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Drawn to Japan

I was born in Taiwan and moved to Hong Kong at the age of 12. When I was 16 I went forward at an event to accept Jesus, but I did not take faith seriously until I turned 28. After that I went to seminary and got my master’s degree in theological studies. I moved to Toronto seven years ago where I worked in a church as an accountant.

Why was I drawn to Japan?

It started with my aunt who went to Japan many years ago in order to have a better life. Unfortunately, her life in Japan was ruined by alcohol and gambling and she died at 48. I was shocked when I heard the news. I wanted to find out more about her life in Japan, so I went to Japan and visited her grave. I regretted that I didn’t have a chance to share the gospel with her and decided I wanted to share the gospel with people in Japan.

Then in March 2011, I saw the pictures of the tsunami after the big earthquake. I asked God for a chance to do something for the Japanese. God answered my prayer and gave me the opportunity to work with a missionary in the disaster zone for three months in 2012. Unfortunately it was an unpleasant experience. After I returned to Toronto, I did not think about going to Japan again.

However, in early 2013 I took the “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” course in Toronto. During the course, God opened my eyes to see his kingdom. His work in East Asia, with Muslims, and in other mission fields stirred my heart. My desire to witness God’s glory on the mission field began to grow.


On the other hand, I knew that to do this would cost me. I knew that the mission field was hard. I was single and I had just settled in Toronto. My extended family had financial needs. All those thoughts held me back from responding to God’s call. I’d been struggling for a month when I decided to settle it. I took a day off and devoted myself to prayer. While I prayed, God gave me a picture. I saw a woman sitting in a Japanese restaurant having her meal alone. My tears started falling when the picture appeared. I didn’t know why. I told God I was willing to submit to him—no matter where, when, or how he wanted me to go. I shared my vision with the pastors and deacons in my church. They advised me to join OMF and now I’m serving in Japan with OMF.

God’s plans are very different to our plans. In Roman 8:28 we read, “And we know that in all things God works for the good for those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (NIV). God’s plans don’t always look good from our perspective, but when we trust him to work it all out, we can be a part of something much bigger than ourselves.

By Selina

Will you pray for Japan?

  • Pray that more people would be drawn to Japan to serve as missionaries.
  • Pray for new missionaries as they go through the transition of learning Japanese and growing to understand Japanese culture.
  • Pray that God would provide all that prospective missionaries need to come to Japan.


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