Joe Handley

FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

Stories from Joe Handley, president of A3

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A3 Advent Devotional Entry • Joe Handley 

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."
— James 1:7

I'll never forget the day I accepted Jesus into my life. I was nine years old and was raised in a Christian home, my father being a lay pastor at the time. I was given new life by the greatest gift ever from the most generous giver of all time. There was freedom from all the trials and temptations that had haunted me, and there was eternal hope—something the world was unable to provide.

As I think back on that day, I find myself so blessed by the heritage that Jesus planted in my life. That same freedom and hope that came through the little child in Bethlehem is a free gift to all—but not all have the chance to hear about him.

Little did I know that this was a gift that would keep on giving. A gift of hope, freedom and joy unexplained. Jesus wanted to give a gift of eternity for all of humankind.

Thus, he sent me on a mission . . . a mission I was initially reluctant to follow. A mission to "seek and save the lost" in the neediest region of the world with this message.

Today, Jesus' name is being shared in places like Japan where the opportunity to hear about Christ is so, so limited. I know Christ is building His church across Asia because He cares! Jesus gave you and me a gift and a message that keeps on giving.

As you reflect on this great gift that Jesus has given us this Advent season, I want to thank you for your generosity—for you are a giver of life, of hope, of freedom, and of joy to a world that is desperate for what only Jesus can offer. Thank you for your friendship, your encouragement, your prayers, the ways you have been involved in giving life to our missionaries and our God-given mission.

May the joy of the Christ-child fill your heart and soul through this Christmas season.

We love and appreciate you!

Joseph W. Handley, Jr., Ph.D.

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  • This is the last entry from "O Come Let Us Adore Him" — Meditations on the Advent Season by the A3 Community. We hope you've been blessed by some of the entries from our A3 Advent devotional this year.
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