Over 500,000 people in Japanare still with out proper housing, living in school and community buildings and tent cities.  It will take many years to rebuild the towns and cities devastated by the tsunami.  As the Chiba and Tokyo City churches continue to serve those affected in Tohoku, new opportunities arise for new church planting initiatives in this region.  Please pray for more gospel centred churches to be planted and more Christian workers to go to Japan.  Pray for revival in Japan.  God is always good and gracious.  Thank you for praying and your partnership in the Gospel.  When the Chiba City Church plant launches in the coming years we hope to be a part of the ongoing relief efforts in northern Japan as well.

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Many people have been asking are we still going to Japan following the Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster.  And the answer is Yes.  Our plans haven’t changed and the need for the Gospel in Japan remains as great as ever.  In Japan we will be working alongside Mission to the World.  Our Team Leader recently featured in the following video, explaining why we shouldn’t leave Japan and why more Gospel workers should come.

1. Less than 0.2% of the population of Japan are Christian, making it the largest unreached nation in the developed world.

2. The Japanese do not understand what grace is; it’s not a part of their culture. Every seemingly generous act comes with a corresponding obligation.

3. Forgiveness is one of the most difficult things for the Japanese to do, because they rarely if ever experience it for themselves.

4. Japan as a nation is experiencing challenging social issues: has the highest rate of suicide in the developed world (almost 100 a day), marital breakdown and depression are rife, possession of child pornography is legal.

5. Japan has among the highest rates of literacy in the world, yet 98% of Japanese have never read or heard the gospel.

6. Most churches are dying because they are no longer relevant to the culture; many are syncretistic or liberal.

7. There are few training for full time ministry; many churches are without a pastor or have pastors nearing retirement.

8. The amount of missionaries to Japan is markedly decreasing because it is the most expensive mission field in the world.

9. Church planting is the most effective strategy for church growth; there is a desperate need for church planters.

10. The effects of globalism and the economic recession, the breakdown of traditional culture and the recent disasters have created an increasing sense of emptiness in the Japanese heart: now, more than ever before, the Japanese are looking for hope.

And yet, amidst all this, God has promised that He will build his church.

Taking the Gospel to Japan

Posted: April 18, 2011 in Hope

We (the Evans family) are currently planning to head for Japan towards the end of this year to join the Mission to the World (MTW) church planting project in Chiba prefecture, East of Tokyo. Their strategy is to plant churches in areas with new housing estates that are within commuting distance of Tokyo.  The churches planted as part of this project are among the few churches in Japan that are actually growing rather than dying.

So, in June last year, we went to visit the project (which began 20 years ago with one church: there are now seven churches).  In August, we were officially invited to join them in their endeavours to see the Japanese won for Christ. The role they have earmarked for us is to lead a team who will plant a church in the Chiba CBD. 

Will you work shoulder to shoulder with us in this endeavour? It costs around $120 000 a year for a family to live and minister in Japan. It seems a formidable sum … and yet, we are the body of Christ.  We cannot plant a church in Japan without your financial resources, and you cannot plant a church in Japan without our human resources!  Please partner with us in our journey to see the Japanese people saved by our merciful Lord and Saviour – to the praise of his glorious grace!

There is Hope

Posted: November 29, 2010 in Hope