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Hong Kong protests provide opportunity for peace, reconciliation

18-Jul-2019 •

18-Jul-2019 • • blog: Mission Network News

18-Jul-2019 • • blog: Mission Network News

Hong Kong (MNN) — Protests continue in Hong Kong this week. Thousands of senior citizens joined in...

Hong Kong (MNN) — Protests continue in Hong Kong this week. Thousands of senior citizens joined in the latest demonstrations. Meanwhile, Hong Kong police called for protection after one activist allegedly...

Hong Kong (MNN) — Protests continue in Hong Kong this week. Thousands of senior citizens joined in the latest demonstrations. Meanwhile, Hong Kong police called for protection after one activist allegedly bit off part of an officer’s finger. Those participating...

Discipleship ROI

16-Jul-2019 • Joe Handley

16-Jul-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

16-Jul-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

There is no greater Return on Investment than discipleship and investing in other people.– Mike Duke...

There is no greater Return on Investment than discipleship and investing in other people.– Mike Duke (former CEO of Walmart) 
A few weeks ago, Asian Access had a wonderful gathering in Tokyo with...

There is no greater Return on Investment than discipleship and investing in other people.– Mike Duke (former CEO of Walmart) 
A few weeks ago, Asian Access had a wonderful gathering in Tokyo with marketplace leaders. Edwin Keh, former Senior Vice...

Cometh the hour, cometh the Church—

10-Jul-2019 •

10-Jul-2019 • • blog: A2 Community Blog

10-Jul-2019 • • blog: A2 Community Blog

The Role of the Hong Kong Church in a Society in Turmoil
by an Anonymous Guest Writer
A possible call...

The Role of the Hong Kong Church in a Society in Turmoil
by an Anonymous Guest Writer
A possible call to action for the HK Church:
1) The Church could be the broker for a resolution between the HK...

The Role of the Hong Kong Church in a Society in Turmoil
by an Anonymous Guest Writer
A possible call to action for the HK Church:
1) The Church could be the broker for a resolution between the HK Government and the youth. There is need for dialogue,...

Empowering the Persecuted Church

09-Jul-2019 • Joe Handley

09-Jul-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: Give

09-Jul-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: Give

$167,000 Matching Gift will Help Asian Access design Persecution Curriculum
“Joe, what is being done...

$167,000 Matching Gift will Help Asian Access design Persecution Curriculum
“Joe, what is being done is not enough. Given the fruitfulness of Asian Access leadership approach, can we add this component...

$167,000 Matching Gift will Help Asian Access design Persecution Curriculum
“Joe, what is being done is not enough. Given the fruitfulness of Asian Access leadership approach, can we add this component to our overall leader development?”
This is what...

10:2

02-Jul-2019 • Joe Handley

02-Jul-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

02-Jul-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. “Therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest to send...

The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. “Therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest.” – Luke 10:2 Maya Chittry, one of our national directors, recently...

The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. “Therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest.” – Luke 10:2 Maya Chittry, one of our national directors, recently spoke to a conference in Japan on the topic of intercession....

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hong kong protests 2019

Hong Kong (MNN) — Protests continue in Hong Kong this week. Thousands of senior citizens joined in the latest demonstrations. Meanwhile, Hong Kong police called for protection after one activist allegedly bit off part of an officer’s finger. Those participating in Hong Kong protests want current government officials to step down out, and “an investigation into police tactics,” the Associated Press reports. Demonstrators also want assurance they won’t be punished like those who led the 2014 “Yellow Umbrella” protests. Last week, Hong Kong Executive Officer Carrie Lam said the controversial extradition law which began the current movement was “dead”, but she stopped short of taking the bill off the table. Referencing a recent blog...

Joe Handley, Edwin Keh, Phil FoxwellThere is no greater Return on Investment than discipleship and investing in other people.
– Mike Duke (former CEO of Walmart) 

A few weeks ago, Asian Access had a wonderful gathering in Tokyo with marketplace leaders. Edwin Keh, former Senior Vice President at Walmart and Professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania joined us utilizing a 4-hour video interview he conducted with Mike Duke, quoted above. They taught on discipleship as an opening topic for the orientation and launch of Asian Access/Business (known as A2.business) for Japan. As Mike’s quote suggests, far more than his investment in...

The Role of the Hong Kong Church in a Society in Turmoil

hong kong skyline boat web jjby an Anonymous Guest Writer

A possible call to action for the HK Church:

1) The Church could be the broker for a resolution between the HK Government and the youth. There is need for dialogue, but neither side trusts the other; here is our opportunity to step into the breach.
2) The Church can help Chinese Government understand HK better. China now recognizes the need for new ways to administer HK. Through this the HK Church may speak to the mistrust and persecution of the Chinese Church by the current Chinese regime.
3) In practical ways the Church can help the HK Government improve housing programs, drive economic opportunities, and reduce social tension through political reforms.

I was reading the papers Saturday and I came across the following letter to the editor...

10:2The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. “Therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest.” – Luke 10:2 Maya Chittry, one of our national directors, recently spoke to a conference in Japan on the topic of intercession. She shared about a group of ladies from her country that regularly gather together for prayer. They often fast and pray for their nation, the communities and families they have, and for other countries. I’ve even experienced them praying for me and my family several times over the years. She talked about how a Buddhist leader in one village who was stridently anti-Christian came down with boils. It just so happened that Maya’s ladies had been praying for that village for six months. When this Buddhist leader was at his wits end in trying to solve the problem, he called the ladies to pray as a last resort and he got healed. Today his whole family are believers in Jesus... 

hoisington mike headshot sqMeet Mike Hoisington, Asian Access faculty

As you may already know, the national leaders for Asian Access are volunteers. While Asian Access raises funds to help underwrite the direct expenses for the programs, the national leaders donate their time and efforts, which they contribute over and above their full-time ministry responsibilities. What you may not know is that this is also true for Asian Access’ faculty. The men and women who invest in the lives of our leaders are also volunteers. They include veteran pastors, experienced missionaries, gifted community leaders who donate their time and talents to build into the lives of the Asian Access participants. One such faculty member is Mike Hoisington. For nearly 20 years, he has taught for Asian Access in at least 10 Asian countries. “I’m not good with dates or locations,” Mike told me with a grin. “I think it’s 10 countries.” (I wouldn’t be surprised if it were more.)...

CHINA/HONG KONG (MNN) — The politics of mainland China’s relationship with Hong Kong have never been simple, but new regulations have just made things even more complicated. According to Joe Handley of Asian Access, thousands of young people in Hong Kong have been protesting a new extradition law. “That extradition law allows anybody who’s being prosecuted in Hong Kong to be taken to mainland China for their prosecution,” Handley says. “That means they won’t be prosecuted here in the courts of Hong Kong, they’ll actually be taken to mainland China under their jurisdiction rather than the type of jurisdiction they’re used to here in Hong Kong territory.” ...

Missing VoicesAsian Access is honored to have one of our very own, Takeshi Takazawa, contribute to a significant new work about leadership called Missing Voices: Learning to Lead Beyond Our Horizons. I received a pre-released copy of the first chapter where Takeshi offers several important insights from an East Asian perspective about leadership. Having read this chapter alone, I’m eager to get a copy of this book as soon as possible! To give you a bit of a teaser on some of what Takeshi offers...

changing m 600x400Recently Pastor P from SE Asia shared this with me: Wow!!! It is another God's breakthrough because of your unwavering support in prayers. Let us celebrate for the mighty acts of God through our partnership! God's wonderful saving grace has been falling on these Buddhists and Hindu kids today, our intensive evangelism at God's Fam Church! By the working power of the Holy Spirit, these kids are brought into the Kingdom of God as they received Jesus Christ into their hearts and lives. I just can't stop saying thank you to Jesus and to you as well, for such great honored of seeing the lives that God saved!!! Praise the Lord!!! Pastor P is a graduate of Asian Access as well as a...

church is a factoryNot long ago, one of our national directors was sharing about visiting a leading pastor in his nation. He was visiting to see if they could work together toward human rights in the nation. They are a country whose Christian population is constantly scrutinized and often persecuted for their faith. He went not knowing what this well-known pastor might say. In fact, he wasn’t even sure he’d be willing to help because often churches like this one, led by this pastor can become insular focused exclusively on their own congregation. However, this day, the famous pastor said to the Asian Access country director, ...

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. – 1 Thess. 5:16-18  “Even if they jail us, we will preach… Even though it’s illegal, who can stop the mouth of Christ.” These were the words out of our National Director's mouth while visiting Japan leading a seminar in Kumamoto. She and her husband shared that week powerfully about church multiplication and prayer and her teaching about prayer was convicting. About the husband and wife team, one Japanese pastor said, “He’s passion and she’s authority.” Such is the power of this couple...

a2 reiwa 2019“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. — Isaiah 43:18-19

As I have traveled across Japan recently, the newfound hope I am sensing just keeps growing. Everyone seems enthused about the start of the new era as the new Emperor took his place in history. This era has been proclaimed as Reiwa – “Auspicious (or Beautiful) Harmony” ...

Day One.12 blurPressures on Christians in many parts of Asia have never been greater. Government repression, religious extremism, and outright persecution are on the rise. But in spite of these pressures—or perhaps because of them--God continues to open doors to provide courageous leaders the opportunity to form new Asian Access movements. One such opportunity is happening right now. 19 leaders from a “closed” country are, even as we speak, sharing the issues and problems they face in their country with ADV (National Director for A2/Sri Lanka and Vice President for Partnership Development) and MAH (National Director for A2/Cambodia). ADV and MAH are facilitating an Orientation Session, giving these leaders a “taste” of the Asian Access learning community...

00346 00575 blurOne of the highlights of our recent Global Leaders’ Summit as meeting our latest coordinators for Asian Access in new countries. In this case, the pastor pictured here we’ll call Pastor S to protect his identity as he serves in a country that needs to remain unidentified for security reasons. Pastor S faces ongoing pressures and real-life threats. In fact, recently he was asked, “Why would you even consider doing Asian Access in your country if you know your life is in danger?” – He said, “It’s too important that we equip our leaders to not face this kind of threats. We must proceed and if I die, I die.”...

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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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