by Elliott Snuggs
This past year Lori and I were able to make 2 different ministry trips with Asian Access. In our current stage of life (both kids in college), it is nice that Lori can again join some of the Asian Access ministry opportunities overseas. The first trip was to Japan in May. This was really a collision of my worlds (in a very good way) since Evergreen sent a prayer council team to minister to the Asian Access missionaries and churches in the area devastated by the 2011 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake. Let me say that Evergreen sends out quality short-term mission teams to many places in the world, and this was no exception. In addition to the prayer council Pastor Victor and Pastor Cory went (and Reine too!). We are still receiving reports of how the ministry times impacted our missionaries and has enhanced their work in Japan. Some have reflected on how their prayer life was deepened through releasing prayer ministry and prophetic prayer.
The second trip we made was to Sri Lanka. This island nation in Asia just south of India is a place where the church is growing while persevering through tremendous spiritual obstacles and physical attacks by other religious groups. The Sri Lankan pastor who leads the work for Asian Access has a movement that is meeting the wholistic needs of the people. In addition to a vibrant church planting strategy, they have over 20 centers in the nation that do everything from widow’s ministry to treating substance abuse. While there I was able to help the church planting leadership develop a strategic plan. They have reported back that this has strengthened their core competencies in planting churches. Lori was able to work with the boys and girls at one of the centers which is an orphanage. We both also shared our testimony at a Sunday church service (translated sequentially into 2 languages which was quite interesting). It was a tremendous blessing to be able to serve in ways we hope will minister at a personal level and be a part of the strategic advance of the kingdom of God.