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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December Newsletter: Green Light Edition

The Green Light Edition!

Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ. A blessed Christmas and happy new year to you all. 
We have some momentous news to announce in this edition. We have known for a couple of weeks, but we wanted to announce this in our newsletter:

In December, we received the green light to deploy! We will be flying to Hong Kong on February 2nd.

Thank you for all of your prayers and support. Our Lord has provided for us through you. We pray His blessings continue. 

In this newsletter, we discuss how this journey toward deployment has gone. Numerous challenges still await us, and we have only a handful of weeks before we leave. 

In this edition:

  • A Blessed New Year
  • Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light

As usual, you can download several formats: 

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Pastors and secretaries, please print off copies for your members to take home and read or to post on your bulletin boards. 

For everyone else, please share whenever and however you can. We want as many people as possible to share in this great news. 

This is another great step in the great journey of proclaiming Christ to the people of Asia. If you'd like to walk along with us, please consider partnering with the LCMS to keep us in the field. You can do that directly here or you can print our prayer card, fill it out, and send it in. 

Thank you for your prayers and support. 

— the Askins

November Newsletter

Here's our November newsletter!

Pastors and secretaries, please print it off and post it on your bulletin boards for parishioners to read. We will also send it out through email. If you'd like to receive this email, please subscribe at the bottom of the page. 

Highlights: 

  • Our Humble King Comes . . . 
  • Cowabunga!
  • And more.

We didn't have many extra pictures this week, my apologies. I would like to thank the congregations we visited over the last month. 

  • Trinity Lutheran, San Angelo, TX
  • Grace Lutheran, Brenham, TX
  • Ebenezer Lutheran, Manheim, TX
  • St. John Galveston, TX

Thank you for spending time with us, allowing us to speak of Christ's work in Asia, and for sharing Christ's gifts with us. 

And, now to the point, our newsletter: 

Askins in Asia November (Good)

Askins in Asia November (Better)

Askins in Asia November (Best)

As always, please share this as widely as possible. The more people who hear about Christ's work in Asia, the more who might consider walking with us on this journey. 

Thank you for your prayers and support.

— The Askins



Askins in Asia: A Deployment Update

An Email Update

I recently sent out an email update regarding out deployment. Here is it. If you have any question, send me an email. 


Greetings in the Lord Jesus Christ.

A hearty and heartfelt Thank You to you for the support you have gladly given. Your prayers, your volunteer time, and your financial support have already helped us significantly. Our heavenly Father—and yours—has already provided greatly for us through you. Thank you.

As often as we can, our family gathers for evening devotions. After we sit down and attempt to calm boisterous boys and loquacious little girls, we pray the evening service, which includes the Apostles Creed. The First Article has become very poignant to me: "I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth."

We confess with Martin Luther that God provides all our bodily needs. He gives clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children—everything we need to support this body and life.

As the rest of the Creed points out, He also provides the greater needs we have—forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation through His Son. It's precisely this message He has called me to proclaim to those in Asia.

For all these gifts, my family and I give all thanks and praise to God Most High. He will provide according to His will, as He promised.

A Common Question

The most common question we receive is, "When will you deploy?" Our often unsatisfactory response is, "We don't know." The truth is, it depends on a number of factors. Under the Network Supported Missionary model (which I described here), one of these factors is establishing a sustainable network prior to deployment. Other factors include visas, housing, and so on.

For each missionary, the International Center calculates a financial profile that accounts for all the expenses necessary to deploy and keep a missionary family on the field. Most missionaries, along with Mission Advancement, raise between $150,000–$200,000 annually; some raise even more.

Our profile is near $200,000.

Right now, through your generous support, God has provided $112,750 toward our financial profile. Honestly, even this amount astounds me! Praise the Lord for His generosity.

At the same time, there are still plenty of opportunities for people to partner with the LCMS to send us, especially for recurring support—around 88,000 opportunities in fact. Furthermore, the longer we spend raising support, the more support must be raised before we deploy.

The amount seems insurmountable. But in fact, it's quite manageable when broken into chunks. It only takes another 64 partners giving at different levels. Consider this:

When

  • 15 individuals/families partner at $25 per month
  • 15 individuals/families partner at $50 per month
  • 10 individuals/families partner at $100 per month
  • 10 individuals/families partner at $200 per month
  • 1 individual/family partners at $500 per month

and when

  • 1 congregation partners at $8,000 annually
  • 1 congregation partners at $5,000 annually
  • 5 congregations partner at $3,000 annually
  • 6 congregations partner at $1,000 annually

the remaining $88,000 of our financial profile will be completed with recurring support.1 That's only 51 more individual families and 13 congregations! Such support would help us jump one more huge hurdle in preparation for deployment.

At this time of the year, many of you are considering your own personal/family budgets and congregational budgets. Please consider partnering with the LCMS to share the forgiveness of Christ in Asia through us.

Right now is a great time to partner with the LCMS to send us. The sooner you take advantage of this opportunity, the sooner you will be sharing Christ in Asia through us. In thankful response for this opportunity, we will keep you updated with pictures and newsletters about the work Christ is doing in Asia. When we return for home service, if we can, we will do our best to visit your congregations and share this work with you in person.

If you would like to partner with us, you can do that directly at the LCMS giving page here: Give Now. If you prefer paper, here’s a link to our prayer card. You can download it and send it in.

Thank you for your time.

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” — Philippians 1:3–5

In Christ's Abundant Love,

Rev. Roy S. Askins


  1. This would get us very close to deployment, but because a number of factors affect deployment, I can't say for certain when deployment would actually happen. For instance, if the housing isn't yet ready, we might have to wait for deployment. ↩︎

Askins in Asia: October Newsletter

Jesus, the Light of the World

Askins in Asia: October Newsletter

Greetings everyone!

Better late than never. You'll be glad I waited, however. I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Hong Kong seeing the work and getting some photographs. Here are some highlights from the newsletter: 

  • Jesus Christ, Light of the World 
  • Eliza's thoughts on the last month
  • pictures from our recent travels
  • and more . . .

Pastors and secretaries, please feel free to distribute copies of the newsletter either through print or email. As usual, I've included various copies for your personal internet connection: 

  • Good (For slow internet)
  • Better (For medium internet)

For everyone else, please share this everywhere you can find a place to share it. We're glad to do this work and want as many people as possible to know about it. 

Thank you again for all your support. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send us a note through our contact page: Contact Page. Please also subscribe to our newsletter below. 

God's richest blessings be with you,

—the Askins


How Time Flies: Askins in Asia September 2015 Edition

All Saints Lutheran, Charlotte, NC.

All Saints Lutheran, Charlotte, NC.

The months fly by, as Eliza comments in her article in the latest edition of the Askins in Asia. We have been on this journey for 7 months now, and it's still full steam ahead. Please read this edition of the Askins in Asia for more. 

Highlights:

  • Pictures from the latest trips to North Carolina and Massachusetts
  • A devotional comment from one of my sermons this month
  • Updated calendar for the next month

Pastors and Secretaries, please print a copy of this newsletter and post it on your church bulletin board. Alternatively, please feel free to forward this email to your congregational email address list. 

Finally, for those of you receiving this email for the first time, welcome! You've received this email because you signed up at one of my presentations. You can unsubscribe using the link at the bottom. 

Thank you for your support, for your prayers, and for your time following us and Christ's work through us. 

In Christ, 
The Askins

Askins in Asia, September 2015 Download links:
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Support

We give thanks to God for all those who have partnered with the LCMS to send us to Asia. 

If you would like to join those partners, you can do that here. Give now

Thank you for your support.

If you would like to follow how the Askins support network is going, you can do that here, on this website: Click here.


Askins in Asia: August 2015 Newsletter

The August issue of the Askins in Asia newsletter is now available. 

Those of you with slower internet connections, please click here for the low res version.

For faster connections, use this link here

Pastors and church secretaries, please print copies of the newsletter and post it on your bulletin boards and give copies to whoever might be interested. I appreciate your help and support. 

To all of you out there praying for and supporting the LCMS in missions, thank you. 

—the Askins

He Read My Bum Expression

— by Eliza M. Askins

I'm a mother of five. My clothing has evolved since dating and marrying my husband to mothering my children. What I once wore is not what I would choose today. 

I still have clothes from high school and college because they fit, and I don't like to get rid of things that aren't worn out. I've never been good at style or shopping for what's in at the time. I typically purchase solid, comfortable, and simple. When I attempt to branch out to color or stylish, I usually give it a second glance and think, “nope.” 

I've always wanted to fit in. I don't want to be the center of attention of show stopper. And yet, years ago, I bought comfy lounge pants with words written on the bum. At the time I probably didn't give it a second thought that people would be reading my bum. 

But, my son recently read my butt. 

He sounded the word out just the way I'd taught him. Taken a back, I realized that was the last time those pants would be worn. I don't want my children reading butts. 

We are bombarded daily with immorality and adultery. I recite regularly the Ten Commandments and their meanings with my babes. They know you shall not commit adultery means to lead a chaste and decent life. 

It starts with my example that they might learn too how to dress. So, it starts in my home with eliminating those types of clothing that I would not want my own children wearing. We have all sinned an gone astray, but my bum will not draw attention to itself in that way possibly causing even a little one to be tempted. 

Yes, my son was innocent and simply reading the world around him, but there are much greater works for him to read. And I'm not bummed about discarding the bum expression on pair of pants at a time. 

Yackety, Yack and Don't Talk Back

— by Eliza M. Askins

All loaded for an overnight trip. I even managed to pack lightly for the children and I myself. Everything was in one duffle bag with a little extra space. Everyone was buckled. Everyone had their chewy (crocheted square from grandma that is much easier to travel with instead of full blankets). Everyone excited to sleepover at an aunt and uncle’s house. 

We even left the house show-ready just in case someone called for a Sunday walk through. 

About ten miles out of town the sound and smell of vomit crept to the front of the van. 

The poor boy was green and tired. The others upon whiff requested bags also. Pull over, send back wipes and napkins, roll down window and turn A/C on full blast. Take a moment to regroup and turn back toward home. 

Disappointed that we won't see family, we scramble for dinner and try to keep kiddos separate so it doesn't spread. 

You see, I just told a toddler the night before, "don't yack on me, I don't handle puke up well." 

And yet, here I sit typing with the smell still lingering after hosing clothing, vacuuming a van, detailing a car seat, hounding children to keep their barf buckets with them, and ordering cheese pizza because I couldn't bear to serve everyone else the Mac N Cheese the sick one coveted. He picked it early in the week at the store with such excitement that he has to be allowed to enjoy it when he is well. 

Thanks be to God that this happened close to home. We were not miles away; we were not staying with someone we just met; we were not in a house with lots of someone else's children to infect; and we caught it before passing it to our own relatives. And so far, only one has fallen to the yack. 

So please yackety, yack and don't come back before the morning light.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

— By Eliza M. Askins

During my childhood I saw the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit. It was a cartoon meets real people simple mystery. They were trying to save ToonTown. I recall a scene in which a character whops another on the head with a cast iron skillet. 

More recently, Rapunzel in Tangled defends herself using a cast iron skillet. 

In my kitchen I have cast iron aplenty. I did not start cooking on it, but once I did there was no turning back. But cast iron serves a different purpose in these movies. 

It also serves a metaphorically different purpose for me. I am stubborn and slow to change. I've said more than once I need to be hit with the cast iron frying pan upon the head in order to help me see what changes must be made or what doors must be closed or opened. I've even prayed to be hit with the obvious so I would not make a mistake or doubt. 

It has happened on this journey. 

It started with the closing of a work from home job I started while my husband was in seminary. Little did we realize how it was taking my energies and patience from my children. Now with that one less responsibility I can focus my attentions on my nearest neighbors. 

While recapping the day tonight, my husband reminded me that we are 6 months in. What!?! 

Frying pan again. 

Time to get birth certificates for the younger three children so we can fill out passport paperwork. Just the other day, we hustled out of the house so a realtor could show it. We were told those who viewed it really liked the house. 

Another frying pan or maybe flame under foot to motivate to move things out. Time to gather boxes, bags, bins for donation. Time to snap photos of larger items to sell on line. Time to take out the "trash" we've accumulated. Whether this looking develops into an offer or not, the frying pan hit and movement needs to happen. 

In cartoons, they use real frying pans to catch someone's attention, and I too need something obvious at times to wake me up. I thank God that even if those frying pans are uncomfortable, He has sent them to help me on His way. I'm also grateful that He gives my husband patience with me until those frying pans hit. 

Welcome to our ToonTown. 

Scheduling Inspiration

Book Review: Zerubavel, Eviatar. The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations, and Books. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1999.

Schedule the muses? Impossible! The idea seems inimical to basic assumptions about writing. And it's true: The muse can't be scheduled. But your writing can be.

So, rather than wait on the elusive muse to show up, Zerubavel argues our we need to schedule writing. The best way to accomplish large writing endeavors is to schedule—very precisely and accurately—your writing time.

While targeted at the academic writer, whether writing a book or a dissertation and/or thesis, I recommend this book for anyone who wants to write. Zerubavel provides clear, minute details on how to establish writing routines and schedules. He gives similarly clear and precise details for determining writing timetables to estimate completion. 

He explains how to break down the book into stair step chunks, how to maintain a high level of energy while writing, how to prevent burnout, and more. This practical book is an easy read—two hours for the quick reader. Implementing his ideas will take at least one writing session, but will help you tremendously in the task of creating and keeping publication and completion deadlines. 

A favorite quote: 

I strongly suggest that you write your thesis, dissertation, or book several times from start to finish rather than try to bring each segment of your manuscript to completion and only then move on to the next one. Kindle Locations 727-729

This advice surprised me, but I also found encouraging. The author writes four drafts of each of his books (7 in 21 years), and he manually rewrites each draft. It sounds like a remarkable amount of work, but it tends to jumpstart the writing process by removing some of the initial hesitation of getting the first words on paper.

 

Askins in Asia: July 2015 Newsletter

You are what you eat . . . ?

You are what you eat . . . ?

July Newsletter

Here's the latest round of the Askins in Asia Newsletter:

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Pastors, please print off copies for the parish and schools that you serve. Please feel free to post or repost any material you think is good and appropriate. 


While you're here, please take moment to look at the new addition to our website. The Askins Network page describes how The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod now supports and sends missionaries. 

It's a really helpful visual picture of what a support network is, and it provides some wonderful ways to help you participate. Thank you.

Faith in the Face of Trial

— by Eliza M. Askins

Luther writes,

The great art and power of faith consist in seeing that which is not seen and in not seeing that which is nonetheless felt, aye, which oppresses and depresses a person; just as unbelief sees only what it feels and does not at all like to cling to that which it does not feel. [This was the selected reading for July 9, 2015 through the Pray Now app.]

Faith is given through the Holy Spirit. It is not something we choose or earn. God chooses us and at the font calls us by name. He makes us clean in these waters by Christ's sacrifice on Calvary. Our Heavenly Father promises to provide in His time and by His means. 

It is through faith alone that we can get through the oppressions and depressions of daily life. Faith is not a feeling. It is not a pulling up of our boot straps. Faith is seeing that despite the “for sale” sign still on the lawn, the garage and many closets still full of stuff, the paperwork still to be completed, the questions still unanswered, all will be done in His time. I cannot see how it will all resolve itself before we are to board a plane, but it will. And though I might feel oppressed and depressed by the looming tasks and weight of change, through faith I receive peace.

The Million Dollar Question

— by Eliza M. Askins

With each stop and each encounter of sharing the work we are preparing to do in Asia, we are asked, "when do you leave, move, go, etc?"

Well, only the Lord knows.

And it is so hard to wait to go. It is hard to come home after days and weeks away to this house. It is hard to travel hours in a van. It is hard to meet new people week after week. It is hard to say goodbye to both the new and old friends we meet along the way. It is hard to be patient.

But, that is the cross we now bear.

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We will leave when there are presentations and preaching scheduled. We will leave when someone calls to see the house. We will move from this house only when there is a buyer and a closing. Then, whatever we have will be sold or given away. Or a few things moved and tucked in a storage unit for the small shipping container we might send over the ocean.

We will go to Hong Kong only when the magic monetary number is reached and all the correct paperwork is processed and approved. We will leave, move, and go on the Lord's clock.

And this is not easy because it's a clock I cannot see.

The days pass by and the hours tick away, but I don't have a visual count down clock showing me when it is time to leave, move, or go.

And in that I realize, God has to be in control. Only He can raise this amount of money. Only He can sell this house in which a traveling family of seven still lives with all their possessions and limited time and energies for home improvements beyond the day to day routines and up-keep. Only He can cross all the T's and dot all the i's according to His time.

So, the answer to the million dollar question, only the Lord knows when. So, I'm leaving, moving, and letting go because I am not in control. But, finally in this I'm acknowledging who is in control and trusting the Lord. 


1. I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus, Trusting only Thee; 
Trusting Thee for full salvation, Great and free. 

2. I am Trusting Thee for pardon; At Thy feet I bow,
For Thy grace and tender mercy Trusting now. 

4. I am trusting Thee to guide me; Thou alone shalt lead, 
Ev'ry day and hour supplying All my need. 

LSB 729:1–2, 4


Going Home

— by Eliza M. Askins

Home, where is that really?  Is it where you were born?  Is it where you have lived for the most years?  Is it where you live now?  Is it where you are moving too?  Is it the place that was your favorite residence?  Is it where your family is?  Is it where your friends are?  Or is it the van or hotel your family is renting?  

As we prepared for our recent trip to the Midwest, I uttered, "we are going home."  

These places were once my home and are still home to many of my extended family. They are not however home to my husband and children, nor have they ever been. 

Growing up, I only knew a few houses. In the time I've been married, I've called more apartments or houses home than I did throughout my childhood. What will be the reality for my children? Will Hong Kong be home for many years or just a decade?  Will the flat we have seen pictures be the only place we call home in Hong Kong?  When our children are grown, will they call Hong Kong home or will they call the U.S. home?  

These things we cannot answer now. The Lord knows and wherever His will leads our family and each of our children, He will be with us. He will make it home. Our trust and confidence will be in Him with the hope of our eternal home at His feet.

As for me and my house we will serve the Lord. And for that reason, we will train our children up in the way of the Lord so that they will not stray from it when they are grown.  

Our postal address may change year after year, but our home will always remain in our Lord.  They say home is where the heart is. The Lord has chosen each of our hearts through the washing of holy baptism and calls us by name as His children in Christ.

Askins in Asia: June 2015 Newsletter

Annie gets a hold of Ezekiel's old pacifier. 

Annie gets a hold of Ezekiel's old pacifier. 

The newest issue of the Askins in Asia newsletter is now available. 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 helpful. 

Thank you for your prayers and support. We have made it through two busy months of traveling, and while we still have much to do, we will be a little slower during July. Please don't hesitate to send us a note to say hello. 

—The Askins