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#TellingAsia

Bob Sayre

It’s been an exciting season in Asia and a special year. This is the year we moved to the mission field. China is a country where less than 7% know about Jesus. Since being sent, we’ve started “English Corners” where people can come to practice their English, but really they’re learning about Jesus. We've had 60 people come through our groups since May. The people that we talk to are typically young atheist students. Right now, we seek out any opportunity we can to talk to people about God. The holidays are keeping us busy and provide an awesome platform to share the Gospel. Pray that the seeds we are planting will start to take root. We appreciate our partners who have made this possible. 

The mission field is not always a glorious place to live. Many think of missions as taking epic selfies & traveling abroad. This is not what missions is. I love this quote from John Cathcart “Real missions is hard and it’s harsh.” That’s not really encouraging, but it's truth. We don't live on the mission field because we enjoy the food or enjoy traveling. It’s because there are people who need to hear about Jesus for the first time. There are 1.5 billion people in the world who have never heard of the baby in the manger.

Japan is another country in Asia that desperately needs Jesus.  Our home church, Destiny Church, was started by a missionary to Japan. We had heard about it a lot, but never experienced it. It was exciting to visit Joseph and Whitney Cathcart and see the work they are doing. They did an awesome job showing us Japan. The fellowship was invaluable for us and probably even more for the kids. They don’t get to hang out with Christian, English-speaking kids very much. We really got a burden for Japan while we were there. In Japan, less than 1% know Jesus. There are so many villages and towns with no church at all. Japan is a nation that struggles with ancestor worship and Buddhism. Their passion for it is tangible. People say that in Japan there are too many temples to count. If only their passion could be turned around the other way! Like God turned Saul into Paul, we believe He is going to do the same for the Japanese people. 

We are praying and believing that the land of the rising sun will shine once more. That it will shine with the light of the Son of God. The Gospel must go forward into all the world! Not just in China, but also Japan and the whole world. The stakes are Heaven and Hell.  We are looking forward to whatever God has for us in 2017, big or small. We just want to be where God is. Thanks for coming on our various missionary journeys. I’ve already written a lot about Japan on our Facebook page, but below are a few more pics of our trip. Hope it gives a little taste of what Japan is like. If you would like to give a year-end, tax-deductible donation to our ministry, visit TellingAsia.com/give.

Casual and care-free

Casual and care-free

Gusty and Abby with their dolls

Gusty and Abby with their dolls

Sitting on the floor....not as fun as it looks

Sitting on the floor....not as fun as it looks

We ❤️️ gyozas!

We ❤️️ gyozas!

An amazing Japanese family that came over to Joseph and Whitney's cute little Japanese house for tea. Their family is Christian and they even do homeschooling. This is unheard of in Japan.

An amazing Japanese family that came over to Joseph and Whitney's cute little Japanese house for tea. Their family is Christian and they even do homeschooling. This is unheard of in Japan.

Mochi! It was a little weird at first, but it's growing on me. It's smashed, sweetened rice. It's a popular snack in the States now, too.

Mochi! It was a little weird at first, but it's growing on me. It's smashed, sweetened rice. It's a popular snack in the States now, too.

A traditional Japanese home that has been in the same family for 250 years! We were able to have tea here with the family. It has huge wood columns that seemed to have worked out pretty well.

A traditional Japanese home that has been in the same family for 250 years! We were able to have tea here with the family. It has huge wood columns that seemed to have worked out pretty well.

This might have been my favorite moment in Japan. A total random guy walked up to me and asked if I was a missionary. I guess we were putting out the missionary vibe. He is a Christian who is looking for a good church. It's extremely rare to meet a Christian in Japan and even crazier that his first question would be to ask us if we were missionaries! He was born in China, has lived in Alberta, Canada (where April is from) & has been to the Alamo!

This might have been my favorite moment in Japan. A total random guy walked up to me and asked if I was a missionary. I guess we were putting out the missionary vibe. He is a Christian who is looking for a good church. It's extremely rare to meet a Christian in Japan and even crazier that his first question would be to ask us if we were missionaries! He was born in China, has lived in Alberta, Canada (where April is from) & has been to the Alamo!

Such a fun time with this crew!

Such a fun time with this crew!

Vending machines are  everywhere  in Japan. You can't drive more than a quarter of a mile without seeing one. They have cold drinks as well as hot tea and coffee in a can.

Vending machines are everywhere in Japan. You can't drive more than a quarter of a mile without seeing one. They have cold drinks as well as hot tea and coffee in a can.

Kyoto, Japan (really liked it here)

Kyoto, Japan (really liked it here)

Temple in Kyoto

Temple in Kyoto

Nintendo HQ in Kyoto! This is where it all started.

Nintendo HQ in Kyoto! This is where it all started.

My favorite dish, Tempura

My favorite dish, Tempura

Conveyor belt sushi

Conveyor belt sushi

Best sushi. Raw was good too though 👍🏻 

Best sushi. Raw was good too though 👍🏻 

Japan has creepy abandoned Dinosaur parks...

Japan has creepy abandoned Dinosaur parks...

...but their slides are legit!

...but their slides are legit!

Costco love!

Costco love!

We did a lot of driving in Japan, which I love. Most people live about 45 mins away from work so that they don't get called in on their day off.

We did a lot of driving in Japan, which I love. Most people live about 45 mins away from work so that they don't get called in on their day off.

Pastor Shuzo Ito and his wife. She translates everything into sign language. This congregation meets on the second story of a two-story chapel. We loved the spirit of this church.

Pastor Shuzo Ito and his wife. She translates everything into sign language. This congregation meets on the second story of a two-story chapel. We loved the spirit of this church.

Joseph giving us a much needed geography lesson. Cool pic too!

Joseph giving us a much needed geography lesson. Cool pic too!

Comment if you actually went through all the pics! The best is yet to come. #Jesus2017