"So long as the sun warms the earth let no Christian be bold enough to enter into Japan again........he shall pay for it with his head"- Emperor of Japan, 1640
This declaration was written on a mass grave of 30,000 people in Japan in the year of 1640. Many Christians were crucified, even children. One 10 y.o boy sang a song of joy while walking to embrace his cross in Nagasaki, where a mass crucifixion took place. For the next 200 years Christianity was banished and forbiden.Japan has since been a unreached country nicknamed "The Missionary Graveyard" with a less than a 1% Christian population. This is very disheartening but I believe the blood of Jesus speaks a better a word and sees that He would receive the reward of His suffering! ........
Japan is a beautiful country known for safety, politeness, cleanliness, and order. Behind all of that there is a great darkness that is sweeping over the nation. Suicide( 30,000 per yer), child pornography( finally banned in 2013 but still legal if animated), humantraffcking, crippling depression, declining population, and strict adoption laws that often facilitates long-term abuse. The enemy has attempted to steal, kill, and destroy the life of missionaries in Japan( hence the nickname "missionary graveyard') in order to keep bound a people destined for greatness.....Things are changing!
4 years ago I followed Jesus to Japan and set my heart to give Him a nation. I was there for about 3 years and was given the privilege to love Japanese people to life. My heart was broken by the unspoken crisis and depravity of Japanese people.During those 3 years I set my heart to be a Father to the fatherless and to bring hope to the hopeless.I got to see people encounter Jesus in the strangest places that broke generational curses and brought the life of Jesus to an entire blood line for the very first time.I Among all the awesome encounters my heart was stolen by about 200 kids at an orphanage in Oyamazaki. A few of them even began to call me "Ottosan" which is father in Japanese. Many of these kids were abused, abandoned, and left to grow up in a system and not a home. Orphans in Japan are forgotten about by their own people and unfortunately the global church too. Even in the place of abandonment God's word comes and says "Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will receive me." -Psalm 27:10 . God has put a big dream in my heart concerning Japan and the fatherless. I desire to see adoption laws changed and new child-welfare policies put in place. This task will require long-term commitment and a life given but I believe that Jesus is worthy! I'm fully convinced that revival will come to Japan and will be a missionary launching pad into all of unreached Asia!
In 2018 I moved back to the states a little weary in need of rest and a shift of gears. My heart was to return to school and plan for the future( go to school to get a degree in social work which would open more opportunities in Japan).Within my first 2 weeks back I had gotten a full-time job at a behavior school for kids with Autism and or behavioral disorders. It was a blessing, a very difficult haha but true blessing from Jesus to work with kids who most people wouldn't because of their violent behaviors. God gave me great favor and opened up a door recently for me to become a behavioral specialist , which would allow me to make more money, have more influence in the school, and start my career. Long story short, I turned down the position because ultimately it would push me further away from God's truest intentions for my life and ministry.
Since December God has been doing a new thing in my life and has brought more clarity on what I should be doing while back in the states for "strategic preparations" before going back to Japan one day to live and serve full-time.Recently I've ran into a great opportunity to love Jesus, go to school, and serve in Ministry. Come this summer I'm hoping to move to Sebring Florida to live and serve in ministry( to some capacity) at a church called "First Sebring" along side a missionary family, (the husband will serve as an Assistant pastor) that I lived with in Japan for a little.. First Sebring is the first church planted in that city. This is a traditionally Methodist church but are at the thresh hold of revival and breakthrough. There is much to be said of this church but will save that for another time.
Before moving, God has placed something on my heart to do. I feel that I'm supposed to be back in Japan for a little to pray, bless, and agree with what the Holy Spirit is doing. In 1 week I'll be leaving to Japan! This will be a time of strategic preparation to connect and create a "mobile prayer room" which basically means calling Japanese families and ministries to PRAY for Japan in an intentional way. My plans are to spend a month in kansai region to work along side a long-term missionary/spiritual father to Japan and be available to serve and bless the community. I will also be meeting and leading evangelistic groups to the streets and orphanage. I will also spend another month in Okinawa to serve and bless the people and family I've made there. I believe God has a very specific calling for me in Okinawa so I want to spend a focused time hearing what's on God's heart.
This has all come to me in the past few weeks or so, so details are still being ironed out but one thing that's for certain is that I'll need help. I have about 1 week to raise $1,000 USD. and will need another $1000 or so over the next 2 months. I'm looking at all options to try and fund this trip myself but that isn't looking to well haha...Would you PRAYERFULLY consider giving as the Lord leads. If you don't feel led to give financially, please keep me in your prayers. Any words, encouragement, and counsel from the Lord are greatly appreciated as well. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, be blessed in Jesus' name!
In His love, Hiroshi