I hope you are well and that the Lord has blessed you greatly in this season of your life. First of all, I would like to truly thank you for being willing to support my team and myself on this journey. Indeed the Lord has been doing great things in the nations, and what joy it is to be joined together as a part of His work through your prayers and support!
I am writing to you because my church, Bramalea Baptist is sending 2 short-term mission teams to Japan this summer. I have been selected as a member and will be on the team serving Toyama City for two weeks (July 30th to August 13th, 2018) with 7 other people. We will be helping a local church with different outreach and relationship building activities. Our team will be conducting English Day Camps for kids of all ages, cooking classes for young mothers, hobbies & crafts classes, and we will be playing pick-up sports with the local youth of the community. We will also be home-staying with local Japanese families to share the love of Christ
Although Japan is a wealthy country; fueled by its technological advancements, prolific research, and high-quality electronics, it is an extremely spiritually needy country. It suffers from one of the highest suicide rates in the world – an estimated 35,000 per year! There are only less than 1% Christians in Japan. The family is breaking down. Fathers are absent in children’s lives and mothers are over-worked and unappreciated. Moral standards are almost non-existent since Buddhism and Shintoism are merely tradition-based religions, not personalized faiths. The population is literally dying; they are an aging country battling to use tradition to keep the moral fabric of the nation from tearing apart. The list of problems goes on and on.
You may think that 8 non-Japanese individuals could do very little against such overwhelming needs. But the answer to the needs of Japan is Jesus. And the Japanese church needs help; help to introduce Jesus to millions of people living life in so much hopelessness. Short-term mission teams provide a “spark” for Japanese local churches. There are many things a “gaijin” or foreigner can say or do, that the Japanese Christian would not be allowed to do. Our goal is to be that spark; that catalyst that the local church needs.
Your prayer and financial support will help us make a small difference in the lives of Japanese individuals both within and outside of the church. The cost of the trip is $3,500. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated. For more information, e-mail our team coordinator: Pastor Joshua Bautista at jbautista@bramalea.org.

Different ways you can donate:
- Online: BBC website (www.bramalea.org) Click on: 2018 Japan STM Team. This will take you to the BBC Canada Helps page. Scroll down & go to “Apply your donation to a specific fund”. Choose “Missions”. Enter amount. Please type “BBC 2018 Japan STM” and my name, your name, and your address in the message box. Continue on to your desired method of payment.
- Call BBC: 905-451-6088 (Credit only) To use debit, you must come to the church office.
- By cheque: Please write the cheque to “BRAMALEA BAPTIST CHURCH”. Write Japan STM in the Memo but please DO NOT write my name on the cheque. Please simply attach a sticky note with my name on it. You can give me the cheque or mail it to: 9050 Dixie Rd. Brampton L6S 1J3. ATTN: GEORGETTE ARANIBAR
- You will receive a tax-deductible receipt for any donation over $20.

At this time, we certainly need your prayers. Please pray:
- that the Lord will stretch our faith and teach us to depend on Him and Him alone as we prepare to serve Him in the nations. 
- that the Lord will continue to provide all that we need for this team to go out to Japan, and that we will fully trust Him to provide.
- that I will continue to learn about what it means to deny myself daily, to take up my cross, and follow Jesus and serve and deeply love these people that are in dire need of Jesus.
- that God will continue to share His heart and his great burden for the Japanese to us and to those that we will encounter as we continue to share His work, His love and His vision for the Japanese nation with others.