Joe Handley

 

FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

 

Stories from Joe Handley,
president of Asian Access

At the midway point in this ministry year, here is a compilation of some of the stories we’ve been reporting. We trust you will be encouraged by the progress of the work, inspired by the hope these leaders possess, and compelled to come alongside in practical ways.

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Joe Handley, President
Asian Access

FRESH FRUIT - ASIA

preaching Work of Reproducing Disciple-Making Leaders
Joe shares from Cambodia that the more sustainable work over the long haul is investing in small groups who will walk faithfully and repro­duce what they have been learning.  Read more…

 

 

praying pastorsThe A2 Attraction
One participant shared about A2’s attraction: “We learned how to have a deep, love relationship with God. We learned how to spend time with God, to enjoy prayer, to just enjoy being with Jesus. We learned how we could serve God without our families having to be sacrificed. … And we learned how to prioritize, how to use our time well—how to discern God’s strategic will for our ministries. The results, in terms of fruitful ministry in our country, have been phenomenal.” Read more…

 

 


 

FRESH FRUIT – EAST ASIA

 


 

FRESH FRUIT – SOUTH ASIA

simple love Simple Love Trumps Volatility
Mission Network News reports on the heart of an A2 participant, whose love motivates him to reach out toward the unreachable in a neighboring country.Read more…

 

 


 

LESSONS FOR LIFE

 


 

MARKETPLACE: FAITH & MISSION

meeting to learn What A2 Does for Pastors, I Would Pay You to Do for Me!
Asian Access announces it will be launching prototypes in leader development among business professionals as a logical extension of their existing vision. Read more…

 

 


 

STANDING BY “THE PERSECUTED”

in chainsThe Character of Persecution
A2 leaders are being developed into a generation that is making disciples, planting churches, helping street children, working in the gar­bage dumps, establishing orphanag­es, and working with those suffering from human trafficking. However, progress like this doesn’t come without resistance. There have been recent flare-ups of fear and resent­ment of the growth of the Church in Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, and/ or animistic areas. Another com­mon denominator between these countries is one-party dictatorships that have replaced any semblance of representative government. As these issues ebb and flow with events, political climate, and other things, so too does persecution. Read more…

 

 

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President's 2014 Mid-Year Report
 


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An Olympic-Sized Opportunity

Next year an immense opportunity is knocking at our doors and you can play a part in it! Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Olympics and Asian Access in partnership with SIM is mobilizing teams to participate through partnering with local churches in reaching out. I hope you’ll join us! We’re praying for a breakthrough and believing that God has a plan to see the Christian population double by 2023 and the Olympic year presents a unique springboard for this to happen. In a few weeks, Japan is hosting the Rugby World Cup which starts the wheels rolling. Then, next summer you can take part through teams coming to serve before the games as Tokyo hosts both the Olympic and Paralympic Games...

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Japan in recovery from two typhoons in two weeks

Japan (MNN) — Just weeks after the super Typhoon Hagibis, another storm raced in over the weekend: Typhoon Bualoi. Robert Adair of Asian Access says the area is still in recovery mode. For those who experienced the triple disaster in 2011, the typhoons have dredged up familiar fears. Adair says that visually, the aftermath looks the same. The remnants of the storms show the water’s pathways, and people’s belongings are scattered in the open...

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Helping to Make Camp Fun and Life-changing

"I don't think I believe in God anymore."

In our church there is a young girl in middle school; we’ll call her Y. Y has been coming to church since she was very young and has been involved where she can. As Y approaches entering high school next Spring, she recently expressed to her mother that she would stop attending church once she entered high school, saying, "I don't think I believe in God anymore." Well, you can imagine how heartbreaking this news was to her mother. In faith, her mother asked us to pray for direction and that God would work in Y’s heart. And we committed Y to the Lord in prayer. Soon it came time for church camp. Y was invited, but...

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Japan: Typhoon Hagibis aftermath

Japan (MNN) – Super Typhoon Hagibis—Tagalog for ‘speedy’—left a large and muddy footprint over Japan. Today, thousands of military personnel and first responders remain in search and rescue mode in the wake of torrential rains that caused 20 rivers to burst their banks. Even as the casualty rate climbs, Asian Access’ Robert Adair says the scope of long-term damage means this is just the beginning. “The storm came in just south of Tokyo, kind of in Chiba and that region, and then came across Japan up through Tohoku, which is the area that was hit by the disaster back in March of 2011.“  

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Reiwa - A New Era for Japan

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. — Isaiah 43:18-19

As I have traveled across Japan recently, the newfound hope I am sensing just keeps growing. Everyone seems enthused about the start of the new era as the new Emperor took his place in history. This era has been proclaimed as Reiwa – “Auspicious (or Beautiful) Harmony” ...

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Fake Jesus

Several months ago, one of our staff kids went on a school outing. On this outing, the class visited a neighborhood temple near the school to learn more about the culture and religion. As you would expect, her parents wanted to know how the day went and as good parents followed up with her that evening. “How did your day go today?” they asked. She said, "We went to the temple on an outing today." And, upon further prompting, “What was that like?” she proceeded to say...

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Emperor to step down as Japan approaches Reiwa era

Japan (MNN) — There’s a new day dawning in the land of the rising sun. Japan’s current emperor – Akihito – is stepping down at the end of April. His son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will take over this largely-symbolic yet culturally-vital role on May 1. The move basically amounts to resignation, which doesn’t seem like a big deal at first glance. Yet, as Takeshi Takazawa of Asian Access explains, “This is the first time a current emperor has decided and requested… that he would resign [and for the] Crown Prince to assume the emperor’s position. “This is a brand new thing in our history.”

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Discovering the Joy of Parenting

I often speak with parents about the challenges of parenting and hear stories of the aches and pains people face or simply the frustrations of raising kids. How encouraging to know that Asian Access missionary Barbara Bauman, with help from her husband Gary, has updated her outstanding book Discovering the Joy of Parenting. I can’t wait to get a copy! The original book has been a lifesaver and game changer for many Japanese and Mongolian families around...

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The Little / BIG Principle...

 A basic building block in making disciples

It was John Maxwell who brought to my attention the fact that experience is not the best teacher. Otherwise, everybody would be getting better and more mature as they grow older. Rather, "evaluated experience" is the best teacher. Evaluated experience is the experience that is reflected upon and where lessons are learned and growth in maturity follows. As I have taken time to reflect on my own life’s experiences, certain discipleship lessons have come to the surface. One that has consistently occurred is what is called the little / big principle, and is mentioned four times in the parables of Jesus...

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March 11th... And the future

Eight years ago, Silk and I were here in Japan during the horrific triple disaster that hit the country. In a matter of minutes, lives were ruined, the country was disrupted and it was a day that none of us will ever forget.The spirit of "Ganbatte" — never giving up or it’s similar "Ganbare" – let’s do our best or together carried the nation  through the deep personal and societal loss. It was a significant time for the body of Christ in Japan, as Christ’s Church rose to the occasion to help bring hope and healing to the nation. It was one of the most unifying expressions in modern Japanese church history and the hope that it inspired is still active today. To get a glimpse of how this happened, take a look at this...

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