I am going back to Japan.
I am going back to YWAM Tokyo. This may come as a bit of a surprise, but then again it may not. After my first trip, I knew that I would be going back and I have spent my time here at home haunted by the ever-present yearning in my heart that had me go in the first place. Only this time, God has placed it even more on my heart and the desire has continued to grow.
I will be going back to YWAM Tokyo (the same missions organization I worked with in 2012.) YWAM Tokyo runs a Discipleship Training School (DTS) every summer. I will be helping the DTS, as well as doing street evangelism, discipleship, and most likely doing the mechanical and technical work at the base. I also hope to travel back to Tohoku to do more tsunami relief work.
YWAM Tokyo partners with many ministries and churches in Tokyo. I will helping out with a ministry with while in Japan and I will probably continue attending Cornerstone Tokyo, as my church. I am not sure what ministries I will be working with individually, but I looking into either Hi.B.A. (High School Born Againers) or participate in a University ministry. I really hope to a do ministry at Waseda University, and participate in creative outreaches using media (mainly art and video.)
I will be there at least two to three years
I will be in Japan two to three years, and possibly a lot longer. I have decided that I will be at the YWAM base till God sends me somewhere else, however long that may be. The catch is this, I will not get paid for anything I do there. In fact, the Religious Workers Visa I will be under prohibits me from working in Japan for money. This means I have to pay my own way. I have to raise $1500 dollars a month for the next three years. This comes out to $54,000 USD minimum, assuming the Japanese Yen to US Dollar stays about 100 JPY to 1 USD. (When I was in Japan it was 85 yen to the dollar.) I am using all the money I have to help pay for this. About 10,000 USD. I am all in, and I am at the point that I won’t be able to turn back, because I know I will seriously regret it. I need your help. God could instantly provide all the funding for me to go; even though I have heard of that happening, it is rare. It is rare, because God wants us to participate with him in what he is doing and participate with others..
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of The Son, and of The Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus is very clear with this. He is in command and he wants us to go. And he goes with us. I am fully confident that God will provide above and beyond, because he is the one sending me. It is as if I am employed by him to do his work, therefore he will provide. Not only that, he calls me his child. Who doesn’t provide and take care of their children? Certainly, the God who died for my sake will take care of me. If not, why would I be paying to go live in a foreign land without a job? It would be foolish.
Facts About Tokyo and Japan
Estimates are that there are 40 Million people in the Kantō Region, where Tokyo is, and 35 Million people in Tokyo.
There are a little less than 500 missionaries in Kantō.
Tokyo is the largest city on earth by population and has the highest living cost of any city.
Japan has the third largest economy after the US and China (as of 2012,) and has been experiencing a 20 year recession.
Less than 3% of Japanese claim to be Christian.
Less than a percent are born again (many estaminets say close to a hundredth of a percent.)
11% of Japanese youth polled claim that they wish they were never born.
Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. The highest from 1995 till 2008.
The 3/11/11 Earthquake was the 5th largest earthquake ever recorded, and the strongest to ever hit Japan.
After the tsunami, 15,883 people were confided dead with 2,651 missing.
Jesus Loves Japan
After reading all this the question remains, “Why?” This is the simple answer, “Because God loves Japan. He loves the Japanese. He wants them to know him, that they would live in the fullness of who he made them to be because they would have a relationship with them.” The very same reason he wants you. He loves you. He loves me. So much so that he would give up his own life to pay our debt that we occurred through sin. That he defeated death for our sake, that we may live with him in the fullness of his grand design he created before time. The design that has you his cherished child working with him for your benefit as a co-heir with Christ and walking in your original design. This is what I have chosen. I am called to Japan specifically, but also the hardest and darkest places because that is where God wants me to shine. I love God, because he loves me. I love the Japanese, because he loves the Japanese. I go because he wants me to join in the beautiful work he is doing in Japan. The missionaries I know in Japan have said that being in Japan has been getting even harder, but at the same time they have been seeing more Japanese coming to Christ than ever before.The first two years YWAM Tokyo hosted a DTS, no one came to Christ. The third year, three. The forth year, five. My DTS the fifth year, fourteen. This past year, even more. Cornerstone Tokyo, the church I attended in Tokyo has doubled in size since I left. God is moving.
Whenever God has awoken the Japanese, intense persecution has started. I am aware of this. I don’t know what the future will hold, and I am not worried about it. The future isn’t mine anyway. If persecution happens or a major disaster happens, I want you to know that I am not worried about it. To do God’s work I must lay down my life and my rights. I must lay down my future and trust that He has something better in store. I believe that whatever future God has for me, is so much better than what I could ever dream of or achieve myself.
Currently, my visa is being worked on. This could take six weeks to three months. Once my visa becomes official, I will be heading out assuming I can have enough money to pay for ticket and enough money to pay for everything I need while I am over there.
I am keeping a blog to share my journey. Please keep me in your prayers.
The blog with more information and updates is at http://zeroe4.me
For missions information, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on YWAM Tokyo can be found at http://www.ywamtokyo.org