Joe Handley

 

FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

Stories from Joe Handley, president of Asian Access

A2's Joe Handley with Greg Yoder of MNNRecently I was in the Grand Rapids, Michigan studios of Mission Network News (MNN) being interviewed about our ministry in Sri Lanka. Greg Yoder, executive director of the top-class Christian news service was conducting the interview. MNN has been covering stories about our ministry for the last two years.

Not only are these stories posted on the MNN website, but they are also broadcast on over 1,000 radio stations worldwide. We have greatly appreciated the positive exposure that Mission Network News has provided for our ministry (and about 70 other mission organizations).

At the end of the interview, I decided to ask Greg why MNN has partnered with Asian Access. Listen to what Greg tells me...

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Japan in the News

Japan quake triggers trauma The map shows areas affected by Wednesday’s earthquake.
Japan (MNN) — Authorities warn residents of northeast Japan to prepare for potentially strong aftershocks in the days to come. A 7.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the region on Wednesday night, kill

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Japan quake triggers trauma

Japan (MNN) — Authorities warn residents of northeast Japan to prepare for potentially strong aftershocks in the days to come. A 7.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the region on Wednesday night, killing a handful of people and wounding hundreds.

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Fuchida and DeShazer: Stories of Transformation

 

Christianity is about the power of the Gospel to transform our lives.

I want to share with you a real-life story of two sworn enemies – Fuchida, a Japanese commander and DeShazer, an American pilot. The setting is in World War II.

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The Leaders Must Come from Outside!

The Christian subculture challenge

A few years ago when I met with a Japanese Christian leader to catch up on each other’s lives, we discussed the challenges of the spread of the gospel in this nation and dreamed a bit about how to build upon the many partnerships that have been developing between Christian groups here in Japan. During our conversation, he surprised me with an unexpected comment:

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Fukushima prayer drive challenged my skepticism

In Japan, Fukushima Prefecture is arguably the region most impacted by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. In addition to the earthquake damage up and down its seacoast, three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant experienced meltdown when tsunami waters disabled their cooling systems.

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Asian Access Japan Report • Dec 2021 (Japanese)

アジアンアクセス・ジャパン2021年12月号を公開しました。

The December 2021 Report has been published in Japanese and is now available here...

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Christ-like Leadership

"walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
– Ephesians 4:1

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Sunday ‘Zoom Church’—with no morning message!

How one Japanese congregation responded to the COVID-19 pandemic 

WHEN I TALKED TO PASTOR YOSHIYA (JOSHUA) HARI, THE NATIONAL DIRECTOR FOR ASIAN ACCESS JAPAN, his church had already been dealing with its own crisis before the coronavirus came. After over 20 years in the same location, in 2019 the congregation of Saikyo Hope Chapel was told they had to vacate the building they were leasing because it would be demolished. Finding a similar facility for the same price proved to be extremely difficult, so from February 2, 2020, they found themselves alternately renting one of two local community centers for services each Sunday.

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Home church: the new norm in Japan?

Japan (MNN) — In January 2020, a group of believers in Japan lost their church building. Little did they know, God would use their “temporary solution” as a growth point when the pandemic turned the world upside-down.

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Raising Up Leaders who are Abiding in Christ

Recently I was interviewed by Evangeline Hsiao for her podcast, Care Package for Japan...

The purpose of this podcast is to showcase how much God loves Japan through different stories of people. It is like God sending a care package to the ones He loves in Japan!

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Yearnings and Callings for 2022

Happy New Year, Dear Friends!

This post is a little later than I had hoped because our family was hit with the coronavirus variant over the holidays. We are deeply grateful for your prayers and appreciate you for the way we journey together in life and mission.

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