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