Joe Handley

 

FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

Stories from Joe Handley, president of Asian Access

MicroChurch

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” — Matthew 13:31-32

Small is Big. Less is More.

Small is Big. That is one of our underlying themes within Asian Access.

We’ve seen mighty moves of God through investing in just a few leaders at a time. Just like Jesus spent much of his time with just 12 disciples, we come alongside a few at a time and see mighty harvests develop over time. Sure, Jesus also spoke to the thousands periodically so we believe in a both/and approach but it is surprising how often something small, like the mustard seed, can become mighty.

Even on a personal level, my wife is tiny, but she has a lot of influence. Or, even my colleague Kareena, she is even tinier but she’s a force to be reckoned with!

Digi-Church

Most recently I was asked to share about a revolution happening via digi-churches and the formation and expansion of micro-churches is astounding. Check out my article on these movements at Global Missiology...

As Silk and I were preparing to move back to the U.S., we thought to best lead Asian Access, we should be practitioners of what God is doing worldwide. Given how God is moving in micro-churches, we thought perhaps this is something the U.S. could use too. As increasingly younger people are disinterested in church, we approached our home church, a larger regional church in the South Bay of L.A., about experimenting in synergy with them and they have blessed us in this effort.

Launch Time

So, this summer Silk and I will be leading a, or several, micro-churches as part of our night jobs. Don’t worry, Asian Access remains our primary engagement but on the side, we’ll be leading micro-churches to see if God might be doing something new for the U.S. while we watch these movements flourish globally.

Pray for us and pray for the Church worldwide as these fresh expressions of church life keep growing. Perhaps we’ll see what we’ve been hearing about from China and the Philippines. May we see a revival of his church across Asia, into the farthest reaches of our planet and even here in the United States!

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Rev. Joseph W. Handley, Jr., Ph.D.
President, Asian Access

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Urbana '22

From Urbana to Japan!

Are you going to Urbana '22? Let's connect...

We'd love to for you to stop by our booth at Urbana and meet us.

Urbana is a huge student missions conference sponsored by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship held every three years. This conference has brought many of missionaries to Japan through the years, and we expect this will continue. 

Please join us in praying for Urbana '22, that God would use it to call thousands of young people into missions. We wish those organizations represented at Urbana well as they strive to find necessary workers for their ministries.

And pray also that SIM and A2 would find more workers to help us achieve our bold visions!

 

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  • Urbana '22, sponsored by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, will be held December 28-31, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana USA. 
    • Description: The Life-changing ConferenceHosted by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USAThe Urbana Student Missions Conference is a milestone moment. It’s a sacred space for vibrant, multicultural worship, dynamic Bible teachings, and eye-opening testimonies from the global Church. It’s a space for whole-life, whole-world discipleship — discovering how God is calling us to use our gifts and passions in his global mission.
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