[Disclaimer: Percentages for amount of Christians in Japan vary between 1% and 1.5%, depending upon the source].
Hello friends and family!
My mission to Japan is now here! 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 will also be filming a documentary that is set to release in October 2014. 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, I have 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 will be plenty for me and the Evangel team to do! During my trip to Japan, I will minister to Japanese university students, build relationships in order to strengthen new Christ followers, share with those who do not know Jesus, and teach some conversational English sessions. Our trip will be approximately from May 29, 2014 through July 14, 2014. Our efforts are being sponsored by Dr. Gary Martindale, who is Chair of the Department of Biblical Studies and Theology. We really feel as if God has orchestrated this trip by divinely arranging meetings between missionaries and team members, so we are praying that God will use us in special ways during our time in Japan.
First and foremost is our desire that you pray for our team as we minister in Japan this summer. 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 we would be sensitive to and enabled by the Holy Spirit while we minister in this different environment.
Thank you for your prayers.
Yours in Christ,