Language

Bumping into tomodachi

I‌t’s the little words that are surprising. The ones with very short dictionary entries that pop up casually in daily life. The simple nouns that seem so concrete and guileless. Those are the words that […]

Evangelism

A time for decisions

I knew what I had to do. Even so, I had to force my feet forward to where my wife and the worship leader were sitting. When they looked up, I blurted, “I want to […]

Culture

Three key cultural dynamics

Japanese people are renowned in the West for being opaque and inscrutable, and even those who have lived and worked among them for a long time still sometimes have trouble understanding their reactions. Part of […]

Evangelism

Basic Japanese religious beliefs

Communicating the gospel among Japanese means engaging with their religious beliefs and worldview. We want to touch their hearts and meet their needs while contextualizing the gospel for Japanese soil. How do we go about […]

Contextualization

Jesus-style contextualisation

While talking with a Buddhist man about God’s creation, I said to him, “Look at that bottle of water in your hand. Do you think the plastic just happened to be that shape? What about […]

Short Term

Life-changing internship

Between my second and third year of seminary (in St. Louis, Missouri, US) I was given the opportunity to go to Japan for a foreign mission internship. I was seeking the Lord as to how […]

Modern Tech

You too can create a website

Do you wish there was a website for your church, outreach, or even just yourself as a missionary, but think you’d have to pay someone to make it? You might be surprised at how easy […]

Magazine

Why do you write prayer letters?

Our first answer to the question of why we write prayer letters might be: because our mission said we have to. Maybe we write because we want to thank people for supporting us or to […]

Member Care

Cultural Intelligence

“Culture is a set of shared assumptions and values that distinguishes one group from another.”1 Knowing how to adapt to another culture is essential for successful cross-cultural living, but the training that most missionaries receive […]

Prayer

A house of prayer

In his book Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, New York pastor Jim Cymbala describes one of his early messages at the famous Brooklyn Tabernacle. It was a Sunday evening and 15 people were gathered in a […]