Archive Category: Japan

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!

Why we are reviewing our church planting strategy in Japan

‘How can we do better at planting churches here in Japan?’
OMF Japan Field Director Chris Pain asks this simple – yet hard to answer – question in his introduction to ‘Church Planting and Partnering in Japan: Learning from Pastors’ and Missionaries’ Perspectives’. Released in October 2022, the report is helping OMF and other mission agencies assess their approach to church planting in Japan.

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

Church Planting Ep.2: “this is what the church is called to do.”

In the Church Planting series of the Serve Asia Podcast, we’re unpacking what it takes to establish local communities of believers in East Asia.

For this first episode, host Chris Watts chats to Adam journey of God’s leading that brought him and his family to serve in Southeast Asia. We examine the tension between his gifts and passions for church ministry and the restrictions there are on these in his current context in Asia. Adam shares how he learned to be about the building up of God’s Church no matter the location, and how he is learning to surrender his own plans so that others can flourish. He explains the term ‘unreached people’ and the importance of being ready to serve in all circumstances.

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