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  • International Day for the Unreached • 2024-May-19

    ATOU today

    Sunday, May 19, 2024 is the International Day for the Unreached

    A third of the world still lacks access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are no local churches, no Bible in their own language, and no local believers.

  • Uncharted Obedience

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    Moving from Questions to Steps of Faith 

    Will I ever be ready to walk the path that God has prepared for me? Will I ever be so sure that this is the path God laid out for me? Do I keep waiting for that green light to appear vividly out of nowhere?

  • Day by Day

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    Recently, I sprained my foot, which made walking unbearable. Yet, as the days went by, the pain subsided, and I was able to walk while limping.

  • My Encounter with the Land of the Rising Sun

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    By Nicole

    Truth be told, Japan was never a country that was on my radar. I had always known that at some point in my life I wanted to explore East Asia, but for me that meant South Korea.

  • Missionaries to Japan choose new name

    A3.Missional Partners

    Japan (MNN) – Global workers in Japan have announced a new name to describe their role and vision.

  • Decisions, Decisions

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    By Linda Koyama

    Which Mission Organization Should I Choose?

    If you’ve considered being in some type of formal ministry abroad, you’ve probably also been on the decision-making trajectory of “which mission organization should I go with?” This was us back in late 2019, early 2020.  

    At the end of my last post, “New, But Not: Our Journey to Japan,” I shared that we returned to the US in June of 2019. We needed time to debrief our five-year stint in Japan—and also to figure out if God was keeping the door open to Japan or closing that chapter for us.

  • New, But Not: Our Journey to Japan

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    By Linda Koyama

    Hi, I’m Linda. Nice to meet you. I’m currently writing from Yamagata, Japan, where my family is partnering with a local church. You’ve probably never heard of Yamagata. Don’t worry, neither did I until it was presented as one of the potential prefectures we’d be serving in. 

    So where exactly is Yamagata? Think north of Tokyo about 200 miles (300 kilometers), or a 4 1/2 hour drive by car. It’s in the southern part of the Tohoku region, closer to the Japan Sea side (rather than the Pacific Ocean side). It’s definitely not one of Japan’s hot tourist spots, but this region is known for its ski slopes, onsens, and delicious fruits.

  • It's a Different World...

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    By Tia Blassingame

    Okay, if you look like me you probably started singing that song title and know exactly where I got it from. Perfect, because it has been playing in my head all week! This is truly a different world. Right now, I am at a homestay with my onēsan (pronounced ohnay-sahn) and her family. That term right there is already different vocabulary for you I’m assuming. Onēsan is “older sister” and a “homestay” is when you stay overnight (or more than one night) with a family. In basic “Tia terms” (that’s me), I’m at a sleepover with my sis and her fam. Let me backtrack a bit...

  • Living a "Relevant Life"

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    Rethinking how God's Word is "relevant" to our lives and ministries

    By Kent Muhling

    I sometimes pray Psalm 143:8 at the beginning of my morning devotions. It reads, 

    “Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, 
    for in you I trust.
    Make me know the way I should go, 
    for to you I lift up my soul.” 

  • Making sense of Urbana and your own personal journey

    Because Urbana '22 has just concluded, we thought it would be especially helpful to repost an article written after a previous Urbana by Asian Access missionary Sue Takamoto, who first attended Urbana '84.

    Decision-Making and God's Perspective

    • "Oh no… It's been several weeks since Urbana, but I haven't signed up with a mission agency yet. Am I out of God's will?"
    • "How will I ever decide?!"
    • "I think God and my parents have very different ideas about what's best for my life…"
    • "Urbana still doesn't make sense to me."
  • When the Shackle of Fear Crumbles, Part 3

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    Part 3: Until everything is about Jesus 

    In Part 1 of my testimony "What does obedience look like?", I shared about God’s call, my struggle to say yes, and having a glimpse of what obedience looks like. In Part 2 "Holding onto the things I cannot see", I shared about my struggles with the fear of disappointment, what ifs, and learning to let go of the things I see to hold on to the things unseen.

  • When the Shackle of Fear Crumbles, Part 2

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    Part 2: Holding onto the things I cannot see 

    In Part 1 of my testimony "What does obedience look like?", I shared about God’s call, my struggle to say yes, and having a glimpse of what obedience looks like.

    The journey of obedience is still not easy. I was still fearful, and insecure but not as lonely. In 2021, I started meeting people who are walking the same journey as me, and I felt that I found my tribe. I became more involved in mission mobilization and made good friends. Yet, the fear never left, it was hunting me. I was still so scared about the unknown, and another fear appeared, the fear of disappointment.

  • When the Shackle of Fear Crumbles, Part 1

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    Part 1: What does obedience look like? 

    "When God calls me, I'll pack up my bags and go."

    This is what I used to believe, and I thought I had the faith to do it.

  • International Day for the Unreached 2022

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    June 5, 2022 is the International Day for the Unreached

    A third of the world still lacks access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are no local churches, no Bible in their own language, and no local believers.

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