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Nagoya Castle: Emran Kassim

Christ Bible Institute, Nagoya, Japan

For decades, pastors in the Nagoya area prayed for a seminary where young people could be trained for gospel ministry. Ministries of Christ Bible Institute (CBI) now include a graduate-level seminary; the Heart and Soul, a café outreach to young people; a church planting center; a counseling project focused on resourcing and training Japanese Christians to provide counseling; and the CBI press, translating and publishing key Christian resources in Japanese. God graciously provided a new ministry campus in the heart of downtown Nagoya, just 300 meters from Nagoya Station.

The vision of the CBI Team is to ENGAGE Japanese society with the gospel, EXPAND the kingdom of God through church planting, and to EQUIP leaders in the gospel. Though the nation of Japan is one of the greatest mission challenges of the world—only 0.2 percent attend a Protestant church—the country has entered a season of unprecedented spiritual openness as a result of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The CBI ministries are uniquely situated to take advantage of this new openness to the gospel.

MEET THE TEAM

Bauserman, Rachel

Rachel Bauserman works with MTW Next in Nagoya, Japan. She seeks to actively engage the emerging generation with the Gospel. She also serves missionary kids across the Asia/Pacific area.

Rachel Bauserman works with MTW Next in Nagoya, Japan. She seeks to actively engage the emerging generation with the...

Cain, Brooks & Riva

Brooks and Riva Cain serve as MTW missionaries in Nagoya, Japan. They are a part of Next, equipping people to reach the next generation for Christ.

Brooks and Riva Cain serve as MTW missionaries in Nagoya, Japan. They are a part of Next, equipping people to reach...

Chapin, Craig & Yumiko

Craig and Yumiko Chapin are working with Christ Bible Institute in Nagoya, Japan. Craig teaches New Testament at Christ Bible Seminary and serves as the seminary’s academic dean and librarian. He also serves on CBI’s leadership team. Yumiko’s passion is music and hospitality.

Craig and Yumiko Chapin are working with Christ Bible Institute in Nagoya, Japan. Craig teaches New Testament at...

DeBoer, Shannon

In Nagoya, Japan, Shannon will be teaching English literature, ESL, participating in Heart and Soul community outreach, and working with mercy ministry.

In Nagoya, Japan, Shannon will be teaching English literature, ESL, participating in Heart and Soul community...

Hotta, Masakuni

Kuni serves as an MTW national partner at Christ Bible Seminary (CBI) in Nagoya, Japan.

Kuni serves as an MTW national partner at Christ Bible Seminary (CBI) in Nagoya, Japan.

Kim, Mark & Rachel

Mark and Rachel are serving with Christ Bible Institute in Nagoya where they assist with language school and infrastructure and outreach support.

Mark and Rachel are serving with Christ Bible Institute in Nagoya where they assist with language school and...

Krieger, Karis

The Lord has called Karis to return to Japan for two years to continue serving with CBI and the local church. She will continue to serve with Heart & Soul, teach English, and lead worship.

The Lord has called Karis to return to Japan for two years to continue serving with CBI and the local church. She...

Newkirk, Matt and Caroline

The Newkirks feel a great burden to see God’s glorious kingship recognized and adored by the Japanese.

The Newkirks feel a great burden to see God’s glorious kingship recognized and adored by the Japanese.

Oh, Michael & Pearl

Through the Lausanne Movement many of today’s key global mission strategies were introduced to the global Church.

Through the Lausanne Movement many of today’s key global mission strategies were introduced to the global Church.

Rayl, Brett & Taylor

Nagoya is one of the biggest cities in Japan, and CBI is located in the heart of the city.

Nagoya is one of the biggest cities in Japan, and CBI is located in the heart of the city.

Watanabe, Gary & Lois

Gary and Lois Watanabe will be based in Nagoya, Japan and serve the City to City Asia Pacific networks.

Gary and Lois Watanabe will be based in Nagoya, Japan and serve the City to City Asia Pacific networks.

Wong, Thomas

Thomas will serve in Nagoya, Japan at Christ Bible Institute and Kita Yokkaichi Church to help raise up a new generation of leaders in the Japanese church.

Thomas will serve in Nagoya, Japan at Christ Bible Institute and Kita Yokkaichi Church to help raise up a new...

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

Pray that God would use our Japan teams to open the hearts of the Japanese to God’s presence and love for them.

Pray for the Japanese to realize that money, health, education, and material possessions do not satisfy the human heart.

Pray for those in ministry trained by Christ Bible Institute in Nagoya, Japan. Pray that they would live and proclaim the gospel.

Pray for Japanese pastor Nozomu and family as they grow a church plant in one of the least-reached prefectures in Japan. 

Pray for the Japanese men and women impacted by the gospel during recent homestays in the U.S. to continue in faith as they return to Japan.

Pray for the church-planting efforts of the Nagoya, Japan, team to be effective and that God would grow the Church in Japan.

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.

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