Joe Handley

 

FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

 

Stories from Joe Handley,
president of Asian Access

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Dear Friends,

Silk and I will be in Kyoto, Japan for Thanksgiving this year with our son John. While enjoying the beautiful fall colors of the country, we remembered you and the rich partnership you share with us at Asian Access.

On behalf of all of us here with Asian Access in Japan, across Asia and around the world, I want to thank you for your friendship, prayers and support.  Silk and I hope you enjoy our brief video of thanks.

You are a treasure in God’s kingdom and I am grateful for you this Thanksgiving season!

As our gift to you this season, I was privileged to share in the Billy Graham Center's Advent Devotional. It's a free download, if you'd like to use it this year. We hope you enjoy it: http://www.wheaton.edu/BGCE/Evangelism-Resources/Personal-Evangelism-Tools/Where-the-Light-Shines-Brightest-Advent-Devotional

Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kym42bQula4

 

God bless you,

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Joe Handley (for Silk, too)

 

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