TOKYO BAY, JAPAN

Reclaiming Lives on Reclaimed Land
Best known as the home of Tokyo Disneyland, Urayasu City was once a small fishing village on Tokyo Bay. But a coastal land-reclamation project expanded its area fourfold, bringing rapid growth and an influx of young people and families. When an MTW team moved into the Shin Urayasu target area, there was no church in this new community—not surprising in a country where only 0.3 percent of the population identify as evangelical Christians.

With God’s help, things are beginning to change. The Tokyo Bay Team has recently begun community church-planting efforts. Shin-Urayasu Grace Church had its first worship service in 2012, and the team continues to build the church through Bible studies, outreach events, children’s programs, and community service. Their prayer is that the Shin-Urayasu church will become the first of many, and from within that network of churches young Japanese church planters can be identified, trained, and sent out.

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Coulbourne, Craig & Ree

Craig and Ree Coulbourne are building relationships through outreach at Shin Urayasu Grace Church in Japan through MTW.

MEET THE TEAM

Stewart, Robert & Lisa

Robert and Lisa Stewart serve with Mission to the World in Shin-Urayasu City, Japan. They focus on community outreach through Bible studies, programs for children, and participation in community events.

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