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Introducing...

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!

Polycentric Leadership

PCL logo color horizJoe's own study and dissertation on Polycentric Mission Leadership have given him deep insight into the concept of polycentric leadership. He is currently writing a book on the subject and has been a sought-after speaker to present his findings. Joe has adopted a polycentric leadership style at Asian Access. You can read real-life case studies and find out more about this concept at his website: https://polycentricleadership.com.


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The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
— Matthew 9:37-38

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The 2020 Vision:

To deploy 100 church multiplication teams:
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  • to enfold 1,000,000 new followers of Christ...
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I wanted to pass along this important message from our colleagues and partners in Asia. Let's join in prayer.

Rev. Dr. Joseph W. Handley, Jr., Ph.D.
President, Asian Access


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Evangelical leaders in Asia condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and call for an immediate end to the attacks. We call on the church in Asia to pray for reconciliation and peace between Russia and Ukraine. We call upon churches around the world to pray for restoration and long-term peace.

Join us in sharing your prayers and concerns for Russia and Ukraine!

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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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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