Askins in Asia September Newsletter

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Together in Christ

The last two months have provided our family with the opportunity to serve the entire region. I talk about that in my newsletter article this week. Eliza discusses whether grass is greener or the moon is rounder. And you have the opportunity to hear about it all. Please let us know if you have any questions.

In Christ,

Rev. Roy S. Askins

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For Your Prayers and Support

I’m currently traveling in the United States raising support for our work. I’m in California this week, and then Boston and North and South Carolina toward the end of October. Please keep Eliza and the children in your prayers as I travel.

It’s also a great time to sign up for additional support, if you’re able. Through your support, we can continue to proclaim the message of Christ and him crucified in Asia and support those who do the same. Please follow the link below to offer that support now. Thank you.

Repentance and Combating Violence Against Women and Children

Repentance and Combating Violence Against Women and Children

In recent history, Papua New Guinea declared a National Day of Repentance. As Luther noted, the entire Christian life is one of repentance. This year, LCMS Missionaries in Papua New Guinea are speaking out against Sanguma or accusation-based violence against women and children in PNG. LCMS Missionary to PNG, Anton Lutz, joins us to talk about it.

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Askins in Asia July Newsletter

Askins in Asia July Newsletter

Last month, Jo Heidorn and I had the opportunity to interview Binghui. He's a former gang member turned horticulturist. He's a member of the Lutheran preaching station in Hsinchu Taiwan. I provide a short summary of his story in newsletter this month. Look for more on the LCMS Asia podcast.

Eliza continues to settle into life here in Chiayi. She's learning Chinese, and with the children, taking every opportunity to share Christ's love with those around us. She explain more in her article.

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What Can a Missionary Advocate Do For You?

 Mr. Eng from North Carolina arranged this meal with Lutherans from All Saints Lutheran Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Mr. Eng from North Carolina arranged this meal with Lutherans from All Saints Lutheran Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Let Me Introduce Mr. Eggert

 Mr. Doug Eggert

Mr. Doug Eggert

Meet Mr. Doug Eggert. Sometime in 2016, we received information about a church that wanted to learn more about our work and potentially sponsor the Askins in Asia. I proposed a Zoom chat, and we were introduced to Mr. Eggert.

While, I don’t think Mr. Eggert has been given any official title at Immanuel Lutheran Church, he has served as our advocate. We organized the first Zoom chat through Mr. Eggert. We did a test run of the Zoom chat with him. He has organized subsequent video chats. He records videos of school children singing happy birthday to our children.

Mr. Eggert continues to advocate for us with the pastor and people of Immanuel Lutheran Church. The people of Immanuel are eager to support us, and Mr. Eggert works to shepherd their zeal in the right direction.

In other words, he has served as our Missionary Advocate to the Lutherans of Simpsonville, South Carolina.

Another Missionary Called

You just received a call from a missionary. He wants to visit your church and present about his work in foreign lands. Now, you’ve recently read articles about the LCMS’s Network Supported Missionary model, and you know that missionaries return home on a regular basis for Home Service to reconnect with supporters.

But you also know that preparing for a missionary visit takes work. The congregation has to be asked and notified. You've got to make sure people show up for the presentation and have all the necessary information. During his presentation, the missionary will probably ask the church to support him.

This means that the work does not stop after the missionary visits. You will have further conversations about support. You have to keep the missionary before the congregation regularly in prayers and conversations lest parishioners forget about him and why you’re supporting him.

On the one hand, you want to support him. You can’t imagine the difficulty of traveling to raise support for your work. On the other hand, you’re not keen to add more work to your plate or other church leaders.

Appoint a Missionary Advocate

If the work of supporting a missionary seems daunting to you, consider appointing a Mr. Eggert. You might call this person a Missionary Propagandist, though Missionary Advocate might work better. If you have an evangelism or missions board, they might already be doing some of these functions, but there’s value in having a dedicated person fulfilling this role.

A missionary advocate (MA) will have organizational skills so that important deadlines do not get missed or forgotten. An MA delights in hearing about and supporting the international mission of the church (some international experience helps). Finally, passion is a plus.

The missionary advocate might keep your missionary before the congregation in a number of ways. The advocate might*:

  • Act as the main contact for the missionary
  • Help organize and prepare for the missionary to visit
  • Make sure announcements about the visit make it into the bulletin
  • Share announcements about the missionary on Sunday morning
  • Ensures the newsletters get printed and distributed to the congregation
  • Reminds the congregation and congregational members to pray for the missionary regularly
  • Advocates for the missionary in congregational meetings
  • Helps organize fundraisers and support projects
  • Maintains regular contact with missionary and facilitates video calls with the congregation, if possible
  • Can you think of anything I missed? Let me know.

A missionary advocate helps prevent missionary support from falling through the cracks of a vigorous congregational life. Incidentally, it might be worthwhile to consider sending the missionary advocate to visit your missionary in the field after a couple of years as a thank you.

The Takeaway

A missionary advocate can provide a great way to support a missionary without adding another task to the plate of the pastor, secretary, or missions board.

I’m currently working on a packet of information for Missionary Advocates on the many ways your congregation can support a missionary. In the meantime, subscribe to the Askins in Asia newsletter to get more information about supporting a missionary from my blog here.

* Please adapt this list to meet the local needs of your congregation. I very much doubt a Missionary Advocate will be able to do everything on this list; it simply provides a list of possibilities.

Catechism for Life: Pless Teaches in Taiwan

Catechism for Life: Pless Teaches in Taiwan

Luther’s Small Catechism guides the Christian life. Prof. John T. Pless from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana shared this message with Lutheran pastors and laity in Taiwan. He and Dr. Michael Paul, missionary to Taiwan, also distributed free copies of his book Handling the Word of Truth which was recently translated into Mandarin.

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Askins in Asia April 2018 Newsletter

 The children getting Goat Milk from a new friend in Taiwan. 

The children getting Goat Milk from a new friend in Taiwan. 

So Much to Say . . .

He is risen! Blessed Easter to you all! The last eight weeks since our previous newsletter have been filled with adventure, surprise, sorrow, joy, and much more. You'll hear about some of those things in the newsletter linked below.

However, I want to share some other important announcements:

First, I'm writing to you from a new location. I've included a picture of the address below. Don't worry, you can still write the address in English, and it will make it to us . . . hopefully. While we have moved, but we're still transitioning. We have taken on a fairly significant load of Chinese instruction; we're also learning a lot about Taiwanese food and culture.

Second, I want to share our home service plans. Usually, every other year, LCMS missionaries return to the USA to reconnect with donors and shore up support for the next two years. We should have returned this Spring; however, our move prevented us.

Here's the plan: I will return to the states for a short home service this October while Eliza and the children will remain in Taiwan to finish language instruction. I will visit those places where we have support, but it's more difficult or expensive for the entire family to visit (mostly along the East and West coasts). Then, in the Spring of 2019, the entire family will return to primarily those places where it's easier for us to travel.

So, in light of this announcement, three other notes:

  1. Please stay tuned at the website for more information on Home Service. I have a series of posts that will discuss home service and how you can support missionaries on home service.
  2. Please let me know if you'd like me to visit in October. Once again, I'll be primarily on the East and West coasts for this trip.
  3. Finally, if you're in Texas, Colorado, or the midwest, please mark your calendars for a visit from the Askins Clan in the Spring of 2019!

Finally, please watch this website and our Facebook page for more stories about work in Asia. Here's one you will enjoy:
Once Broken; Now Healing
As always, thank you for your support. Through your prayers and support, we have been able to support the proclamation of the Gospel throughout Asia. Please download this month's newsletter and share it. Post in your narthex. Forward this email to friends. We appreciate it.

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Blessed Resurrection of our Lord to you all.

— the Askins

Our New Address


Don't worry. You can still write the address in English and your mail will get to us! 

Thank you for your support. 

Askins in Asia February 2018 Newsletter

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Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

May the Lord be with you during this penitential season. 

First off, this newsletter is late due to my travels to India. However, after you read this newsletter, I think you’ll find the delay was worth it.  

Please print these newsletters for the narthex at your church, or wherever you regularly gather. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. 

Also, I want to draw your attention to another opportunity. Recently a new button appeared on the LCMS website. It’s the “Where Needed Most in Asia” button. If you’re able and interested in supporting the proclamation of the Gospel in Asia further, please consider using the “Where Needed Most.” Gifts of these type enable us to place the funds—that’s right, you guessed it—where we need it most. 

Thank you for reading, supporting, and praying. 

In Christ, 
— the Askins

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Please support us as we proclaim Christ and him crucified to the people of Asia. 

Please consider supporting projects in the Asia region by giving where support is most needed. 

The One Constant

 A Picture of our New Home in Taiwan

A Picture of our New Home in Taiwan

The One Constant

Often it’s said that change is the one constant. As the people of God, we know this is not true. Only the One who changest not—despite the “change and decay in all around I see,” as the hymn says—is constant.

This issue of the Askins in Asia shares some of the changes coming down the road for us in Hong Kong. And while there is certainly pain in change, God also works through change to provide us opportunities to share his love with the world. We look at these changes with excitement and joy at the new opportunities God is giving us. 

While we will be changing the place where we lay our heads, nothing else changes. I will continue to serve as Communications Director for the Asia region; we will still homeschool the children; Christ remains the Lord of his church—and for that we give thanks.

Thank you for walking with us on this road to share Christ. Please consider sharing our newsletter with friends and family. 

In Christ, 

Rev. Roy S. Askins

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Askins in Asia November 2017 Newsletter


Time to be Thankful.

We've got so much to be thankful for . . . and that's what this edition of the Askins in Asia is all about. Roy talks about why he's thankful for 12 years of marriage, and Eliza and the kiddos discuss their thankfulness for the great gifts of God. Read, enjoy. And please, share. 

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Thank you for your support, as always. 

— The Askins

Askins in Asia October 2017 Newsletter


How to Celebrate the Reformation

It’s the Reformation Edition of the Askins in Asia newsletter. We’ve got a number of special of news items. First, Eva Maria makes her first contribution to the newsletter. She wrote about how she and her siblings celebrated the Reformation while Dad was in Papua New Guinea. For my part, I wrote about the opportunity I had to share the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with Lutherans in Papua New Guinea, and what we really celebrate when we celebrate the Reformation. 

If you’d like to hear more about the work in Papua New Guinea, please listen to this recent podcast hosted by me. Dr. Dicke, missionary and theological educator to PNG, spoke about Pr. Philip, a Lutheran in PNG who has some very complicated work ahead of him. 

While you’re at it, subscribe to the LCMS Asia podcast. You’ll be hearing more from Dr. Dicke in the future. 

Pastors and secretaries, as always, please print off copies and put them in narthex or mailboxes. Please share them far and wide. 

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Thank you for all your support. 

In Christ, 
—the Askins

We depend on a network of supporters to proclaim the Gospel in Asia. Please consider joining our network by offering a recurring gift. If you have any questions, please send us an email.

Askins in Asia September 2017 Newsletter


Feeding God's People

Last month, I witnessed the Lutheran church body in Sri Lanka re-form and ordain their first new pastor in the last decade. I’ve shared some more information and pictures about the great event in this edition of the Askins in Asia. Eliza talks about what it's like to watch the local children head to school while we school at home. 

Pastors and secretaries: As always, please print the newsletter and leave it in your narthex for parishioners to pick up and take home. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to send me a note. 

Thank you for your support. We couldn't do it without you. 

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In Christ,

— The Askins

Askins in Asia: July 2017 Newsletter

Listen In to Learn More

If you didn't know yet, the LCMS Asia region has a podcast hosted by yours truly. If you don't know what that is, don't worry. I explain it in the newsletter this month, and show you how to listen in and subscribe. 

We're also in the rainy season of Hong Kong. So, Eliza talks about how we cope with all the water—we play in it! 

Pastors and secretaries, please print these off and put them out for people to see. Also, please forward this email to your congregation so they can follow the links to listen to the LCMS Asia podcast. 

In the meantime, here is the July issue of the Askins in Asia newsletter: 

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Thank you for your support. 

In Christ, 
Pr. Askins

The LCMS Asia Podcast

Here are the podcast links to the LCMS Asia podcast. I talked about three episodes in the newsletter; here are the links: 

Rev. Antonio Reyes, President of the LCP
Rev. Chuck Hoffman talks about International Church Ministry
Rev. Dr. Henry Rowold and the Chinese Edition of Luther's Works

You can listen on your computer by clicking play.

OR, you can subscribe through the podcast app on your iPhone.

Support the Askins in Asia

We're always looking for more supporters. Use the button below to join the network. 

Askins in Asia: June 2017 Newsletter

Our Nearest Neighbors

June has come and gone. May was filled with travels; I spent June working from Hong Kong and being there for my family. So, the focus of this month’s newsletter is the mission field in my own home. My article discusses how tempting it can be to neglect this mission field, why it’s necessary, and how we are evangelizing our nearest neighbors. Eliza’s article, “June For Father” talks about the joys and struggles of being mom in the pew while dad preaches. 

As always, please distribute and share this newsletter however you can. If you have any questions or would like me to cover a particular topic in the newsletter, send me an email. I’d love to answer your questions. 

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We are also looking for opportunities to connect with congregations through video chats. We have done a number of presentations by video chat with supporting congregations. Typically, we arrange the presentation during the Sunday School hour, however, we can certainly present at other times as well. If your congregation is interested, please let me know. 

We finished this fiscal year without significantly increasing the deficit on our account. We still have a significant debt from the previous year, however, and we hope to erase that debt this year. If you’d like to know how you can help us. Or just click the "Support the Askins" button below. :-) 

Thank you for your prayers and support. 

In Christ,
— Pr. Askins

Askins in Asia: May Newsletter

Confessing Christ in Foreign Lands

Over the last month, I traveled to several countries in Asia to support the teaching of the Book of Concord. Everywhere we went, pastors and lay people gobbled up the teaching of the Lutheran faith and asked for more. I enjoyed the privilege and opportunity to support these souls hungering for pure spiritual food. 

Also during May, a number of friends came and spent time with our family. Eliza discusses how encouraging and helpful their support has been for our family. 

Thank you for supporting us. As we near the end of the fiscal year, we still need additional support to make our end-of-the-year fiscal goals. Please prayerfully consider joining our Mission Sender network using the prayer card attached to this newsletter. 

Please also prayerfully consider speaking to your congregation about supporting us as a Together in Mission (TIM) congregation. I often do presentations via video chats with congregations across the United States. Please do not hesitate to send me a note if your congregation might be interested in hearing and seeing about our work from the mission field. 

Thank you again, and God’s peace be with you. 

In Christ, 
—the Askins

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