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こんにちは Yutaro. My wife and I have felt called to serve long-term in mission in Japan with an organization called OMF. OMF operates from the Tokyo area and up, and we will be in Hokkaido once we arrive in hopefully EOY 2020. I have always been very interested in apologetics and am so excited and encouraged by the transformation God is bringing to the Japanese people through apologetics. I was so moved at Razi’s time in Japan and the talk he was able to give. We will spend our first term focusing on language and culture studies, but then will transition into a church planter role. I would absolutely love to continue using and being a part of the Christian apologetic community in Japan. We have been able to engage in some very meaningful relationships here with Japanese, and Lord willing, my wife, daughter, and I will be doing that among the Japanese in a couple of years.
OMF, wonderful organization. We had a Missionary retire from OMF in our church. She was and still is wonderful. She speaks our language and continued studying with our people here in our church until she passed away to go home a few years ago. Through OMF she started a school and orphanage for children there. We saw her fruits of her hard work and OMF just last year as we ventured back in to Thailand and see that her places she planted are still thriving today.
I know that you will do great things in Japan. God is good and faithful.
Thank you for the encouraging words!
That is fantastic to hear! I am sorry that your friend and sister is no longer here, but I do rejoice with you that she is now home. It sounds like she left such a wonderful legacy of kingdom work in Thailand! We have been so encouraged by the Lord’s work in east Asia and can not wait to see what is to come.
Just curious. When will you be going overseas? Is the Japan the place God has called you to do Missions in? In our church Evangelism is sort of a “we may have time”. Not good at all. Us younger leaders are striving to change the culture in our church to be Christ-focused/centered. Our Pastor is good with us, but leadership should lead the way. Breaking old habits - legalistic to living by Grace. Do you have these challenges moving forward?
My wife and I have felt a distinct leading toward His work in Japan. There have been many things that only the Lord could put in place that have confirmed this calling to us, and in trying to listen to and be obedient to the prompting of the Holy Spirit we continue to see growth in this calling. We are hoping and praying to be on the Japan field in Dec. 2020.
Yes, I can understand the environment of that mindset as I have seen many churches (especially here in America, that have that same mentality). I do think the most healthy thing we can do is continually return to the words of Jesus. He came to save and draw people into life in Him. Jesus built up and taught His disciples and then sent them out. The commission has not ceased for us today! We come to new life in Jesus and are transformed and told that this new life is a light to all men that we should carry it into a dark world. By no means carelessly or without discernment, but to go forth non-the-less. It’s always good to remember why we have been given this gift. It’s not just for our personal use, its a gift we are to share with others so that they might come to a new life in Him as well.
Sometimes it takes a lot of effort and some time to redirect a ship full of people, but if that ship is not pointing toward Jesus and all that He has called us into, then we must at least try. I absolutely can empathize with this! Grace is often times the hardest to accept. Although once we have laid down this sense that we need to work for it, then grace has an open door to transform and renew.
Thanks for asking Cindy! I pray that you are the salt and light for those around you to the point of focusing all that is done on Jesus. That when your cup overflows, those around you can see and sense the grace and transformation that can only come through being the people He has called us to be. God bless you! have a great week!
Zachery definitely! Grace is hard to accept and at times explain. Yet, it is this hope we have. I am not sure of the Japanese people, but I know our people - Hmong are traditionalists, very cultured, and very stubborn. At times they confuse all three then mix it with “Jesus is spirit”. I know that our people are a people that have a hard time differentiate between Christ and the old shaman ways (especially the older generations that have seen war, spiritual warfare). This becomes a hard core prayer for both sides of the fence. @Yutaro do you see this for the Japanese people as well? Just your thoughts and insight?
Hi Cindy, that is a very interesting question!
There is shamanism in Japan but it is not something that is in the mainstream of the culture. The challenge will be more of how to deal with Shintoism and Buddhism and the tricky part is that most people are following them because of the tradition and not necessarily out of personal conviction. That is why it is important to challenge the people to question the assumptions that they have without any awareness.
I hope this helps for the clarification!