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CHIBA, JAPAN

In this secular nation, where less than one percent of the people claim Christianity, there are people like Mrs. O, an astrologer who depends on the stars to determine her future. A missionary told her about magi who also studied stars and learned of a child who was born to save the world. Mrs. O was intrigued and willing to listen. Conversations like this are happening all around Chiba thanks to a network of national-led, self sustaining church plants that are reaching out to the community. This growing body of believers has also founded a school where Japanese and missionary children can get an education. And these churches continue to plant other churches, as well as sending their own missionaries internationally. Slowly but consistently the gospel is spreading and people like Mrs. O are meeting the God who made the stars.

MEET THE TEAM

Bocanegra, Mark & Megumi

Mark and Megumi Bocanegra work with the Presbyterian Church of Japan (PCJ) in Chiba, Japan to train up aspiring young men in the church to be future elders.

Mark and Megumi Bocanegra work with the Presbyterian Church of Japan (PCJ) in Chiba, Japan to train up aspiring young...

Bond, Stephen & Rachel

Stephen & Rachel will minister to the Japanese people in Chiba through supporting a new city-center church planting team.

Stephen & Rachel will minister to the Japanese people in Chiba through supporting a new city-center church planting...

Support needs are met. Praise God!
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Brown, Roberta

Roberta Brown is a MTW missionary in Chiba, Japan. She teaches in conversational English classes and leads Bible studies in a grace-based church-planting movement.

Roberta Brown is a MTW missionary in Chiba, Japan. She teaches in conversational English classes and leads Bible...

Chase, Matt & Carly

Matt and Carly are part of a core team planting a new church in Chiba, Japan. They hope to engage and disciple young people on and off the college campus.

Matt and Carly are part of a core team planting a new church in Chiba, Japan. They hope to engage and disciple young...

Coppersmith, Walt & Barbara

Walt and Barbara will be serving through teaching English as well as working with the staff of Grace City Church.

Walt and Barbara will be serving through teaching English as well as working with the staff of Grace City Church.

Fischer, Laura

Laura will be serving in Chiba, Japan, teaching students and building relationships, starting in Fall 2021 through Summer 2022.

Laura will be serving in Chiba, Japan, teaching students and building relationships, starting in Fall 2021 through...

Iverson, Dan & Carol

The Iversons' vision is to have a church-planting movement throughout Japan.

The Iversons' vision is to have a church-planting movement throughout Japan.

Iwata, Yuji & Eri

Yuji and Eri will be serving in Chiba, Japan as part of the church planting and school planting ministry of the MTW Tokyo/Chiba Team.

Yuji and Eri will be serving in Chiba, Japan as part of the church planting and school planting ministry of the MTW...

Johnson, Melanie

Melanie serves in Chiba, Japan, where she helps with church planting, organizing the youth ministry, and assisting a local church.

Melanie serves in Chiba, Japan, where she helps with church planting, organizing the youth ministry, and assisting a...

Odate, O-Chan & Asami

The heart of the Odates is to plant a gospel-centered international church (PCJ) in the downtown area of Chiba City with support from MTW Japan.

The heart of the Odates is to plant a gospel-centered international church (PCJ) in the downtown area of Chiba City...

Han, Beyongseob & Kyungsoon

Beyongseob and Kyungsoon Han will serve through preaching, teaching, and church planting ministries in Chiba, Japan.

Beyongseob and Kyungsoon Han will serve through preaching, teaching, and church planting ministries in Chiba, Japan.

Ueki, Shohei & Sawako

Shohei is serving in Japan with theological education, preaching and church planting.

Shohei is serving in Japan with theological education, preaching and church planting.

Karner, Linda

In Japan, English language classes are used very effectively to meet and mingle with Japanese people.

In Japan, English language classes are used very effectively to meet and mingle with Japanese people.

Kim, David

David plans to serve as a church-planting assistant at Kaihin Makuhari Grace Church in the Chiba/Greater Tokyo area.

David plans to serve as a church-planting assistant at Kaihin Makuhari Grace Church in the Chiba/Greater Tokyo area.

Koh, Rachel

Rachel will be serving in Chiba for two years as a campus and college ministry intern with Chiba University and a local church plant.

Rachel will be serving in Chiba for two years as a campus and college ministry intern with Chiba University and a...

Mirabella, Tom & Karen

Pastor Tom and Karen Mirabella are part of a team that is working to bring hope in Japan, planting and strengthening gospel-centered churches in the Toyko/Chiba area.

Pastor Tom and Karen Mirabella are part of a team that is working to bring hope in Japan, planting and strengthening...

Odtohan, Anthony & Sayo

Anthony and Sayo are serving with the MTW Tokyo/Chiba Team in bilingual worship, evangelism, and English outreach ministry.

Anthony and Sayo are serving with the MTW Tokyo/Chiba Team in bilingual worship, evangelism, and English outreach...

Parker, Laura

Laura is now thrilled to return to Japan to serve long term on a church-planting team in Chiba, assisting with women's ministry through a local church and discipling middle school and high school girls.

Laura is now thrilled to return to Japan to serve long term on a church-planting team in Chiba, assisting with...

Pohl, Craig & Stacy

The Pohls excited to partner with MTW’s Makuhari team reaching a densely populated residential area on the Tokyo Bay, east of downtown Tokyo.

The Pohls excited to partner with MTW’s Makuhari team reaching a densely populated residential area on the Tokyo Bay,...

Rabe, Rachel

Rachel will be serving in Chiba, Japan, at Covenant Community School International teaching, encouraging, and discipling students.

Rachel will be serving in Chiba, Japan, at Covenant Community School International teaching, encouraging, and...

Richards, Debbie

The Tokyo/Chiba team is encouraged by every person who turns to Christ and by the spiritual growth among believers.

The Tokyo/Chiba team is encouraged by every person who turns to Christ and by the spiritual growth among believers.

Velez, Angel & Wally

Angel & Wally's vision is to teach the hope of the gospel to the Japanese through profound relationship and the arts.

Angel & Wally's vision is to teach the hope of the gospel to the Japanese through profound relationship and the arts.

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“Coincidence” Becomes Calling: Debbie Pixley’s Journey From Automotive Engineer to MTW Missionary

Debbie didn't plan on missions—or Japan—but God lined things up, one after another, to set Debbie on a path for His purposes.

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A Tale of Two Ministries: God at Work in Endings and Beginnings in Japan

Two ministries in Japan are at exciting turning points, both looking forward to God's continued work in and through them for His kingdom.

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What God Is Doing in Japan (Audio)

MTW missionary Mark Bocanegra shares what God is doing in Japan and how you can participate.

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Making Space for Transcendence in Secular Japan

Japan is one of the least religious nations in the world. How does this influence how we do ministry?

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Reaching Japan's Lost Millions (Audio)

Japan shows us that money, health, education, and material possessions do not satisfy the human heart. But God is at work bringing hope.

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Seven Weeks in Japan: A Summer Intern's Perspective

When I first came to Japan I did not love this country. Now that I've been here for almost two months, things look a little different.

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"Don't You Dare Stop Having the Global Missions Conference!"

The PCA Global Missions Conference has played a significant role in helping MTW Japan grow.

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How Black Gospel Music Is Changing Hearts in Japan

“I thought: ‘Japanese people singing black gospel music? This will never work.’”

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A Conversation that Transcends Cultures

An MTW missionary woman struck up a conversation with a young Japanese lady at English Café Night. It turns out they had a lot in common.

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Good News of Great Joy: A Christmas Baptism

This Christmas we rejoiced together with the angels in heaven as Mrs. S professed her faith in Jesus and was baptized.

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Relief in Full

Compassion and hope for a devastated people in Ishinomaki, Japan

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Church Planting in Japan: A Video

Missionaries and national pastors in Japan are hard at work building the Church. Take a peek at what God is doing!

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Why Are the Japanese So Resistant to the Gospel?

We hear of the explosive growth of the church in China, India, Africa, and even in the Arab world. Why not Japan?

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"Mom, there's something I need to tell you."

He had been a Christian for about a year, but hadn't told his parents. He was struggling with questions like: "why go to church anyway?"

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Video: Why Japan?

What does Japan need more than more people willing to go? Churches willing to send them.

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Sinking in Japan

We’d gone from living in a place where we were mostly competent and self-sufficient to one where we were functionally illiterate.

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Japan: Lifting the Weight of Societal Pressure

The number of Japanese teachers taking time off from work for "mental reasons" has increased significantly in the last few years.

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Pray for MTW Japan as they grow and expand, transitioning some churches to new leadership and planting in new areas. 

Pray for children in Japan who are attending Christian school and influencing their families for Jesus. 

Pray for the U.S. church to send workers to Japan where less than 0.5% of people are Christians.

Pray for youth around the world to come to faith, and pray for missionaries who minister to the next generation. Young people often impact their whole familes for Christ.

The church is growing in Chiba, Japan! Praise God for successful Christmas outreaches. Pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to open doors for th gospel and raise more godly and gifted Japanese church planters and pastors.

Pray for the relationships missionaries are developing with Japanese men and women. Pray for common interests and connections to be a bridge to the gospel.

Pray for the men and women in Japan who have been attending church to make a public commitment to Christ and to express their faith through baptism.

Please pray for the rebuliding efforts in Ishinomaki, Japan, and for church planting efforts in the region that have begun since the 2011 tsunami.

Pray for God to break through cultural barriers to draw Japanese men and women to Himself. And for God to call more missionaries to serve in Japan.

Pray for Japanese college students wrestling with new faith. Pray that they would have the courage to give their lives to Christ and not fear their family's reaction.

Kaihin Makuhari Grace Church (Chiba, Japan)

Support a national pastor, provide start-up funding for a new congregation, and allow the team to make strategic long-term investments

Young Samurai - Chiba

God is raising up Japanese church planters for the Japanese church.