Joe Handley

 

FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

Stories from Joe Handley, president of Asian Access

 

  1. Transform the concept that “church planting is impossible” to “it is possible”. Networks help churches overcome negative feelings towards church planting.
  2. Networks remove the barrier of loneliness in the church planting process. Because it takes time, many churches will give up before planting a church, but networks help them to hang in there through equipping and mutual encouragement.
  3. By focusing on the Biblical principles of the New Testament church, networks transform concepts  of ‘church.’
  4. Networks encourage the use of all believers (lay leaders), not just professional clergy.

It is awesome to see God at work! Yet, we don’t measure the “success” of a network based on having held one. We look for fruit on multiple levels. For example, with each participating church, we seek for them to be equipped and released to plant more churches on their own. Since we work with all kinds of congregations in Japan, and all have their own unique views as to what makes a church, more than the “form” of church, we focus on the “principles of living as disciples of Jesus.” So while one church may be planting a cell church or a house church, another may be planting using a traditional model. What matters is that our love for Christ grows, and that we make his love known to others.

It is a joy to work with so many
 visionary pastors and congregations across Japan. Everyday we know
that we are blessed to be here.

Japan in the News

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Japan (MNN) — Japan remains a challenging spiritual battleground, but Gospel workers say the Lord IS moving in the island nation. “A lot of fear permeates the culture here: fear of natural

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Japan begins approving visa applications

For as long as I have been with Asian Access, we have been praying for more missionaries. Our team of cross-cultural workers desires to partner well with what God is doing through the church in Japan. Over 99% of Japanese people are living and dying without Christ. The harvest is plentiful, and the workers are few. Yet, despite all of our efforts to mobilize new people, our team size has remained relatively static for the last decade or two.

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Former Nozomi Project worker turns to Christ

Japan (MNN) — Japan remains a challenging spiritual battleground, but Gospel workers say the Lord IS moving in the island nation.

“A lot of fear permeates the culture here: fear of natural disasters, fear of war, fear of the virus,” Eric Takamoto with Asian Access says.

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Wander Where He Leads

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost,”
­— J.R.R. Tolkien

From my very first chapter book I have been a re-reader of stories. My mom read Sterling North’s Rascal (funnily enough, a popular anime in Japan) to my little brother and me when I was in the first or second grade. When she finished the book, I loved it so much that I immediately wanted to go back into the story and experience it by myself. I have been voraciously re-reading ever since. Each story is as comforting as getting coffee with a dear friend.

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John Houlette's 'Resilience' receives Christian counseling award

On July 22, Asian Access missionary Dr. John Houlette received the Office Fujikake Award for the Japanese version of his book, Resilience: How Japanese Pastors Can Thrive in Every Season. The award is given annually to a new book in Christian counseling by Dr. Akira Fujikake, clinical psychologist, and visiting Professor at the Seigakuin University General Research Institute.

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South Korean cult poses problems in Japan

Japan (MNN) — Deadly details emerge in Japan. The man accused of killing former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is reportedly undergoing extensive mental health tests before prosecution can proceed.

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Abe assassination mars 2022 Japan elections

Japan (MNN) — Victory is bittersweet for Japan’s newly-elected leaders following the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. Abe’s assassination is the first of a sitting or former Prime Minister since 1932.

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Asian Access passes baton to Japanese leadership

Japan (MNN) — Asian Access has officially passed the baton of ministry in Japan to the Japanese leadership.

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International Day for the Unreached 2022

June 5, 2022 is the International Day for the Unreached

A third of the world still lacks access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are no local churches, no Bible in their own language, and no local believers.

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Celebrating the 2020 Vision & Passing the Baton in Japan

The 2020 Vision:

To deploy 100 church multiplication teams:
  • to establish 1,000 reproducing congregations...
  • to enfold 1,000,000 new followers of Christ...
  • who will, in turn, send 1,000 missionaries from Japan to the cities of Asia...
  • that will be home to 1 billion people by the year 2020 AD.

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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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