Some of you may already know that 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 heading to Japan with 7 other people for 2 weeks this July.
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 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 is 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 me (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.