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Japan Prayer Fuel January 2024

Millions of Japanese people visit Shinto shrines over the first few days of the New Year. Many also buy horoscopes and charms for 2024. The Bible tells us “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4) Join with us in praying that God will open the eyes of Japanese people like never before in 2024!

Evergreen Wreaths for Jesus

It was hard being thirteen years old, but that Christmas a Swedish lady in my church taught the girls my age to make wreaths from

Waiting for watermelons in Region 8

“What’s the most exciting part of the year, Matt,” my boss would ask when I used to grow watermelons in New Zealand. “Planting season,” he

Thankful on Challenging Days

Upon arriving in Japan, I was brimming with gratitude and a profound sense of awe at the opportunity to serve as a missionary among the

What Thankfulness Can Do

What’s the first phrase you learned in Japanese? Even people with nearly zero Japanese language ability may know “thank you” — arigatou gozaimasu. As a new

Knowing Who to Thank

When we were studying Japanese, one day I told my teacher that my husband did the washing. She corrected me because I had failed to

Building trust-filled community

Before coming to Japan, my wife and I prayed that we could serve alongside Japanese Christians and learn from a Japanese pastor. After language school

Spinning Plates

I’m sure you’ve seen those performers who spin plates. They balance plates on the top of sticks, adding more and more plates while continuing to

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