Joe Handley

 

FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

 

Stories from Joe Handley,
president of Asian Access

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:19

Asian Access/Japan National Pastors Conference

I was struck by hope at the recent A2/Japan National Pastors Conference in Sapporo… All of these pastors pictured here as well as several others shared stories of new life springing forth through their outreach efforts.

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Many of these pastors ventured “out of their normal boxes” to take their faith to their communities and some went into regions where there is no church or Jesus followers that we are aware of. They shared with those they met of their hope in Jesus and some responded favorably.

Now, places that have been untouched with the Gospel, have seen a point of light. And, new growth seems to be emerging. It’s exciting to watch. And, it truly appears like the words of Isaiah quoted above, that God is doing a new thing in Japan. There is an enthusiasm for what is to come and a hope that I’ve rarely seen expressed.

New mission networks are emerging – in some of the toughest to reach regions of the country.

Current Challenges and Upcoming Opportunities

Please pray for Japan during this critical days. The population is aging, and the economy has slowed, they just opened their borders and so opportunities will be teeming in the midst of all these new realities. In 2019, she hosts the Rugby World Cup and in 2020 the Summer Olympic Games so now is the time to pray and capitalize on this season of hope and vision.

God is doing a new thing so I pray you’ll join us in this venture. Come alongside visionary pastors in Japan to help them fulfill the vision God has given them and join us in reaching out during the World Cup and Olympics.

Pray for revival as these signs of hope keep sprouting.

God is making a way in a land often seen as a wilderness for his Church!

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2019: What ‘exciting’ really means.

International (A2/MNN) – Asian Access (A2) is a ministry that is usually ahead of the ‘trend’ curves in the world of missions. A few years back, they announced big goals as part of their Vision2020: a.) Equipping Leaders in 20 Countries across Asia, b.) 100 Church Multiplication Teams/Networks – Japan, c.) 1000 Reproducing Churches in Japan. A2 president Joe Handley says 2018 was a...

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Marching Toward 2020

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To give you a sense of some of those big goals, here’s a sampling...

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Fresh Enthusiasm in Japan

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:19 I was struck by hope at the recent A2/Japan National Pastors Conference in Sapporo… All of these pastors pictured here as well as several others shared stories of new life springing forth through their outreach efforts. Many of these pastors ventured “out of their normal boxes” to take their faith...

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Joe & Silk: 2018 Christmas Greetings from Tokyo [video]

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Greetings from Tokyo, Japan! We just wanted you to know that we're thinking of you and praying that you guys have a special Advent season. We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We love you. We appreciate you, and we're grateful for you. God bless you...

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New report shows Gospel growth in "missionary graveyard"

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Fukushima radiation challenges continue

Japan (MNN) — Radiation remains a challenge even seven years after Japan’s nuclear meltdown outside Fukushima. On Thursday, UN experts called on Japan to help cleanup workers who may not have received proper training on radiation exposure. The special rapporteurs also warned of exploitation. Takeshi Takazawa of Asian Access saw the effects of radiation first-hand during a recent trip. Donning protective gear, he and other A2 leaders visited a parsonage approximately three miles from the nuclear plant...

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Christians unite amid ongoing hardship

Japan’s deluge continues

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Strawberries, Pomegranates and Convenience Stores

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Aspens, Banyans, and Strawberries?

What a joy it was for me to participate with Bishop Efraim Tendero at the World Evangelical Alliance gathering of Associate Members to brainstorm the future of the movement. I was so inspired by Bishop Ef’s style of leadership: so humble, so gracious, so serving. And, he invited us in to see the inner workings and problems the WEA is facing. He asked us to speak into their life and growth. Very few leaders do this! I was impressed… You may know that Bishop Ef was the key person to help us begin getting connected in the Philippines so I credit him with opening the doors and networks and today, Asian Access/Philippines is off to a great start! One of the highlights of our week...

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Why Plant? - Japan Needs YOU!

I’ve been inspired by pastors in Japan when 70 or more gathered in Northern Japan for a movement called Vision Festa. It’s a movement of people with a passion for church planting and I’m eager to share their stories… Those will come later though. For now, why is church planting so important? When so many people are down on the local church these days, why would I believe church planting is so important and why are these leaders coalescing around this fresh vision? Missiologist Peter Wagner once said, “Planting new churches is the most effective evangelistic methodology known under heaven.” Pastor Tim Keller picked up on this theme as well. Check out his post on the same subject, Why Church Planting? Everywhere I have gone, I’ve seen these truths displayed...

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