The title above is the AGWM (Assemblies of God World Mission) purpose statement. The first 4 words describe the method by which we communicate the gospel in 252 nations, territories, and provinces so that all can hear the good news of Jesus Christ. Sadly, 4 billion people are still waiting to hear this life-changing message.
From June 22-27 I participated in Missionary Renewal in Springfield MO. Focusing on UPGs (Unreached People Groups), I was reminded that the Japanese are still one of 737 UPGs in Asia Pacific although Christianity was introduced to Japan in the 16th century.
Many ask, “Why is missions so difficult in Japan?” Perhaps the biggest obstacle for the Japanese is ancestor worship which is based upon the religions of Buddhism and Confucianism. Overcoming this deeply entrenched worldview requires taking time to build relationships, communicate, and model true Christianity.
|Second tallest Buddha statue in Japan is located in Kamakura.|
Young people, in particular, are desirous for spiritual reality. Over the last 14 years, while serving in Japan, I have witnessed Japanese, Chinese, and other Asians become Jesus followers as they have heard about Him and put their faith in Him. God desires to give the remaining 99% spiritually lost Japanese the opportunity to encounter the Jesus Christ so they can respond to Him in faith and be changed forever. God chooses to use us believers to reach, plant, train, and touch their lives.