Building bridges to spiritual topics

July 4, 2017 JAPAN HARVEST 0

Famous names from Christian history like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, and Wycliffe are widely known in the West, even among non-believers. For some, these names even evoke strong emotional responses. In Japanese culture a different […]


Serving at-risk migrants

May 24, 2017 JAPAN HARVEST 0

The room was bright, clean, and cozy. Outside the window, flowers bloomed in pots. To me this is a little bit of heaven, and to the residents this is a safe home. This is a […]


Christ + love + dance

May 22, 2017 JAPAN HARVEST 0

Connecting with people was one of Jesus Christ’s greatest missions on earth. He came to die for our sins and reconnect us to God, and he left us with the power to do the same […]


Opening up to a hidden community

May 19, 2017 JAPAN HARVEST 0

“Wow!” my Deaf* friend said, clearly amazed after a disability workshop. “I never realized that people with disabilities were also discriminated against. I thought it was just us Deaf.” This is her world. “People with disabilities” and […]


Learning to love like Jesus

May 15, 2017 JAPAN HARVEST 0

One of my close friends is a lesbian. A few years ago, I never would have thought I would write that sentence. I have been following Jesus for most of my adult life, serving him […]


Delivering the love of Jesus

May 14, 2017 JAPAN HARVEST 0

Thirty-two years ago, my husband Leon and I came to Japan as missionaries. We were young and childless. After much thought and prayer, we decided to pursue adoption. As we talked with the adoption counsellor […]


Sports ministry

May 12, 2017 JAPAN HARVEST 0

There were a number of factors involved in my coming to trust in Christ. Key ones would be family, church youth group, and ultimate frisbee. You may not have heard of ultimate frisbee—it’s a sport. […]


Children of the outcastes

May 11, 2017 JAPAN HARVEST 0

My wife Karen and I first learned about burakumin—descendants of Japanese outcastes—in 1994, while praying through Operation World. Two years later, I retired from the US Marines, and we began a trip through western Japan […]


Ministering to the homeless

May 10, 2017 JAPAN HARVEST 0

Homeless people are a hidden minority group in Japan. They are found everywhere, but are frequently not acknowledged. While the number of homeless people appears to be decreasing (the government seems to be assisting as […]