From the President

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Four years ago today, Silk and I were in Karuizawa, Japan with most of our Japan staff and Asian Access/Japan National Leadership. It is a day that I will never forget.

That afternoon, while sitting in the Megumi Chalet chapel, the 9.1 earthquake hit. Being well acquainted with earthquakes growing up in Southern California, I wasn't concerned at first. But, as the earthquake kept going minute by minute and getting stronger by the moment, I began to worry.

Soon, we evacuated the building and then learned about the terrible devastation that struck North Eastern Japan.



It all came back as I read the news today!


The memories of those ensuing hours and days are overwhelming. Seeing the devastation of the tsunami and nuclear disaster struck home. 

We mobilized our team: half of our missionaries moved to the disaster area and tons of aid was raised and sent to local pastors. The stories of Japanese churches and local pastors standing in the gap was—and continues to be—powerful. The hope they brought to the people was incredible. Many have found new life in Christ yet others are still stuck in temporary shelters, displaced from their homes.

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I learned of one pastor from Fukushima who shared recently that he realizes that he will never get to return to his home. How devastating!


A Call to Pray... and to Go...

Our team has called for your prayers, and I hope you'll join us. The people of Japan are hungry for hope and your prayers and support can go a long ways. I trust you'll join us in prayer this day and consider going to serve in Japan to bring hope and health to the people. Learn more about this at


Join us this day in praying for this day that I will never forget!

  • Call to Prayer - a prayer vigil is going on right now in Ishinomaki. Let's join them...


Thank you for your support, and let's keep praying for the people of Japan. May the hope of Christ be found by those who are still displaced, lost and hurting from the loss of all they have ever known: their homes, families, communities, and entire livelihoods.

Joe Handley


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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.

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