God's love is amazing! Last week we got to see just a little of the breadth of it when M-San was baptized into the family of God. She had been coming to our church on and off for about 2 years, but long before that the Almighty chose to set his heart on this unremarkable young … Continue reading 2 Baptisms This Month!
When we first arrived in Japan four years ago, we met a young seminary student who smiled with his eyes, played the bass like a pro, painted beautiful artwork, and whose love for Jesus overflowed. His name was Nozomu. Fast forward a few years and we have had the privilege of teaching him in our next gen … Continue reading A Gospel Presence in Japan’s Least Reached Prefecture
The last 4 years in Japan haven't always been booming with fruit in ministry. At times we've felt impotent, illiterate, and aimless. But sometimes God graciously peels the curtain back to allow us to see the amazing story he is writing behind the scenes -one that ends with countless people from all over the world worshiping at … Continue reading A peek behind the curtain
Sometimes it's hard to believe that God knows what He is doing. When are my Japanese friends going to finally experience the good news of the gospel? When is this kid I've been ministering to going to quit being so difficult? What is God waiting on? Doesn't He care? Then I go through my list of … Continue reading New Year Musings – Bearing Fruit
It's that time of year again, the time where you've got tons of extra money lying around and are trying to find a good charitable place to donate to for tax purposes... ...We want to help you out! Here are a few ideas: You can support our ministry by buying an awesome Next Asia-Pacific T-shirt for you … Continue reading Year-End Giving and Gift Ideas
I remember the days when I used to hear a cheesy song on the Christian radio station and cringe, or spot a billboard that claims to be a message from God and wonder what non-Christians thought about that. Nowadays, I'd give my left arm for an accidental, even cheesy reminder of God's presence in my … Continue reading Hope in the midst of Godlessness
The Theology of Next Gen. Ministry Course begins on Monday November 7! Please pray for us and our students. It's only takes a spark to start a wildfire of passion for the next gen. We want to see every church in Japan evangelizing and discipling the students in their communities. Please pray for our time … Continue reading Two things to pray for this week!
The first week of October (THIS WEEK!) there are two big events happening at the same time that we would love for you to pray for: The GYFM team retreat and the "East Asia" team retreat. On the plane to Malta with Rivas parents (who came to watch the girls) and the Radkes (our newest … Continue reading Retreat week: please pray!
It's fun to have summer interns here, but it's also a lot of work. The interns certainly help us do things we couldn't do on our own, but we also spend a lot of the time that we used to spend on other things taking care of them. So, why invite them? For us, it's … Continue reading God Sightings: Summer Internship
I didn't realize it, but I needed this summer. I had forgotten that Jesus is NOT all I need. Of course, he IS all I need, but at the same time, life and ministry are not about me and Jesus by ourselves. We are called into a family with many members, a body with many … Continue reading What God taught me this summer…