Japan Update: March Madness

This month we’ve been blessed with so many opportunities to talk about our ministry in Japan. For those who haven’t had time to keep up with us, here’s a summary of what we’ve been doing:

March 1: OMS Holiness NorCal Missions Conference

We shared about our ministry at the Northern California OMS Holiness Missions Conference at Santa Clara Valley Japanese Christian Church in Campbell.

March 8: Reaching Japanese for Christ Conference, SoCal

We attended the Southern CA RJC Conference at Wintersburg Prebyterian Church in Santa Ana. Made new networking contacts and learned new information about the profile of different generational groups of Japanese, contextualizaton of materials for Japanese VBS programs, and cultural differences to consider when sharing the gospel with Japanese.

March 9: Los Angeles Holiness Church

We were blessed to be able to share about our ministry at our sister church, Los Angeles Holiness in Los Angeles, and catch up with many old friends.

March 11-19: Younglife Japan Homestay Program

We hosted a student who came with the Younglife Japan ministry team from Chiba. Went with the group to Yosemite, hosted a soccer clinic and ate a lot of great food.

March 23: Fremont Asian Christian Church

We gave the message for FACC’s service. Besides explaining our ministry vision, we also presented on the spiritual landscape of Japan and the opportunities and challenges presented.

March 23: World Christian Fellowship Prayer Group

We spoke at the WCF East Bay Prayer Group in Castro Valley. Our message was on our journey that eventually led us to make a decision to become full-time ministry workers in Japan.

Coming up March 30: Tri-City Chinese Baptist Church

We will be speaking for 25 minutes during the English service of TCCBC in Fremont and doing a Q&A about our ministry during the English Sunday School hour after service.

Japan Update – Another Giant Leap Toward Tokyo

Jayne completed her interview with CAJ yesterday afternoon and apparently all went well. She received a contract offer a couple hours later. Thank you for lifting her up in prayer; she had a great conversation with the administrators she would be working with and there is mutual excitement about working together in the future.

So the rest is now on us. I have started contacting missions chairpeople from churches we feel would be a good fit for partnership, churches who already have a heart for the Japanese and we have a personal relationship with. It’s scary to think we have to raise our full support in less than eight months, but we are confident if God has brought us this far in this short amount of time, financial and prayer support are not going to be a major barrier for Him.