Hello friends and family!
My mission to Japan for summer 2014 is now past! Thank you so much for your prayer and financial support. God has done some incredible feats throughout the beginning of this mission journey. I look forward to seeing all God is going to do over the next six weeks. I do know, though, that the only way this mission will succeed is by the Holy Spirit fueled by your prayers; so please join with me in praying for my team as well as the people we encounter on this trip.
During my trip to Japan, I filmed a documentary that is set to release in 2015. I will be exploring the many differences in American culture compared to Japanese culture as well as researching into the reason Japan is often called the “missionary’s graveyard.” From my current understanding, a Christian missionary can go over to Japan for years upon years and only see a few come to Christ. I wish to explore this and look forward to seeing what I find out.
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For those who do not know, during summer 2014, I had a wonderful opportunity to serve with missionaries Chris and Lindsey Carter this summer. They work with university students at a major Japanese university in Tsukuba, Japan. The Carters also help with a local Japanese congregation and teach at a Bible school. There was plenty for me and the Evangel team to do! During my trip to Japan, we ministered to Japanese university students, built relationships in order to strengthen new Christ followers, shared with those who do not know Jesus, and taught some conversational English sessions. Our trip was from May 29, 2014 through July 14, 2014. Our efforts were sponsored by Dr. Gary Martindale, who is Chair of the Department of Biblical Studies and Theology. We really feel as if God orchestrated this trip by divinely arranging meetings between missionaries and team members.
First and foremost is our desire that you pray for the missionaries we served with as they minister in Japan on a continual basis. Japan is a nation where, despite the longevity of missions in Japan, the percentage of Christian believers in Japan remains around 1% of the entire population. Furthermore, Japan and America are nearly polar opposites culturally, so please pray that they are sensitive to and enabled by the Holy Spirit while they minister in this different environment.
Thank you for your prayers.
Yours in Christ,