Groundbreaking book released May 1 platforms national leaders across Asia
Asian Access is releasing a brand new series today called, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words.
Noel Becchetti, VP for Leader Development at Asian Access served as editor of the compilation of 14 stories from 15 different Asian authors. In his introduction, Becchetti writes:
"It's time to hear the voices. The voices have actually been with us for years—brothers and sisters whom God has raised up to lead His Church and spread His Gospel in their home countries. Men and women of faith, courage, and vision. They have lived much, seen much, done much, learned much. And they have much to share."
The concept is the brainchild of Takeshi Takazawa who has long felt that leaders in the West could benefit to hear the voices from his continent. His desire is to create dialogue between the Eastern Church and the Western Church:
"I want Eastern Voices to communicate our image, our expression—how God inspired us to express the global universal Church in each of the situations. We would like to dialogue so that we understand God's heart together. So I'm not saying that this Eastern voices is a replacement of Western motif. We need both... North, South, West and East. So I'm very excited that this book will be a small attempt, but it will help us to understand God's global vision for the Church and His mission."
What are others saying?
"Some of the sharpest thinkers in the world church are doing grassroots ministry in eastern nations. As their countries cannot afford specialist writers, their insights are often lost to the church worldwide. This is a shame because the church would be greatly enriched by their insights.
I am so glad for this book, which is introducing to a wider audience the thinking and experiences of some of our outstanding leaders."
Teaching Director, Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka
Eastern Voices takes us into the classroom of experienced, godly Christian leaders as they address issues that we in the Western world might not understand. Some write about ministry in ‘saving face’ shame-based cultures. Others address the need to discard Western cultural baggage associated with the gospel in an effort to speak to their cultural/religious neighbors. Oppressed leaders write about leading in places where Christianity is a discriminated-against minority religion. Wise pastors discuss realities of spiritual warfare, team leadership, biblical understanding, and loving enemies. This first of many anticipated volumes is a library of training for people serving in Asia.
The book asks the question, ‘Can you hear the voices?’ I strongly encourage any Christian leader interested in or burdened for Asia to sit, read Eastern Voices, and listen carefully.”
Development Associates International (DAI), focusing on leadership development in the Majority World; Author of Western Christians in Global Mission: What’s the Role of the North American Church?
More about the "Eastern Voices" series
Eastern Voices Volume 1 is available in paperback as of today and in digital (ePub) format very soon. It can be purchased through Amazon and other book resellers.
The inaugural volume of this unique book series from Asian Access promises to get a dialogue started... and Volume 2 is already in the works. There are many more leaders across Asia, each with a story to tell. Asian Access is thrilled to give voice to these unsung heroes in the Church of Asia. Order your copy of Volume 1 today!
The Purpose of the "Eastern Voices" project
Here is a clip of Takeshi Takazawa, in his own words, expressing his desire that "Eastern Voices" encourages discussion and dialogue across continental boundaries to promote mutual understanding...
- Purchase the book, Eastern Voices, Volume 1
- Visit the Eastern Voices website...
- Watch Takeshi on YouTube: https://youtu.be/3rItF8-km0Q
About Asian Access
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We are a leader development group that identifies and develops the right leaders at the right time through the right process, so they can be released to make the greatest Kingdom impact across Asia.
Changing the few who change the many
Our focus is on intentionally training a few key leaders at a time, through a two-year transformational process, so they can lead the church with vision, character and competence. Our community of leaders extends across eleven countries with vision to reach twenty countries of Asia, striving to unite the church, extend the Kingdom, and transform the cultures of Asia for the glory of God.