God continues to take me on a fantastic journey of discovery of who He is, how He sees me, and where I fit in His plan for the world. The journey started in 2011 when, through the campus ministry Chi Alpha (XA), I rededicated my life to Christ after a several year struggle with depression. During those last two years of university, my heart for the nations grew as I built lasting friendships with many of the Japanese exchange students on campus by baking and eating together, sharing cultural experiences, and sharing what Christ was doing in my life.
Right out of university I felt His call to missions. Through the support of my church, family, and friends, I served in a closed country for two years. It was a rough patch of the journey, but not at all wasted. Depression crept back into my life because as I focused on always doing for God rather than being with God. A hard lesson to learn, but an invaluable one.
In 2017, I felt the call to return to the mission field. I served for the entirety of 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico with a hostel-café ministry called Warm Heart Community. It was a beautifully challenging time where God put pressure on all of my sore spots, but also revealed to me that He can use my love for baking, gardening, and people suffering from depression to glorify His Kingdom. Now, He’s called me back to the people I first fell in love with, the Japanese. I am awestruck and amazed at how He weaves our stories together and that nothing is an accident.
I will be coming alongside TEAM Japan’s SonRise Café in Tokyo to assist with their pre-existing café ministries while adding a bit of my own sweetness through the gift of baking I learned from my mom. My goal is to build relationships and share God’s love through their café, their one-on-one English conversation opportunities, the SonRise Church that meets in the café, and their other weekly events that use the café space.
Japan has some of the highest depression and suicide rates in the world. It is also my desire to reach out and bring hope to those who are suffering from depression, anxiety, and loneliness. It’s not a path anyone can successfully walk down alone. I want to walk with them and help guide them to a better path, God’s path.
The Japanese are a strong, respectful, hard-working, and beautiful people, but not many know about the hope humanity has in Jesus Christ. The reality is that only 0.43% of the population follows Christ, while the majority practices Shintoism and Buddhism.
Please pray that God will open hearts to the hope found in Jesus Christ.
Please pray for the Japanese Church, that it would grow and God would build up young people to continue the work in an aging population.
Please pray for the ministries in Japan, like SonRise Café, that they will be a bright light in the darkness.
Please pray for healing for those suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts, that they would find hope and love in how God sees them and cares for them.