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Politics overshadow unified disaster response in the Philippines

07-Apr-2020 •

07-Apr-2020 • • blog: Mission Network News

07-Apr-2020 • • blog: Mission Network News

Philippines (MNN) — “Desperate times call for desperate measures”: it’s a phrase used to describe extreme...

Philippines (MNN) — “Desperate times call for desperate measures”: it’s a phrase used to describe extreme action taken under dire circumstances. Some may use this to describe the president of the Philippines’...

Philippines (MNN) — “Desperate times call for desperate measures”: it’s a phrase used to describe extreme action taken under dire circumstances. Some may use this to describe the president of the Philippines’ statement last week regarding lockdown violaters....

30 Days of Scripture Inspiration -- Free on Easter Weekend Only

07-Apr-2020 • Joe Handley

07-Apr-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

07-Apr-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

Asian Access faculty member, Jim Millard, president of Sunrise International, just created a wonderful...

Asian Access faculty member, Jim Millard, president of Sunrise International, just created a wonderful little booklet that is sure to inspire. The booklet is 30 days of inspirational life messages that...

Asian Access faculty member, Jim Millard, president of Sunrise International, just created a wonderful little booklet that is sure to inspire. The booklet is 30 days of inspirational life messages that I’m sure will lift your soul. Here’s the review...

Sacred hope in the midst of crisis

03-Apr-2020 •

03-Apr-2020 • • blog: A2 Community Blog

03-Apr-2020 • • blog: A2 Community Blog

“If My people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from...

“If My people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”...

“If My people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Truly this is an unprecedented...

Living Each Day At A Time

01-Apr-2020 • Herman Moldez

01-Apr-2020 • Herman Moldez • blog: A2 Community Blog

01-Apr-2020 • Herman Moldez • blog: A2 Community Blog

Each day is not as certain as we think of and to talk about. Nothing is certain in COVID-19 days! Changes...

Each day is not as certain as we think of and to talk about. Nothing is certain in COVID-19 days! Changes happen quickly and swiftly. Plans are revised every now and then; we are left confused and groping...

Each day is not as certain as we think of and to talk about. Nothing is certain in COVID-19 days! Changes happen quickly and swiftly. Plans are revised every now and then; we are left confused and groping in the dark. The experts’ projections of scenario...

Called to be salt and light to our nations

31-Mar-2020 • Joe Handley

31-Mar-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

31-Mar-2020 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

Dear Friends, the collective wisdom from the Asian Access family in light of our current global crisis...

Dear Friends, the collective wisdom from the Asian Access family in light of our current global crisis is such a treasure. As they come in, I’d like to share them with you so that you can sense their heart...

Dear Friends, the collective wisdom from the Asian Access family in light of our current global crisis is such a treasure. As they come in, I’d like to share them with you so that you can sense their heart and the insight they have for those of us in...

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Philippines (MNN) — “Desperate times call for desperate measures”: it’s a phrase used to describe extreme action taken under dire circumstances. Some may use this to describe the president of the Philippines’ statement last week regarding lockdown violaters. But, as Herman Moldez of Asian Access explains, things aren’t always what they seem. A political group stirred up protestors in Metro Manila last week, and – after negotiating for an hour – police arrested dozens of people who refused to go home. “It is not really right at this point of time to gather these people and protest because that will only aggravate the situation,” Moldez says, referring to the pandemic and containment measures...

30 days of scripture inspiration coverAsian Access faculty member, Jim Millard, president of Sunrise International, just created a wonderful little booklet that is sure to inspire. The booklet is 30 days of inspirational life messages that I’m sure will lift your soul. Here’s the review I just posted on Amazon.com – 

“This little booklet will encourage you and lift your spirits. Try it. It's 30 days of quick reading and it's sure to...

ariga prayerltr 1“If My people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Truly this is an unprecedented pandemic throughout the world. This unknown power is affecting politics, education, economic, social, home and mass communications. Peoples are in great fear and uncertainty. On the other hand, God’s peoples are coming together for prayers and united for the bold actions of love. This crisis may turn to breakthrough!

A2/Philippines group photoEach day is not as certain as we think of and to talk about. Nothing is certain in COVID-19 days! Changes happen quickly and swiftly. Plans are revised every now and then; we are left confused and groping in the dark. The experts’ projections of scenario after scenario, if not properly sieved, make top heavy our worsening anxieties and fear. Local execs, either in public or private sectors, doing that much to the best they can, are in a quandary, influenced by opinionated seemingly wise individuals and scoop-seeking media resulting to nerve-wracking confusions and expectations among the citizens. Crisscrossed opinions considerably take their heavy toll on the gullible, stubborn and equally opinionated populace. How do we cope?...

adrian screengrab 600pxDear Friends, the collective wisdom from the Asian Access family in light of our current global crisis is such a treasure. As they come in, I’d like to share them with you so that you can sense their heart and the insight they have for those of us in the global body of Christ. Just like our series Eastern Voices, these voices are golden in our day and age. I trust you’ll take a moment to watch/read these words from my colleague, Adrian De Visser, from Sri Lanka. He has an important message to share...

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God often leads us by a route we do not expect. When reflecting on the course of my life and ministry over the last 50 years, I am reminded that every single major transition was a complete surprise—it was never part of my life plan. I planned to go to medical school and to stay east of the Mississippi, but God took me to seminary in California I never thought I would go anywhere during seminary as a summer missionary, much less to Japan, with LIFE Ministries (Asian Access). I never thought I would be invited onto Mariners...

perspective redcharlie sSpFDw4Id8g cropped unsplashI trust and pray that you are well. For most of us, things haven't really settled into a new normal yet. We have recently begun a season of self-isolation here in Japan while others have been doing this for weeks now. But wherever we are, I think everyone has had a little time to try gaining perspective. I've been getting messages from our volunteers across Asia trying to find perspective. I hope to share some because it's important for you to know and to pray. Here is an insightful one from a national director that I wanted to share with you...

brohier richard 2016I read a message sent from my friend and colleague, Dr. Ivor Poobalan. Ivor who serves as the Principal of the Colombo Bible College. I was encouraged by his sentiment, so I forwarded it to several friends, including Joe Handley. As a faculty member of Asian Access, Joe asked me to post this for the A2 Community. May it encourage you.

Friends, We are confined but not disabled. Stripped of our manic busyness but not disengaged from our thinking and creativity.
Distanced socially but not disconnected. In the middle of the first pandemic in our lifetime, what an opportunity...

Tokyo 2020 OlympicsJapan (MNN) — The coronavirus dealt another discouraging blow this week. Officials are postponing the Summer Olympic Games to 2021. The Olympics have been cancelled three times but never postponed. “Japan as a society is disappointed that we’re having to delay. Likewise, all of us that are doing ministry related to the Olympics have a sense of disappointment. However, we also want the world to be safe,” Joe Handley of Asian Access tells MNN. “We realize what’s at stake so we’re trying to reach out in a different way to be the hands and feet of Christ in the midst of a crisis.” Find our full coronavirus coverage here, and use this new Prayercast video to...

Doug holding JoeSo we can trust him now.

As I was preparing for our upcoming Board meeting (now via teleconference), I received a letter from Doug Birdsall, my predecessor and current board member. Doug gave me permission to share his letter with you. Our hope is to encourage you. Perhaps you are discouraged, facing difficult circumstances because of coronavirus or other challenges in your life. This is a testament to God’s faithfulness to deliver.

Dear Joe: You and the needs of the mission have been on my mind in light of the uncertainty brought about by the virus and the turbulence of the markets. I have been thinking about 5 significant disruptions that have profoundly impacted the life of our mission over the years...

A2 in this together 1024x690 GI 1093166844Greetings on Good Friday. When it looks dark, that's when God shows up.

The year I joined Asian Access was the year the economy last collapsed. I was responsible for raising more money than I had ever dreamed of before and suddenly, the stock markets dropped to the floor. We had come to the end of the year and had set up a special meeting to begin closing major portions of the ministry. The same day of that meeting, I had a lunch appointment with a pastor and told him, “What was God thinking calling me to this post? I knew he wanted me to step out in faith, and raising funds was a big part of that, but I had no idea the funds wouldn’t come in.” I would likely have to cut staff and perhaps close a lot of ministry. That same lunch hour, a call came in letting me know that a $500,000 check was in the mail. When I called our team later that afternoon, I told them “God showed up—we don’t need to worry...”

A2 wallCalifornia's "Stay-At-Home" Order May Hamper our Check Deposits

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California has just issued an order for all residents of the entire state to stay home for the time being—at least through April 19. That necessitates we close our office. Our ability to process checks will be adversely impacted. We ask for your patience in processing paper checks you may have sent or may be sending over the next several days or weeks. We also would like to make sure you are aware of our online giving options: https://asianaccess.org/give. Please consider setting up electronic giving. By making use of these online options, your giving will be processed and receipted quickly, and the funds will be available for the purpose they are given...

A2 in this together 1024x690 GI 1093166844Dear Friends, One of the hallmarks of Asian Access is our belief in community. In fact, one of our three core values is “We LIVE Community!” In light of this, several of our countries are saddened that they cannot be meeting at this time due to the coronavirus impact. Despite their loss of meetings, they have expressed more concern for the people in their communities and for you than for their ability to meet. Herman Moldez, our director in the Philippines said, “Please pray for us as Metro Manila is now on lockdown… Pray for us as we seek to bring help to our communities...

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