On July 12, we begin a three-week trip to Japan to show a small group of young people God’s work in Japan. Initially, a student from our church will join our family. Later, another couple and more students arrive. We will have a number of opportunities, both structured and unstructured, to share our lives with Japanese people (and other foreigners). Here are some of those opportunities (with American dates), so you can pray:
English Cafe - July 16, 19, 20, 21, 22
English Cafe is an English outreach of Bethel Baptist Church (Iwatsuki) to a local business college. The Japanese people will converse with fluent English speakers. The goal is to introduce Biblical ideas and principles that Andrew will speak about during a chapel time.
Our team will learn to introduce specific spiritual discussions gently in conversations.
Youth/Singles Retreat – July 16-18
The retreat is an encouragement ministry. A handful of young Christians will gather to learn from God’s Word, sing, and fellowship together. Many of these young people have few Christians their own age in their churches and towns. Andrew will speak at the retreat.
Our team will learn the importance of Christian fellowship and interaction, both of which transcend cultures.
During this time, we will join Japanese Christians to reach out to their communities through English. Teaching classes, working with children, and street evangelism are all possible activities. The focal cities will be Koriyama, where people were affected by the aftereffects of the 2011 tsunami, and Karuizawa, which formally contained a number of thriving churches.
Our team will learn flexibility and service.
English Camp – July 28-30
Busy Japanese schedules make traditional vacation Bible schools difficult, so Bethel does a two-day “camp,” where students spend the mornings and afternoons learning about English and God. We will take a variety of roles as we work alongside church members.
Our team will learn that ministry takes different shapes and we can fill a variety of roles depending on the needs.
We will return on Aug 2, having completed a number of events in Japan. Events, such as these, are tools used to reach people. We ask God to keep our focus on Him and the Japanese people, not necessarily on the plans and events. We pray that God will use us to bring men and women living in Japan to Himself. Please pray with us for changed lives through our time in Japan.