A summary from three blogs: A2 Community + From The President + A2 Stories on Mission Network News
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.
“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."
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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,
Karl and June of Moody Radio-Chicago interviewed Joe Handley, who provided the latest information on the Nepal earthquake.
Listen to the interview...
Another interview will be conducted on May 8, 2015.
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.
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."
"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
Nepal (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.”
Tens 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.
Under 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)
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."
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.
...or send your check to Asian Access, PO Box 3307, Cerritos, CA 90703.
Joe's Radio Interviews on Nepal:
Rolling coverage of developments in Himalayan nation following 7.8 magnitude quake near Kathmandu
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:
"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."
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!
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.”
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:
“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:
Joe, 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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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. J We are especially pleased that Ron has designated Asian Access as one of the three causes you can choose to receive your donation.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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