We decided, for those of you who don’t get to hear us present at missions conferences or on Sunday mornings, it might help if we did a 3 part blog post on the 3 aspects of GYFM – and what that might look like in Japan. Here’s the first installment!
Did you know that over half of the world’s population right now is between the ages of 10 and 30? Global Youth and Family Ministries (GYFM) is a ministry of Mission to the World (MTW) (okay we’re done with the acronyms!) that wants to assist the global church in engaging this emerging generation by (1) serving locally, (2) equipping leaders, and (3) ministering to mission families. As members of GYFM, we will be carrying out these three ministries in Asia and the Pacific from our home base in Nagoya, Japan.
For us, “serving locally” means partnering with Christ Bible Seminary of Japan and a church called All Nations Fellowship to reach the youth of Nagoya. In 2012, our friends in Japan opened the Heart and Soul Cafe to provide a safe place in the city for students of all ages to study, learn English, interact with Christians, and hear the gospel. We’ll be assisting them in that work.
Here is an idea of what’s going on locally: