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Announcement FROM JOE HANDLEY...

New Announcement from Joe Handley

“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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Doug Birdsall and me on the night of my installation as president

Last week, both Ken, our mission's founder, and Doug Birdsall exemplified this verse in passing the baton of leadership at Asian Access to me as the next president. It was a powerful evening that modeled the idea of “entrusting... the things [they learned]” to me as the next leader of the mission.

As my predecessors spoke, ...

I couldn’t help but think of how the Lord has called us to raise up a generation of Ariunbolds, the Mongolian pastor who kept saying to me, “Joe, Me Servant!” when I asked him why he kept serving with Asian Access as an unpaid volunteer.

As I’ve mentioned before, Pastor Ariunbold came to A2 hoping to build up his own church, but left with a vision for the world. This humble man who kept calling himself “Me servant” has, since graduating from our leadership training, planted four churches who have planted 13 others. He’s preached the Gospel in all the provinces of Mongolia and he wants to reach the lost in Russia, Kazakhstan, South Korea and another neighboring country.

My vision is to come alongside (pass the baton to) a whole new generation of Ariunbolds to lead the church across Asia! Leaders of vision, character, and competence who will unite the church, multiply leaders and congregations, and extend the transforming power of the Gospel throughout Asia.

What an honor to follow in the footsteps of my three such 'reliable men' -- Ken, Steve and Doug. May the Lord use us to see a whole new generation of pastors leading the church and extending the transforming power of the Gospel throughout Asia!

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Joe Handley, President


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