Evangelism and church planting in Japan

Departures: Kalos and Aggie Chan

People are often surprised to learn that Japanese people are the second largest unreached people group in the world. During a six month internship in Japan, Aggie was heartbroken to see the reality of this for her herself. In Japan, most are happy to practice more than one religion or pray to several gods – yet many have never heard of the name of Jesus and the hope of the gospel. God revealed to Aggie Japan’s deep needs and that “the harvest is abundant, but the workers are few.” (Matthew 9:37)

Step by step, through meeting missionaries and serving at a local house church, God led Aggie to serve with an OMF media team during her final two months in Japan. This opened her eyes to creative ministries; as our God is a creative God, He calls us to reflect His creativity in the way we show His love to others.

The singular power of the gospel
Kalos and Aggie went on a second mission trip – this time, among indigenous communities in outback Australia. They saw how people’s needs were repeatedly unmet, their suffering deepened by human interventions and policies, and the hopelessness felt across various tribes. Then, through meeting with a number of indigenous Christians, Kalos and Aggie witnessed that only the gospel has the power to heal hurt, brokenness and pain that has been experienced over generations. They became burdened to reach the unreached with the gospel.

Offering ‘two small fish’
Jesus calls Christians to be the salt of the earth. Kalos and Aggie seek to offer their two small fish for God to feed Japanese people with the rich flavors of the gospel. They hope to use their time and talents in creative outreach, and cultivate relationships with local communities by being a Christian friend to them. “Follow Me,” Jesus told His disciples, “and I will make you fish for people!” (Matthew 4:19)

Pray for Japan, Kalos and Aggie

  • For Kalos and Aggie’s transitions from November 2023 Orientation Course in Singapore, to language and culture learning, and to their local ministry in Japan. Pray they will hold firm onto God’s all-sustaining power and sovereign plan in His work in humility, love and wisdom as they share the gospel.
  • For the Japanese people to experience the richness and joy of the gospel so that one day soon missionaries will no longer be needed in
  • For the Japanese church to not be discouraged and to continue to serve faithfully, knowing all growth happens in God’s timing; pray for growth in their desire for and understanding of Christ.

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