Askins in Asia March and April 2019 Newsletter


Careful Caring

Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Wow! It's been way too long since I last wrote a newsletter. And, it's in the middle of April already. So, this newsletter combines March and April. In today's article, I talk about the Careful Caring done by LCMS missionaries in the Philippines. Eliza shares some of the thoughts swirling through our heads as we prepare to travel to the USA for home service.

For even more of those thoughts, watch this video. (And subscribe to the channel for more.)

As always, please download the newsletter, print, and distribute far and wide. If printing is not your thing, please forward this email to anyone who might be interested.

Thank you for your support.

— The Askins Family

Consider supporting the Askins in Asia as we proclaim the message of Christ and him crucified for the world. Through donors like you, the LCMS has sent us to do this work.

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: 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. 

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.