelling anticipation for the wonder Christ will bring: hope for the world...

gary barbara 2014 500px wideWhat a blessing to be with our team here in Tokyo yesterday for our Thanksgiving banquet. It was so fun just being with everyone and experiencing a little Americana together. My highlight was when we were sharing stories of gratitude with one another and Barbara Bauman shared a wonderful story. After two decades of faithful ministry summed up in the principles taught in her 2002 book, Discovering the Joy of Parenting, one of the first class participants, Sanae, is taking a new step of faith. Sanae came to a mothers group nearly 20 years ago and has been faithfully learning and growing ever since. She’s been an active Bible reader, learning so many wonderful lessons about parenting from the Bible...

oyamas handleysIt was a brisk and windy day in Tokyo a few weeks ago when Silk, John and I made our way to the Biblical Church of Tokyo. We are so glad we made the trip. We had a delightful visit with Pastors’ Seiji and Kathy Oyama and a wonderful reunion with friends from our home church in America: Rolling Hills Covenant Church. Pastor Seiji preached a wonderful message even highlighting one of Asian Access prime shapers: Dr. Bobby Clinton from Fuller Seminary. He mentioned how much Dr. Clinton influenced his life and leadership journey and then he proceeded to encourage us that we are truly God’s Masterpiece...

sunday3It was a beautiful Sunday here in Tokyo—a day that inspired my hopes for Japan, and for the world. I was more than ready for some inspiration, as the American presidential election that had taken place earlier in the week seemed so divisive. That morning, Silk, John and I made our way to attend services at Saikyo Nozomi Chapel, led by Pastor Joshua Hari. Joshua is Asian Access/Japan’s associate director, due to step into the national director’s position next April. Joshua and his wife Megumi lead a vibrant church; it was exciting just to be there. In addition, Asian Access missionaries Jeffery and Akiko Sonnenberg partner with Joshua and Megumi to support the integration of a missional vision...

Dear Friends, Silk and I will be in Kyoto, Japan for Thanksgiving this year with our son John. While enjoying the beautiful fall colors of the country, we remembered you and the rich partnership you share with us at Asian Access. On behalf of all of us here with Asian Access in Japan, across Asia and around the world, I want to thank you for your friendship, prayers and support.  Silk and I hope you enjoy our brief video of thanks. You are a treasure in God’s kingdom and I am grateful for you this Thanksgiving season...

A2 WIM2016I just came away from an inspiring working session. Asian Access is looking to both deepen and expand our efforts in empowering women who are in ministry. One of my colleagues quoted Mao Zedong who said, “Women hold up half the sky!” This is so true. In all my years in ministry, it’s astounding to see how many women are the key movers and shakers in the Church globally and in mission. They lead from behind, below, beside and now increasingly from the front. The sad part is that they receive such little investment and empowerment. One of the key sessions during the Cape Town Congress in 2010 walked through these issues: Men and Women in Partnership. You can learn more by reviewing that link and the various videos posted there. Asian Access has...

joe with A2leadersI just returned from a phenomenal week with three teams that are vital to the ministry of Asian Access: 

1. Our International Board of Directors
2. The A2 Vision Council
3. Asian Access’ Women In Ministry Leadership Team

It was a thrill to spend a week with so many men and women who embody our vision of a vibrant community of Christ-like leaders. You may have heard that 2017 will be the 50th anniversary of Asian Access. Even though it is still 2016, we are already celebrating BIG TIME! A2 began in 1967 with the...

pothole 2Asian Access Leaders Put Their Faith to Work (Literally)

“Making disciples means making servants. That is what Bob Moffitt shared. Just like Jesus, disciples are called to serve. How? By loving and helping their neighbors. And Bob emphasized that service was not just words…it means action.” Our National Director was sharing about the A2 session that had just been held in their country. (For security purposes, we will not reveal the location, or our leader’s identity.) Bob Moffitt, the faculty for this session, was teaching on how Christ followers can make a difference in their communities as a practical expression of their witness...

Major needs in the Church coincide with expanded ministry

photo-1462557661829-6a1129313bbbPhilippines (MNN) — It takes a discerning crowd to recognize the needs of the Church in one nation. In the Philippines, church leaders are pulling together to advance the Gospel, and they’re asking Asian Access to help. Joe Handley of Asian Access is excited to announce they are expanding their ministry into the Philippines. The need? Church leadership, church planting, and healing across the Body of Christ. God has uniquely equipped the ministry in these three areas...

geese story 1I just returned from a land of the richest soil. The fruit of what God has been doing in this country the last 25 years is enormous. Some of the key alumni gathered to meet with me expressing a new found enthusiasm for the future of what God is doing in their country and how Asian Access can assist. It was one of the most deeply enriching experiences you can imagine...

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