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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

 

It's Joe and Silk Handley here from Japan during cherry blossom season. It's gorgeous outside.

We just want to wish you a happy Easter. He has risen. He has risen indeed.

God bless you.

Joe and Silk Handley

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Asian Access Faculty, Rod Denton, reflects on "Growing Big People" (an approach we celebrate at Asian Access!)... “When people grow, everything attached to them grows. But when we try to grow the activities attached to people, but we neglect to grow the people, we finish up with small people trying to handle and grow big things. This results in getting people who are burned out and exhausted and resentful. These people are then involved in constant changes of roles because they have been trying to do things of which they are not capable. Consequently, our greatest asset is not our finances or resources; rather it is always going to be people. It follows that our greatest priority is to grow and empower people, big people who are capable of growing other big people who together will advance God’s purposes in breakthrough ways.” These words of Paul Scanlon stirred me...

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Shopping in JapanLiving in Japan brings all sorts of new life experiences for me. Stateside I focus mostly on ministry and family but here in Tokyo, Silk and I share house duties more because she is teaching and we live in a world that requires us to do more teamwork when it comes to daily living. Areas where I try to help out are weekly shopping, cleaning the dishes and once in a while laundry. No one trusts me with cooking so this is the best I can offer and all of these things I rarely participate in stateside. It certainly helps me grow as a Christ-like leader. It helps me develop character, one of the biggest challenges in Christian leadership today...

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Mt. Fuji“For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” — Matthew 17:20 Asian Access is passing some significant milestones in 2017. We are celebrating 50 years of ministry this year and are major celebratory event is happening at the end of April: Jubilee in Jakarta! Also this month, on April 1, Asian Access/Japan passes another significant milestone: passing the torch from one national director to another. Takeshi Takazawa, whom many of you have been praying for has been planning for this moment for some time when he took the leadership post 3 years ago. On April 1st, he hands the leadership to Joshua Hari. I’ll never forget the day sitting in our Asian Access/Japan board meeting last fall when Takeshi described this moment in time. He told his fellow board members...

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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
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