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Takeshi Takazawa 2016 headshotEvery crisis is a time of dangers and opportunities

Takeshi Takazawa is VP for Strategic Engagement for Asian Access. He is a gifted leader who has served our movement since 1988. Among his many strengths, he sees things well before others see them and he helps us understand deep things. The A2 Community all across Asia dearly loves Takeshi. In this clip, Takeshi shares about the two Chinese characters for "crisis" which are made up of "danger" and "opportunity". This topic has been referenced quite a bit recently because of COVID-19. "You've probably heard this," Takazawa starts out...

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Every crisis is a time of dangers and opportunities

Takeshi Takazawa 2016 headshotTakeshi Takazawa is VP for Strategic Engagement for Asian Access. He is a gifted leader who has served our movement since 1988. Among his many strengths, he sees things well before others see them and he helps us understand deep things. The A2 Community all across Asia dearly loves Takeshi.

In this clip, Takeshi shares about the two Chinese characters for "crisis" which are made up of "danger" and "opportunity". This topic has been referenced quite a bit recently because of COVID-19. "You've probably heard this," Takazawa starts out.

But this clip is not about Coronavirus. Instead, Takeshi is applying this concept following Japan's Triple Disaster of 2011. I interviewed Takeshi here in 2016, and five years after the disaster, Japan was still very much in the recovery and rebuilding phase. And looking back now, we can see the tremendous evangelism and church planting opportunities seized by the Church in Japan.

And this perspective should encourage you when crisis strikes.

"Every crisis is a time of dangers and opportunities."

Why didn't we publish this video in 2016?

Not long after this interview was recorded and his headshot taken, Takeshi faced the most serious crisis of his own life as he became desperately ill with an auto-immune disease that attacked his own body. On the verge of kidney failure, Takeshi was in the hospital for nine months over the next year. The situation was serious. Our community was devastated by Takeshi's personal crisis and began earnestly praying for him and his wonderful wife Dorrie.

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In the midst of all of this, Dorrie faced her own personal health crisis with a scary diagnosis and path of rigorous treatment. At one point, the two were simultaneously in separate hospitals in Tokyo; Takeshi checked himself out of his hospital one day to be with Dorrie for her treatment—only to check back into his hospital room that same day.

With that as a backdrop, please watch this short clip as Takeshi helps us understand this concept better.

Watch on YouTube... https://youtu.be/I63yoXZX43g 


Update on Takeshi's Prognosis

Come back tomorrow to receive a significant update regarding both Takeshi's and Dorrie's health and prognosis. We will post an interview with Takeshi and Dorrie to get an important update from both of them.

 

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jjohnston@asianaccess.org (Jeff Johnston) Featured Johnston Journal Articles Thu, 07 May 2020 09:30:00 +0000
Nozomi Project founder reflects at 9th anniversary of disaster https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/501-nozomi-project-founder-reflects-at-9th-anniversary-of-disaster https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/501-nozomi-project-founder-reflects-at-9th-anniversary-of-disaster

joe interviews sueSue Takamoto shares the story in an interview with Joe Handley

Nozomi Project started in 2012 as a response to Japan's terrible tsunami in 2011. And through this creative ministry, God is making something beautiful in brokenness. Sue Takamoto of Asian Access, through Be One Network, launched Nozomi Project (or "Hope" Project) to provide employment, dignity, biblical community and hope for women whose lives were broken by the disaster. Using broken shards of ceramic pottery, these workers create beautiful pieces of jewelry—not only as a way to make sustainable income, but more importantly to put their lives back together. The waves ruthlessly took away their loved ones, their homes and their hope; Nozomi Project is gracefully helping these women put the pieces back together...

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Sue Takamoto shares the story in an interview with Joe Handley

Nozomi Project started in 2012 as a response to Japan's terrible tsunami in 2011. And through this creative ministry, God is making something beautiful in brokenness.

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Sue Takamoto of Asian Access, through Be One Network, launched Nozomi Project (or "Hope" Project) to provide employment, dignity, biblical community and hope for women whose lives were broken by the disaster. Using broken shards of ceramic pottery, these workers create beautiful pieces of jewelry—not only as a way to make sustainable income, but more importantly to put their lives back together. The waves ruthlessly took away their loved ones, their homes and their hope; Nozomi Project is gracefully helping these women put the pieces back together.

Regarding this 'beauty in brokenness,' the Nozomi Project website says:

"As broken shards are being transformed into beautiful treasures, so too lives are being filled with renewed dignity and hope."

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joe interviews sueListen to Joe Handley's interview with Sue Takamoto on the eve of the 9th anniversary of Japan's Triple Disaster. Some of the topics covered are:

  • The call to move up from Osaka to Ishinomaki with her husband Eric and kids
  • Story of Nozomi Project got started
  • How many countries they are sending jewelry to
  • Sue's TEDx Talk
  • Winning an award presented by the wife of the Prime Minister Abe

Listen now...
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This is a story of God's ongoing, unrelenting grace toward the broken-hearted, carried out through His willing servants.

 

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Sue's TEDx Talk

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Intro to Nozomi Project

Direct Link: https://youtu.be/Vg1y6PuXjDE

Watch this overview of this tremendous project... then join us in praying for God to do the amazing.

 

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jjohnston@asianaccess.org (Jeff Johnston) Featured Johnston Journal Articles Tue, 10 Mar 2020 21:46:00 +0000
An Invitation: Summer 2020 in Japan! https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/500-an-invitation-summer-2020-in-japan https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/500-an-invitation-summer-2020-in-japan

Japan 2020 | Invitation from SIM USA on Vimeo.

SHORT-TERM OPPORTUNITY | SUMMER 2020

Japan is home to nearly 127 million people. Less than 1% of them are Christian.

Through SIM’s partnership with Asian Access, we have an established relationship with Japanese churches that want to take the good news of Jesus to those who have never heard it. These churches are asking for more workers to help...

Japan 2020 | Invitation from SIM USA on Vimeo.

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PARTNERING WITH THE JAPANESE CHURCH TO BRING GOOD NEWS TO HARD PLACES

SHORT-TERM OPPORTUNITY | SUMMER 2020

Japan is home to nearly 127 million people.
Less than 1% of them are Christian.

JOIN US THIS SUMMER IN JAPAN! We're inviting teams of 3-5 individuals to engage in a two-week missions experience or an extended multi-month experience this summer. In collaboration with Asian Access, our strategic partner in Japan, we'll be working alongside the local Japanese Church to help reach their communities with the gospel ahead of the 2020 Olympics.

Check out this 1-minute video to hear more about this opportunity, then visit our website for additional details, including dates, estimated costs, and ministry locations at https://simusa.org/japan2020. The application deadline is Feb. 1.

Watch “Japan 2020 | Invitation” on #Vimeo https://vimeo.com/355951043?ref=tw-share  #AsianAccess @SIMUSA 

Through SIM’s partnership with Asian Access, we have an established relationship with Japanese churches that want to take the good news of Jesus to those who have never heard it. These churches are asking for more workers to help them reach their nation with the gospel. Do you sense God leading you to cross barriers and partner with His church in another culture, for His kingdom? Pray about joining engaging in this opportunity!

DATES

Short-term Teams (2 weeks)
  • July 1-13 (two weeks, pre-Olympics)
Extended experience (2-3 months)
  • May 26-August 7 or custom dates (max of 90 days)

COSTS & LOGISTICS

SIM will provide pre-trip training, arrange accommodations while in Japan, and debrief team members upon their return. All funds will be raised by each team member and receipted through SIM. Cost estimates are as follows:

  • 2-week team trip: approx. $2,500 + international airfare
  • 9-week extended experience: approx. $6,200 + international airfare.

Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2020

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jjohnston@asianaccess.org (Jeff Johnston) Featured Johnston Journal Articles Fri, 10 Jan 2020 10:00:00 +0000
The Opportunity for the Japanese Church https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/499-the-opportunity-for-the-japanese-church https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/499-the-opportunity-for-the-japanese-church

Japan 2020 | The Opportunity for the Japanese Church from SIM USA on Vimeo.

JAPAN 2020: A FOCUS ON 'ETERNAL HOPE'

The summer of 2020 provides a unique opportunity for us to send workers, as Japan opens its borders for athletes and spectators from around the world gathering in Tokyo for the Olympics...

Japan 2020 | The Opportunity for the Japanese Church from SIM USA on Vimeo.

JAPAN 2020: A FOCUS ON 'ETERNAL HOPE'

The summer of 2020 provides a unique opportunity for us to send workers, as Japan opens its borders for athletes and spectators from around the world gathering in Tokyo for the Olympics. Hosting the Olympic games often creates a heightened sense of national pride and connectedness among residents of the host country.

The 2020 Olympic mascot is a character called Miraitowa, a name derived from the Japanese words “mirai” (future) and “towa” (eternity). According to the official website of the Olympic Games, this name was chosen to promote a future full of eternal hope in the hearts of people all over the world.

This presents an incredible opportunity to bridge the truths of the gospel to this theme of eternal hope among the Japanese people. Our partner churches in Japan are asking for short-term outreach team members to come plant gospel seeds and build connections with the local people.

 

Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2020

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jjohnston@asianaccess.org (Jeff Johnston) Featured Johnston Journal Articles Fri, 10 Jan 2020 09:00:00 +0000
2019's Top Stories Highlighting God's Work https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/498-2019-s-top-stories-highlighting-gods-work https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/498-2019-s-top-stories-highlighting-gods-work

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A Look at God's Goodness in 2019

2019 has been a rich year of God's goodness. These stories help us remember His faithfulness through the last year as He continues extending His kingdom. Thank you for your partnership in prayer and giving that made these stories possible!

Now, here are some top stories from 2019...

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A Look at God's Goodness in 2019

2019 has been a rich year of God's goodness. These stories help us remember His faithfulness through the last year as He continues extending His kingdom. Thank you for your partnership in prayer and giving that made these stories possible!

Now, here are some top stories from 2019...

 

The Koreas: dream of the March 1 Movement lives on

N Korea flagNorth Korea (MNN) – All eyes are on the peninsula dividing the Koreas over the next couple of days.Will North and South Korea be able to move past the Cold War framework toward peace?   Is American President Donald Trump’s leadership style just bold and brash enough to convince North Korea’s Kim Jong Un that peace and reunification is in everyone’s best interest?  These are the questions that await an answer as the two-day Summit gets underway... Read more...

Jason Richard Tan: "Asian Access came at just the right time" 

jason richard tan"Hello, my name is Jason Richard Tan. I was introduced to Asian Access way back in January 2017. And at the time I was just recovering from the very discouraging and painful ordeal. I had lost my voice, my ministry, and even my integrity, and I left the pastoral ministry. I wasn't sure about my calling and my future in ministry. Asian Access came just at the right time. Through Asian Access, I learned two things: one is the value of... Read more...

A Personal Message from Sri Lanka

sri lanka bombingsDear Friends, Church was different for us today. A week after the Easter bombings that devastated our nation, and ongoing threats of a second wave of attacks, the island is under high-security surveillance. A curfew has been imposed every night allowing the security forces to check every house. As they do so they continue to uncover more bombs and plans of the extremist terrorist group. We are still quite shaken by the drastic turn of events in our little nation. Just a week ago Sri Lanka was a peaceful tropical Island, dubbed the top tourist destination of 2019 (according to Lonely Planet). Today, all Christian churches were advised against meeting in our usual places of worship... Read more...

Why would you even consider doing Asian Access in your country if you know your life is in danger?

thilini de visser 2018 197x197One 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.”How inspiring! Pastor S is a model for all of us. Later, in reflection upon his time at the Summit he shared... Read more...

Hong Kong protests provide opportunity for peace, reconciliation

hong kong protests 2019Hong 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 written by one of their associates, Read more...

The Future is as Bright as the Promises of God

couplereadingbible 910332396 200x200A few weeks ago, Silk and I had the privilege of traveling around Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) with a group of leaders from 5 countries there to learn about ministry and what God has done through the years. One of the most inspiring parts of our trip was visiting the sites (pictured here) where Adoniram Judson, America’s first anglo missionary and first to leave the western hemisphere, was in prison. Adoniram’s entire life work in mission went down in flames and he was tortured for his faith... Read more...

Alumnus plants 77 churches since graduating

khmer rougeLast month while attending a session in Cambodia, we spent some time with Asian Access alumnus BN (pictured here). Pastor BN has a remarkable story. He had a brutal past, involved in some of the ugliest history his country has ever seen. He was personally responsible for horrible atrocities many times over.After the Khmer Rouge was pushed to the sidelines in Cambodia, following the Killing Fields, he went into hiding. Along the way, his wife met Jesus and he was astounded that she loved Jesus so much that she would often disobey him just to attend church. He even beat her many times admonishing her not to go to church. But, she kept going... Read more...

Unity, not uniformity; Diversity, not division

unity not uniformity; diversity not divisionWe invited Asian Access board member and visionSynergy CEO, Kärin Primuth to attend our A2 national directors' gathering to share devotions for the week on unity in the Body of Christ. Afterward, we sat down with Kärin to get some impressions of her time with leaders from 16 A2 countries. In this video clip, Kärin shares about what God taught everyone as they broke into discussion groups and looked into the Scriptures. A key insight was that God designed the Church for unity, not uniformity—for diversity, not division. When we work together as one, God pours out His blessing, and He is glorified. As a point of application, A2 networks across Asia are bringing together leaders and groups to collaborate on Kingdom projects... Read more...

2020 Vision and Beyond

2020 vision and beyond2020 is a pivotal year in the life of Asian Access. In the early ’90s, Asian Access adopted a vision God had given my predecessor Doug Birdsall. It was a vision he had rested on for a few years but one that came into clearer scope by the time he became our fourth president. In many ways, it became an audacious goal, one which many told Doug was impossible. As he shared the discouragement from the feedback with our founder, Ken famously said,“Impossible. Impossible. I love Impossible.” Read more...

Letter from a Persecuted Leader

persecuted leaderJust before Thanksgiving, I received this letter from a graduate of Asian Access. He writes: "Dear President Joe, Greetings in the Name of Christ. As you know, we continue to face many hardships as we all pastor churches in my country. I especially want to thank Asian Access for standing with me at this hard time. My Asian Access friends helped me greatly during this trial. We each experience this opposition, and so we are there for each other. On a recent holiday, we were having cottage meetings in our church members’ house. We were invited by Mrs. K and family on their son’s birthday in our city... Read more...

 


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For more stories, visit Asian Access Blog Centre — https://asianaccess.org/blogcentre  A2 Blog Centre

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jjohnston@asianaccess.org (Jeff Johnston) Featured Johnston Journal Articles Mon, 30 Dec 2019 08:30:00 +0000
Asian Access is recharging, engaging and profoundly uplifting https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/497-asian-access-is-recharging-engaging-and-profoundly-uplifting https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/497-asian-access-is-recharging-engaging-and-profoundly-uplifting

filipino couple screengrabTestimony from a Filipino Couple

I praise and thank the Lord for Asian Access. For the past two years, we're almost over, and it's just been so uplifting. Maybe one word to describe Asian Access is… it's recharging for us pastors. It's not mentally draining, but it's emotionally and spiritually engaging for us. And we also enjoy the sceneries and all the sessions that we have had it, especially the food also. So the speakers are great and the topics are really relevant in our lives. So I thank the Lord for Asian Access. How about you, Sweetheart? Well, I am so grateful also...

Testimony from a Filipino Couple

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I praise and thank the Lord for Asian Access. For the past two years, we're almost over and it's just been so uplifting. Maybe one word to describe Asian Access is… it's recharging for us pastors. It's not mentally draining, but it's emotionally and spiritually engaging for us. And we also enjoy the sceneries and all the sessions that we have had it, especially the food also. So the speakers are great and the topics are really relevant in our lives. So I thank the Lord for Asian Access. How about you, Sweetheart?

Well, I am so grateful also. And I feel so privileged to be here in the Asian Access training. I really thank God for allowing me to learn again about how to develop a healthy relationship with my husband and with my children. I really appreciate all the speakers and also having fellowship with other couples. And this week is very memorable week for me—a wonderful week for me. And this week is very... I can say it, profoundly uplifting.


Filipino couple: Asian Access is recharging, engaging & profoundly uplifting

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/cRSUo-Ve4pw


 

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jjohnston@asianaccess.org (Jeff Johnston) Featured Johnston Journal Articles Thu, 19 Dec 2019 09:30:00 +0000
Give toward Nozomi Project https://johnstonjournal.com/new/news-updates/news-headlines/503-give-toward-nozomi-project https://johnstonjournal.com/new/news-updates/news-headlines/503-give-toward-nozomi-project

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Beauty in Brokenness: Nozomi Project Vision Expands

Rising out of Japan’s triple disaster in March 2011, Nozomi Project has sought to bring economic recovery to Japanese people living in the disaster zone. Nozomi (のぞみ) means “hope” in Japanese. Nozomi Project now has vision to expand its reach to Cambodia. Read more to find out...

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Beauty in Brokenness: Nozomi Project Vision Expands

by Rebecca Gutknecht

HOPE. IT WAS NEEDED AFTER JAPAN’S TRIPLE DISASTER IN MARCH 2011, THE COMBINATION OF THE EARTHQUAKE, TSUNAMI, AND NUCLEAR PLANT MELTDOWN. THE PEOPLE IN THE DAMAGED AREAS WERE IN SHOCK AND DESPAIR. BROKENNESS WAS EVERYWHERE. 


Hope emerged, initially from those who helped. The Japanese Church gave supplies, care, and empathy. People also came from around the world to provide support and comfort for those left in disaster’s wake. Many organizations responded, including Asian Access. After initial relief efforts were underway, it became clear that economic hope was needed for long-term recovery.

The Japanese word nozomi (のぞみ) means “hope”, and, at just the right time, the Nozomi Project was born.

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Sue Takamoto, pioneer of The Nozomi Project, originally started the enterprise with their Be One church planting team after the heartbreaking events of 2011. Sue and Eric uprooted family from Osaka to the center of Japan’s disaster area in order to bring help to the hopeless. After witnessing the pain and suffering of so many women in their new community, she desperately wanted to find a way to help.

One day, Sue was working with a volunteer team to clean out a park that was littered with pieces of trucks, broken glass, dead fish, etc when she noticed hundreds of pieces of broken dishes everywhere. Those shards inspired her to use the broken pieces to bring hope. With that broken pottery, she had the idea to jumpstart a jewelry-making business that would provide jobs for women who lost their jobs, homes, and even family members.

The Nozomi Project is a “social enterprise bringing sustainable income, community, dignity, and hope to the women in Ishinomaki, Japan by training them to craft high-quality jewelry products.” Asian Access’ tagline “Changing the few who change the many” is fitting. With just one person’s idea, an entire business can thrive and support communities in need.

Today, having sent over 45,000 pieces of jewelry around the world, the company boasts hundreds of stunning necklaces, earrings, and rings—all native to Japan’s disaster area. Their motto “beauty in brokenness” is not only inspiring but holds so much truth to the mission and to the women involved.

Bringing the Blessing of Hope to Cambodia

With the Nozomi Project in its eighth year and thriving, Sue Takamoto was inspired to expand this microenterprise to other countries. She and her husband have been praying for a few years about expanding their work to help more women. Now they hope to start a social enterprise to empower women in Cambodia. The country is among the poorest in the world; they have their own form of devastation from sex trafficking and the still-hindering effects of the Pol Pot regime in the late 1970s. Takamoto saw this firsthand when their family first visited in August 2018, and subsequently has made several trips back this last year with members of their Nozomi and local church team to prayerfully consider how they could make a difference.

One in particular, Kiri*, was forced into prostitution when her family could not afford health costs. Another woman was rescued out of the business with her young daughter but was diagnosed with HIV soon after. If a social enterprise could get off the ground, those women could not only make a decent living, but also provide for their families and themselves. Takamoto hopes they can bring a  “hope project” similar to that of Nozomi Project to help women in Cambodia.

“These stories are the fire under my feet that ignite my passion to want to make a difference!”

This is a new venture for members of Nozomi Project. The partnership with Cambodia would not be possible without the help of Asian Access. Based on President Joe Handley’s recommendation, Sue Takamoto reached out to the national director of Asian Access/Cambodia, Pastor Meng Aun Hour and his wife Rady. The couple has already opened a school in the slums, an orphanage, and a few house churches across the country.

When the Takamoto family first visited them in Phnom Penh, they were touched by the couple’s leadership, humility, and vision. When asked what they needed, Pastor Meng was quick to answer...

“We need job for women and teen girls!”

Partnering & Collaborating in Cambodia

The long-term dream for the Nozomi-Cambodia partnership is to join with Pastor Meng’s ongoing projects in Phnom Penh to open a holistic training center for teens, teaching them everything from sewing to biblical principles. For now, Takamoto and her team will be focusing on the Cambodian church rescue center. Women coming out of sex trafficking will learn new skills as their dignity and hope are being restored.

takamotos 2019 sq“[My husband] Eric and I quickly felt drawn into the culture and people, and we felt God’s calling to make a difference. We love their hearts.”

Jewelry & Jeans to Help Rescue Lives

Many Cambodian women are naturally gifted at sewing. With that common resource, the focus of this social enterprise will focus on a trade that is naturally found in that culture.

“We are partnering with an ethically-run denim company in the same village as the rescue center and purchasing their quality-fail jeans,” Takamoto said.

nozomi project 2Fortunately, Takamoto met with one of the local church leaders’ wives, Chorvey, and she has agreed to help manage and teach the budding project. With her extensive sewing experience, Chorvey will teach the women coming out of sex trafficking a new trade. As the project is in its beginning stages, a trial period is in motion.

Sue was excited to share that, “We’ve placed our first order—1,500 denim gift bags that Nozomi will use for a new ethical line of jewelry we will release in the spring. It is an exciting process for all parties involved.”

Now Available for Purchase

The Nozomi Project has a current Cambodian product line available for purchase. It is a gorgeous collection of blue Cambodian pottery, from earrings to necklaces. The proceeds from the line will be used to get the ball rolling for the startup of Nozomi Cambodia. Sue Takamoto is hopeful for the future of this new sub-brand and can’t wait for the dream to blossom.

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Members of the Japanese Nozomi team have already visited Cambodia on multiple occasions and the results are heartwarming to say the least. Some of the women already involved in Nozomi are more than willing to share their blessings. The Nozomi Japan manager was the most encouraging to witness.

Takamoto expressed her joy over the manager's response: “I think this is what God has made me to do,” she said.

Finding Beauty in Brokenness

Through her own brokenness, she was able to find beauty. The prospect of a Nozomi-inspired project in Cambodia is nothing short of a godsend.

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“It is so powerful to see our Japanese women reaching out to the women of Cambodia. Only God could have thought of this cross-cultural partnership. It is beautiful.”

Why Not Give Hope this Holiday?

We hear about hope a lot during the holidays. So on this Thanksgiving week and holiday season, why not choose to actually bring hope? Choose the gift of Nozomi. With your generosity and prayers, Cambodian women will be able to come out of harmful careers and thrive. The Nozomi Project is a wonderful way to bring hope to the women of Japan and Cambodia. Follow the link below to make a contribution or purchase a unique piece of jewelry.

 

Happiest Holidays!

 

 

SHOP Now  Browse Nozomi Project's Cambodian Collection

 

 

GIVE Now to Nozomi Project — Use the form here to donate.

 

 


Rebecca GutknechtRebecca Gutknecht is a freelance writer native to Los Angeles, California. She specializes in creative content relating to travel, self-help, and weddings. With a background in education and the arts, she can flex with various writing styles and content areas. Always up for a challenge.

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jjohnston@asianaccess.org (Rebecca Gutknecht) Featured News Articles Fri, 29 Nov 2019 07:00:00 +0000
God is Uniting the Church https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/496-god-is-uniting-the-church https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/496-god-is-uniting-the-church

A2 teamwork

Learning to work together for Kingdom advance

We invited Asian Access board member and visionSynergy CEO, Kärin Primuth to attend our A2 national directors' gathering to share devotions for the week on unity in the Body of Christ. Afterward, we sat down with Kärin to get some impressions of her time with leaders from 16 A2 countries. Here is another impression that Kärin shared. In every corner of the world, God's people, ...

A2 teamwork

Learning to work together for Kingdom advance

kärin primuthWe invited Asian Access board member and visionSynergy CEO, Kärin Primuth to attend our A2 national directors' gathering to share devotions for the week on unity in the Body of Christ. Afterward, we sat down with Kärin to get some impressions of her time with leaders from 16 A2 countries. Here is another impression that Kärin shared...

In every corner of the world, God's people, who previously weren't working together, are coming together to learn how to work together to advance His kingdom. Over the past 25 years, Asian Access has formed this unique network of leaders from diverse countries, backgrounds and cultures, but have united around these kingdom values focused on strengthening the Church and advancing the Kingdom of God, especially among the unreached across Asia. And this puts Asian Access in a very unique and strategic position. There is a community that exists across Asia that is united by these values and could catalyze increasing unity in the Body of Christ. That's what is needed to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

Kärin Primuth: God is Uniting the Church 

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jjohnston@asianaccess.org (Jeff Johnston) Featured Johnston Journal Articles Fri, 22 Nov 2019 13:00:00 +0000
Unity, not uniformity; Diversity, not division https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/495-unity-not-uniformity-diversity-not-division https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/495-unity-not-uniformity-diversity-not-division

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We invited Asian Access board member and visionSynergy CEO, Kärin Primuth to attend our A2 national directors' gathering to share devotions for the week on unity in the Body of Christ. Afterward, we sat down with Kärin to get some impressions of her time with leaders from 16 A2 countries. Here is another impression that Kärin shared...

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Body of Christ designed to collaborate for Kingdom advance

kärin primuthWe invited Asian Access board member and visionSynergy CEO, Kärin Primuth to attend our A2 national directors' gathering to share devotions for the week on unity in the Body of Christ. Afterward, we sat down with Kärin to get some impressions of her time with leaders from 16 A2 countries. Here is another impression that Kärin shared...

In this clip, Kärin shares about what God taught everyone as they broke into discussion groups and looked into the Scriptures. A key insight was that God designed the Church for unity, not uniformity—for diversity, not division. When we work together as one, God pours out His blessing, and He is glorified.

As a point of application, A2 networks across Asia are bringing together leaders and groups to collaborate on Kingdom projects. This is what impressed Kärin.

 

Kärin Primuth: Unity, not uniformity; Diversity, not division 

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jjohnston@asianaccess.org (Jeff Johnston) Featured Johnston Journal Articles Tue, 19 Nov 2019 08:00:00 +0000
Leaders Loving God https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/494-leaders-loving-god https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/494-leaders-loving-god

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We invited Asian Access board member Kärin Primuth to attend our A2 national directors' gathering to share devotions for the week. Afterward, we sat down with Kärin to get some impressions of her time with leaders from 16 A2 countries. Here is another impression that Kärin shared...

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A2 emphasizes cultivating a love relationship with Christ

kärin primuthWe invited Asian Access board member Kärin Primuth to attend our A2 national directors' gathering to share devotions for the week. Afterward, we sat down with Kärin to get some impressions of her time with leaders from 16 A2 countries. Here is another impression that Kärin shared...

Primuth highlights that one of the priorities of the Asian Access leader development program is on cultivating a love relationship with God. She was impressed that the Asian Access leaders she observed all had a deep love for Christ which is being lived out in all areas of their lives. They demonstrate humility and have a vision for what God was doing across their countries. She also observed that they are committed to a healthy balance between ministry and family.

 

Kärin Primuth: Leaders Loving God; Cultivating a Love Relationship with Christ 

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jjohnston@asianaccess.org (Jeff Johnston) Featured Johnston Journal Articles Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:00:00 +0000
A Place of Authentic Community https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/493-a-place-of-authentic-community https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/493-a-place-of-authentic-community

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A2 Board Member Kärin Primuth observes a key value lived out

We invited Asian Access board member Kärin Primuth to attend our A2 national directors' gathering to share devotions for the week. Afterward, we sat down with Kärin to get some impressions of her time with leaders from 16 A2 countries. This is one impression that she shared with us. Kärin observed Asian Access' value of authentic community lived out among the national directors' gathering. Despite the diversity in experience and theology, there was a sense of community, respect and shared learning...

kärin primuthA2 Board Member Kärin Primuth observes a key value lived out

We invited Asian Access board member Kärin Primuth to attend our A2 national directors' gathering to share devotions for the week. Afterward, we sat down with Kärin to get some impressions of her time with leaders from 16 A2 countries. This is one impression that she shared with us.

Kärin observed Asian Access' value of authentic community lived out among the national directors' gathering. Despite the diversity in experience and theology, there was a sense of community, respect and shared learning.

 

Kärin Primuth: Asian Access is a Place of Authentic Community 

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jjohnston@asianaccess.org (Jeff Johnston) Featured Johnston Journal Articles Tue, 12 Nov 2019 10:00:00 +0000
Guest Entry: Japan partnership yielding early results https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/492-guest-entry-japan-partnership-yielding-early-results https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/492-guest-entry-japan-partnership-yielding-early-results

00366_00635.jpgGreetings to Asian Access on behalf of our sports ministry partnership! I enjoy sharing good news…I enjoy sharing good news: Festival in Shizuoka... We had a memorable time there yesterday running a Festival with them. We had trained them earlier in the year and they wanted one more time with us. It had been raining and so they hired a gymnasium and it worked well. After 5 weeks of incredible service, it was Timo- the former All Black’s last outreach event. He did great - signing autographs, sharing his testimony at the end and handing out Bibles. The combined youth group sang their song and everyone danced along. Many people from the community were there. The Churches were excited by the response of the community. There were 10 Churches represented – all part of Shizuoka International Sports Partnership – SISP. The Churches were thankful for all the overseas teams and each seemed to have encouraging stories of their mission teams visit...{addthis off}

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Greetings to Asian Access on behalf of our sports ministry partnership! I enjoy sharing good news…

Festival in Shizuoka 

We had a memorable time there yesterday running a Festival with them. We had trained them earlier in the year, and they wanted one more time with us. It had been raining, so they hired a gymnasium; it worked really well.  

  • After five weeks of incredible service, it was Timo—the former All Black’s last outreach event. Timo did great—signing autographs, sharing his testimony at the end, and handing out Bibles. The combined youth group sang their song and everyone danced along.
  • Many people from the community were there. The Churches were excited by the response of the community.
  • There were 10 Churches represented – all part of Shizuoka International Sports Partnership – SISP. The Churches were thankful for all the overseas teams and each seemed to have encouraging stories of their mission teams visit.
  • They know of at least 15 people who have directly become part of their churches as a result of the RWC.
  • They now have their own Festival team and are going to serve and train others in their region. We presented them with a trampoline as a gift (a mission team left some money to buy resources to develop Festivals) and Face paints and other Festival equipment.

Training Teams that Train Teams

This is our aim – to train teams that train teams…

Above all, I was thankful for the unity of the churches there. They all get on so well. 9 of the Church Pastors are in this photo. The other had to leave early. They sense something unique is happening in their city and they want to connect more with us. Please God build this type of unity across Japan. 

And in the Tug of war, Timo was at the anchor at the end and that helped the guys win!! 

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Invitations to Minister in Schools

Another great story I just heard from Koji... After the Fiji team and Timo went into an elementary school nearby and also a High school, they contacted us to see if the Fijians and Timo could come to their activities today. Iijima elementary school danced the Haka that Timo had taught them with all the students in the sports festival today.

The second High School had sent an email to our church inviting people to their Rugby match. So Koji went along. He ended up leading the cheering—some parents asked him to. As well, he prayed and took 15 Bibles to hand out to some parents and students. He was excited as he came in tonight to share the story of the openness of people receiving the Bibles. Here he is with some parents and family of the players. You can see one mother proudly showing off her Bible!

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This has been an exciting way to follow up the mission teams visiting the schools. How are others going with follow up in schools? 

I am sure you have your stories as well, and I look forward to hearing more as we do our debrief next week.

Promotion Back in Australia

Finally, I was interviewed for a Christian newspaper in Australia called Eternity News (similar to Christianity Today in the States). It has 150,000 readerships online, and many copies are sent to most churches in Australia each month as a newspaper.

Eternity News wanted to use the Fiji team as the story to tell... 

Rugby World Cup Opens the Door to Jesus in Japan

They are keen to write a follow-up story as we prepare for the Olympics.

Have a good week!

Marty Woods
Sports Ministry Team Leader, Australia

 

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  • Japan Partnership: Asian Access has helped to convene a ministry partnership with several organizations centered on leveraging the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Tokyo 2020 Olympics. We look forward to reporting on ministry results emerging from this Kingdom partnership.
  • Marty & Jenny Woods work with Fusion. here is an article with more info: The Aussie who is helping churches to party

 

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jjohnston@asianaccess.org (Marty Woods) Featured Johnston Journal Articles Tue, 22 Oct 2019 08:43:00 +0000
Missio Nexus honors Joe Handley with eXcelerate award https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/491-missio-nexus-honors-joe-handley-with-excelerate-award https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/491-missio-nexus-honors-joe-handley-with-excelerate-award

joe handley eXcelerate award 2019 plaqueFor Excellence in Mission

We are pleased to share that Missio Nexus has bestowed the 2019 eXcelerate award to Joe Handley for excellence in mission. In particular, they affirmed Joe for his excellence and innovation in the area of communications in efforts at accelerating the Great Commission. {addthis off}

For Excellence in Mission

We are pleased to share that Missio Nexus has bestowed the 2019 eXcelerate award to Joe Handley for excellence in mission. In particular, they affirmed Joe for his excellence and innovation in the area of communications in efforts at accelerating the Great Commission.

This is the attractive plaque they handed out.

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Award Presentation

Watch the brief award presentation. Because Joe was in Tokyo, Asian Access Board Member Kärin Primuth accepted the award from Missio Nexus CEO Ted Esler on Joe's behalf.

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Personally appreciating Joe for a moment

If you ask me, it is no surprise to me that Joe Handley would be recognized for this honor. Joe has expertise in utilizing a variety of social media channels to tell the story—whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or YouTube. Joe is not only excellent at promoting Asian Access’ fruit (which is expected of a CEO), but he excels at platforming national leaders and their work, highlighting other organizations, circulating news articles and missions resources, and sharing his own personal and family updates. He’s a holistic communicator and balances all of these extremely well, utilizing many modes (e.g., words, voices, photos, video, graphics, news articles, etc.) to communicate. All this makes Joe’s style distinctive, providing a model for other executive leaders to watch and emulate.

In terms of telling the Asian Access story, Joe is always looking for stories of national leaders to promote. If you see his posts on social media, you know that he is ‘on site’ across Asia more than is even imaginable. He writes more articles for our blogs than all other writers combined. He is always interviewing participants and alumni of our movement with his phone to get their perspective, so we can promote these leaders online. And if he’s not interviewing them, he’s being interviewed by others, like Mission Network News and Moody Radio to share his sought-after perspective. He’s the “go-to guy” for many who want to report on what's happening.

And because he is so well-connected to others in the ministry world, his delivery channels are multiplied a hundred times over. Leaders “follow” Joe and share his posts. And in return, he shares theirs.

As one charged with advancement and communications at Asian Access, I couldn’t ask for a better president with whom to work. If I were inventing a CEO to serve as the lead fundraiser and spokesperson for a movement, Joe Handley's ingredients make a great recipe for success. He makes my job so much more effective and fulfilling. I appreciate Joe’s communications prowess, not to mention his empowering leadership, immensely.

Joe consistently platforms everyone else. I just thought it was time to shine some light on Joe. Congratulations to my friend!

 

Jeff Johnston

 

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eXcelerate award for innovation in partnership

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jjohnston@asianaccess.org (Jeff Johnston) Featured Johnston Journal Articles Sat, 21 Sep 2019 06:00:00 +0000
2018 Highlights: Stories Celebrating God's Work https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/490-2018-highlights-stories-celebrating-gods-work https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/490-2018-highlights-stories-celebrating-gods-work

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Celebrating God's Work in 2018

2018 has been a tremendous year of seeing God bring breakthroughs in ministry. These stories help us remember His faithfulness through the last year as He continues extending His kingdom. Thank you for your partnership in prayer and giving that made these stories possible! Now, we want to share some highlights from 2018...

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Celebrating God's Work in 2018

2018 has been a tremendous year of seeing God bring breakthroughs in ministry. These stories help us remember His faithfulness through the last year as He continues extending His kingdom. Thank you for your partnership in prayer and giving that made these stories possible!

Now, we want to share some highlights from 2018...

 

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What a thrill it was participating in the final 50th anniversary celebration in Japan late last year. Voices from across the lifespan of our ministry shared perspectives on what God has done and what we anticipate in the future. Most moving of all was one of my predecessors, former president Dr. Steve Hoke (above), who shared a passionate call for the people of Japan. ... We have been seeing new forms of ministry birthing over the last several years. And what a fitting complement to Dr. Hoke’s passion it was to hear Pastor Nobu Nagai share a challenge for us from Matthew 5:38: “New wine must be poured into new wineskins!” Read more...


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Pastor Jeyakaran shares how Powerhouse Church tackled the issue of full empowerment for leadership for both men and women the simple way—by releasing women as well as men into all roles of leadership in the church. Read more...

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Charya came to Asian Access training broken—in every way imaginable. I’ve rarely met someone who looked so physically broken. As A2 helped build his understanding of God’s grace, he grew stronger in the Lord. He learned about making disciples and reproducing what God had done through him. Charya went on to graduate from Asian Access and today, he’s one of the few who changes the many. He’s gone on leading hundreds to Christ, raising up dozens of leaders. He’s even led many Khmer Rouge members to Christ. And since graduating from Asian Access, Charya has now planted over 300 churches. Read more...

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Asian Access is expanding its leadership training program with plans to the launch its fresh “Pan Asia Leader Development Program”. The new program helps develop younger leaders in a context that will help them best serve their churches and countries. “Pan Asia is unique in that the cohort will be formed by participants from different countries, representing different countries and cultures,” Asian Access’ Thilini De Visser shares. The leaders joining this program, however, are individuals who are already effectively leading in their own contexts. In fact, all participants are graduates of Asian Access’ A2 Leader Development program within their given countries. Read more...

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A value we stress in the Asian Access leader development program is finishing well. For leaders to be effective throughout their personal and ministry lives, and to successfully fend off the burnout that cripples so many Kingdom leaders, setting a course intended to help leaders stay the course all the way to the finish is vital. So what better way to do this than to help younger leaders to start well? That is the vision behind the launch of U30, an Asian Access Japan learning community adapted to meet the needs of younger leaders. The inaugural U30 cohort has just held its first session, May 28 – 30, 2018, at Hongoudai Christ Church in Yokohama City. Read more...

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“In this country, everything is kept secret. No one shares openly. But, this week [at A2] has been different. I’ve been surprised at how open everyone is, sharing about everything they are going through. This is so powerful, I want my husband to attend again!” She stated that she is now a firm believer in the Asian Access process. Read more...

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Asian Access board member Kärin Primuth and Mission Network News' Katey Hearth discuss Great Commission trends at the 2018 Missio Nexus Leadership Conference. Primuth calls for more coordination and collaboration between groups in mission to maximize our overall effectiveness in achieving the Great Commission. Using Jesus' prayer for unity in John 17, she highlights the partnership models that both Asian Access and visionSynergy are implementing in their respective circles to contribute to the advance of the Gospel. Read more...

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|Historically, the A2 Liaison and faculty roles have often been filled by Westerners. While everyone deeply appreciates the investment made by these dedicated men and women of God, the dream is for these roles to be filled more and more by leaders from Asia. Not only does this deepen the empowerment of our Asian leaders, it increases Asian Access’ capacity to sustain the movement for the long term. That dream was realized this October at the sixth session for the new country’s first A2 cohort: all three key leadership areas were filled by leaders from Asia. Read more...

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The men and women who volunteer to serve as faculty for Asian Access are experienced pastors and ministers. They teach out of their own ministry experience, and their dream is for our Asian Access leaders to take what they learn and run with it in their own ministries. Read more...

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Voice of the Martyrs Radio recently interviewed Joe Handley on the topic of preparing Christian leaders for persecution. It's helpful to know that Asian Access did not set out to address persecution. However, leaders in over half of our 15 countries face persecution. Through our work with these leaders, we have learned so much about the pressures believers face from either their own governments or religious extremists in their countries. Read more...

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A journey that began four years ago as an R&D effort is already bearing fruit, with vibrant communities among entrepreneurs and businesspeople in Asia. Several potential new "A2.business" country launches are on the horizon. Read more...

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President's Progress Report: Ministry Breakthroughs(2.3MB) • Published: 2018

This 4-page progress report was produced in 2018 to highlight ministry breakthroughs across all of our sectors in Asia.

 

 

 


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For more stories, visit Asian Access Blog Centre — https://asianaccess.org/blogcentre A2 Blog Centre

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jjohnston@asianaccess.org (Jeff Johnston) Featured Johnston Journal Articles Sun, 30 Dec 2018 08:00:00 +0000
Does Asian Access pass Edmund Chan's test of leadership? https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/489-does-asian-access-pass-edmund-chan-s-test-of-leadership https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/489-does-asian-access-pass-edmund-chan-s-test-of-leadership

Earlier this year, we were extremely fortunate to have Edmund Chan share a few days with us at the A2 Global Leaders' Summit. As our keynote speaker, he brought three messages that stirred our hearts. If you didn't get a chance to read Joe's perspective regarding these messages, each post is listed below.

Near the end of the A2 gathering, I was...

Earlier this year, we were extremely fortunate to have Edmund Chan share a few days with us at the A2 Global Leaders' Summit. As our keynote speaker, he brought three messages that stirred our hearts. If you didn't get a chance to read Joe's perspective regarding these messages, each post is listed below.

Near the end of the A2 gathering, I was eager to sit down with Edmund and have him share more wisdom on leadership with the Asian Access community. I've posted two particular clips below: one where he endorses Asian Access and one where he exhorts our leaders. I'm sure you'll be encouraged by both brief clips.


1. Does Asian Access pass Edmund Chan's test of leadership?

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"One of my key views of leadership is that the test of leadership is found in the third generation—not the first, not the founder, not the successor, but the third generation.

And Asian Access is strategically positioned to develop leaders with sustainability in their development unto the third generation and beyond. And I've seen the quality of Asian Access leaders—the caliber of these leaders—most importantly the sense of humility, grace, intentionality, joy... as I interact with the leaders this week is phenomenal.

So I'm very thankful for the ministry in Asian Access, and I pray that the Lord will bless this ministry in developing leaders for sustained ministry."

 

2. Edmund Chan exhorts A2 leaders not to lose the mystery of leadership...

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/GjoiDI1wzlc

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"I have learned that leadership is complex. There is a mystery to leadership we should not lose. There is the hand of God, the blessing of God, the spirit of the Living God upon individuals, upon leaders, upon movements and timings. They have global implications.

And so for Asian Access leaders, don't lose that. Don't lose that sense of the awe, the wonder, the mystery‚ that humble dependence upon the Lord, the seeking of the empowering of the Holy Spirit. It's not by might; it's not by power. It's by the Spirit of God. We need a strength that's greater than our own‚ a wisdom that is higher than our own to engage what God is giving as windows of opportunity. Many things are up for grabs in the world today. There are strategic opportunities and windows of time by which these opportunities can be grabbed [for] his kingdom.

And to do that, the strength that is beyond our own comes through prayer and the dependence upon God. The wisdom that's above our own comes from the Holy Word of God. So if we can give ourselves to the Apostolic mandate of prayer and the Word of God... and pass on to the leaders we develop‚ not just an activity‚ but the sense of a spiritual dynamic a spiritual pilgrimage‚ and personify this through our lives, our teaching, our modeling, it will set on fire and set ablaze a movement that is unstoppable."


It's always inspiring to hear Edmund teach Scripture and share principles. He has immensely blessed those of us in the A2 Community. And we are also encouraged to know that he believes in what Asian Access is doing by investing in multiple generations of leaders and working toward ongoing sustainability.

Jeff Johnston

 

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About Edmund Chan

If you missed Joe's posts about Edmund's messages to us at the A2 Global Leaders' Summit, check these out:

  1. "From the Inside Out" means everything in discipleship
  2. Surrender: Radical Discipleship
  3. Crossing the Uncrossable

 

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jjohnston@asianaccess.org (Jeff Johnston) Featured Johnston Journal Articles Thu, 27 Dec 2018 10:00:00 +0000
3.11 - God’s Presence and My Purpose in Midst of Pain https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/486-3-11-god-s-presence-and-my-purpose-in-midst-of-pain https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/486-3-11-god-s-presence-and-my-purpose-in-midst-of-pain

imageI met some new friends recently, Masaki and Kat. My wife and I enjoyed a good bowl of ramen with this great couple a few days ago, along with mutual friends, who have been trying to introduce us for a very long time. The ramen was good, but the new friendships are even better. As we talked about our lives and love for Japan, we realized that...

I met some new friends recently, Masaki and Kat. My wife and I enjoyed a good bowl of ramen with this great couple a few days ago, along with mutual friends, who have been trying to introduce us for a very long time. The ramen was good, but the new friendships are even better.

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As we talked about our lives and love for Japan, we realized that Kat McDowell is a tremendously talented musical artist, based in Los Angeles, but with a global reach. The former Sony label artist has now launched her own indie label and can be found at https://katmusic.jp / https://kat-mcdowell.com. Kat’s father is from New Zealand and her mother is from Japan. She grew up in both places. This is her YouTube channel description:

Healing, inspiring and connecting the world through words & melodiesI'm a half Japanese/ half Kiwi girl living in Los Angeles and touring the world!

This video clip, which she made herself using an iPhone, is an emotional testimony to God’s presence with us, even in the midst of life’s storms, including the Great Japan Disaster of 3.11.11. It's also about the human search for meaning and purpose in life.

Its message compliments the clip “Journeying with the Japanese” that I posted on 3/11/2016 about Asian Access missionaries, who are trying to physically show God’s presence. They are trying to help their friends in NE Japan find Jesus and the hope He can bring to them. It’s not over yet.

I am excited to show 3.11 to you…

 

3.11 Official Music & lyric video [字幕付き]

View on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAQz5BjOxgk

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Jeff Johnston

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from Kat’s 3.11 YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAQz5BjOxgk

Published on May 10, 2012 — My first music video from the album "Hope in you" (release is 2012/6/20). I you like this video please share it with your friends! Like it, comment etc!! I will do my best to keep writing better songs and making better videos!

 

Japanese Lyrics/Translation

0:14     3.11 だった0:18     海が私の家をれて行った0:21     ほこりだらけの空0:23     の音0:24     怖さとい0:26     カモメが泣いてる0:28     あなたが写ってる写真が泥だらけになってた0:31     あのいつもの何かたくらんでそな笑0:35     ぼやけた景色がほほをつたって流れる0:38     静かさが泣きはじめ耳をつんざくよ0:41     0:44     教えてほしい0:47     あなたがいるのは分かってるから0:51     私をしてほしい0:56     いろんな人生0:59     いろんな質問1:02     いろんなの川が海に流れてく1:09     私の人生って何1:12     なぜここにいるの1:16     答えを必ず探しだす1:19     たとえ人生最後の呼吸をするまで時間がかかっても1:37     混乱のまま夜になった1:40     子供を探す母もいた1:43     目に映るイメ1:46     止められない1:48     忘れられない1:50     星が夜空を照らしてる1:53     こんな星空今までた事がない1:57     一番暗い夜光をなくした2:00     でもあなたがいたの2:02     ずっといたの2:03     2:06     教えてほしい2:09     傷跡と心をいやす方法を2:17     一つの命2:21     一つの理由2:24     一つの希望2:28     一つの季2:31     私の人生って何2:35     なぜここにいるの2:38     それを必ず探し出す2:42     まだわってはいないから2:49     まだわってはいないから2:58     まだわってはいない

 

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去年は東北に何回か行って、色んな人の話を聞きました。この曲はその人達のストーリーを私なりに世界の皆に伝えるためにあえて英語で書きまし­た。iPhone でストップモーションのミュージックビデオを作ってみました。もし気に入って貰えたら友達ともfacebook でシェアしたり、つぶやいてください!この歌についてのストーリーも今後アップするので登録してね!

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jjohnston@asianaccess.org (Jeff Johnston) Featured Johnston Journal Articles Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:50:00 +0000
Five Years After the Triple Disaster: Journeying With The Japanese https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/485-five-years-after-the-triple-disaster-journeying-with-the-japanese https://johnstonjournal.com/new/jj-posts/485-five-years-after-the-triple-disaster-journeying-with-the-japanese

tsunami damaged house through anotherAsian Access missionaries recount the early days following the Great Japan Disaster and share how it's been an amazing privilege to journey with the Japanese as they rebuild their lives over the past five years.

TOHOKU, JAPAN (A2) — In the months following the disaster, missionary Sue Takamoto asked a community leader, “So how many...

Asian Access missionaries recount the early days following the Great Japan Disaster and share how it's been an amazing privilege to journey with the Japanese as they rebuild their lives over the past five years.

TOHOKU, JAPAN (A2) — In the months following the disaster, missionary Sue Takamoto asked a community leader, “So how many funerals have you been to?” ...

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Video Description: Asian Access missionaries recount the early days following the Great Japan Disaster and share how it's been an amazing privilege to journey with the Japanese as they rebuild their lives over the past five years.


 

imageTOHOKU, JAPAN (A2) — In the months following the disaster, missionary Sue Takamoto asked a community leader, “So how many funerals have you been to?”

His response, “This is my thirtieth.”

Takamoto summarized, “Just the impact of that on this community, it’s not something we can even measure. And that’s where we see that the loss continues and continues.”

 

Beginning the Journey

Asian Access missionaries have been a presence in Tohoku—northeast Japan, helping Japanese disaster victims since the very beginning.

Kent Muhling remembers, “Six days before the disaster, several of us [A2 missionaries] attended a disaster volunteer training course. And we left that thinking, the next time something happens, we want to be involved. Nobody thought it would be one week later.”

Once the immediate rescue work was completed by professional first-responders, volunteers from all over Japan and the world swept in to begin helping people recover—including several Asian Access missionary staff members. There was a tremendous response of Christian love.

image In the early months much of the work was focused on physical needs, such as providing food, clothing and shelter. And a lot of physical labor was needed to clear debris, shovel mud out of the gutters and people’s homes, and clean up. Next came helping victims move whatever was left of their families and belongings to safety. About 350,000 were displaced to live in temporary housing, which continues even today, though it's getting better.

 

To Journey Together is Ministry

 

Focusing on Emotional and Spiritual Needs

With those basic needs tended to early on, Muhling concluded “The emotional and spiritual needs are actually greater now.”

Long after other relief workers have left the region, Asian Access' presence has continued, as always, in partnership with the Japanese Church. And many volunteers from outside the region—burdened by what they saw as visitors—decided to become residents. Missionaries, pastors, even Japanese Christians moved from other regions of Japan into the neighborhoods of hard-hit areas.

Rhonda Boehme who relocated up to northeast Japan with her family from west Japan shared, “Being here and letting them know we’re not planning to leave anytime soon—we want to be here a long time—I think that encourages people.”

It’s showing up and being there that can have great impact. To journey together is ministry.

Is it any wonder that one of Sue Takamoto’s directional verses is John 1:14, particularly from The Message: “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood” (verse 14a).

Sue’s husband Eric Takamoto agrees. “I think the thing that speaks most to the people up here is the continued presence,” he said. “We are continually asked, ‘Why? Why do people come all this way, spend their money and their time to help us?’ And the simple answer is, ‘God loves you.’ ”

God’s love is being demonstrated by people who left their home to “move into the neighborhood” and make a new home among new friends. And it’s being powerfully demonstrated by the ongoing presence of faithful local churches that have sacrificed to meet needs, journey together and share Christ’s love.

Sue reflected, "Our joy, if that's the right word, is just to be here through people's sadness, through their remembering, through their fear of what might happen, through the aftershocks, and to just walk with the people in this community. And it's an amazing privilege to be able to do that."

Indeed.

 

Jeff Johnston

 

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