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Joe & Silk Handley

Rebecca, Rachel & John
Serving as President

Bio: Joe & Silk Handley

Background Information:

joe and silk Fall2020 webJoe and Silk (Joseph and Vasilka) met during college at Azusa Pacific University. Everyone told Silk while she was growing up that she was destined to be a pastor’s or missionary’s wife. Joe grew up in a family with a few pastors and felt called to ministry during high school.

During college, a mission trip cemented Joe’s call to a life of ministry and Silk ventured out on a short-term mission trip teaching English in Japan. Little did they know their destinies were being shaped for a life of mission.

Not long after college graduation, they started dating and almost three years later they were married. During their wedding ceremony, they asked the minister to gather their families to lay hands on them and commission them into ministry.

You can learn more about Joe's background here...

As for Silk, she’s been a lifelong educator: either in the public-school systems in Azusa and Torrance, in private Christian education in Turkey and Japan, or as a volunteer at schools, churches and various children’s and youth programs. Silk holds a BA in English Literature and an MA in Special Education. 

Family

Rachel and Quan weddingJoe and Silk have three adult children. Rebecca is married to Lowell and manages a team of writers, posting for a startup social media app. Rachel is married to Quan and is a freelance illustrator. John is in his final year of college in the U.K. 

Ministry Assignment

Joe and Silk are honored to serve pivotal leaders by empowering them to catalyze Christ-centered movements around the world. Joe serves as the president of the movement and Silk is appreciated as an ambassador for the movement.  

Words of Wisdom

As the tumultuous 2020 came to an end, the Lord impressed on Joe this important passage:

“In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.” – John 1:4

joe 2021 john 1 4The passage continues, proclaiming, “The light shines in the darkness.” Even though 2020 was a dark and challenging year, it’s important to remember that Jesus brings light to the world. Remember the exhortation in John 15:5 that as we “abide in Him, we will bear much fruit. Without him, we can do nothing!”

What a blessing it is that we can live lives of purpose, meaning and fruitfulness as we remain in Christ!


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As you are well aware, the COVID crisis has gripped the world, perhaps none worse than what we are seeing in India today. Fortunately, Asian Access just received a matching challenge to help serve the church in India as well as the Middle East.

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He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” — Matthew 13:31-32

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Happy Easter from Asian Access! Joe Handley, current president of Asian Access, joins two of his former predecessors to share Easter greetings for all friends and supporters of Asian Access. Thank you for your friendship and partnership. Together, we celebrate our risen Savior, for whom we are all co-laborers.

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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

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“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
— Hebrews 10:24-25

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This past year, our Asian Access family has been meeting monthly for prayer in addition to our online cohorts and those few countries who are actually able to meet in person. In the face of the pandemic, we are learning to live out the wisdom of this passage from Hebrews as we are such a community-driven ministry.

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As 2020 wound to a close, the Lord impressed on me the following passage:

"In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind." —John 1:4

LOOKING BACK ON 2020

2020 was such a disruptive year. Yet the life of Christ is the light of the world. That gives me hope heading into 2021. I pray that your Christmas and New Year’s celebrations brought joy and the reminder of what is most important, even in the midst of the challenges from 2020, some of which continue to persist.

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Merry Christmas Everyone,

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Why A2?

Why are we serving 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 leader development model.

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