Handley, Joe & Silk

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Joe & Silk Handley


Joe & Silk Handley

Rebecca, Rachel & John
Serving as President

Bio: Joe & Silk Handley


Background Information:

Joe reached his 10-year anniversary with Asian Access in July 2018 and continues to experience joy and passion in serving the ministry. It is exciting partnering with missionaries, national partners, and supporters who desire "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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Becca, our oldest daughter, and her husband Lowell live in our home while we’re living in Japan. We’re grateful to have such responsible tenants! Lowell started working for a new company in December and Becca makes their house a home with her warm 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 2019 croppedRachel, our second daughter, is preparing for an August wedding with her fiance Quan Chu. While searching for a job in the animation/illustration industry, she enjoys her part-time job as a dog walker. She certainly gets plenty of exercise! It’ll be exciting to see where Rachel and Quan’s journey takes them!

Our son John is in his first year at Merton College in Oxford, pursuing a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. We’re excited that that he is enjoying his time there and is thriving in an intellectually stimulating environment. He misses Japan and plans to spend some of his time between terms in “the land of the rising sun.” 

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."

This year, the Asian Access board has given Joe space to finish a doctorate in global leadership. He’ll be spending a few days every month writing the dissertation and in appreciation for our 10 years of ministry, we have been given a three-month sabbatical, which we hope to start in September, to finish the program.

Words of Wisdom:

This verse has been central to our call these past ten 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


Today, June 30th is an important day; so is tomorrow, July 1st.

Today is Bruce Johnson's last official day as Vice President for Leadership Development at Asian Access.  His contributions over the past several years to our leadership development ministry across Asia have been many.  See this previous blog post for more info.

Tomorrow is Bruce's first official day as U.S. Director of SIM, International.  SIM, which stands for "Serving In Mission," is a wonderful mission organization, and they are getting an incredible leader in Bruce.

At our last leadership meeting with Bruce, earlier this month, I was able to pray for Bruce as he heads into a new ministry arena. Watch this brief video clip and pray along with us...

We wish the very best to Bruce and SIM.  We're sure going to miss you!

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P.S. - You can continue to follow Bruce on his blog, Where in the World is Bruce? or on Twitter, Where is Bruce?

Pastor PoSan Ung shares how pastors in the Asian Access program multiply the training


"And the things you’ve heard me share, pass along to others”

– 1 Timothy 2:2


In this very brief video, PoSan, one of our country resource coordinators shares how the Asian Access training is being multiplied throughout Camobdia. This same story I hear over and over again throughout our ministry. The leverage in focusing on leading pastors is proving tremendous. Why? Because these pastors are passing on what they have learned to other congregations and leaders throughout the country.


One mission leader told me, “Joe, you are training the field marshals of the church! These pastors are influencing the next generation of pastors in a multiplying manner – training the ground troops across their nation. You must expand this ministry to new countries as the need in Asia is so great.”


Listen to Posan as he shares this important principle.


P.S. - To read a transcription of this video, please click here.



My name is PoSan.  I am a pastor of a church plant in Boston.  I’ve been involved with Asian Access for about eight years now.  We are in our third class for Asian Access in Cambodia.  I had hoped to bring this program into the country.  I want to share with you a story just so you can see the impact Asian Access has for the pastors in this country.


The recent trip I just had gave me a chance to visit one of the pastors from our second class, pastor Kin Kuan, at a province, more of a countryside part of Cambodia.  While I was there he was really excited to have me visit and at the end of the worship he showed me a group of leaders that is impacting his training from around that region.  These are church planters, church leaders and he has them coming for studies on Thursday, every Thursday.  He’s excited about the lesson that he received from Asian Access and it’s been a beautiful witness to see what God is doing in that country.


Lastly, I just want to thank you for your prayers and for your support and praise the Lord for your work and your partnership in the Gospel. 


Here’s a quick video greeting from me at Narita Airport, following three days of meetings with our A2 leadership team.

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 This week, you’ll hear from Pastor JE again as he shares about Asian Access in Southern India. As you know, we have a passion for church multiplication and Jeyakaran shares how the ministry has impacted his own life in this arena. He started in ministry as a church planter who multiplied his church but overtime lost momentum for starting new churches. Listen to his video below and see how Asian Access helped re-ignite his original vision...

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Atlas of Global Christianity

A2 sponsors a great new global resourceThe Center for the Study of Global Christianity has produced a new resource, The Atlas of Global Christianity.

This resource has such great potential for those of us in mission, that we’re sponsoring it. I commend the work of Dr. Todd Johnson, director of the center, and his research team and recommend you take a look at this worthy resource. Be sure to check out the 60% off pre-publication discount coupon below...

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Sri Lanka (MNN) ― A decades-long civil war appears to be coming to an end in Sri Lanka.  In the meantime, however, a humanitarian crisis is developing. 

Tens of thousands of civilians are trapped in a tiny area less than two miles square, between the government forces and the last holdouts of the Liberation


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Jeyakaran Emmanuel from Chennai in South IndiaToday, listen to Pastor JE from Chennai, India share how Asian Access is making a difference! In this video Jeyakaran will share how Asian Access is investing in pastors through their character development. This work is foundational as a leader in the church because in order to make disciples, a leader must first be a disciple – one who is deeply rooted in his relationship with Jesus Christ.

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This week’s blog has a video clip of a fun baby shower game... Of course, for those of us eating the baby food, I’m not sure how much “fun” it really was. Check out the video clip and you’ll be sure to get a laugh.

As for the celebration, our colleague, Tsuneya Kiguchi and his wife had a new baby and we held a party for them. Their new daughter is named Mioko which has a beautiful meaning. It means “a person who walks with God” or “a person who chooses to obey God as a priority.” What a beautiful name!

It’s so fun to celebrate a newborn’s life. It’s a refreshing reminder of our new life with Christ. That’s why I love the name Mioko so much. When we put our faith in Christ, we have a new set of priorities. We begin a journey of walking with God and choosing to obey him as our first love. It brings a freshness to our life and frees us from the bondage of our past.

We welcome baby Mioko Kiguchi into our family and likewise we are eager to see new babies being born in Christ throughout Asia. What a great day of celebration and what a great reminder of the purpose God has given us as a mission: to see new life in Christ multiplied through vibrant communities of faith across the continent.

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Handley family in Karuizawa

What a joy to be with our Asian Access Family in Karuizawa the last several days. Silk and I thoroughly enjoyed being with the team and watching our children bond with our staff families. It seems like every time we turn around, the Lord affirms the sense of family that the A2 community has become for us. What a joy to know that your calling is clear and to work with such a wonderful mission family...

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Bruce Johnson, VP for Leadership Development“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven...” Ecclesiastes 3:1
My friend and colleague, Bruce Johnson, Asian Access Vice President for Leadership Development is well along in the process of becoming the next U.S. Director for SIM "Serving in Mission." The Lord has masterfully orchestrated this surprise to Bruce, SIM and us here at Asian Access. My sense is that what Bruce describes as a kairos moment has truly come to pass. Asian Access, SIM and Bruce have all been well prepared for this Kingdom change.  However, we simply didn’t anticipate it; it was a complete...

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A2 Board of Directors

What makes a great board of directors?

Well, I recently attended a forum called the CEO/Board Chair Dialog with Ron McMahon, chairman of our board. At the forum we learned some “best practices” for non-profit board governance or “running a board”. As I listened and learned, it dawned on me what a fantastic board we have with Asian Access. I thought of the ten or so boards that I have served on over the last 20 years and realized the quality of our Asian Access Board of Directors. Our board operates by many of the best practices suggested by the forum and they are generous, gracious, wise and willing to work to see the ministry thrive...


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Stephen T. Hoke, Ph.D.

A few months ago, the national director of the A2 program in his Asian country asked me if I know how to send missionaries from a church.

I said, "Well, that’s something I’ve done for over a decade"  (almost 20 years, in fact).

He said, "We’re now looking to send missionaries from our church to other parts of our country but we don’t know how"...

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つぶ す/ tsubusu / = v., to crush

This Christmas season I’m so grateful for the new family the Lord has given to Silk and me. The Lord has blessed us with a new assignment - "Asian Access" and we totally love our new family! We love the people, the partners, and the generous friends of the ministry and we feel completely blessed to be a part of the movement that is occurring across Asia for Christ...

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Japan (MNN) ― About 80 Japanese pastors met for encouragement, training and fellowship this month at a forum hosted by Asian Access.

The gathered pastors were all graduates of the Asian Access pastor training program, 13 of whom have graduated within the past year. The seminar was filled with encouraging stories,


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Here's my latest videolog from my Japan trip where I attended the national pastors' gathering in Shizuoka.


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Japan (MNN) ― Japan, the world's second-largest economy, has officially slipped into recession. Unable to fend off the effects of a worsening global slowdown, experts are looking for signs of a severe decline.

Economists say the worst is yet to come. The bad news they're talking about did not include September's


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Ellen Hale, Asian Access receptionist since 1983

Almost every time I walk into our Glendora office, I’m quickly greeted by this wonderful phrase. No matter how often I make it up there, Ellen Hale greets me in the sweetest possible way. It’s as if I’m the surprise of her life every time I show up and the sense of joy she embodies is immense ...


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A Brief Report from the Fall Conference for Asian Access Church Planters


Silk and I just returned from the Fall Conference and thoroughly enjoyed our time with our church multiplication teams! What a creative group we have who are sold out to the cause of Christ across Japan! We had so much fun together – it was ...




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New Asian Access CEO Joe Handley (left) takes the baton of leadership from predecessor Doug Birdsall (right).

Asia (MNN) ― On October 9 the baton of leadership for Asian Access was passed to new CEO, Joe Handley. Handley becomes the 4th president in the ministry's 40-year history.

Former Asian Access president Doug Birdsall stepped


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Doug Birdsall and me“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”
|— 2 Timothy 2:2 (NIV)

This verse has captured my attention for many years as I see it for my life’s call... Raising up a new generation of leaders to influence the world for Christ...


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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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