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Church multiplication networks widen and deepen in Japan

13-Sep-2019 • Joe Handley

13-Sep-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

13-Sep-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

Pastor Fukuda on Japan's "Vision Festa"
I’m Makoto Fukuda from Grace City Church Tokyo. I’m a church...

Pastor Fukuda on Japan's "Vision Festa"
I’m Makoto Fukuda from Grace City Church Tokyo. I’m a church planter as we as a pastor of the church. This year’s Church multiplication Vision Festa was great....

Pastor Fukuda on Japan's "Vision Festa"
I’m Makoto Fukuda from Grace City Church Tokyo. I’m a church planter as we as a pastor of the church. This year’s Church multiplication Vision Festa was great. I’ve noticed that this Vision Festa had much wider...

Common Learning: A2 Bangladesh Graduating Cohort #4

12-Sep-2019 • Joe Handley

12-Sep-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

12-Sep-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

Testimony after testimony from the 4th graduating cohort in Bangladesh revealed several common themes....

Testimony after testimony from the 4th graduating cohort in Bangladesh revealed several common themes. It was encouraging hearing their reports as several were chosen to share what God had done in their...

Testimony after testimony from the 4th graduating cohort in Bangladesh revealed several common themes. It was encouraging hearing their reports as several were chosen to share what God had done in their lives over the last two years. Common themes included...

The Future is as Bright as the Promises of God

22-Aug-2019 • Joe Handley

22-Aug-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

22-Aug-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

A few weeks ago, Silk and I had the privilege of traveling around Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) with...

A few weeks ago, Silk and I had the privilege of traveling around Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) with a group of leaders from 5 countries there to learn about ministry and what God has done through...

A few weeks ago, Silk and I had the privilege of traveling around Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) with a group of leaders from 5 countries there to learn about ministry and what God has done through the years. One of the most inspiring parts of our...

An Olympic-Sized Opportunity

19-Aug-2019 • Joe Handley

19-Aug-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

19-Aug-2019 • Joe Handley • blog: From the President

Next year an immense opportunity is knocking at our doors and you can play a part in it! Tokyo is hosting...

Next year an immense opportunity is knocking at our doors and you can play a part in it! Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Olympics and Asian Access in partnership with SIM is mobilizing teams to participate through...

Next year an immense opportunity is knocking at our doors and you can play a part in it! Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Olympics and Asian Access in partnership with SIM is mobilizing teams to participate through partnering with local churches in reaching...

China counting its Christians, ministries adapt

18-Aug-2019 •

18-Aug-2019 • • blog: Mission Network News

18-Aug-2019 • • blog: Mission Network News

China (MNN) – Rumors that China’s Central Government ordered its towns to monitor and count Christians...

China (MNN) – Rumors that China’s Central Government ordered its towns to monitor and count Christians appear to be true. More specifically, Asian Access’ Joe Handley says, “What we’re hearing is...

China (MNN) – Rumors that China’s Central Government ordered its towns to monitor and count Christians appear to be true. More specifically, Asian Access’ Joe Handley says, “What we’re hearing is they’re following up and wanting to get actual names...

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I never particularly liked gers (yurts) since my childhood, being born and raised in the city, thinking it is not modern, messy, primitive, complicated etc. After Jesus accepted me, I started to realize many negative principles behind the city lifestyle, and started valuing old way of Mongolians living in gers. I probably can not live in a ger, but serious about applying the principles of community living and fighting the spirit of self-seeking and materialism...

A few weeks ago, I met Ken, the founder of our mission. What an amazing guy! Ken is a passionate follower of Christ who is a catalytic leader in God’s mission. What struck me more than anything was a story that arose during our conversation. When Ken began the work in Japan over 40 years ago, he asked a Japanese pastor about his vision. The pastor went on in great detail about his vision for multiplying churches around Tokyo. After sharing a good bit of time, the Japanese leader said, "I'm sorry, I've been talking all this time about my vision. Would you please tell me about your vision for the ministry?"

 

 

Joe with former interim president Bruce JohnsonWhat a fantastic time I've had here in Japan the last couple weeks! I've traveled North to South and back again and met tons of wonderful pastors and our incredible Asian Access mission family. It’s been totally awesome! God is doing great things across the country; things that I had no idea were going on. . .

I thought it would be neat to share a quick video log from Japan on day 5 of my first trip here.

Don't expect a lot of video logs for my blog entries, but I hope to post some video clips every once in a while. Thanks for praying for me and my family during my trip.  I'm having a blast!

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My family, taken June 2008.Today is my first official day as president of Asian Access. And with this post, I enter the blogosphere. I am grateful to God for what He has done in my life to get me to this pivotal point. And I am humbled to be in this position. I am also thankful for my time at Rolling Hills Covenant Church and Azusa Pacific University and what the Lord taught me through those roles and, more significantly, through the people I served alongside. I hope I can apply those lessons in this whole new ministry context. And now I, along with my wife Silk and kids Rebecca, Rachel and John join a new community...

 

Joe Handley starts work as President of Asian Access on Monday, June 30.  As he joins the A2 Community, I thought it would be good to hear from our board members about our new president.

 

So here are some statements from the Asian Access Board of Directors regarding the selection of Joe Handley as the fourth permanent president of Asian Access:

 

Ron McMahon

 

President, McMahon Development Group (San Diego, CA); Chairman of the Board of Directors:

"The Board of Directors was unanimous...

Newly-appointed president Joe Handley sat down with us for a quick 2-minute video introduction.

We are pleased to present, Joe Handley...



Thanks to Hearken Creative for video production.

 

Public Statement: For Immediate Release (06.16.08)

Asian Access Names Joseph W. Handley, Jr. as New President CHARGED WITH LEADING THE MISSION INTO GREATER EXPANSION ACROSS ASIA

 

JUNE 16, 2008 | GLENDORA, CALIFORNIA (A2)

 

Joe Handley, President of Asian Access

 

Asian Access, an evangelical mission organization announced today that its board of directors has named Joseph W. Handley, Jr., 43, as the organization’s fourth president, set to begin June 30, 2008.

 

The board of directors noted Joe Handley’s tremendous missions experience and abilities as key factors in their decision. Chairman Ron McMahon stated:

“The board of directors was unanimous. We really like this man that God has brought to us. One of the key factors for the board was to find a person that had the right chemistry for Asian Access—that he and his wife Silk would fit well with the staff...

When I first went to our Japanese neighbor's house and met Helen, it was clear to see from the sparkle in Katsu's eyes that she was Daddy’s girl. And the tenderness with which he talked about her disabilities was surprising to hear from a Japanese man. She’d already spent the first fifteen years of her life with only one good eye, and virtually no hearing, but it didn’t seem to have affected her independent spirit. Then again, independence is second nature to... a cat.With Katsu's affection for Helen, it wasn’t too much of a surprise that when we started the book of Genesis in our Sunday evening Bible study, he was very interested in the creation of animals… and man… and the difference between them.“What does it mean that God breathed life into man?”
“So do animals have souls?”...

November 26, 2007

In Shizuoka, Japan, the annual gathering of JCGI Networks (formerly Japan Church Growth Institute) was the stage for an important figure in Japan Christianity to step down from his post as Chairman of the Board. Rev. Reiji Oyama had served as Board Chair for over twenty years, taking over from Rev. Hatori. He continues as Senior Pastor of Bible Christ Church in downtown Tokyo.

Long-time Vice Chairman Rev. Paul Ariga is the new Chair of JCGI Networks. Ariga also serves as President of The All Japan Revival Mission.

Rev. Oyama, Rev. Birdsall and Rev. Ariga

In this photo, Rev. Oyama is on the left, Rev. Ariga on the right and Doug Birdsall in the middle.  Birdsall was also honored at a dinner, having served as President of Asian Access for 16 years.

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International (MNN) ― The missionary movement in Asia seems to be growing. 

Bruce Johnson of Asian Access reports, "Europe and the U.S. and North America have been sending missionaries over the past decades. However, I've been so encouraged as I've traveled across Asia, and I keep hearing in country after country where they are

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International (MNN) ― Asian Access has named Bruce Johnson as their interim fourth president. He'll be overseeing the growth of their leader development model across the twenty countries of Asia. Johnson, who joined the organization in 2004, serves as Vice President for Leadership Development.

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Exactly 20 Years Ago

 

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of first arriving in Japan

 

At this very moment on September 6, 1987 I was walking out of customs at Narita Airport in Tokyo to explore Japan for the first time. I had just finished college at the University of North Carolina, where I became a Christian. At the end of my senior year, I signed up for a 1-year stint as an English teaching missionary with Asian Access (formerly LIFE MInistries) in Tokyo. My life would never be the same.

 

Walking out of the customs doors into the airport arrival area made the reality hit: "This wasn't Kansas anymore; I was in a totally different country. . ."

 

From the President blog by Joe Handley

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