From the President

AsianAccess logo 2018tag white shadow

Whoever is of God hears the words of God.
— John 8:47

A2/Japan Retreat... in-person!

A few weeks ago, A2/Japan held an encouraging retreat in Okutama. It was the first time in three years that our entire missionary team met together and Silk and I were barely able to squeeze in with the covid restrictions.

Most inspirational to me was that this place has historic significance in the life of our mission.

doug maeharas ariga 600px

In 1986, God revealed what we call the 2020 Vision to my predecessor, Doug Birdsall in Okutama. (Doug is pictured above left with Mutsuko & Toshio Maehara and Dr. Paul Ariga.)

phil foxwell rock altarAnd in 1990, not far up the mountain, God set a path forward for our board chairman, Phil Foxwell, who has built a small tower of Ebenezer-like stones for significant moments in his life and career.

Hearing from God

The teaching by A2 Faculty member and good friend Jim Millard (pictured below with his wife Masako) was excellent. His messages were directed toward us hearing from God.

millards jim and masako 300pxAs we listened to Jim share passage after passage of being ready to listen to God and walking us through his Cross Bible Study approach to hearing God, I was inspired by what God has done in this location over the decades. It led me to encourage our team to listen to God and see what he shares.

You see, God still speaks today. If you pay attention to his Word or in times of prayer like the time Doug had back in 1986, we can hear his voice. And, he’ll reveal himself to us setting things in motion that will direct your steps and re-set your priorities. Countless times this has happened to me.

It can happen to you too.

I pray that our team hears from God clearly from our retreat together, and I’m eager to see what they are hearing. And, I’d love to hear from you. How is God speaking to you today?    

joe sig blue

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

Joe HandleyemailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More Information


Joe Handley | My bio
handley joe 2021 headshot8834 lr 300x300pxJoe joined Asian Access as president in 2008 and has logged many miles traveling across the Asian continent. One thing he has learned is to platform other leaders. In this blog, he hopes to share some of their stories that will encourage you to engage with Asian Access that strives to change the few, who change the many.

Give now to an A2 Project

give-now button-red

Find Joe on Facebook

Facebook Image

Twitter @jwhandley


PCL Logo

Collaborative, communal leadership
empowering multiple centers of influence and
a diverse array of leaders to meet today's challenges.

Visit Site

ECFA CharterMember

Missio Nexus

charity navigator logo square

AsianAccess 2018tag blackred

Sign-Up for E-newsletters


Subscribe to our Blog Posts

Get new posts by email:

Don't Forget: Click link in email to verify your address and get new blog posts delivered right to your inbox!

Partner Sites

eastern voices logo 250x40

go2japan logo grey

PCL logo horiz halftone

Search this Site


They can buy adipex online and with the help of this medicine it will be possible to achieve their aim.When you feel worse and you can't have a good rest throughout the whole week you need to pay a visit to the doctor in order to get a receipt for ambien onlineWhen you are in seeking such treatment it is worth to highlight ultram onlinepriligy online will provide you with a chance to manage with this problem with minimal losses and will encourage you to return your sex life along with your self-reliance.clomid online will give you an opportunity to pass through this test without any damage and will enable you to recover sexual relationships as well as your self-assurance. The natural supplements are seen as being, on the whole and in many respects, safer than doxycycline online.When your doctor will recommend propecia online don't contemplate and just stick to his / her advice.We are looking at a situation right there on normal synthetic antibiotic works through directly cut down (kill} the harmful as well as, inevitably, some helpful bacteria. This is against a situation where standard natural amoxil online works of not only eliminate the bacteria, but additionally additionally improve the body's natural be able to fight such bacterial infections in the future.viagra online is regarded as a successful pill for the remedy of a premature ejaculation.