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Growing Optimism

Heading into 2024 I’m more optimistic than I’ve been in years. We are post-pandemic, coming out of a remarkable year of progress for A3 (see Memorable Year and Family update). We thank God for his faithfulness in sustaining us.

Now, we are looking toward what God has in store for us in the coming year.

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Servant Leader Newsletter
October 2023

by Andrew Ichimura 

JCE7 (Japan Congress on Evangelism) in September 2023 and “Paradigm Shift in Mission” 

 Header photo by Aditya Rao on Unsplash.

Japan (MNN) – A declining, aging population in Japan means both businesses and churches need guidance through the transition of leadership.

Leaders from Nine Countries Experience a Momentous A3.business Orientation in Singapore

God is on the move! He is raising kingdom-minded business leaders all over the world for such a time as this. A3.business is a piece of the giant jigsaw puzzle God is using. A3 nurtures intentional learning communities of kingdom leaders in the marketplace to equip them for transforming their cities and nations. Coming out of a two-year pause during the pandemic, leaders in several countries were eager to explore launching an A3.business cohort.

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How the collaboration and friendships amongst the CEOs of A3 have turned succession-planning theory on its head

FEATURE ARTICLE BY NOEL BECCHETTI

“I’m amazed at the relationships you have with your predecessors, Joe.”

Three questions from A3.business...

1. Have you seen this new logo?

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2. Have you visited this new website?

3. Have you read these articles? ...

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Reflecting on the Ten Years since Japan's Triple Disaster

By Sue Plumb Takamoto

PART 2

In Part 1: "Looking Back on Ten Years: Finding Beauty in Brokenness", I highlighted the unimaginable damage and challenging aftermath from Japan’s March 11, 2011 Triple Disaster—a 9.0 earthquake that triggered a tsunami and caused a nuclear power plant meltdown.

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Reflections on the 10-Year Remembrance of Japan’s Triple Disaster

By Sue Plumb Takamoto

PART 1

There is beauty in brokenness. This is a message that we all need to hear right now.

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What a year this has been!  As most of us look back on 2020, I’m sure it’s been challenging—whether it’s the impact of COVID-19, the economic collapse or the ongoing polarization in our society and world. It often feels crazy to me. One of the silver linings in the dark clouds of this year for us at A3 though is the blessing of going digital. I’m sure you’ve heard of our Digital Platform project and the corresponding matching gift by now. Through your participation, we’ve been able to start three new countries in what we are calling a soft launch. In one of those countries, we are starting both our pastor and business cohorts simultaneously... 

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Here’s the story of Jay Kumar—a pastor, entrepreneur, and strategic leadership trainer from Chennai, India...

Outcomes Conference Global Digital ExperienceThe Outcomes Conference: Global Digital Experience 2020

I wanted to let you know of a tremendous opportunity from Christian Leadership Alliance! A3 has been a member of Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) for a long time. CLA is using my A3.business interview with Terry Looper for a Special Event Presentation of their Outcomes Global Digital Experience. And they're offering a great deal of $25 to attend their online conference. This is from Tami Heim, who is President & CEO of Christian Leadership Alliance...

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Looking forward, it's an exciting year as we enter this new decade. 2020 is ahead of us folks and I am super excited because a lot is on the horizon....

Joe Handley, Edwin Keh, Phil FoxwellThere is no greater Return on Investment than discipleship and investing in other people.
– Mike Duke (former CEO of Walmart) 

A few weeks ago, A3 had a wonderful gathering in Tokyo with marketplace leaders. Edwin Keh, former Senior Vice President at Walmart and Professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania joined us utilizing a 4-hour video interview he conducted with Mike Duke, quoted above. They taught on discipleship as an opening topic for the orientation and launch of A3/Business (known as A3.business) for Japan. As Mike’s quote suggests, far more than his investment in...

joe handley book terry looperYesterday I posted that I recently sat down to interview Terry Looper about his new book Sacred Pace which was released on February 26. It’s a book laying out several great principles that align with our core focus at A3. I know you’ll enjoy the book. You can learn more about it here: Sacred Pace. And I had shared two clips from my interview with Terry Looper here, but these are two additional clips that I want you to see...

joe handley interviewing terry looperRecently, I was able to interview Terry Looper about his new book Sacred Pace being released today on February 26. It’s a book laying out several great principles that align with our core focus at A3. I know you’ll enjoy the book. You can learn more about it here: Sacred Pace. Here are a couple clips from our interview that I want to share with you. Terry talks about his relationship with God highlighting some of the themes from the book. It’s a terrific reflection on A3 first outcome, Living in a Love Relationship with God. Enjoy! I hope it inspires your walk with Jesus...

Haslam on the mystery of God weaving together his tapestry of our lives

Joe Handley, Bill Haslam, Scott SaulsMost recently we had the privilege of interviewing Governor Bill Haslam, who recently finished his term as Governor of the state of Tennessee. Pastor Scott Sauls from Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville did a remarkable job of interviewing the Governor. And, the wisdom flowing from Governor Haslam was immense. Here are a few brief video snapshots of our interview in which the Governor speaks about God’s Tapestry. I’m sure you’ll enjoy watching these brief clips and learning from them...

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Hear from President Joe Handley as we look ahead to 2019 seeing how the Lord might be directing our movement. Building on breakthroughs in 2018, the horizon looks bright...

David Kim teaching with A3.businessReflections from David Kim

A journey that began four years ago as a half step, an R&D effort, is bearing fruit with vibrant communities in the marketplace and among entrepreneurs in Asia with several potential new country launches on the horizon.

Facing Today's Unique Challenges

We are living through a season where there is more and more change, hate and reactionary times. The set of circumstances and events that challenge every believer and church lead many followers of Jesus to ask, “Why Lord?”

Graduation & Traction in Seoul

A3.business has graduated its second cohort in South Korea, and the traction that is gaining in the marketplace there for missional leaders is exciting! The cohort calls itself “Barnabas” because they develop lifelong relationships in which they encourage each other to be Christ-like leaders who multiply disciples in the marketplace. For the final session of “Barnabas 2” Phil Foxwell, ...

A3.business session with Promod HaqueA few weeks ago, renown venture capitalist Promod Haque shared with one of our A3 cohorts for marketplace leaders. What a profound week we had learning together! Promod prompted some significant dialog and conversation as he shared his own life story and how he integrates the Bible and Christian worldview into his life, business, and philanthropy. My colleague Elliott Snuggs who has been spearheading our work with A3.biz as we call it shared the following...

From the President blog by Joe Handley

A3 Community blog with posts from a variety of contributors around Asian Access

Stories about Asian Access published by Mission Network News, a mission news service dedicated to keeping Christians informed on evangelical mission activity around the world. In doing so we hope to educate and motivate Christians to prayer, participation, and support of missionary work to help further the Great Commission.

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