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11-Oct-2019 • Joe Handley

11-Oct-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

11-Oct-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

Asians Reaching Asia!
It was pure joy being with key church leaders across Asia a few weeks ago here...

Asians Reaching Asia!
It was pure joy being with key church leaders across Asia a few weeks ago here in Tokyo. Three years ago I was the only westerner present during the core meetings and this time around,...

Asians Reaching Asia!
It was pure joy being with key church leaders across Asia a few weeks ago here in Tokyo. Three years ago I was the only westerner present during the core meetings and this time around, there were only 2 of us. It’s really an...

Changing the few in Cambodia who change the many

08-Oct-2019 • Joe Handley

08-Oct-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

08-Oct-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

Pictured here with me is the Asian Access "working team" from Cambodia. They work with Pastor Meng Aun...

Pictured here with me is the Asian Access "working team" from Cambodia. They work with Pastor Meng Aun Hour (far right) of the photo to lead the work of Asian Access in the country. They are hitting way...

Pictured here with me is the Asian Access "working team" from Cambodia. They work with Pastor Meng Aun Hour (far right) of the photo to lead the work of Asian Access in the country. They are hitting way above their weight as a country, and it’s fun to...

Hope Rises after the Bombings in Sri Lanka

02-Oct-2019 • Joe Handley

02-Oct-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

02-Oct-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

COLOMBO (A2)  It was sobering to drive beside and walk through St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo,...

COLOMBO (A2)  It was sobering to drive beside and walk through St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Hearing the story of our driver who overcame fear to drive to church that fateful Sunday...

COLOMBO (A2)  It was sobering to drive beside and walk through St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Hearing the story of our driver who overcame fear to drive to church that fateful Sunday when several churches were bombed as well as a few...

Hong Kong marks "Day of Grief" as China celebrates anniversary

01-Oct-2019 •

01-Oct-2019 • • blog: Mission Network News

01-Oct-2019 • • blog: Mission Network News

Hong Kong (MNN) — The China-Hong Kong divide takes center stage today as China celebrates 70 years of...

Hong Kong (MNN) — The China-Hong Kong divide takes center stage today as China celebrates 70 years of Communist rule. A major celebration of China’s military and economic might is underway in Tiananmen...

Hong Kong (MNN) — The China-Hong Kong divide takes center stage today as China celebrates 70 years of Communist rule. A major celebration of China’s military and economic might is underway in Tiananmen Square. Meanwhile, protestors plan to march in Hong...

Missio Nexus honors Joe Handley with eXcelerate award

21-Sep-2019 • Jeff Johnston

21-Sep-2019 • Jeff Johnston • blog: A2 Community Blog

21-Sep-2019 • Jeff Johnston • blog: A2 Community Blog

For Excellence in Mission
We are pleased to share that Missio Nexus has bestowed the 2019 eXcelerate...

For Excellence in Mission
We are pleased to share that Missio Nexus has bestowed the 2019 eXcelerate award to Joe Handley for excellence in mission. In particular, they affirmed Joe for his excellence...

For Excellence in Mission
We are pleased to share that Missio Nexus has bestowed the 2019 eXcelerate award to Joe Handley for excellence in mission. In particular, they affirmed Joe for his excellence and innovation in the area of communications in efforts...

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00346 00575 blurOne of the highlights of our recent Global Leaders’ Summit as meeting our latest coordinators for Asian Access in new countries. In this case, the pastor pictured here we’ll call Pastor S to protect his identity as he serves in a country that needs to remain unidentified for security reasons. Pastor S faces ongoing pressures and real-life threats. In fact, recently he was asked, “Why would you even consider doing Asian Access in your country if you know your life is in danger?” – He said, “It’s too important that we equip our leaders to not face this kind of threats. We must proceed and if I die, I die.”...

Sri Lanka recovery from terrorism brings with it hope and prayer

Sri Lanka (MNN) — On May 19, Sri Lanka marked the 10th anniversary of the end of the war with the Tamil rebels. Even amidst celebration, the specter of a new terror threat prompted the president, Maithripala Sirisena, to remind people that defeating the separatist guerrillas a decade ago meant Sri Lanka would meet the challenge from extremists now. He also vowed to crush the militants responsible for the Easter bombings that claimed 258 lives...

 

Sri Lanka mapAsian Access partners with a local movement to meet needs in Sri Lanka following the bombings

Asian Access is partnering in Sri Lanka with a significant nationwide movement there that has consistently responded to disaster needs as long term involvement. Here is an initial list of response directly from this movement to the practical needs of the Sri Lankan people affected by the Easter bombing... 

harvest2 600px"The Harvest is Plentiful but the Workers are Few… Pray to the Lord of the Harvest." (Matthew 9:37-38) I have called our global community to pray as we have entered an 18-month discernment process seeking the Lord’s direction for Asian Access as we look over the horizon of 2020 toward the middle of the next decade (toward 2025). As such, we have been collecting wisdom from across our community seeking the Lord’s wisdom for what He might have in store for us given all the changes happening in the world today. Next week we begin a pivotal honing process where we try... ...  

globeAsia (MNN) — The World Economic Forum recently released an infographic map showing the layout of religions in each country. When you look to the West, there is already a heavy Christian influence. But the farther east you go, particularly in Asia, the more religious diversity you see – everything from Hinduism and Buddhism to Islam and Atheism. “The vast majority of other faiths are headquartered or predominant in these nations,” Joe Handley, President of Asian Access says. “[Christians] are really hungry for a breakthrough of a Christ-centered focus in their nations.” Asian Access serves in 16 countries across the continent and may expand into seven more countries by 2020...

jpn closeup 753 webSeveral months ago, one of our staff kids went on a school outing. On this outing, the class visited a neighborhood temple near the school to learn more about the culture and religion. As you would expect, her parents wanted to know how the day went and as good parents followed up with her that evening. “How did you day go today?” they asked. She said, "We went to the temple on an outing today." And, upon further prompting, “What was that like?” she proceeded to say...  

typewriter cyclonefani 600pxIndia (MNN) – India learned from the bitter lessons of 1999 when a super cyclone struck Odisha (formerly known as Orissa) and killed 10,000 people, mostly in Odisha state. Upon learning that another massive storm was aiming straight for the east coast last week, government officials evacuated over a million people. David Dayalan, the India country director for Asian Access (A2), says although Cyclone Fani still claimed dozens of lives, the evacuation saved tens of thousands of lives. Heatwave complicates recovery...  

flag of Sri LankaDear Friends, Church was different for us today. A week after the Easter bombings that devastated our nation, and ongoing threats of a second wave of attacks, the island is under high-security surveillance. A curfew has been imposed every night allowing the security forces to check every house. As they do so they continue to uncover more bombs and plans of the extremist terrorist group. We are still quite shaken by the drastic turn of events in our little nation. Just a week ago Sri Lanka was a peaceful tropical Island, dubbed the top tourist destination of 2019 (according to Lonely Planet). Today, all Christian churches were advised against meeting in our usual places of worship. Our network of churches across the Island met in...

Sri Lanka mapJoe Handley, Asian Access, April 26, 2019

MNN speaks with Asian Access President Joe Handley about the State of the Church in Sri Lanka in the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings, and how Christians are handling the chaos.

By R.B. Klama | April 26, 2019... 

courtesy PrexelsSri Lanka on high alert as it mourns bombing victims

Sri Lanka (MNN) — Two days ago on April 21 – Easter Sunday – suicide bombers triggered nearly-simultaneous attacks in six heavily-populated locations. Associated Press lists the locations here. Today, Sri Lankans unite in a national day of mourning to recognize more than 290 bombing victims. Many Christians lost their lives when suicide bombers targeted three churches with large congregations. “They targeted this day, Easter Sunday, because of the vast numbers of people they could impact,” adds...

sri.st anthonys.jc (photo courtesy Joshua Clayton)A Tragic Easter in Sri Lanka

By now you have seen the tragic news about Easter Sunday from Sri Lanka. 3 churches were bombed during Easter services as well as three prominent hotels, one safe house and another location where police were stationed. At least 258 people have died and more than 500 people have been wounded. Later I learned that two Islamic centers also saw attacks in the northern part of the island. Our colleagues heard the bombs going off during their church services: "We heard of the explosions during our Easter service. We were on lockdown but proceeded the service and sent the believers home ASAP. We were unaware of the gravity of the situation… It is difficult to understand, but we are holding on to God. We are grieving with our people. We are safe. But we are absolutely devastated. Scared. And overwhelmed." They thanked us for praying and asked us to specifically pray that this act of terror could be a turning point in their nation...

joe and silk garden 2018Hi Friends! It’s Good Friday here at O’Hare Airport in Chicago. We just want to let you know how grateful we are as we get ready to board our flight back to Japan where we’ll celebrate Easter. We just want...

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Every time I turn around these days there are reports of increasing persecution of believers and churches in various countries. It seems that persecution is on the rise as nationalism becomes the political whim of the moment. 10 of the 16 countries Asian Access serves have seen persecution expand. Here are a few glimpses from just this past week: “One of our Bible college alumni is beaten by people, accusing of converting people while he was returning with friends helping people with relief material.” ... In another Asian nation, our national director shared this...

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A2 Community blog with posts from a variety of contributors around Asian Access

Stories about Asian Access published by Mission Network News, a mission news service dedicated to keeping Christians informed on evangelical mission activity around the world. In doing so we hope to educate and motivate Christians to prayer, participation, and support of missionary work to help further the Great Commission.

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