Joe Handley





Stories from Joe Handley,
president of Asian Access


Help us match $1,000,000 to bring relief to Japan following the Tsunami:

Asian Access received a $1,000,000 matching gift pledge to help meet the spiritual and physical needs of those who have been impacted by the devastating earthquakes and tsunami last week. This gift and the funds given to match the pledge will help us achieve our mission for Asian Access/Japan "to unite the church" and "extend the transforming power of the gospel."

Asian Access is working with our vast network of churches across the country (400 pastors and 1800 churches - approximately 20-25% of the congregations in Japan) and with CRASH--a ministry of Grace Church which has grown into the largest Christian coordinating agency--to help meet the spiritual and physical needs of several communities across the nation.

We estimate there are nearly 300 churches in the tsunami-impacted areas and Asian Access has already launched a disaster response team for CRASH to set up a relief base in the affected areas. A few churches are already serving as shelters and are receiving those who have been left homeless.

Help us provide relief to the people of Japan by giving to this special matching pledge! Your gifts will double the impact of the relief efforts.

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In this effort, we have set up a special Japan Tsunami Relief Fund in which you can help (see below). This will provide aid to hard-hit areas, delivered primarily through local churches. There may be no greater opportunity for the gospel’s advance in Japan than this very hour.

If you indicate "for Japan Matching Gift" on your check, your gift will be doubled!

Please join us in praying and in giving to help the people of Japan in the midst of this enormous crisis.



Matching Grant instructions...

To give financially, mark your check "Japan Matching Grant"

  • U.S. (US$) - [tax deductible]   
    • Make checks payable to "Asian Access" and send to:
      Asian Access
      PO Box 200
      San Dimas, CA 91773 USA 
  • Canada (CD$) - [tax deductible]   
    • Make cheques payable to "Asian Access/Canada" and send to:
    • Asian Access/Canada Nordel
      Postal Outlet
      PO Box 33016
      Delta, B.C. V4C 8E6 Canada
  • Japan (JP¥)
    • For instructions, email us:
  • Singapore (SING$)
    • For instructions, email us:

Here are some online giving options for Asian Access...

Read Joe's article about the A2 Japan Tsunami Relief Fund.

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Want to Go Help?

  • If interested in going or posting a prayer, post on our discussion forum:
  • In regard to service opportunities, we need to plan these in cooperation with others to maximize our efforts. We will be working closely with the CRASH operation "Love on Japan" which is the largest Christian collaboration of organizations and churches uniting for relief efforts in Japan.

Last week, The Mission Exchange, hosted a Global Issues Webinar focused on "The Global Status of Japan Disaster" and interviewed me. . .

The Mission Exchange:

Global Issues logo"In the April 2011 Global Issues Update, Joe Handley, President of Asian Access, shares about the difficult journey facing the people of Japan and the window of opportunity this natural disaster presents for the global church to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus. Many hours of prayer and years of service for the kingdom in Japan have yielded a meager harvest. But there is a growing sense this dark hour in Japan will be eclipsed by the light of hope evidenced by the resurrection of Jesus and the empty tomb of Easter morning."

FREE! The cost to download these global issues updates is usually $19.95, but given the enormity of the situation in Japan, this webinar is being offered for free. Please share this report as broadly as possible so that people can pray and get involved in the relief efforts.

Praying for Japan,
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Joe Handley

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  • Download the PDF with links to the webinar (slides) and audio file.
    • Direct link to webinar media file:

The Mission Exchange
The Vision of The Mission Exchange is to see missional leaders learning, serving and intentionally partnering to accelerate the fulfillment of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ -

joe-2010-small_thumb_medium75_75Here's my quick video message to say "Thank You" to everyone who has given to the A2/Japan tsunami relief fund and everyone who has prayed.

The needs are great, but the Church is rising to the challenge.  Please be a part of helping to resource the Church for this endeavor of loving on Japan!

Please continue to pray for the Japanese people to see God's love delivered through His local churches both in Japan and across the world.


Joe Handley

p.s. - If you don't see a video player, you can see the video clip here.

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joe-2010-smallMoody Radio Network interviewed me recently about the latest Japan Tsunami Relief situation. Please take 11 minutes to listen to the interview:

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On their online special section called "Hope for Japan," Moody Radio Network posted these prayer requests for Japan:


  • Pray for bereaved families.
  • Pray for those who are searching for missing family members.
  • Pray for the children who will struggle with the devastating memory of this tragedy.
  • Pray for the wisdom and strength of the rescue workers.
  • Pray for collaboration between relief agencies and the government.
  • Pray for aid to go unhindered to the people that need it most.
  • Pray for rescue teams as they deal with the immediate and unshakable horror of this situation.
  • Pray that the nuclear situation would be addressed and lives would be spared.
  • Pray for opportunities to share the gospel.
  • Pray about how you can help Japan.

In addition to this list, I would ask that you pray for Asian Access as we try to set up relief teams this summer.  More can be found at:

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Joe Handley, President
Asian Access

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Day 3 @ Cape Town 2010

The reality and power of reconciliation served as the tapestry of day three here in Cape Town. It began with a wonderful inductive study and exposition of Ephesians 2. "Though we were once dead in sin... now, because of his great mercy, we are alive in Christ... We were once far off... now we have been brought near... We are no longer strangers and aliens but fellow citizens." Oh the riches of Christ and his extravagant love to bring us back to him.

The day was filled with stories of reconciliation happening around the world. The story of the genocide in Rwanda and the lessons learned by the church. The story of Jewish Christians and Palestinian Christians standing side by side in peace - even when abandoned by family for choosing to follow Christ. The story of slavery in India and injustice with the Dalits.

The answer according to Brenda Salter McNeil is that this generation is looking to the church as the solution. She charged the church to take seriously the issues of our day and demonstrate that we are a new act of creation.

Jesus, the ultimate man of peace, showed us by example through proclamation and demonstration. What Renee Padilla DeBorst referred to as the "most powerful testimony" being "reconciled relationships". She charged us to "pledge ultimate allegiance to the Lord of history - the Only Prince of Peace". As we do, "God fashions his community into a poem, a work of art." - Ephesians 2:10

Finally my good friend, Labib Madanat had this to say about reconciliation, "When you love you can see!" May we all have the love of Jesus so that our eyes can be opened and we can reach out to others with the peace that He has shown to us.

More to come... 

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2018 Ministry Breakthroughs in Japan

Asian Access/Japan’s Progress Report from 2018

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