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  • Fukushima prayer drive challenged my skepticism

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    In Japan, Fukushima Prefecture is arguably the region most impacted by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. In addition to the earthquake damage up and down its seacoast, three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant experienced meltdown when tsunami waters disabled their cooling systems.

  • Yearnings and Callings for 2022

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    Happy New Year, Dear Friends!

    This post is a little later than I had hoped because our family was hit with the coronavirus variant over the holidays. We are deeply grateful for your prayers and appreciate you for the way we journey together in life and mission.

  • An Olympic Thank-You from Joe and Silk

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    Hello Everyone!

    We want to thank you for your participation and support for our work in Japan.

    As you probably know, all the work with the Olympics that we tried to do didn't happen. However, the last few weeks, God has done some amazing things, and that's still ongoing. People are praying. We're signing up people for a million hours of prayer! Can you believe that?

  • Waiting… for God’s Perfect Timing

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    "We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps."
    — Proverbs 16:9 (NLT)

    In our hearts, we were confident that God was calling us to serve him in Japan. But we couldn’t do it without a significant team of supporters behind us with faithful prayers and financial gifts. It was hard to imagine how he would do it. It was 2016. Josh and I hoped to be in Japan within a year, but God had other plans.

  • Looking Back on 2020, Praying Forward

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    Dear Friends,

    As 2020 wound to a close, the Lord impressed on me the following passage:

    "In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind." —John 1:4

    LOOKING BACK ON 2020

    2020 was such a disruptive year. Yet the life of Christ is the light of the world. That gives me hope heading into 2021. I pray that your Christmas and New Year’s celebrations brought joy and the reminder of what is most important, even in the midst of the challenges from 2020, some of which continue to persist.

  • Important health updates from Takeshi and Dorrie

    Takeshi & Dorrie TakazawaWatch Joe's interview with the Takazawas

    Yesterday, we posted a video clip from Takeshi Takazawa (Takeshi talks Crisis, Danger, and Opportunity) in 2016 where he shares about the two Chinese characters for "crisis" which are made up of "danger" and "opportunity". He was applying it to the Great Japan Disaster (3.11.11). He reminded us...

  • Fresh Enthusiasm in Japan

    Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:19 I was struck by hope at the recent A2/Japan National Pastors Conference in Sapporo… All of these pastors pictured here as well as several others shared stories of new life springing forth through their outreach efforts. Many of these pastors ventured “out of their normal boxes” to take their faith...{addthis off}

  • Call to Prayer at the 4th Anniversary

    tsunami japan 2011 03 11Tomorrow we will commemorate the fourth anniversary of the triple disaster. It is a very somber time for the community and for the nation. Please pray with us. Pray that we can listen well; that we can walk with people well through this time. We will be praying for 24 hours through the fourth anniversary and your prayers are appreciated as well!

    A friend shared this passage, which I have always loved:

    2 Corinthians 1:8-11 New International Version (NIV) "We do not want you to be uninformed,...

  • Five Ways to Pray for Your Missionary

    Five Ways to Pray for Your Missionary1. Pray for healthy balance in the use of time

    The cross-cultural missionary finds it takes longer to do everything. There’s never the sense that, “It’s 6 p.m., and my work day is done.” Unfinished tasks constantly loom. Too often, the urgent crowds out the important...

  • How to Pray for Japan

    The Need in Japan

    Japan has been, and remains, one of the most orderly and admirable societies in the world. However, Japan is also at a point in its history where it is experiencing unprecedented social upheaval, which creates anxiety and uncertainty throughout the culture. Every segment of the population is impacted.

    An Overview for How to Pray for Japan

    The Lord is raising up intercessors all over the world to spearhead the advance of the church into unreached and resistant areas. The fact that you are reading this article indicates that the Lord is establishing watchmen on the walls to petition the Lord for His people in Japan. You are part of a growing stream that will ultimately turn into a river of revival for the nation of Japan. This prayer guide is

  • Trends and Issues

    1. Rise and fall of religious cults

    In the past ten years or more Japan has seen a rise in the number of "New Religion" cults especially attracting Japanese young people (college through young career age). A common draw is the promise of inner fulfillment through a variety of techniques of meditation, yoga, mind control and asceticism. In 1995 the exposure of the Supreme Truth (AUM) cult behind the sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway and other parts of Japan shocked the nation. Mind control methods used by the cults have received wide attention from the media. This is an opportunity for the church to declare the Truth of God's Word...

  • Sociological Needs

    Here are some of the sociological needs, bearing pressure upon Japanese society:

    Aging Population

    Japan has the oldest and the most rapidly aging population of any country in the world (27.4% over age 65 by 2005). This means that there will be more and more people living on pensions, with fewer and fewer people in the work force to support them. Sadly, the suicide rate among the elderly is on the rise.

  • Spiritual Needs

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    Leaders in Japan have characterized their own nation as "a super power without a moral compass." This is a relatively new phenomena in a country that was guided, for centuries, by a moral and religious ethic that came out of Shintoism, Confucianism, and the discipline of a samurai warrior. All of this ended following World War II, when the emperor disavowed any claim to deity. This shattered the notion, widely held among Japanese, that they were a sacred people by virtue of being a part of the Japanese family headed by the emperor.

    As a result of the military defeat... 

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