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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

 

jeffery akiko sonnenberg 2016We had so much fun last week at our Kanto Thanksgiving Gathering. One of the highlights was meeting with some potential missionaries to Japan who had a wonderful story of how they met and how God called them to Japan. Hearing how they had met with so many people who discouraged them about Japan but then meeting with Asian Access gave them a sense of hope in serving here really warmed my heart! They also asked great questions! One of them was asking Jeffery Sonnenberg (pictured here with his wife Akiko) why we encourage church planters to work together. In other words, What’s the value of...

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cherishA2 inset 200x125"Joe, I cherish Asian Access. It helped to save my marriage." — Spouse of an A2 participant

The woman speaking these words is the wife of a key national leader in a country, which, for security reasons, I can’t identify. I have had the privilege of knowing “Linda” (not her real name) and her husband for many years. While I was of course very grateful for her affirmation, I wanted to know more. “Linda, what has made Asian Access so precious to you?" She answered, "Asian Access has influenced so many of the key leaders in our country. It is amazing how your program can change so many when you start with so few. Of all of the ministries I’ve seen over the last 20 years, Asian Access is the one that stands out..." #givingtuesday

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advent2016 BGCE cover thumb 1"That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown!" — Linus van Pelt

If you are like me, you grew with the tradition of watching A Charlie Brown Christmas during Christmas season—that, along with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and It’s a Wonderful Life. I loved those shows and couldn’t wait to watch them when December came around. That word wait is important. This same season is known as Advent, which means “coming” in Latin—adventus. As we believers wait for His coming (both His coming again and the commemoration of the waiting for Jesus’ birth), we have an even more compelling anticipation for the wonder Christ will bring: hope for the world...

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gary barbara 2014 500px wideWhat a blessing to be with our team here in Tokyo yesterday for our Thanksgiving banquet. It was so fun just being with everyone and experiencing a little Americana together. My highlight was when we were sharing stories of gratitude with one another and Barbara Bauman shared a wonderful story. After two decades of faithful ministry summed up in the principles taught in her 2002 book, Discovering the Joy of Parenting, one of the first class participants, Sanae, is taking a new step of faith. Sanae came to a mothers group nearly 20 years ago and has been faithfully learning and growing ever since. She’s been an active Bible reader, learning so many wonderful lessons about parenting from the Bible...

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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
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