Japan. Formerly a world superpower, economic powerhouse, technological innovator, and an industry leader. Presently, one of the most unreached nations on earth. Less than 1% of the nation’s 127 million people are followers of Jesus. Japan has suffered greatly in recent times due to economic downfall, a decline in birth rates, rising stress in the workplace, and the tsunami disaster of 2011. The need for the gospel in Japan is tremendous. Imagine planting a church in this nation. Consider the people that would hear the Gospel for the first time. Those who would believe in Jesus, and be transformed by the Gospel. Think of the opportunities to shepherd young believers, to train new ministers, raise up leaders, and plant more churches to see the gospel transform this great nation. Envision mission in Japan.
This May we will have the opportunity to lead a team of church leaders and potential missionaries on a vision trip to Japan. Together with members of Journey the Way in Wichita, KS and Karis Church of Columbia, MO, we will take the first steps toward the vision of planting churches in Japan. The purpose of this trip will be to meet with church planters and existing churches in Japan to consider potential partnerships with them. My wife, Megumi, and I will serve as tour guides and translators as the group travels together through Tokyo into the countryside of Nagano and down to Nagoya, Japan’s third largest city.
Our desire to spread the Gospel and plant churches has remained with us since we left Japan. This vision trip is the initial step toward our vision of being sent by Karis Church for the work of church planting in Japan. As this will be our first time back to Japan in over a year, we will be heading out two weeks ahead of the rest of the team. During this time, we will be taking care of paperwork, renewing licenses and visas, visiting family, and updating old friends on our life in the states.
In order to make this trip happen, we are asking for your help in two key ways. First, would you lift us up in prayer? We will post current prayer requests on our website. Second, would you consider helping us return to Japan? We have set a goal of $5,000 to cover the cost of travel, fees, and food/lodging during this trip. If you feel led to give a tax-deductible donation, there are two ways you can do so:
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