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Introducing...

Joe & Silk Handley

Rebecca, Rachel and John


Serving as President




Bio: Joe & Silk Handley

 

Background Information:

Joe will be celebrating his 5th year in his role as president with Asian Access in July 2013. It has been such a blessing being a part of the mission. We see and experience A2 as a family and we love that. There is no greater joy and honor than walking beside such choice pastors "to see a vibrant community of servant leaders leading the Church across Asia… who unite the Church, multiply leaders and congregations, and extend the transforming power of the Gospel".

 

Family:

Becca, our oldest daughter, is now a senior at Azusa Pacific University and is really hitting her stride. We're impressed with her diligence as she works toward completing her degree in liberal studies. If you know her well, you can picture her thriving in a kindergarten classroom. She's already doing labs in local schools near Azusa and all of her volunteer community service hours are with children as well. 

Rachel, our second daughter, graduates from Torrance High this month. It has been a pleasure and a joy watching her mature and prepare for the next phase of her journey. She will be heading off to San Jose, CA in August to attend San Jose State — a school with a noted reputation in Rachel's field of interest: illustration and animation. San Jose State has a favored reputation from film companies like Pixar and it looks like a perfect environment for Rachel to grow during this next phase of life.

Our son John is entering the eighth grade and still in the middle of finding his groove on what the Lord may be calling him into someday. He loves Minecraft — a game that many boys his age find captivating. It flows well with his current interest in technology and he certainly has become a rival to Joe in our home when it comes to technological prowess. We're in the process of looking for a new school for 8th grade, praying that God directs us to a place where John will thrive.

 

Ministry Assignment:

Joe and Silk are committed to doing their best in this God-appointed assignment “for such a time as this". They trust that the Lord will provide the funding, focus and faith to see the fulfillment of our vision: "To see a vibrant community of servant leaders… leading the Church across Asia…" who are living out our mission, "to unite the church, multiply leaders and congregations, and extend the transforming power of the Gospel."

 

Words of Wisdom:

This verse has been central to our call these past four years:

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 2 Timothy 2:2.

Asian Access has this same spirit that the Apostle Paul had for Timothy: in-depth discipleship of pastors and leaders.

 

A Few Highlights:

  1. This past spring, during our annual retreat in Japan, we were privileged to commission a third of our missionaries to move to Tohoku, the tsunami-affected region, so they could be the hands and feet of Jesus on a daily basis to a multitude of people who are hurting and still dealing with the shock of the natural disaster. We are proud of all of our missionaries and the sacrifices they make for the sake of Christ.
  2. Hearing testimonies from pastors in Asia:
    • Over and over again, we hear testimonies like these... 

When asked how they are responding to the persecution and pressure, pastors share: "Now we must walk by faith. It's almost like God saying, 'In the valley you can know me more.' We give thanks in all things. Through fasting and praying I have learned to look upon God. My relationship with God is the foundation for all my ministry."



    • "You (A2) helped a lot. We meet together as pastors regularly and fellowship regularly. We can share real things in our personal lives and we can understand each other instantly… We can pray and find solutions… We are set free and we are really brothers… Without A2 we couldn't imagine that."



    • Another pastor from SE Asia shared, "So much of what I learned in A2 helped me directly with the problems I was facing in ministry.” Their love for youth was evident as they shared, “The youth in my community are eager to have someone listen to them and love them. I listen to them and love them."

    • A pastor from one of the largest unreached people groups said, "I learned a lot through writing this strategy paper. It has become a handbook for my church. God has given me a clear vision of the work he has called me to."

    • Pastor Mark attended an A2 graduation session in a neighboring country in May 2009; one of the strategy paper presentations at that session gave him a vision for multiplying home fellowships (HF) among young leaders across his region. He launched his first HF with 12 members in June 2009, and is now shepherding 12 home fellowships with over 250 members.

 

 


Recent Articles from Joe

 

Doug & K holding JoeOur capstone day for Asian Access Jubilee in Jakarta focused on the perfect theme: The Future is Now!

Dr Ajith Fernando led us in another in-depth devotional focusing on one of the core components to the fruitfulness of Asian Access. He called it "Spiritual Parenthood" but others may call it mentoring or discipleship. It was a powerful metaphor for me given the history and trajectory of our week. You see, Asian Access holds something unique for an organization. Every leader we’ve had within the movement invests in me as the next generation leader. They stand beside me, behind me and support me along the way...

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Adrian and DougEach day at our Jubilee in Jakarta highlighted a different theme. On Day 1, we focused on our pioneering days, originally as the Language Institute for Evangelism in 1967 and later LIFE Ministries in the mid-1980s, which was focused on Japan. Our theme for Day 3 was aptly titled Pioneering Life. Day 2 took us into a new season in the life of the global church, an era where fresh paradigms were being touted as new ways forward in ministry. Our theme for the day was Expanding Access! It was during this era our name changed from "LIFE Ministries" to "Asian Access" and the day began with a perfect reflection from Dr. Ajith Fernando highlighting the importance of unity. He led us in an in-depth devotion walking through the New Testament with keen attention on the book of Acts showing the importance of staying united in the development, growth and challenges for the...

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A250th early exec leaders 1989The countdown began, and Asian Access' Jubilee in Jakarta was underway. It was a spectacular beginning with the crowd counting down to the opening session… 10, 9, 8, 7… The international or multi-cultural worship team led by Ian Nagata (lovingly called "Ian and the Multi-Nationals") from Evergreen Church – San Gabriel Valley (near Los Angeles) showcased his new album leading us in worship. Check it out: Where You Go! The morning devotion followed led by Dr. Ajith Fernando, Teaching Director for Youth for Christ – Sri Lanka and world renown bible teacher. He led us on “The Way of Repentance” as key to any movement. He even referenced Bobby Clinton, a key shaper of Asian Access core curriculum, saying it’s more important that we finish well than we start well. And, he mentioned that all the great revivals of Asia started with humility and repentance.

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Aspen treesWhat a joy it was for me to participate with Bishop Efraim Tendero at the World Evangelical Alliance gathering of Associate Members to brainstorm the future of the movement. I was so inspired by Bishop Ef’s style of leadership: so humble, so gracious, so serving. And, he invited us in to see the inner workings and problems the WEA is facing. He asked us to speak into their life and growth. Very few leaders do this! I was impressed… You may know that Bishop Ef was the key person to help us begin getting connected in the Philippines so I credit him with opening the doors and networks and today, Asian Access/Philippines is off to a great start! One of the highlights of our week...

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Why A2?

Why are we serving with Asian Access?

We are serving with Asian Access because we have been praying about our calling and ministry and the Lord led us to this remarkable opportunity with Asian Access.

We believe that the church in Asia is uniquely positioned and poised to work toward reaching the unreached and unengaged people groups of Asia with the Gospel. Asian Access leverages the principle of finding, equipping and releasing key leaders (2 Timothy 2:2) through its innovative leadership development model. That is why we're so excited to join the mission!

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Rebeccaspacer-transp Feb 26
Rachelspacer-transp Aug 01
Johnspacer-transp Apr 02
Anniversaryspacer-transp Jul 21, 1990

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