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Japan (MNN) — Asian Access has officially passed the baton of ministry in Japan to the Japanese leadership.

Robert Adair explains. “For a good decade or so most of our deployment of missionaries and the overall vision has been led by our Japanese partners. But we’ve actually taken this step of sliding our shukyo hojin, or religious status, and fully bringing that under the control of our Japanese expression of Asian access in Japan.

“Now, both on a vision side and legally, everything is led by Japanese Christians.”

Asian Access has worked in Japan since 1967.

Bigger vision

From 1986 to 2020, they had the vision to plant 1,000 reproducing churches across the country.

In 2022, Adair says the ministry has achieved the spirit of this goal, even if they have not reached those numbers yet. And the work continues. “It’s not just a vision of Asian Access sending out 1000 Church multiplication teams. It’s partnering with the entire Church in Japan, and helping the Japanese Church try to pursue 2% of the population following Christ. We want as many churches in Japan as we have convenience stores, which would be around 50,000 churches.”

Unity

Many Christians in Japan began to work more closely together after the triple disaster on March 11, 2011. An earthquake caused a massive tsunami which in turn overwhelmed a nuclear reactor, causing it to melt down.

Adair says, “It tore down a lot of the divides between both denominations within Japan, and honestly, between missions organizations. The need was so significant.”

Pray that the good news of Jesus would spread to many people across Japan. Ask God to strengthen the A2 Japan leadership. Pray that they would be a unifying voice in the Japanese Church, crossing divides between groups that haven’t worked together before.

 

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International Day for the Unreached 2022 https://go2japan.org/a2/blog/authors/jeffjohnston-blog/1537-international-day-for-the-unreached-2022 https://go2japan.org/a2/blog/authors/jeffjohnston-blog/1537-international-day-for-the-unreached-2022

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June 5, 2022 is the International Day for the Unreached

A third of the world still lacks access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are no local churches, no Bible in their own language, and no local believers.

On Pentecost Sunday, June 5, 2022, join Christians around the world for the International Day for the Unreached. The day will include live streaming events hosted by the Alliance for the Unreached and ways to spread awareness and rally as many people as possible to join the cause.

A THIRD OF HUMANITY IS STILL IN THE DARK WITH NO CHANCE TO HEAR THE NAME OF JESUS.

But you can help change that.

  • A third of the world is still denied access to the Gospel. Do you want to help give everyone a chance to know Jesus? Take step one today. Draw the symbol somewhere visible and then talk about it! (Photo, caption courtesy of A Third of Us)DRAW the symbol somewhere visible. Post on social media with #athirdofus
  • Look for opportunities to TALK about it.
  • PRAY about it.
  • DO something.

A third of the world is still denied access to the Gospel. Do you want to help give everyone a chance to know Jesus? Take step one today. Draw the symbol somewhere visible and then talk about it! (Photo, caption courtesy of A Third of Us)

 

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WATCH AND PRAY WITH US ON JUNE 5TH

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  • Download the Prayer Guide.
  • Learn more and download the free action guide, church kit, and family guide at athirdofus.com.
  • Find more resources at Alliance for the Unreached.
  • go2japan through Asian Access is a partner with Alliance for the Unreached as a champion member.

 

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Celebrating the 2020 Vision & Passing the Baton in Japan https://go2japan.org/a2/blog/authors/president-blog/1536-celebrating-the-2020-vision-passing-the-baton-in-japan https://go2japan.org/a2/blog/authors/president-blog/1536-celebrating-the-2020-vision-passing-the-baton-in-japan

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The 2020 Vision:

To deploy 100 church multiplication teams:
  • to establish 1,000 reproducing congregations...
  • to enfold 1,000,000 new followers of Christ...
  • who will, in turn, send 1,000 missionaries from Japan to the cities of Asia...
  • that will be home to 1 billion people by the year 2020 AD.

Passing the Baton in Japan

pass the baton gettyImages 1264068326 300pxRecently the A2 international board and A2 Japan board held a historic joint meeting. At this gathering, we solidified our commitment to Japan by officially passing the leadership and legal "shukyo hojin" (religious corporation) to the leadership in Japan.

In the new agreement, A2 still keeps missionary management responsibilities but the overall vision and leadership sits with A2/Japan.

Celebrating the 2020 Vision

visionWe took the time to celebrate the completion of the 2020 Vision together. We highlighted the many achievements accomplished over the last 35 years. I want to personally thank every person since 1986 for their part in helping achieve those milestones. Many of our missionaries were part of the church multiplication teams that were sent to help fulfill the vision. Praise God for them and the diligent, faithful work they have been doing!

A few of the milestones celebrated included seeing reproducing churches become part of the mindset of many in Japan, something that was not widely adopted prior to casting the vision. In addition, various ministries were sparked like church multiplication networks, mission networks, and Barnabas ministries, just to name a few.

At our last joint board meeting in Tohoku a few years ago, Pastor Jiro Chida felt that we had achieved our focus of the vision in that 1000 churches have been mobilized to reproduce. While all the metrics embedded in the vision may not have been completed, the focal point of seeing 1000 reproducing churches was something Chida sensei felt confident has occurred. The other parts of the vision in many ways were perceived as in God’s territory because they were beyond the capacity of men and women and, for that matter, beyond what one particular mission could achieve on their own.

Peter Thompson, former field director shared this about the 2020 Vision recently:

The 2020 Vision served as a significant catalyst to:
1) propel the mission forward to plant churches in areas with few churches,
2) strengthen partnerships and collaboration with the national church,
3) bring together cross-denomination teams to serve together,
4) equip and release a new generation of church planters (missionary and national) with new, unique and concrete tools,
5) recognize the priesthood of all believers for doing ‘ministry’ and celebrated the accomplishments of everyone, and
6) allow A2 to radically love Christ’s bride and those who are yet to know him in Japan.

These are achievements worth praising Jesus over. As for the numerical goals, they were not achieved. But having those ambitious goals led us to a place where we were forced to think completely outside the box and push ourselves in new ways, knowing that it would take something completely new and original to even make an attempt. I don’t want to dismiss the numerical goals as insignificant, nor downplay that we didn’t reach them, but what we did accomplish because we had them is much more significant.

Early in my tenure as president, there was a shift in ownership (perhaps even before my time) where it was Japanese leadership assuming the responsibility for the vision. And, with that, there was a keen focus on seeing the 1000 reproducing churches mobilized. This focus also sparked collaborative innovations such as Vision Festa where new approaches across Japan were highlighted to large groups of leaders hungry to see breakthroughs in their local setting. A2 leaders have also been key speakers at Church Planting Institute (CPI) training and had a significant role at the JCE6 Congress in facilitating training and conversations in the first-ever church planting sessions within the program.

With all vision, the real metrics come through the mission and the strategic plans being implemented because a great vision is larger than anyone can possibly fulfill. It’s a preferred picture of the future ideally and the mission and plans help us move toward seeing them come to fruition in concrete ways.

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Looking Ahead

For me, the most exciting part of this era of our ministry together is seeing the vision expand to reach 2% of the country and someday see 50,000 churches planted. That is enormous! And, one might even say that without the 2020 Vision, the groundwork would not have been laid preparing for the ideation of this new vision.

I praise God for enabling us to get this far. May we all strive toward our part in seeing the Christ-following population double in the coming decades.

The perseverance of our missionaries serving Christ in Japan—a place with the toughest Gospel soil on the planet—is to be commended. I am so proud of our people and excited to partner together in fulfilling God’s vision for Japan!

I'm looking forward with eager expectation to what God will do in Japan!

With Jesus, 

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Rev. Joseph W. Handley, Jr., Ph.D.
President, Asian Access

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Japan quake triggers trauma https://go2japan.org/a2/news/1535-japan-quake-triggers-trauma https://go2japan.org/a2/news/1535-japan-quake-triggers-trauma

The map shows areas affected by Wednesday’s earthquake.

Japan (MNN) — Authorities warn residents of northeast Japan to prepare for potentially strong aftershocks in the days to come. A 7.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the region on Wednesday night, killing a handful of people and wounding hundreds.

"Eric and I were in bed; two of our teenage kids were still awake. First, there was one earthquake, [and] we realized, ‘Oh, this is not good’ and 30 seconds later, the whole house started shaking,” Sue Takamoto of Asian Access says.

“It was probably the worst earthquake I’ve ever experienced since we’ve lived here in Ishinomaki.”

The midweek earthquake emptied bookcases and rearranged displays in Sue and Eric Takamoto’s home. (Photo courtesy of Sue and Eric Takamoto)The most powerful earthquake in Japan’s history struck the same area in 2011, followed by a tsunami and nuclear meltdown.

This week’s earthquake “brings back all the tragedies they faced 11 years ago. We just came off the anniversary of the [2011 disaster] on March 11,” Eric Takamoto says.

“You see a lot of trauma coming back; many people are in a state of panic.”

Through Nozomi Project, a faith-based social enterprise, Sue teaches Japanese women how to make jewelry from broken pottery. The process carries powerful lessons about hope and redemption through Christ.

“We want to walk with the people in this community, whatever comes. We carry with us the presence of Jesus, [and] that is so powerful. Because He’s with us, He’s with them, too,” Sue Takamoto says.

Sue began Nozomi Project after the 2011 Triple Disaster. Nozomi means ‘hope’ in Japanese.

“There was broken pottery everywhere in the wake of this tsunami, and God gave us a vision for starting a business for women using that broken pottery. We’re making beautiful accessories and jewelry pieces,” she says.

Check out Nozomi Project here. Pray for wisdom for believers helping 2011 survivors work through traumatic memories. Pray these conversations lead people to faith in Christ.

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