Asia (MNN) — Asia is the world's
largest and most-populous continent.
Buddhism, Hinduism and a host of other religions compete for dominance, and
most of the world's unreached live in Asia.
Conflicting worldviews have led
to a spiritual dissonance in many of these countries, which leaves millions
open to the truth of Christ.
So, who will take the Gospel to
Asia? That question is answered in a documentary entitled, A2:RE:DEFINED. Craig Detweiler directed the documentary for Asian
Access. "For those who want to see
for themselves what it is like in Sri Lanka, Asian Access has prepared a
documentary. It shows you what's going on in Mongolia, in Japan, and in Sri
The 35-minute documentary
details a part of Detweiler's own journey as he returns to Japan 20
years after he was there as a missionary with Asian Access.
Although aimed at missions
professors, the purpose of A2:RE:DEFINED is to open eyes toward the difference the Gospel makes
in Asia. The documentary also reveals
A2's committment to developing church leaders who can reproduce new leaders and
build or plant churches.
Detweiler notes the importance of
one-on-one relationships that are developed throughout the course of his time
In one segment of the documentary,
viewers are told that "a missionary is really a person whose heart is to
demonstrate Christ in their context."
It's that approach combined with
designing creative and cutting-edge ministries to effectively impact this
strategic area of the world that create an exciting potential to close the
more unique approaches, the Asian Access model brings
together 12 pastors who meet quarterly for training over a 2-year period. The training is
intensive, in-service, in-country, in community, and ongoing.
move through the two-year transformational process with a group of 11 other
leaders who face very similar challenges, a strong sense of camaraderie
develops which motivates the leaders to grow together and to push one another
to a higher level of performance.
relationships that develop often provide a network for ongoing friendship and
development long after the program is completed.
These are among the "how-tos"
detailed in the documentary. As Asian Access adapts to an
ever-changing world, they need to share their vision with the people training
leaders in the West. Detweiler says the
documentary "is a gift we made to the
church here in the West to educate ourselves to pray in more-informed ways and
to figure out what's going on with our brothers and sisters overseas."