Our family has lived in Japan now for 6 months. After spending our first month adjusting and getting our house and life set up, for the past several months I’ve been ensconced in Japanese language school, studying what has been rated the most difficult language in the world for English speakers to learn. By God’s […]Read More The Labor and Benefits of Language Learning
In my last post I mentioned that we were at 50% of our monthly budget, and I reflected on some of the things I’ve learned during the first half of support raising. The first thing I listed there was how unbelieving I have been that our budget will be met. Today, only four weeks later, […]Read More Learning to put doubt where it belongs
As of this week we are (unofficially) at 50% of the monthly partnerships that we need in order to serve in Japan! A big THANK YOU to those who have discerned God’s leading and have pledged to partner with us. We are so grateful for your generosity and your desire to invest in the spread […]Read More Halfway There!… And What I’ve Learned Along the Way
I recently read an article on The Gospel Coalition website by David Sills entitled, “Missions Doesn’t Stop When a Group Has Been Reached.” Sills begins by noting the standard definition of unreached peoples as “those ethnolinguistic people groups whose population is less than 2 percent evangelical, or those groups without a sufficiently strong presence of […]Read More Does Missions Stop When a Group Has Been Reached?
Check out this post over at The Gospel Coalition, Signs of Spiritual Awakening in Japan, written by CBI founder Michael Oh and director Brett Rayl. May the Spirit so move!Read More CBI Japan Featured at The Gospel Coalition
Missionaries have to raise support (at least most of us do!). As I connect with folks, share about the work that God is doing in Japan, and invite them to participate through prayer and financial support, sometimes the answer comes back, “We believe the work you’re doing is great, and we’d love to support you, […]Read More Five Ways to Support Missionaries When Your Budget is Maxed Out
I’ve just finished reading David Platt’s book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. Platt often speaks at the big evangelical conferences, and I had heard a lot about this book and read some responses, both positive and negative, so I was curious to read it for myself. Here I offer a brief […]Read More Radical: A Review
Last week was our 9th wedding anniversary, so we celebrated by going out lunch. Since Caroline has been pregnant for the better part of the last two years, we haven’t had a lot of opportunity to enjoy sushi together, so we went to a nice little Japanese restaurant in downtown Raleigh and had some good […]Read More Anniversaries and the Gospel
In considering whether or not the church is being strategic in fulfilling the Great Commission, we need to answer several questions. What did Jesus intend in the Great Commission? In Jesus’ famous last command, commonly known as the “Great Commission,” our Lord instructs His followers to “make disciples of all nations” (Matt 28:19). The term […]Read More Is the Church Fulfilling the Great Commission Strategically?
If you have 26 minutes, I highly recommend watching this sermon by Richard Pratt. Richard was my most influential professor in seminary and the instrument God used to call me to the mission field. Enjoy!Read More Obstacles for the Church’s Mission