He Who Has Ears to Hear
The concert hall is not the first place you would expect to see a conversion. But for the conductor of a Tokyo orchestra playing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, the concert hall was the place he heard the gospel not just with his head but with his heart. Moved by the beauty of the music and the powerful story of Jesus’ crucifixion, the conductor met with a Japanese pastor and the organist, an MTW missionary. By the end of the year he was baptized and now accompanies worship at one of our church plants.
Through approaches such as these, many Japanese are being exposed to the gospel. Our Community Arts Tokyo ministry uses concerts, gospel choirs, and piano lessons to build community through the arts and connect non-Christians to our church-planting efforts. Our church plants also minister through Bible studies, special outreach events for children and adults, and personal relationships with neighbors. Additionally, we are involved in helping Tohoku, the area most affected by the 2011 disasters, through a community-led volunteer effort. A church has now been planted in this region in the city of Sendai.
Joe and Felicity Congdon will work with the Grace Harbor Project, a church planting venture, to help establish the first church in the Toyosu area of Tokyo, Japan.
Jonas and Christina minister at the intersection of the Church and the Arts, spreading the gospel among Tokyo's 36 million residents.
Bob and Sharon Drews disciple, mentor, and teach ministry teams in Tokyo, Japan. By discipling, mentoring, and teaching the ministry teams, they enable the Japanese-speaking missionaries to be more focused and effective in direct leadership and evangelism among the Japanese.
Ellie Honea is serving in Japan as a long-term missionary with Community Arts Tokyo, supporting church planting through music and arts ministry.
Music is especially powerful at communicating the gospel in Japan, where only 0.3 percent are Christian.
Grace Harbor Church Tokyo is the second in a growing Tokyo city center church-planting network.
Sean and Lisa are a part of MTW’s Next Asia-Pacific team, based in Japan.
Rachel Reese serves in Tokyo, Japan with MTW. There she performs music, teaches, and works with church planters all over Japan.
Japan is a country in desperate need of hearing the message of Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.
The Schafers have a vision for sharing the gospel and helping to establish communities of faith in Tokyo.
Gary and Lois Watanabe will be based in Tokyo, Japan and serve the City to City Asia Pacific networks.
“I thought: ‘Japanese people singing black gospel music? This will never work.’”SEE MORE
An MTW missionary woman struck up a conversation with a young Japanese lady at English Café Night. It turns out they had a lot in common.SEE MORE
This Christmas we rejoiced together with the angels in heaven as Mrs. S professed her faith in Jesus and was baptized.SEE MORE
Missionaries and national pastors in Japan are hard at work building the Church. Take a peak at what God is doing!SEE MORE
We hear of the explosive growth of the church in China, India, Africa, and even in the Arab world. Why not Japan?SEE MORE
He had been a Christian for about a year, but hadn't told his parents. He was struggling with questions like: "why go to church anyway?"SEE MORE
What does Japan need more than more people willing to go? Churches willing to send them.SEE MORE
We’d gone from living in a place where we were mostly competent and self-sufficient to one where we were functionally illiterate.SEE MORE
Pray for the relationships missionaries are developing with Japanese men and women. Pray for common interests and connections to be a bridge to the gospel.
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.
Pray for Japanese college students wrestling with new faith. Pray that they would have the courage to give their lives to Christ and not fear their family's reaction.
Pray for youth around the world to come to faith, and pray for missionaries who minister to the next generation. Young people often impact their whole familes for Christ.
Pray for those in MTW's Tokyo Gospel Choir, comprised of both believers and non-believers. Pray that many would come to faith through the music.