When I was 12, I trusted in Jesus in response to an altar call at the end of a Christian rock concert given by Calvary Chapel. My parents were nominal Christians who went to prosperity gospel churches and did not read the Bible. I didn’t realize the depth of my sin or the need to submit to Jesus as Lord until my junior year of college, when God used a trip to Japan and Campus Crusade for Christ towards that end. I fell in love with Japan and Jesus during my last 2 years of college.
We have two boys and a pre-schooler daughter that keep us on our toes, and we love them a lot.
I have led various ladies’ meetings and Bible studies and taught English at the Azumino Family Chapel. At Abundant Life Church in Matsumoto, I have focused on building community in the lunchtime fellowship after Sunday services. I have also led a weekly ladies’ Bible study, and taught Sunday school to children ages 6 to 12. I have been able to leave each of these ministries in the care of faithful women who, in answer to prayer, by God’s grace are doing even a better job.
Japan’s long history is very religious in nature. The beginning of Japan as an archipelago in mythology begins with a god and goddess. The mythical beginning of Japanese Emperor has a goddess as the source. In Shintoism anything and anyone could become a god or goddess, to be something to be worshiped and sacrifice one’s life for or to be something to be respected highly. It is said to be 800 myriads of deities or 8 million gods.
Primary Prayer Request:
We sense a lack of hope and leadership among the Christian believers. Japanese culture has control of the church more than a Biblical kingdom culture. We believe that the community in Christ is the hope of the world. That a vibrant Biblical Japanese church is God’s action plan to reach Japan. Please pray that we will see this happen! Please pray about partnering with us so that this happens.