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Christmas brings gospel opportunities in Japan

You can’t preach here . . . or can you? There are places in Japan that you can’t preach, but you can bake cakes. At Christmas time Renate teaches people how to make Stollen, while it bakes she and her husband share the gospel.

Mission Round Table—Vol. 14 No.3 Sep-Dec 2019

To the Ends of the Earth “I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6 In the first verse of the book of Acts, Dr. Luke reminded Theophilus that he had written his previous book—his Gospel— to record “that which Jesus [...]

How Indigenous Are the OMF Asian Home Councils? Tracing the History of their Establishment.[1]

Synopsis: This paper recounts the birth and development of OMF’s Asian Home Councils, points out the key issues faced by these councils, identifies changes that have emerged over the years, and considers whether Asian Home Councils can be legitimately considered indigenous. Koyuki Sami Koyuki Sami joined OMF in 1992. She worked among the urban and [...]

One Kingdom Theology as a Paradigm for Gospel Ministry: A Commendation of the Thoughts of J. H. Bavinck

Synopsis: This paper examines the mission theology of the Dutch missionary, Johan Herman Bavinck. Special focus is given to Bavinck’s conception of missions in light of the theme of the kingdom of God, the interplay between general and special revelation, and the relationship between missions, church, and the world. Song Tsai Song Tsai is an [...]

Stories from East Asia

Christmas brings gospel opportunities in Japan

You can’t preach here . . . or can you? There are places in Japan that you can’t preach, but you can bake cakes. At Christmas time Renate teaches people how to make Stollen, while it bakes she and her husband share the gospel.

Gua Sha

Before coming to Taiwan, we remember reading a missionary's experience of Gua sha (aka coining): "Excruciating (she would prefer childbirth!). The skin is left with red marks and bruising which fades after a few days but the treatment has proven very effective.” This is a popular treatment for ailments in Taiwan, but Hiwin never thought [...]

Christmas in Thailand and How You Can Pray

This Advent we're sharing stories from past Christmas outreach events in East Asia and prayer points so you can pray for this year's events as they happen - follow #EastAsiaAdvent on social media for regular updates and prayer points. We're looking forward to sharing how your prayers have been answered in the New Year. OMF [...]

Celebrating Christmas without Jesus in Japan

This missionary found Christmas being celebrated at a local Shrine—without Christ. Christmas in Japan is a fun time—dominated by commercial bling—with little connection to Christ or his church.

Church planting: What if no one comes?

It was a rainy, gloomy Sunday morning. We cleaned up our living room and set up some chairs. In faith, we anticipated one, perhaps two families to come and gather for the Puxin house church service. “What if no one, not one single person, came to church?” This was no longer just a thought provoking [...]

Reaching the nations in Japan

It is said that the number of foreign Christians in Japan is almost the same as the number of Japanese Christians, only a small number of those are missionaries. What’s God doing in Japan?

Have faith, listen and do

The Bible is full of stories about incredible, faith-filled people of God.

God specialises in the unexpected

Who is the most unlikely and unexpected people group to share the Gospel with Japanese people? Perhaps Chinese. Yet God is doing a surprising thing in Japan.