NAGOYA, JAPAN TEAM

A Japanese man who escaped his home minutes before the tsunami hit described the aftermath as “a hellish sorrow.” As the 2011 earthquake and tsunami ushered in a season of sorrow, it brought with it a season of unprecedented spiritual openness. MTW’s team in Nagoya aided in the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts, and countless Japanese encountered our churches for the first time.

The Japanese have been largely hardened to the gospel, but this is beginning to change. Though the priority is church planting, the Nagoya team is also working in other ministries such as teaching, college outreach, medicine, the arts, and community development. The team, whose motto is “Equipping the Japanese to reach the world,” has planted four churches and founded an international school since its inception in 1987.

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Bakelaar, Peter & Diane

Peter and Diane Bakelaar serve as church planters in Nagoya, Japan. Together they lead bible studies, disciple new believers and communicate the gospel in Japanese.

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Brinkerhoff, Jane

Jane Brinkerhoff is involved in leading evangelistic Bible studies and discipling new believers in Nagoya, Japan.

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Carter, Michael & Cathalain

In partnership with Shiga Church, Michael and Cathalain Carter are beginning a new church plant in downtown Nagoya, Japan.

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Ching, Melanie

Melanie is a MTW intern serving in Nagoya, Japan. She will be teaching English and cooking at a cafe. She will use her psychology degree to minister to pregnant women.

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Hardison, Thomas

Thomas Hardison is an MTW missionary serving in Nagoya, Japan in university ministry teaching ESL classes.

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Jensen, Ben & Julie

The Jensens' ministry unites their love for East Asia with their desire to see Jesus Christ worshiped among the unreached.

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Johnson, Darlene

God gave Darlene a heart for Japan, where less than 1 percent of the nation’s 127 million people are Christians.

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Newsome, Wayne & Amy

By God’s grace they hope to see the kingdom expand throughout Nagoya, central Japan, and even the world.

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Wilson, Tom & Teresa

Tom and Teresa Wilson direct gospel, classical, and church choirs in Nagoya, Japan through Mission to the World.

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Wixon, Linda

Linda Wixon serves with Mission to the World's church planting team in Nagoya, Japan.

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Pray for the men and women in Japan who have been attending church to make a public commitment to Christ and to express their faith through baptism.

Please pray for the rebuliding efforts in Ishinomaki, Japan, and for church planting efforts in the region that have begun since the 2011 tsunami.

Pray for God to break through cultural barriers to draw Japanese men and women to Himself. And for God to call more missionaries to serve in Japan.

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