Askins in Asia: December Newsletter

The Church's Mission

In this newsletter, Pr. Askins discusses the mission of the church, to preserve the Means of Grace pure and unadulterated. The Holy Spirit works through these means; He preserves the church with them and calls the elect into the church with them. 

Eliza talks about how our plans are not God's plans, but that God does have a plan for us. It might include having a child in Hong Kong, but He has a plan and provides for us. Finally, Pr. Askins provides a quick update on what has been happening around the Askins' household for the last few months. 

Pastors and Secretaries, please print off copies of the newsletter for your shut-ins or anyone who would like a copy. We would greatly appreciate it if you could post the newsletters in your narthex as well. 

For all of our other supporters, please keep us in your prayers. Consider sharing our newsletter with fellow church members. We also included our updated prayer card. Please share it and consider asking others to join you in supporting Christ's work through us. 

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Thank you again for your support. Please let us know if you have any questions. 

Blessed Christmas, 

— The Askins



Askins in Asia: October Newsletter

The conjunction of Halloween and All Saint's Day gives the church an opportunity to confess the central teaching of the Reformation: that we are justified freely by God's grace on account of Christ's sake through faith. In other words, we have been transformed from goblins and ghouls into forgiven, holy, pure saints in the eyes of God. Read Pr. Askins's article for more. 

As we learn to live in Hong Kong, we've had to learn how to adjust to crowds and how they act differently here than in the United States. Eliza shares some of her experiences in her article about crowds. 

Finally, check out our prayers and special announcements. 

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Pastors and church secretaries, please print copies to put in your narthex. If at all possible, please include them in your monthly newsletters. 

Also, if anyone has any questions, feel free to send me an email or use the form below. We really enjoy hearing from all y'all. 

Thank you for walking with us. 

—the Askins


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Askins in Asia: September Newsletter

The Duties of an Evangelical Synod 

The opportunities that Lutheran parochial schools provide for the education of Christ's little ones cannot be overestimated. I had a wonderful opportunity to see some of this work firsthand.

Please read the newsletter below for more details.

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Pastors and secretaries, please print off a copy for your narthex and to distribute to the people of God you serve. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We love hearing from you. 

The fourth and final page this month is our prayer card. If you would like to partner with the LCMS to support our work, you can use the prayer card to do so. Your support is greatly appreciated.  

In Christ,

—the Askins


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Thank you to everyone who has already supported us and those who continue to support Christ's work in Asia through us.


Askins in Asia: August Newsletter

Baptized into Your Name, Most Holy

Over the last month, I saw the work of Christ first hand. It was a difficult and yet remarkable story. Right now, I can't identify the country I visited or the people I met, but I can tell you that Christ worked through His chosen means of Word and Sacrament to call, gather, enlighten, and sanctify His people. 

Please read the newsletter below for more details.

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Pastors and secretaries, please print off a copy for your narthex and to distribute to the people of God you serve. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We love hearing from you. 

The fourth and final page this month is our prayer card. If you would like to partner with the LCMS to support our work, you can use the prayer card to do so. Your support is greatly appreciated.  

In Christ,

—the Askins


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Askins in Asia: July Newsletter

Beautiful Lake Toba in Indonesia.

Beautiful Lake Toba in Indonesia.

Lutheranism in Indonesia


The last month brought many blessings. One of these blessings was the opportunity to see the work of the Indonesian Christian Lutheran Church (GKLI). Despite living in a predominantly Muslim country where the temptation is often to be simply a generic Christian, the GKLI proudly clings to Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. 

Please read the newsletter below for more details.

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Pastors and secretaries, please print off a copy for your narthex and to distribute to the people of God you serve. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We love hearing from you. 

Someone also suggested adding a fourth page to the newsletter to overcome the fourth blank page when printing the newsletter. I planned to do that this time but realized that I must change the template to accomplish it. So, being short I time, I postponed that change until next time. 

Thank you for your prayers and support. 

—the Askins



Askins in Asia June

A June to Remember

Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ. The June issue of Askins in Asia is hot off the . . . um . . . presses, I guess. Well, get it while you can—whenever you want, from these links here: 

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Pastors and secretaries, please print off a copy for your narthex and to distribute to the people of God you serve. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We love hearing from you. 

Thank you for your prayers and support. 

—the Askins

 



April/May Newsletter

The latest Askins in Asia newsletters is now available. 

Pastors and secretaries, please print and post copies for your congregational members to read and see the pictures. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to send us a note. 

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Thank you for your support!

—the Askins


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Moments with Missionaries

A few weeks ago, my family and I had a wonderful opportunity to share our work with Immanuel Lutheran Church, Simpsonville, SC. 

And we did it without ever leaving Hong Kong!

First, we spoke with the school. We met the kindergartners, talked to them about school in Hong Kong, life in Hong Kong, sharing the Gospel, and more. 

Then they sang some songs for our family and told us about themselves and their lives in South Carolina. 

A few weeks later, Eliza and I spoke with the adult Bible class on Sunday. As usual, I taught about the why and how of missions using the three-fold emphasis of the LCMS, “Witness, Mercy, and Life Together.” And then Eliza and I talked about mission work in Hong Kong and Asia. 

How did we do this? Through the wonders of modern technology, the people of Immanuel Lutheran church were able to see us and the context in which we serve. They saw our home. We shared pictures of what was happening in Hong Kong. We showed them what life was like as missionaries. 

And, because we are about 12–13 hours ahead of the US, we were able to do this without missing the gifts of God in the Divine Service. 

Eliza and I would like to thank you all who have graciously decided to support us. To all the congregations out there who support, thank you. 

If you would be interested in taking some time to hear about how our work in Asia is going and you have a projector and an internet connection, let us know. We would love to sit down with you and share Christ’s work in Asia. 

We’d love to offer you a few moments with missionaries. 

Askins in Asia: March Edition

Flat Stanley and his friend Su Ming visit Sri Lanka.

Flat Stanley and his friend Su Ming visit Sri Lanka.

Mission Priority #2: Support and Expand Lutheran Theological Education

In this edition, we announce some wonderful family news. I also talk about theological education and why it's so important. 

Please share this newsletter however that you can. Pastors and secretaries, please print and hand out it out to those in the congregation who don't have email addresses and post it on your mission board. 

If you have any questions, please let me know. 

Thank you all for your generous support. 

Blessed Easter to you all, 

—the Askins

PS. If you know of anyone who's interested in doing an international Flat Stanley with us, send us an email. Eva Maria is enjoying the practice typing out letters. 

Eva Maria writing her Flat Stanley letter. 

Eva Maria writing her Flat Stanley letter. 

Askins in Asia: Lutheran Missions Plant Lutheran Congregations

Askins in Asia: February Newsletter

The latest Askins in Asia newsletter is now available. As always, pastors and secretaries, please print and post the newsletter in your narthex. Please also share the newsletter wide and far. The key articles in this issue are: 

  • Lutheran Missions Plant Lutheran Churches 
  • Sensing our Surroundings 

For the next few months, I'll be writing short bits on the six mission priorities of LCMS Missions. These priorities are that the LCMS seeks to: 

1. Plant, sustain and revitalize distinctly Lutheran churches.
2. Support and expand theological education.
3. Perform human care in close proximity to Word and Sacrament ministry.
4. Collaborate with the Synod’s members and partners to enhance mission effectiveness.
5. Nurture pastors, missionaries and professional church workers to promote spiritual, emotional and physical well-being.
6. Enhance early childhood, elementary and secondary education and youth ministry.

Now, to the links: 

Thank you for reading and sharing. And, in case you're not up to downloading the newsletter, I've included the feature article below. Enjoy.

In Christ,

the Askins


Lutheran Missions Plant Lutheran Churches

As LCMS missionaries, we have six mission priorities that direct our work. Here is the first mission priority: 

1. Plant, sustain and revitalize distinctly Lutheran churches.

For a deeper study of this topic, I recommend the Journal of Lutheran Mission, April 2015 issue, an article by Friedrich Wilhelm Hopf titled, “The Lutheran Church Plants Lutheran Missions.” 

We aren’t simply being exclusionary; by no means. If Lutherans are simply one variety of Christian among many, one particular church among many other particular churches, we should not seek to plant distinctively Lutheran congregations. Rather, we should seek to establish whatever church fits each context. 

But if the Lutheran Church is part of the one, holy, universal, Christian church, then she must hold to that confession. The Lutheran church is recognized by all the marks of the universal church—the pure Word of God and Sacraments, rightly administered. Where mission work violates these, the Lutheran church sees false marks that obscure the work of Christ. 

And, wherever a church bears these marks, it belongs to the universal church, regardless of the name on the sign. Our Lutheran insistence on pure Word and Sacrament is not a “Lutheran” thing, but a church universal thing.

When to Be a Lutheran, and When Not To Be . . . 

As many know, Luther did not want the church named after him. “In the first place, I ask that men make no reference to my name; let them call themselves Christians, not Lutherans” (AE 45:70). 

And yet, as is often the case with Luther, in another place boldly states that if we reject Luther’s teaching, we reject the Gospel. He writes, “Whether Luther is a rascal or a saint I do not care; his teaching is not his, but Christ’s” (AE 36:265–66). He points to Christ’s teaching in Matthew 10 that whoever rejects what the disciples teaching rejects Jesus and the Father. 

As Lutherans, we are not proud in Luther, but rather in the God who restored the Gospel to the Church through him. The moment a church bearing the name Lutheran deviates from this, we must separate ourselves from it. It has deviated not simply from Luther’s teaching, but from Christ’s teaching to the peril of those who listen. 
So, as the LCMS goes out in mission, we do so as Lutherans. We plant Lutheran congregations, not to perpetuate Luther, but his teaching which was and is not his, but Christ’s. 

January Newsletter: Here in Hong Kong

Celebrating the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey

Celebrating the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey

Thank You

This edition is all about saying "Thank You." We made it to Hong Kong with the help and support of so many people. Through your prayers and support, we were able to make it here safely. We are grateful for all those who supported us, especially for the wonderful encouragement and help we received from those in The Office of International Mission and Mission Advancement. 

So, "Thank You." 

Here are the links for the newsletter. As always, in two formats: 

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Pastors and secretaries, please print the newsletter and put a copy in the narthex/fellowship hall at your congregations. If you can, please forward the newsletter on to your parishioners by email as well. 

Thank you for your support.

From Hong Kong, 

—The Askins



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