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A3 has moved to a new donor platform called Virtuous! Our existing donor platform was shut down for a week to prepare for the new platform launching the week of March 27-31, 2023. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused you.

Existing donor information will be transferred. However, for security reasons, banking and credit card data will not be brought over. Therefore, if you have a recurring donation to A3 (via direct debit or credit card), you will need to re-establish your recurring donation on the Virtuous platform starting in April 2023.


  1. Online donations through March 20, 2023 were processed through our previous donation platform before being taken offline March 21.
  2. Our new online giving portal is being relaunched the week of March 27-31, 2023 with new capabilities, including an optional account to view/manage gifts online.
  3. We have begun rolling out new donation forms for PROJECTS & MISSIONARIES which work well on computers, but not on mobile devices yet. We will continue to rollout more features in the coming days.


Certain donors will be impacted immediately. If you are in the impacted group that is migrating in April, you should have received an email on March 21, 2023 and a hard copy letter a few days later with additional action steps. If you did get this communication, . . .

Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience. We value your data and have determined it was more secure not to transfer your credit card information during the migration.

  1. March gifts were processed as usual under our old platform but then will came to an end.
  2. After the online giving portal is restored the week of March 27, 2023, donors who would like to continue their automated donations will need to login to the new giving portal and set up their recurring donation(s) on the new platform. You can do this starting in April to ensure no gap in your recurring donation.

Furthermore, we are confident that the new online donation platform will provide a better donor/partner experience compared to our old online platform. In addition, we will save quite a bit by making this switch. Thank you for your understanding. We appreciate your partnership!

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Important Notice to Donors!

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As bad as the COVID pandemic was in India which I wrote about just a few months ago, it is now more than twice that bad in another Asian country based on the number of deaths per capita. And COVID deaths are thought to be drastically undercounted, so the situation is actually much worse.

What is causing the surge there? And what does this have to do with A3?

I’ll answer the second question first. A3 has been conducting leadership development cohorts in this country for several years. And right now, we have a matching grant to help them and others facing this and other crises. Every dollar you give will be doubled toward assisting them to face their challenges.

Coup and COVID

You may recall that Myanmar’s military staged a coup and took over the government in February. The COVID surge might have been prevented except that vaccinations, which had started less than a week before the coup, slowed down and then stopped until late July.

On top of that, the military targeted more than 600 medical professionals who were part of the resistance to the military takeover. They fear showing up at hospitals and clinics to help with the pandemic because of the likelihood of being arrested and imprisoned. According to the U.N. Human Rights Council, the government has staged at least 260 attacks on medical personnel and facilities, killing 18. At least 67 have been detained.

The military is also limiting the distribution of oxygen and vaccines to those who are pro-military. Yanghee Lee, the U.N.’s former Myanmar human rights expert, said to an AP reporter:

“They [the military government] have stopped distributing personal protection equipment and masks, and they will not let civilians who they suspect are supporting the democracy movement be treated in hospitals, and they’re arresting doctors who support the civil disobedience movement.”

Many are convinced that the military government is using the pandemic to consolidate power and crush opposition. Those in power are more interested in staying in power than in helping their fellow Burmese people. 

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A3 Leaders Impacted 

I learned just today that one of the participants in the Myanmar A3 leadership development cohort died of COVID. While this is sad news, others in the cohort are standing strong and making a difference.

One of our alumni, Champo* (his name has been changed to protect his identity), was incarcerated for trying to help with the pandemic and falsely accused of insurrection. He was beaten by his captors, trying to force him to make a false confession.

Today, he is an inspiration in the prison as the pandemic is spiking and hit the prison hard. Despite being beaten, Champo has helped the nurses and doctors serve those who are dying and has reached out to friends outside the prison to bring desperately needed oxygen.

Champo is the type of leader you are empowering through your support for A3. How do we do that?

We prepare leaders to face crises more successfully, whether it’s the COVID pandemic, persecution, or natural disasters. And because our cohorts prepare participants to lead another cohort, even more leaders are prepared to lead the Church and their communities to face the emergencies the world throws at them.

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A Matching Challenge to Help These Leaders

Your gift of $50, $100, or $200 today will be used to empower more leaders in Myanmar. And don’t forget, your gift will be doubled by the matching grant for even more leadership development. Not only that, but your gift will also be further multiplied as prepared leaders develop even more leaders.

And you will not only be helping the people of Myanmar, but everywhere in Asia where Christians are being persecuted or facing other catastrophes. For example, just prior to hearing from Myanmar, I received this message from another country which I can’t name:

"I am sorry I did not contact you and give an answer for your emails for a while because the [Government] was chasing me tightly since February. The situation inside is worse and worse as you also know."

Persecution of Christians is a reality in most of the countries where A3 ministers. Unfortunately, nothing we can do will stop the persecution. But with your help, we can prepare leaders to minister in a way that their congregations thrive through persecution and even reach others for Christ.

Thank you for being so faithful in your prayers and encouragement. Our alumni feel your support. They frequently tell me how grateful they are for your prayers and financial support!

And thank you in advance for praying and for prayerfully considering doubling your giving to help our persecuted brothers and sisters in this most pressing hour of need!

Give Now! 

With Christ,

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Rev. Joseph W. Handley, Jr., Ph.D.President, A3

Joe Handley emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

P.S. Both the pandemic and persecution will likely get worse before getting better. But your gift, doubled by the matching grant, can make a difference in how well our brothers and sisters grow in Christ through it.



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Developing Leaders Under Persecution & Pandemic – Every dollar given will be matched!

You can resume giving toward this project on March 27, 2023.



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