It has turned into a Christmas, New Year, and Epiphany letter, but it’s still the last letter for December. Learn more about our Christmas celebrations in Taiwan and Sri Lanka.Read More
Over the last month, I traveled from sea to shining sea in the USA. I went to raise support for the work Christ has called us to do while we plan our full home service trip this coming Spring of 2019.Read More
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.
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.
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.Read More
The May 2018 version of the Askins in Asia website links to more stories on the Askins in Asia website. It also connects you with other stories and content about Asia. Eliza talks about how the grass is not always greener and, of course, we include some new pictures. Thank you for your support.Read More
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
— 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
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.
Rev. Roy S. Askins