Not long after our 50th Anniversary Gathering in Jakarta, Jubilee in Jakarta, I received this note from my colleague Dee Wirz:

While the history of what has become Asian Access mission began exclusively in Japan 50 years ago, our outreach has now expanded to eleven countries in Asia. During the A2 Jubilee celebration held in Jakarta recently, I had my first opportunity to get to know many of our extended mission family pictured above. After the presentation of a twelve-minute video featuring my ministry in Japan (see below), one of the country leaders asked me to come and teach some sessions at the A2 leadership development training scheduled for July 24 to 27 in Sri Lanka. This is a rare opportunity to invest in developing fourteen carefully selected trainees, who can have a significant influence on their own people in the country of Sri Lanka for years to come, since the majority of this group is in their twenties and thirties. After much prayer to discern God’s will, I agreed to take part in the program, with the hope that I can pass along some of what I have experienced and learned in my relationship with God and how to follow His commands and commission to go and make disciples of all nations. Your prayers will be greatly appreciated as I prepare and share and for each of the Sri Lankan trainees in the program.

We have been talking a lot lately about cross-polination between our ministries and for years we’ve had a goal of sending 1,000 missionaries from Japan to the countries of Asia. Dee Wirz, our longest serving missionary, took up the call by blazing a new path in her ministry.

She just recently returned from this training experience so I’m eager to hear how it went. But, I want to say how proud I am of Dee. Here she is closing in on the final stages of her mission career and she makes a bold move to travel and share what she has learned. She is setting the pace for us at Asian Access and I couldn’t be prouder.

Dee must have made quite an impression though. Check out this picture from one of the Asian Access participants!

Thank you, Dee, for setting the pace! You are modeling for us what it means to Finish Well!

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