Joe Handley

  • The Gift of Giving

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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

  • Call to Pray for the Japan Congress on Evangelism

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    Hello Everyone! It's inspiring being here at the Japanese garden at San Diego's Balboa Park.

  • Asian Access takes new name as ministry expands to the Middle East and beyond

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    International (A3) — Asian Access, known widely as A2, is expanding its ministry into some of the most dangerous and volatile parts of the world.

  • And Our New Name is...

    February 3, 2023

    Friends of Asian Access,

    I am thrilled to announce today that Asian Access has a new name. I have been waiting a long time to tell you, and I have simply been bursting to get this out there!

  • 2023... New Name and Encouraging Developments

    Coming 2.3.23

    This week Asian Access will be making a significant announcement and we want you, our friends, to be the first to know.

    February 3 (2.3.23) is the day we have targeted to share the news of the ministry's expansion which is also driving the moment for a new name for the organization. I think you'll agree it's a wonderful connection to the past and a bridge to the next era of ministry to which we're called. Stay tuned for this exciting news!

  • The Handleys' 2022 in Summary

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    As we reflect on 2022 and prepare for 2023, several highlights come to mind: 

  • Can we double the Christian population of Japan?

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    This was the most encouraging Japan National Pastors’ Conference I remember in my 14 years with Asian Access.

    The theme as set by Pastor Yoshiya Hari, Asian Access/Japan National Director, was “From 2020 to 2030” and Pastor Shinji Takita’s words captured it best:

  • Merry Christmas greetings from Joe and Silk Handley

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    Dear Family and Friends,

    Joy to the World… This season is one giving us pause to reflect on the most important gift the world has ever seen: the Lord has come

    Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth… — Psalm 98:4a

  • Kintsugi and the Gospel: Remembering the 10 Year Anniversary in Japan

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    But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
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    2 Corinthians 4:7

  • Leaders Matter

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    The last few years, the idea of leadership has taken a beating. Whether it’s the critique of “elites” in our cultures or the overuse of the word leadership by various training and educational institutions. In many ways I agree with these concerns and it is why Asian Access does what it does in focusing on Christ, Character, and Servant Leadership.

  • Joe and Silk Handley head to Japan

    joe and silk masked on plane 640pxHere's a quick message from us as we head back to Japan for the last 7 weeks before moving back to the U.S. in December.

  • Mission? Really?

    Great Commission DevotionDevotional for Day 20            

    “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch...

  • When things go wrong, God shows up strong!

    pink flower in snowGreetings on Good Friday. When it looks dark, that's when God shows up.

    The year I joined Asian Access was the year the economy last collapsed. I was responsible for raising more money than I had ever dreamed of before and suddenly, the stock markets dropped to the floor. We had come to the end of the year and had set up a special meeting to begin closing major portions of the ministry. The same day of that meeting, I had a lunch appointment with a pastor and told him, “What was God thinking calling me to this post? I knew he... 

  • We are in this TOGETHER!

    A2 in this together 1024x690 GI 1093166844Dear Friends, One of the hallmarks of Asian Access is our belief in community. In fact, one of our three core values is “We LIVE Community!” In light of this, several of our countries are saddened that they cannot be meeting at this time due to the coronavirus impact. Despite their loss of meetings, they have expressed more concern for the people in their communities and for you than for their ability to meet. Herman Moldez, our director in the Philippines said, “Please pray for us as Metro Manila is now on lockdown… Pray for us as we seek to bring help to our communities.”

  • Hope is Rising on Japan's 9th Anniversary

    Sendai tsunami disaster 29Mar2011 jj 044March 11, 2020—This title may seem surprising to you in these days of fear and ongoing polarization in the world. – Hope Rising, really? The coronavirus impact seems to have the world gripped in fear: the markets have been in a free fall, businesses have closed, schools are shifting to online formats, and people are constantly thinking about washing their hands and whether or not they can buy facemasks. Certainly, the impacts have had a ripple effect and Asian Access is no exception. However…{addthis off}

  • Coronavirus and How You Can Help

    coronavirusA few weeks ago, the coronavirus hit, and the world seems to be in an ever-growing cycle of media barrage. I’m sure most of you by now are taking necessary precautions and being wise in how to stay safe. You may be asking, how is the affecting ministry and what can I do about it? Some have asked, are you safe there in Asia (to me and my many of my colleagues)? The coronavirus was announced just before I was flying to a conference in SE Asia primarily focused on... {addthis off}

  • I can't. He can. I think I'll let Him!

    00373 00653Have you ever had one of those seasons where nothing seems to be working? Or, you realize most everything is out of your control? Oftentimes, I feel fairly confident and optimistic about life and ministry but this past year a number of things seemed to be clearly out of my control. And, ultimately, the reality is that we really don’t have control... {addthis off} 

  • 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...{addthis off}

  • Church multiplication networks widen and deepen in Japan

    Pastor Fukuda on Japan's "Vision Festa"

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    I’m Makoto Fukuda from Grace City Church Tokyo. I’m a church planter as we as a pastor of the church.

  • Fake Jesus

    jpn closeup 753 webSeveral 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...{addthis off}

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