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

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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.

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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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Askins in Asia: April Newsletter

Thank You for Walking With Us

Thank you for walking with us on this journey. Because of your support, I have seen and supported Christ’s work throughout Asia. 

In this newsletter, I provide an honest update about our support network, the joys and the challenges. We have a strong network, and yet, we still have work to do. Even though we have not significantly overspent the donations we have received, we still do not have enough support to completely fulfill the budget needs, and we’re carrying a deficit from the previous year on our account. See the newsletter for more details. For opportunities to offer support, see the “Give Now” section below. 

During our time here, Eliza started a bookclub for home school children. She talks about it in her article this month. As usual, there are pictures and the prayer card at the end. Please keep Eliza and the children in your prayers as I will be traveling from May 8–28 to five different countries in the region. 

Pastors and church secretaries, please print the newsletter and share it with the congregation. If you have any questions or would like more information, please reply to this email. 

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As always, thank you for your support. 

In Christ, 
Rev. Roy S. Askins

An Opportunity

We'd like to start sending paper mailings to congregations. At this point, we have a volunteer who is willing to stuff and mail the newsletters. At this point, we're looking for someone who could print color copies and pass them along to be stuffed and mailed. If you would be willing, please reply to this email and let me know. Thank you!

Walk with Us

Please consider partnering with the LCMS to support our work. As we draw near to the end of the fiscal year, now is a particularly important time for us as we are a bit behind on support, and we have a deficit from last year. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to send me a note. 

Thank you for your support. 

Askins in Asia: February Newsletter

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February, The Short Month

As Eliza noted in her article, February is the short month. And it got past me. The newsletter is a few days late, but it's finally here. It has taken so long because I've been working on a project to help NSM missionaries raise awareness of their work. Thus, my article is about the NSM model and what it means. Keep your eyes peeled for more soon. 

Pastors and secretaries, as always, please print the newsletter and post it in the narthex. If you have any shut-ins, please also consider taking a copy to them. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to send me a note. 

Thank you for all your prayers and support. 

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—The Askins

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Askins in Asia: January Newsletter

Epiphany Edition

In this newsletter, Pr. Askins speaks briefly on Christ's Transfiguration. Then he covers the events of the last year. The long and short of it: Christ has enabled him to serve in this way through you who have chosen to support the LCMS in this work. So, thank you. 

Eliza shares some reflections on the Chinese new year and what the new year has in store for us as a family. 

Pastors and secretaries, please print off copies of the newsletter to put into the narthex and share with your members. We greatly appreciate it. 

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

Blessed Epiphany, 

— The Askins