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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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: May Newsletter

Ronan standing at the edge Capulin volcano

Ronan standing at the edge Capulin volcano

The newest issue of the Askins in Asia newsletter is now available. It's a day or two late, but it's here. I've included two copies, one which has better resolution on the photos but downloads slower. The Low-res version downloads faster, but the pictures are not as clear. 

Pastors, if you could please print a copy and post it on the church bulletin board, I would greatly appreciate it. Printing a few extra copies for members who don't have an email address would also be nice. 

Finally, please continue to keep us in your prayers. Eliza and the children have made it home, but I'm still traveling for another ten days. Then, a day after I get home, we head up to Wisconsin for more Network Support work. 

Thank you again for your support. 

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