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Joe and Silk wish all our friends a very Happy Thanksgiving on behalf of everyone at Asian Access.

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"Hi Friends, we're here in Tokyo, and we just want to say how grateful we are for you this Thanksgiving. As we've been thinking about you and just wanted to share some verses with you..."

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Asian Access announces largest matching grant in its 50-year history...

Every dollar you give to Asian Access will be doubled. This is cause for celebration, for you and me both! But before I get to the details of that match, let me tell you about another celebration. In my time as President of Asian Access, 2017 has been one of the most incredible years for our ministry. It started with our 50th anniversary Jubilee celebration in Jakarta where 150 members of the Asian Access family from 13 countries, came together to...

The Legacy of Dr. George Leslie Mackay

Not long ago I had the privilege of speaking at the Asia Church Leaders Forum in Taipei, Taiwan. It was an honor to share especially as the only non-Asian asked to talk about “Asians Reaching Asia”. Even more powerful for me though was...

persecuted pastor imageRecently during our national directors meeting in Thailand, one of Asian Access directors said the following: “It is very difficult to run our programs in our country because of political pressure and persecution. It's a miracle that I'm alive today given these dynamics!" Increasingly we serve a world where this type of situation is reality. When I began with Asian Access over nine years ago, several of the countries we serve were facing pressure and persecution; but today it seems that at least half of the countries we work in are under some form of duress if not outright persecution...

It’s been an interesting season for me lately and today was another reminder on the journey to rest. One of the devotionals I read is Skye Jethani’s WITH and today’s post was Rest is the Mark of a Free People

Perhaps my journey will help yours.

The Asian Access board recently did a full executive review with me and while I got high marks across the board on nearly every spectrum, they strongly encouraged me to rest. One of our board members stated the following in an email following our meetings: "Thanks for your kind words about the meetings. I do feel strongly that the single biggest factor in the future of the mission is you being able to develop a governor that throttles your speed back by 25%. The ability to say no, because there will always..."

large image of Myanmar refugees fleeing by boat for Bangladesh courtesy of Jordi Bernabeu Farrús via Flickr: https://goo.gl/daSWrSTime is running short for the Rohingya

Bangladesh (MNN) — Myanmar’s Rohingya ethnic Muslim minority are running out of options. During the past seven weeks, over half a million Rohingya have fled Rakhine State in Buddhist-majority Myanmar from what the U.N. has called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Myanmar’s government refuses to recognize them as one of the country’s official ethnic groups, while security forces and Buddhist vigilantes have raped and killed villagers and burned entire villages. Bangladesh estimates that 800,000 refugees now live in camps in its border town of Cox’s Bazaar, the coastal city where refugees arrive by boat. The camps are overcrowded and unsanitary, while food, water, and shelter are scarce.

00280 00445Our Asian Access family of national directors had a wonderful time together this past week. The highlight of the week was our excursion on what I call the Typhoon Taxi. Bangkok, the site for our meeting, is crisscrossed with rivers and canals. Bangkok has also developed an extensive water taxi network to help its residents make their way through what can be a gridlocked road system. The water taxis aren’t fancy, but they are cheap—and they move. We decided to take one of the main water taxis across town as part of an outing—a chance to get out of our hotel and enjoy some time together. How did we know it was going to pour rain that afternoon? And how did we know that our bus would be trapped in total gridlock just 300 meters from the water taxi station? Welcome to Bangkok. Not to be deterred, we hopped off the bus and jogged through the downpour to the water taxi station.  Fortunately, it was the first stop on the...

A2 savethedate postcard Pasadena front webAs you may know, 2017 marks our 50th year in ministry. There are many things through the years to fondly remember and thank God for; there are also many new initiatives that the Lord is leading us to pursue in the coming years. And I would like you to set aside an evening on October 21 in Pasadena, California to celebrate this milestone anniversary with me. In Jakarta this past April, we celebrated with our Asian brothers and sisters. We enjoyed a great time of remembering what God has done and envisioning what he has for Asian Access in the future. I have reported on this event on our blog, which you can access here... 

A church that met in a bar has exciting news

Pastor Ami’s congregation cleaning up after their last service in the bar. (Photo courtesy of Takahiro Ami via Facebook).Japan (MNN) – A couple of months ago, we told you about pastor Takahiro Ami in Sendai City, Japan, who held his church services in a local bar. It was smelly and crowded, but it was the only place they could find. Well, here’s an encouraging update: Joe Handley with Asian Access says Ami has found a new building better suited for his congregation’s needs. “He is cutting new territory with church life in Japan by meeting outside of a traditional church building,” Handley says. “Even just his step into a bar was courageous, and now, to take this to another level, where they’ll have more accessibility for families, is quite remarkable.”

00279 00441I was recently asked to share at the Asia Leaders Summit in Taiwan on the topic of “Effective Evangelism in Asia.” They gave Asian Access permission to share the report online so that we could all learn from the gathering. It was an honor to be requested to speak, especially given the focus of the group: “Asia by Asians! – A diversity of Asian churches united to evangelize and disciple Asia.” As the only non-Asian participating, I was humbled to be invited and asked to share. I trust you enjoy learning from my Asian Access colleagues’ wisdom below…

 

A250 Adrian & DougAsian Access has released a brand new series called, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words.

We'd like you to meet Adrian...

A Call for a New Paradigm

Adrian de Visser shares his concern that in some contexts, we have actually made worship blasphemous. Is it possible that we have made worship blasphemous? Adrian de Visser shares how this in fact has happened. He also provides keen perspective on how foreign missionaries brought worship styles into Asian cultures that are alien, ...

About 400,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar

Buddhist monks in MyanmarMyanmar (MNN) – For decades, Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority population has been known as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities. But over the past three weeks, their situation has taken a deadly turn. On August 25, Rohingya rebels attacked police posts throughout Rakhine State. Myanmar’s military tried to root out the rebels, but many Rohingya say soldiers shot those who fled indiscriminately. About 400,000...

flooding in BangladeshOne-third of Bangladesh is under water

Bangladesh (MNN) – While severe flooding has affected millions of lives in Southeast Asia over the past few months, Bangladesh has proven to be especially vulnerable. Over 140 people have been killed and thousands of homes destroyed. On August 11, Bangladesh received nearly the equivalent of a week’s worth of rain during the summer monsoon season in a few hours. A third of the country is submerged, wreaking havoc on its vital farming economy. “They make their house by mud, and when the flood came down, many, many houses broke down,” ...

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