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Joe & Silk Handley

Rebecca, Rachel and John


Serving as President



Bio: Joe & Silk Handley

 

Background Information:

Joe celebrates 9 years serving as the president of Asian Access in July 2017. It is an honor and privilege to serve such an incredible community. We see and experience A2 as a family and we love that. There is no greater joy than walking beside such amazing movement leaders "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."

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Family:

Becca, our oldest daughter, is married to Lowell Gutknecht and we couldn’t be prouder of them. Lowell is progressing rapidly in his career and Becca has the most encouraging spirit. Her creativity in all areas of life is such a joy to watch and she has certainly caught the travel bug from her father!

rachel and quan 2017Rachel, our second daughter, is heading into her final year at San Jose State University — a school with a noted reputation in Rachel's field of interest: illustration and animation. And, the big news of this year is that she recently got engaged! Her fiancé hails originally from Viet Nam which gives fuller expression to our experience of Asian culture. We’re delighted to watch their engagement develop!

Our son John is entering his senior year of high school at Christian Academy in Japan. He’s a budding economist with an emerging passion for philosophy and politics. We're exploring university options in the U.S. and U.K. this summer as he tries to discern the best place to learn and grow in this next season of life. We’re proud of him!

 

Ministry Assignment:

Joe and Silk strive to offer their best for God’s highest “for such a time as this". They trust that the Lord will provide the funding, focus and faith to see the fulfillment of A2’s 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 nine 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. In the words of our founder: “Our vision is to empower your vision!”


Recent Articles from Joe

 

tree with roots“He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” – Jer. 17:8

I was like a tree without roots and on the verge of burning out. Life and ministry felt like a desert until Pastor Richard Brohier shared with us about having deep roots. I thank God for Pastor Richard and for Asian Access. You have brought new life to me and to my ministry.

I was invited in to share a little at one of our SE Asian countries, a country that faces significant pressure, and we were in the region where the most persecution of pastors and churches occurs. After sharing that day, one of the pastors came up to me and shared this wonderful report of how Asian Access had refreshed his life and how Pastor Richard Brohier, one of our core faculty and country liaisons particularly influenced him. Ministry is a marathon not a sprint and life is the same. It’s important...

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Joe with friendWhen I joined Asian Access just over 9 years ago, one of the motivating factors was their focus and success in reaching the unreached people groups of the world. That’s why I so enjoyed spending time with a colleague in one of our sessions recently in a country that must remain unnamed due to security concerns. My colleague wrote this follow up report that so encouraged me. I trust it’ll encourage you as well:

“One of the most exciting things for me about the pastors in these two classes is the dedication that they show toward reaching the unreached tribal groups in the mountains close to their country borders in addition to pastoring their own churches in the plains or the cities. The Gospel first came to this country in 1910 with the arrival of CMA missionaries. But it was not until the 1970’s that it made progress toward the 120 unreached groups in the highlands and along a famous Trail. Pastor L and his wife have expanded their tribal ministry to 11 people groups now, and in the K village to which they first went three years ago, where no one was a believer, and where he was incarcerated on his first trip, now almost everyone is a believer. In the other class...

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Dee Wirz's postNot long after our 50th Anniversary Gathering in Jakarta, Jubilee in Jakarta, I received this note from my colleague Dee Wirz:

While the history of what has become Asian Access mission began exclusively in Japan 50 years ago, our outreach has now expanded to eleven countries in Asia. During the A2 Jubilee celebration held in Jakarta recently, I had my first opportunity to get to know many of our extended mission family pictured above. After the presentation of a twelve-minute video featuring my ministry in Japan, one of the country leaders asked me to come and teach some sessions at the A2 leadership development training scheduled for July 24 to 27 in Sri Lanka. This is a rare opportunity to invest in developing fourteen carefully selected trainees, who can have a significant influence on their own people in the country of Sri Lanka for years to come, since the majority of this group is in their twenties and thirties. After much prayer to discern God’s will, I agreed to...

 

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The Medici Effect book coverNot long ago, one of my doctoral committee members suggested that the core of my dissertation research was very much in line with some new thinking related to the concept of the Medici Effect. You can learn more about this through Frans Johansson’s book of the same title linked above. Wikipedia describes this approach as:

“In the book, Johansson argues that innovation comes from diverse industries, cultures, and disciplines when they all intersect, bringing ideas from one field into another. He also recommends assembling diverse teams of people to collaborate on innovation.” Check it out here.

I’ve enjoyed digging into this concept as I review a new theory for mission leadership in my studies: Polycentric Leadership. Hopefully someday, after the dissertation, I’ll publish more on this topic. 

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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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Important Dates
Joespacer-transp Mar 26
Silkspacer-transp May 03
Rebeccaspacer-transp Feb 26
Rachelspacer-transp Aug 01
Johnspacer-transp Apr 02
Anniversaryspacer-transp Jul 21, 1990

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