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  1. Our Latest Update from Nepal

    An Update from Friends in Nepal

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    As the reports continue to stream in from Nepal, it’s heartbreaking to realize the havoc that the massive earthquake has wreaked on the nation. I just spoke with some friends from Nepal; as you can imagine, they are devastated. Here is what they shared with me:

    “In Kathmandu, one church 25 died and 5 were from the same family. Another 15 died outside of Kathmandu. 30 died in one church and 42 churches from different districts collapsed. There are more to come.

    “Many houses are gone, so churches that have survived have begun to act quickly by providing food, shelter, water, clothes and other needs. It’s good to see some pastors and leaders have already started doing this.

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    “One friend’s village is totally gone. No house is unaffected. Some local students we know have returned to their village to see their families’ situation firsthand. In fact, many people from Kathmandu are returning to their old villages for safety.

    “We still need to hear more since relief has not reached some affected areas. Thank God for many nations and people are gone to help our country. We are thankful."

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    Our Developing Philosophy Based on Past Experience

    Asian Access has received numerous inquiries from churches and leaders across the world as to how we will respond to the tragedy in Nepal. From past experience, we have learned that in a disaster situation like this, our first ministry priority is to work with local, indigenous leaders. This strategy was originally laid out by A2 National Director Adrian De Visser following the tsunami that struck his native Sri Lanka in December 2004. We have incorporated the lessons we learned from the Sri Lanka relief effort, as well as from our experiences in Japan following the triple disaster of March 2011.

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    Initial Plans

    As a first step, A2 will send people to Nepal as soon as possible to assess the situation on the ground. Our intent is to hear from local leaders what is needed, and how they believe that Asian Access can help.

    In this immediate response period, we will deliver aid through some of the top local churches in the nation. 10% of the funds raised will be invested in the equipping and empowering of these leading pastors. The remaining 90% of the funds will be used to provide immediate relief, provided through their congregations (e.g., fresh water, food, blankets, medical supplies, etc.). As our response team gains an understanding of the situation, our response will adjust to meet the real needs on the ground, as identified and prioritized by trusted national leaders.

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    Asian Access Plus Other Recommended Organizations

    We are honored that many churches across the U.S. have decided to dedicate their special offerings to Asian Access. We are humbled by their trust in our work and the positive results they have seen emerge through our partnerships with local churches in-country during previous relief efforts.

    That said, Asian Access is not a relief agency. In that light, we are endorsing several leading Christian relief and develop agencies as worthy conduits for support. These are organizations that have been endorsed by national leaders. In particular, we highly recommend Samaritan’s Purse, acknowledged by Japanese Christian leaders as the organization that did the best job in dealing with the 2011 triple disaster.

     

    Short-Term Teams:  Send Now, Later, or . . . ?

    In disasters such as the earthquake in Nepal, there is a natural urge to send (and join) volunteer groups who want to provide short-term help on site. While the intent of these groups is wonderful, there are valid questions as to when it is appropriate to send in such short-term teams.

    An excellent article that outlines the issues and challenges involved with sending short-term teams into a disaster area can be found here. It endorses our approach:

    Don’t rush to Nepal to help. Read this first | by Claire Bennett
    You may want to help victims of the earthquake, but they don’t need unskilled volunteers or aid they can’t use. Here’s what you can do that won’t get in the way

    When I called Samaritan’s Purse earlier this week, they informed me that they are not mobilizing teams for Nepal at this stage. As we assess the situation in country, we will seek input from national leaders as to possible ways that teams might effectively serve later this summer or early fall. If such opportunities present themselves, we hope to work with Samaritan’s Purse and Sunrise International Mission in sending such teams. But for now, we will wait, learn and listen.

     

    For Updates Anytime

    I invite you to stay abreast of the situation in Nepal. We have set up a web page with updates and stories here:  http://www.asianaccess.org/latest/nepal-quake

    Thank you for your prayers. I was already tired from a long two-week trip, being sick for over half the trip. I had a full schedule upon return to the States; the Nepal tragedy crashed into what was already a packed schedule. On a personal level, I thank you for your prayers as well.

    But most important, please keep Nepal in your prayers! And pray for the many churches throughout the world that are mobilizing resources this weekend to provide sorely-needed relief for the suffering millions in Nepal.

    God bless you and thank you for praying,

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    Joe Handley

     

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  2. Moody Radio: Nepal Update #1 with Joe Handley

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    Karl and June of Moody Radio-Chicago interviewed Joe Handley, who provided the latest information on the Nepal earthquake.

    Areas covered:

    • latest update from local churches in Kathmandu
    • the earthquake struck precisely during weekly worship services
    • how churches and pastors were affected
    • type of ministry activities of pastors in Nepal prior to the quake
    • growth in the Church of Nepal
    • hospitals hit hard; at least 1,000 injured but still without beds
    • children will be most vulnerable and at-risk in this situation
    • Nepal is one of the fastest growing churches in the world over the last 30 years, and yet has 27 million unreached
    • how is God might use this catastrophe to reach people
    • what we've learned from Japan disaster relief and how it might affect people's view of the local church
    • upheaval related to certain Hindu segments that are discontent with the current government
    • How can we PRAY?
      • that people would have access to food, water, medical care and other needs
      • People trapped would be be found and survive
      • for the Church to reach out
      • that many Nepalese will turn to Christ as a result
    • How can we GIVE?
    • How can we MOBILIZE (GO)?
      • Samaritan's Purse: currently sending specialists, first responders and medical personnel
      • Asian Access - will likely partner with Samaritan's Purse to send church teams after initial relief and recovery period is completed.

    Listen to the interview...
    {mp3remote}http://www.asianaccess.org/media/feedgator/audio/MoodyRadio-04-27-15-JoeHandley.mp3{/mp3remote}

    Another interview will be conducted on May 8, 2015.

     

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  3. The Most Important Thing

    It all emanates out of a love for God and a life with God

    That's what Lon Allison says.

    At Asian Access' annual Global Leaders' Summit last week in Cambodia, Dr. Lon Allison inspired our group with the importance of a love relationship with God. Then he offered practical insights on how to nurture this deep relationship, drawing upon Scripture, as well as the written experiences of believers from the past 2,000 years, including his own. The former executive director of The Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College challenged us and equipped us.

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    Leaders from fourteen countries on three continents gathered to remind ourselves of the basics, focusing on A2's first desired outcome:

    Leaders, for a lifetime, will nurture a love relationship with God.

    At the close of the conference, Lon graciously shared a word with our friends in North America:

    I'm glad to talk to you today about Asian Access. I'm in Cambodia where I’ve just had the opportunity to be with the leaders forum. They've come from many of the nations here in Southeast Asia and I want to tell you what I'm really impressed about.

    I know the goals I know the mission of the organization. I know what they're about. I support that with all my heart. But what I'm really excited about is the dedication and the point like focus on it all emanates out of a love for God and a life with God.

    This whole leadership forum has simply been for the leaders to come back to the core of what it is to know God, to love God, and let God’s life live through them. I know in the long run, that's where the legacy, that's where the impact is going to come from—Christ in us, the hope of glory. It's a pleasure to be with leaders that consider this the most important thing in life."

     

    allison lon"I know the goals; I know the mission of Asian Access. I know what they're about. I support that with all my heart. But what I'm really excited about is the dedication and the point like focus on it all emanates out out of a love for God and a life with God.”

    Dr. Lon Allison
    Pastor of Teaching & Outreach, Wheaton Bible Church
    Former Executive Director, The Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College

     

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  4. Nepal quake: in dire need of aid

    Nepal quake: in dire need of aidNepal (MNN) — The glory of Kathmandu dates back to ancient times. More recent history connected conquering Mount Everest to the Himalayan kingdom. The mystery of the Hindus was stylized in cinema history, too.

    Today, much of that is gone. 96 hours ago, the area was hit by the worst earthquake the country has experienced in 80 years. By Monday afternoon (EDT), the death toll had soared past 4,000. Those numbers did not include the remote villages. More than 7,100 people were injured in the quake with tens of thousands of people left homeless. Joe Handley with Asian Access says after the major quake, there have been dozens of severe aftershocks. The scene, as described by A2 partners: “Buildings falling down, right and left; many churches have been destroyed. Many pastors’ homes have been destroyed. They’re just looking at their people, seeing the devastation roll out.” Death tolls are expected to exceed 5,000.

    In an earlier MNN story, Gospel For Asia shared concerns that a great number of the victims could be Christians. Handley explains, “The Nepalese church meets on Saturday instead of Sunday, so the earthquake struck right as everyone was in the middle of church; so they rushed outside, only to see the devastating impact on their country.”

    Nepal quake: in dire need of aidTens of thousands are homeless. Makeshift tent cities have sprung up, although stormy weather forecasts and dropping temperatures adds misery to equation for survivors. Nepal’s government is begging for help. “They’re worried about water shortage, food shortage, and electrical shortage. Many of the hospitals have fallen apart, so medical care is a huge problem.” Handley adds, “Doctors in the city estimate that they need a thousand more beds just for the initial needs in Kathmandu.”

    Early recovery estimates are rolling in long-term economic costs in excess of $5 billion — around 2% of Nepal’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) — which, in a word, is “devastating.” The A2 church network is mobilizing, even though many of the leaders are experiencing loss, themselves. “The pastor who was talking to us was from a village halfway between Kathmandu and Mount Everest. He said his village was completely leveled. He lost his home.”

    However, this isn’t the first time A2 has dealt with natural disaster. “We just went through this with the huge disaster that hit Japan and how we were able to see churches mobilized to be the body of Christ,” Handley explains. That experience taught the ministry how leadership training and personal investment in relationships in the name of Christ come together to make recovery real, on a timeline no government organization can match.

    Nepal quake: in dire need of aidUnder the Pray, Give, or Go banner, Handley says prayer is key. “We’re praying that this disaster could have profound spiritual impacts. We know that that starts from meeting physical needs–just being the hands and feet of Jesus.” Giving and Going are connected right now. “Right now, all the reports I get [indicate] that they just need the experts in. We’re holding back from sending people, at this point, trying to get aid and supplies and funding into the churches to be able to be those ‘hands and feet of Christ.'”

     

    Listen to the radio broadcast... (first story)
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  5. Help pastors and churches reach out during Nepal's hour of greatest need

    Nepal 7.8 Earthquake: Death Toll Exceeds 6,000

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    Text message from a friend on the ground in Nepal:

    "We are fine. We are in open ground now, and it's raining. Sadly, our home is totally destroyed; we are homeless now. Earthquakes are still coming and everywhere there are problems. Many dead bodies, it's not counted yet, so many people died."

     

    Summary

    From The Guardian...
    • More than 6,000 people have been reported dead after a huge 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. With 4.6 million people in the direct quake zone, the toll is expected to rise sharply.
    • The country’s deputy prime minister, Bamdev Gautam, has declared a state of emergency and appealed for humanitarian assistance across the region. He fears that the death toll may reach 10,000.
    • The death toll from Saturday’s earthquake has risen to more than 6,000 as fears grow for the fate of people living in remote villages. One aid worker told the Guardian that he feared that as many as 15,000 have been killed. 
    • Five foreign nationals were among those killed on Everest. Australia named one of the victims as Renu Fotedar Melbourne mother of two.The US State Department said three US citizens were killed including a Google engineer, a medic and a filmmaker. Japan’s foreign minister said a Japanese man was also among the dead.
    • Survivors desperate for shelter have turned to camping out in sewage pipes as thousands of people prepare to spend a third night sleeping rough. 
    • Helicopters have started to rescue up to 150 mountaineers stranded on Everest above an ice fall caused by the earthquake. An additional 61 were injured in the avalanche and an unknown number are still missing.
    • Britain’s Disasters Emergency Committee has launched a joint appeal to help the survivors of the earthquake. The UN’s World Food Programme said a “massive” aid operation will start on Tuesday. 
    • Unicef said nearly one million children in Nepal were severely affected by the earth quake. It also warned of waterborne and infectious diseases.
    • Thousands of Nepalis have began fleeing the capital Kathmandu in the wake of powerful aftershocks that have stoked fears of food and water shortages. Roads leading out of the mountain valley city of one million were reportedly jammed with people.
    • 18 climbers were found dead on Mount Everest after the tremor triggered an avalanche. Many more are trapped.
    • 36 people have also been reported dead India, 12 in China, four in Bangladesh and six in Tibet.
    • The quake caused dozens of buildings in Kathmandu to collapse, including the historic Dharahara Tower.
    • The city’s main hospital is overwhelmed by casualties and residents are facing a night on the streets with nowhere to go.
    • Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has ordered an immediate dispatch of relief and medical teams to Nepal, and the evacuation of Indian tourists.
    • UK foreign secretary Philip Hammond said the government was in close contact with Nepal, and the British Embassy is offering assistance to the authorities and British Nationals in the country.

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    How to Pray

    From: http://www.jdpayne.org/2015/04/26/nepal/#sthash.6PKsj1wf.dpuf

    Of the 31 million people who make up this country (not to mention other countries affected), 27 million are considered unreached with the gospel, including almost 4 million unengaged-unreached.

    • Pray that people will have access to basic needs like food, water, shelter, and medical care. Currently those affected by the earthquake are sleeping outside, water sources are compromised, and medical facilities overrun.
    • Pray that people still trapped in the rubble will quickly be found and survive.
    • Pray for the church in Nepal to immediately respond to needs in their communities in ways that allow them to share the gospel.
    • Pray for many in Nepal to turn to Christ in the midst of this crisis.
    • Pray for protection, provision, and boldness for our Brook Hills members and partners working in Nepal.

     

    How to Help...

    A. For those Wanting to Give...

    • You can give through Asian Access to support churches who are doing relief work. A2 is distributing funds raised through local churches in Nepal for use where it's needed most. To give online, click the red “Give Now!” button (US$) below or click here...

    Give Now!

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    ...or send your check to Asian Access, PO Box 3307, Cerritos, CA 90703.

     

     

    B. For those wishing to serve on a relief team, we are exploring our options and potential partnerships.

     

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    Joe's Radio Interviews on Nepal:

    {mp3remote}http://www.asianaccess.org/mnn/2min-Apr28-2015.mp3{/mp3remote}

    • Moody Radio interview

    {mp3remote}http://www.asianaccess.org/media/feedgator/audio/MoodyRadio-04-27-15-JoeHandley.mp3{/mp3remote} 

     

    More Updates

    Rolling coverage of developments in Himalayan nation following 7.8 magnitude quake near Kathmandu

     

  6. New matching grant promises to accelerate work in East Asia

    The Maclellan Foundation has just extended a new matching challenge grant — $120,000 — to Asian Access for the largest country in East Asia. Your gifts will be doubled to train a generation of leaders!

    The need for leadership in different spheres across this country is immense, as noted by a leading Asia specialist:

    bf-200"I heartily endorse Asian Access as you are filling a vital need in the church in Asia. The emerging urban church leadership is dynamic yet fragile. They have no older generation of pastors to look up to. Asian Access' proven mentoring approach builds communities of leaders, providing needed accountability and encouragement while developing personal character and ministry skills."

    Dr. Brent Fulton

     

    Explosive Growth in the Church

    This country experienced explosive growth in the Church after a horrendous tragedy in 1989. This growth occurred despite an era of sporadic and sometimes intense pressure and persecution. In particular, the development of the urban house church movement flourished. Most knowledgeable estimates agreed that over 100 million believers live in this country!

     

    Healthy Leadership Required to Move Ahead

    Millions of pastors and kingdom leaders are now maturing in their faith. They are hungry for their own discipleship, development as leaders, and to see the Church rise again to a place of healthy growth. The Church in this country also has a long-held vision to become a sending nation to contribute toward the task of world evangelization. In order to do this—to shape a healthy church, to make mature disciples, and to thrust out laborers into the harvest field—the development of solid, healthy pastors and business leaders are crucial.

    Meeting these needs is where Asian Access’ unique small-group, learning-community model has proved transformational—not just in the ministry lives of pastors and Kingdom leaders, but in their personal lives as well.

    Wang Ping (not his real name) is Asian Access’ senior leader in this country.  Several years ago, his relationship with his wife Zhi (not her real name) came under tremendous strain during a time of government pressure and persecution.  It looked like there was no hope for their marriage.  But through Wang Ping’s commitment to walk the path of discipleship he learned through Asian Access, combined with the unwavering support of his brothers in the A2 Alumni Network, their relationship was restored.  Wang Ping puts it bluntly:  “Asian Access saved my marriage.”

     

    Develop. Multiply. Transform.

    Developing leaders like these—pastors and Kingdom leaders who are empowered to become agents of transformation in their homes, communities, and countries—is Asian Access’ distinct specialty. And that’s precisely why the Maclellan Foundation offered us the grant:

    daryl-heald“I know that Asian Access has a proven track record in this limited access country. Through this leadership training expansion project, I know their impact will multiply. Pastors will not only experience a greater love relationship with God and growth as Christ-like leaders, but will also reproduce themselves and plant additional multiplying churches. I’m especially eager to see this work grow into the marketplace sector and this project will help them move this forward. It's an easy decision for me to wholeheartedly endorse this project with no reservations.”

    Mr. Daryl Heald
    Director of Generosity, The Maclellan Foundation, Inc.

    Your gift, once doubled, will help Asian Access accelerate work by accomplishing the following:

    1. Accelerate number of leaders trained!We can expand from one cohort per year in country to over four cohorts this next year, allowing leaders to be equipped from several different regions!
    2. Accelerate our work with Women in Ministry (WIM) in this country. This grant will also enable WIM leaders from this country to expand their work with women leaders into other Asian Access countries.
    3. Launch the A2/Business initiative in East Asia. CEO’s are hungry for Christian leadership training that helps them leverage their talents and capacity for missional impact.

    dr-peter-zhao-xiaoJoe, this is exactly what [Asia] needs today: an Asian Access for marketplace leaders!

    Dr. Peter Zhao
    renowned economist in East Asia

    Thank you for your support as we accelerate this work in East Asia. Your prayers and financial support are critical for the advancement of leader development in this part of the world. And it will pay spiritual and eternal dividends in the coming years.

     

    Double your gift now!

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    ramesh richard“Untrained and isolated pastors faithfully minister where Christ's Church is numerically growing. Church health, unfortunately, is not keeping up with church growth. I believe strengthening pastors stands at the epitome of missions strategy today. Asian Access strategically and effectively equips pastoral leaders in needy regions so churches can grow to be spiritually healthy. I am honored to serve on their reference council.”

    Dr. Ramesh Richard
    President, Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Health, RREACH
    Professor, Dallas Theological Seminary
    Founder, Trainers of Pastors International Coalition [TOPIC]

     

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  7. The First Job In Any Organization Is To Make Top Management Effective

    Week 13: The First Job In Any Organization Is To Make Top Management Effective

    Week 13 of 52. Welcome to Drucker Mondays, a 52-week journey through the new book, A Year with Peter Drucker: 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness, by Joseph A. Maciariello. Each Monday, we'll feature a Drucker fan and his or her favorite snippet from the week's topic. (Subscribe on this page.) Elliott Snuggs is our guest writer today.

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    The Big Idea from the Book

    In this four-week segment on “Management in a Pluralistic Society of Organizations,” we learn about Drucker’s emphasis on top management. Maciariello summarizes it this way, “Without effective top management [Elliott’s emphasis] you cannot sustain a spirit of performance, and entropic processes will set in at an organization and eventually destroy it.” Thus, the first job in any organization is to make top management effective.

    Elliott Snuggs' Favorite Drucker Insights from Week 13, pages 104-110:
       • “...yet [emerging leader’s] growth into effective executives within the organization will be stymied unless they are given executive responsibility for decision-making and are allowed to make and learn from their own mistakes.”
       • “Establishing an organization’s unique personality may be the most important task of top management… Establishing a new corporate persona calls for a change in the corporation’s values. And that may well be the most important task for top management.”
       • Top management is responsible for designing the organizational structure and for making key appointments at the level right below top management.
       • “The CEO in the new millennium has six specific tasks.” (Read them on page 108!)

    Elliott Snuggs' Color Commentary 

    Peter Drucker understood the information society long before Google came along. And he understood just how important managing that information was to success. For him top management was the central hub. Top management’s responsibilities then include direction, strategy, values and principles. It is the core out of which a ministry, movement or enterprise can flow.

    Most importantly, top management establishes the “DNA” of the organization, its unique personality and core values. Further, the organization’s performance depends on an effective top management setting the example of performance. Finally, he gives the sagely advice that top management must rest on a spiritual foundation or it has “nothing.” Jesus put it this way, “apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

    If you are a CEO, reflect on Drucker’s list of the six tasks of a CEO in the new millennium. It begins with defining the “meaningful outside of the organization.” Wow! And the next five are just as meaty.

    This Week's Quotes & Commentary by Elliott Snuggs

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    R. Elliott Snuggs is the Executive Vice President of Asian Access, Cerritos, Calif. He studied under Peter Drucker at Claremont Graduate University from 1997–2000 in the Executive Management program. He currently enjoys applying Drucker’s thinking to strategic planning in nonprofit organizations.

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    To-Do Today: 

    • Drucker says that the key activities of an organization must be identified (maybe thinking “core competencies” will help) and each activity should be assigned to a specific member of the top management team. Work through that with your team.
    • Evaluate if your top management team fosters a spirit of performance?
    • Are there any structures in your organization that are inhibiting growth and performance? Try to bring change to these toxic structures.

     

    This blog entry is reposted with permission from John Pearson and was first published here: http://urgentink.typepad.com/drucker_mondays/2015/03/week-13-the-first-job-in-any-organization-is-to-make-top-management-effective.html

     

  8. Asians Giving to Asia: $4K still needed by 31-March

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    Rev. Samuel Chiang

    "Asian Access has not only equipped indigenous leaders to speak effectively into their communities, but also developed local ownership with profound transformative and sustainable changes. Their results are astounding!

    – Rev. Samuel E. Chiang
    Executive Director, International Orality Network

     

    The opportunity in Asia for the Gospel is huge! And there is just 1 more day to meet the next deadline. Your gift to Asian Access will help meet a $1 million giving challenge to accelerate the advance of the Gospel in Asia.

     

    From Asia, for Asia

    A foundation that prefers to remain anonymous has offered Asian Access a giving challenge. Through 31-December 2015, Asian Access needs to raise $1,000,000. But we must reach $500,000 by midnight on 31-March, 2015.

    If you live in, or were born in, Asia, your gift of $100, $500, $1,000 or more to Asian Access will be vital in helping us to keep pace.

    So far, we have seen $496,591 given toward this giving challenge.

    $496,591 met of $1m goal

    Your gift enables Asian Access to expand the work of A2 in the two most populated countries in the world, open A2’s ministry in two new countries, and launch our new marketplace enterprise program.

     

    Will you help us to meet this historic challenge?

    To give online in US$, click the red “Give Now!” button below or click here. Be sure to choose "Asia Giving Challenge" on the Designation drop-down menu. (Or if you want to give in SING$ or JPY¥, click the respective link below.)

    Thank you for your prayers and financial support for Asian Access!

    For His Kingdom,

    Joseph W. Handley, Jr.
    President – Asian Access

     

    P.S. - Click here to find out more about this Asia Giving Challenge...

     

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    Dr. Ramesh Richard

    "Asian Access strategically and effectively equips pastoral leaders in needy regions so churches can grow to be spiritually healthy. I am honored to serve on their reference council."

    – Dr. Ramesh Richard
    President, Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Health, RREACH
    ProfessorDallas Theological Seminary
    Founder, Trainers of Pastors International Coalition [TOPIC]

     

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  9. An Amazing Legacy, A Devastating Setback...

    And Still Making A Difference—With A Paintbrush

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    Ron McMahon is a world changer.

    A Southern California native and USC graduate, Ron launched his own architectural and planning firm, then moved into real estate development. His business achievements have spanned several decades and have covered the globe.

    But Ron has also been committed to his community—and to Jesus. He has served on many boards, including the YMCA and the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. But what we like best is that he devoted more than 30 years of his life to the board of Asian Access. For 23 of those years, he served as board chairman, and now serves as lifetime honorary chairman. The benefits that A2 has gained from Ron’s wisdom, godly leadership, and Kingdom heart are incalculable.

    In 2012, Ron suffered a major stroke. Ron is taking on the biggest challenge of his life as he works his way back from the damage that the stroke inflicted. He has made tremendous progress, but it remains a long road.

    “One of the biggest challenges I face is to figure out how I can still make a difference,” Ron told me. So how does a difference-maker keep making a difference when his left side is now paralyzed? By picking up a paintbrush.

    Some of Ron’s friends arranged to get Ron started on painting lessons. It is of course great physical and mental therapy… but leave it to Ron to turn it into a difference-making opportunity as well.

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    Ron has already completed more than a 20 paintings—and they are good, as you can see from the photos. What next? “I want to raise money with my paintings,” he told me. “With those funds, I can support three causes that I really believe in.” Ron is doing just that—through his website, www.ronmcmahonart.com.

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    You can go onto his site and choose from any of 23 available paintings (and counting). There is a suggested donation for each—or you can always donate more. We are especially pleased that Ron has designated Asian Access as one of the three causes you can choose to receive your donation.

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    Ron McMahon is showing us that no matter what we face, we can make a difference—now, and into the future. Like I said… he’s a world changer.

    Noel Becchetti

     

    More Information

    • A Lifetime Appointment
    • A2 Board of Directors
    • If you would like to donate to Asian Access and receive a painting:
      1. Go to this site to see Ron's paintings: http://www.ronmcmahonart.com/#!art/cee5
      2. Make checks payable to, and can be directly mailed to:
        • Asian Access | PO Box 3307 | Cerritos, CA 90703
        • In the memo portion note "Ron McMahon Art Donation." Please include a current phone # and e-mail address on a separate piece of paper where you can be contacted by Ron McMahon.
  10. Turning 50: Life-on-Life Mentoring

    "And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." - 2 Tim. 2:2

    As I approach my 50th birthday this week, I am grateful for those who have invested in me. This week I'll be reaching out to 50 people who have made a significant impact on my life. These are, roughly speaking, the top 50 people who have taken the time to help shape me into the person and leader that I am today.

    Some of these 50 are like the Apostle Paul in my life. They came alongside of me as an emerging young leader, a leader with potential, and spent time helping me grow into the person I am today. Others are more like Barnabas who are roughly in my same life-stage or sphere of influence and we have walked deeply together or influenced each other along the way. Some, are more like Timothy that I have invested in but in many ways they have shaped me as reverse mentors.

    We at Asian Access believe that all of these roles are important in the emergence of a leader. Each of us should have a Paul, a Barnabas, and a Timothy in our lives. I hope you do. It's part of what we at A2 see as critical in leader formation, life-on-life mentoring.

    Life-on-Life Mentoring

    It's not just a matter of giving leaders the right input. To develop leaders, God uses circumstances, events and other leaders in their lives. So in our model, life-on-life experiences are as important as solid training material. Mentoring and coaching are as essential as great curriculum and excellent faculty.

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    This week I celebrate these people for the impact they have made on me. They are a treasure trove of wisdom and I am grateful for each and everyone of them.

    • Who is your Paul?
    • Who is your Barnabas?
    • Who is your Timothy?

    Contact them today and say: "Thank you for investing in me!"

    "We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives." — John F. Kennedy

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    Joe Handley

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