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Asian Access overcomes pandemic restrictions, launches new programs

02-Jul-2020 •

02-Jul-2020 • • blog: A2 Community Blog

02-Jul-2020 • • blog: A2 Community Blog

South Asia (MNN) — So far, 2020 has been a memorable year for all the wrong reasons. Global events like...

South Asia (MNN) — So far, 2020 has been a memorable year for all the wrong reasons. Global events like the COVID-19 pandemic create an unpredictable atmosphere for ministry. More coronavirus coverage...

South Asia (MNN) — So far, 2020 has been a memorable year for all the wrong reasons. Global events like the COVID-19 pandemic create an unpredictable atmosphere for ministry. More coronavirus coverage here. But Joe Handley of Asian Access says there’s...

Listening to the Bible Together

02-Jul-2020 • Joe Handley

02-Jul-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

02-Jul-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

The last few months I have been fairly regularly attending bible reading sessions hosted by the Grace...

The last few months I have been fairly regularly attending bible reading sessions hosted by the Grace and Mercy Foundation in New York City. They hold sessions three times a week and I can attend their...

The last few months I have been fairly regularly attending bible reading sessions hosted by the Grace and Mercy Foundation in New York City. They hold sessions three times a week and I can attend their Monday evening program since it aligns with my Tuesday...

Using Digital Technology for the Future

01-Jul-2020 • Rajiv Hubert

01-Jul-2020 • Rajiv Hubert • blog: A2 Community Blog

01-Jul-2020 • Rajiv Hubert • blog: A2 Community Blog

How do you envision using digital technology into the future in ways that you did not do before COVID-19?
The...

How do you envision using digital technology into the future in ways that you did not do before COVID-19?
The new future is the present! The world has gone digital. Few were ahead of the curve; most...

How do you envision using digital technology into the future in ways that you did not do before COVID-19?
The new future is the present! The world has gone digital. Few were ahead of the curve; most are adapting quickly. What do people need? 1.)...

Use of Digital Technology During & Post COVID Times

30-Jun-2020 • Rajiv Hubert

30-Jun-2020 • Rajiv Hubert • blog: A2 Community Blog

30-Jun-2020 • Rajiv Hubert • blog: A2 Community Blog

How has digital technology changed how you do life and ministry in this season of COVID-19?
When people...

How has digital technology changed how you do life and ministry in this season of COVID-19?
When people ask me this question, I share my approach to the change. There are three big needs during and post-COVID...

How has digital technology changed how you do life and ministry in this season of COVID-19?
When people ask me this question, I share my approach to the change. There are three big needs during and post-COVID times:
CONTENT: People have a lot of time...

Coronavirus Reflections from Bangladesh

29-Jun-2020 •

29-Jun-2020 • • blog: A2 Community Blog

29-Jun-2020 • • blog: A2 Community Blog

Every day, new COVID-19 patients are being added in Bangladesh, my home country. Family members and close...

Every day, new COVID-19 patients are being added in Bangladesh, my home country. Family members and close friends are suffering from the illness. Many patients live next to my building. People diagnosed...

Every day, new COVID-19 patients are being added in Bangladesh, my home country. Family members and close friends are suffering from the illness. Many patients live next to my building. People diagnosed with coronavirus are facing social ostracism; many...

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Covid transitionSouth Asia (MNN) — So far, 2020 has been a memorable year for all the wrong reasons. Global events like the COVID-19 pandemic create an unpredictable atmosphere for ministry. More coronavirus coverage here. But Joe Handley of Asian Access says there’s a bright spot amidst the chaos. Asian Access equips national church leaders to multiply churches and make disciples. “We had been planning for several years to do a digital media initiative to equip younger generations, as well as where the persecuted Church lies” in South Asia, Handley explains. “It just so happened that the pandemic opened that door for us to invest heavily in digital technology.” Through a new digital approach, Asian Access is opening work in two new countries this...

The last few months I have been fairly regularly attending bible reading sessions hosted by the Grace and Mercy Foundation in New York City. They hold sessions three times a week and I can attend their Monday evening program since it aligns with my Tuesday morning. It’s been a rich experience, listening to God’s word together and seeing people from many parts of the world. I shared about their grand opening here in Tokyo a few months ago but now with the pandemic, these sessions have been growing. There are a few hundred people on my call alone every week. Reading scripture in community is a rewarding experience and I hope...

How do you envision using digital technology into the future in ways that you did not do before COVID-19?

editing video3 20200321 WA0004The new future is the present! The world has gone digital. Few were ahead of the curve; most are adapting quickly. What do people need? 1.) Need customized/customizable platforms and applications that are versatile; 2.) Need user-friendly tools. What do we need to do? ... 

How has digital technology changed how you do life and ministry in this season of COVID-19?

hubert rajiv 2020 4x3When people ask me this question, I share my approach to the change. There are three big needs during and post-COVID times:

CONTENT: People have a lot of time during this COVID season and are hooked onto the internet most of the time. And so, I see that there is a need for relevant content to flood the net with.

ENCOURAGEMENT: People are living in fear and panic as they are engulfed and bombarded with news reports of this pandemic resulting in hopelessness. Therefore, they need encouragement and hope to pull themselves through this time... 

aporna 500pxEvery day, new COVID-19 patients are being added in Bangladesh, my home country. Family members and close friends are suffering from the illness. Many patients live next to my building. People diagnosed with coronavirus are facing social ostracism; many people are losing their jobs. People cannot earn enough money to meet their daily needs. We are learning that people in Bangladesh are dying not only from COVID-19, but from additional mental and physical issues. It makes me cry when I hear and see a mother cannot provide food and medical supplies for her child. I just cry out to the Lord, “Give me Your provision to stand beside them in a tangible way.” But I am not afraid. I fix my eyes to the Lord who is the author of our life.

In 330 BC, Alexander the Great had conquered the Persian Empire and in the process had become ruler of most of the known world. With the greatest army ever assembled he decided to continue his push eastward. His vision was unrelenting. He wanted to rule the entire world. But when they reached the Himalayan Mountains, his leaders came to Alexander with a serious concern. They had gone beyond the boundaries of their maps. To go further would mean that they would march off the map. They were suddenly faced with two options. They could return to where they came from and stay within familiar territory, or they could bravely march off the map into new and unknown territory. The first option would result in retreating to the comfort and security of the past; the second option would result in embracing the opportunities and challenges of a new order...

A2/Philippines group photoA more biblical understanding of discipleship is critical to disciple a nation. Planting a church as a signpost of the Kingdom of God to evangelize a community is a good start. However, in a success-driven ministry, many pastors and leaders are simply dreaming of making their churches grow big and bigger. When the world’s criteria for success drives the ministry, discipleship is hurried up without the spiritual depth necessary to impact society. The World Evangelical Alliance’s call to a "Decade of Discipleship" needs radical calibration to grow...

MjW blue shirt from waist 2020Learning About Emotional Intelligence

A little over a year ago my colleague Mary Jo Wilson, Vice President for Missional Engagement, took several of our staff through a journey learning about our Emotional Intelligence (EQ). She was certified just prior to lead groups like this and we were one of her early guinea pigs. Having read about EQ the last several years, I thought I would score fairly high on the scales. Was I in for a surprise!  I knew that at least one or two of my colleagues would score higher than me. They seem far more adept in emotional intelligence than me but I actually scored lower than I thought. Ouch!... 

crisis robert metz Rhv7ZUAY7pE unsplash 700px“All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time.” (John Kenneth Galbraith) Whenever God wanted to get something done, He raised up a leader. That leader was often not a person in a leadership position or one who had the title of a leader. In fact, God often overlooked those who to the logical mind seemed to be more suited to the leadership position in question. Take David for example. Samuel was commissioned by God to anoint a king who would ultimately replace King Saul who had been rejected by God for disobeying God’s instructions. Samuel was directed by God to go to a man named Jesse who lived in Bethlehem because God said, ”I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” Samuel’s obvious choice was Jesse’s son Eliab. But the Lord said to Samuel...

President's Update 

We are gripped with the current protests going on in the U.S. and also now in other countries. With the strain of COVID-19 still evident, the protests against racial injustice have created an important conversation. We welcome this conversation and long to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ lived out in our midst. Yet, during this season, we have a responsibility to report on the mission God has called us to serve—developing leaders who first experience personal transformation and then extend the transforming power of the gospel to those communities around them. We strive to change the few who change the many. And you help us do that!

love jez timms bwtgal6MJLM unsplash 700pxMy command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. — John 15:12

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. — 1 John 4:7-11

With a little fear and trepidation, I will share my thoughts about what is happening in the U.S. (I may be blasted out of the water, but for most of you your bullets will have to travel thousands of miles to reach me!)

Asian Access has been training pastors in Japan for over 40 years, largely through gatherings of cohorts who come together as a learning community, grounded in deep relationships. The current pandemic, which requires social distancing and a period of shutdown, has challenged this model. In the process, it has accelerated our development of online learning platforms and opened the door to new opportunities and even greater reach. As Japan was dealing with the outbreak in April, churches across the nation were increasingly limited in how they could meet. Much like the persecution of the early church, which resulted in the gospel spreading around the world, our A2 Japan National Director, Rev. Joshua Hari, saw this “shut down” experience as...

church bldg harry jing 2OM7rUDdsKw unsplash“I sense God is moving us toward home churches in the coming days.” (Adrian De Visser) Right before hearing these words from my colleague Adrian who leads a church movement in Sri Lanka, another colleague, Herman Moldez, shared a similar sentiment as he watched the church changing in the Philippines during COVID-19. While many have shared concerns about having to close their church doors for a while, these two leaders see a silver lining in the dark clouds. Like John Wesley led in England in the 1700s, church is being re-thought and re-considered at least in terms that we may know it as in the modern era. The church was always simply the body of Christ gathered—not a building on the corner where people gather. 

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