Today I (Danielle) would like to highlight two ministry opportunities in Japan that are close to my heart: Christ Bible Institute and J-House.
I worked at CBI for almost two years and it is really a wonderful ministry; Dr. Michael Oh is one of the most humble men I have ever known and you are sure to be blessed if you have the chance to meet him in person. The team has just purchased a large building in downtown Nagoya which they hope to use for various purposes including outreach to young people.
Christ Bible Institute in Nagoya, Japan
Contact: Dr. Michael Oh
Description: Christ Bible Institute is a fast-growing ministry in Japan making an impact among young Christians seeking a renewed vision for the next generation of Christianity in Japan. The ministry of CBI also includes a sizable new church plant (All Nations Fellowship), lay training, and a contemporary worship event for young people called Heart and Soul which is the largest regular meeting of young Christians in Nagoya. Michael is a PCA Teaching Elder in the Philadelphia Presbytery and the youngest member of the executive leadership of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization.
“Join the team” website:
Listen to a recent message by Michael at the Desiring God 2011 Conference here:
One of the ministry branches of CBI is All Nations Fellowship in Nagoya. I attended this fellowship during my time in Nagoya and was blessed to work with the children as a Sunday school teacher.
The second ministry highlight is J-House in Osaka. Osaka is so different from the rest of Japan – the people there are much more outgoing, friendly, and a bit crazier than the rest of Japan. One of their outreach strategies is to have something they call a “Funky Party” to draw in young people.
J-House in Osaka, Japan
Contact: Rev. Katsuya Iida
We have visited this church a few times and our hearts were warmed by the vibrant fellowship, their focus on solid Bible teaching, the extreme genki-ness of the lead pastor, and their commitment to reaching young people, particularly college students. When I visited with a non-Christian Japanese friend the church folks were welcoming, invited us to stay for lunch, and gave my friend a free book about romance in marriage. They have a page dedicated to recruiting missionaries to come to Japan: http://www.comejapan.org/
From their website: We are looking for about 5-6 people who can commit for 1 or 2 years (we prefer more). Japan is not a good place to do ministry with just one missionary. J-House has made a team of international missionaries from Japan and abroad that we call “Jesus Soldiers!” We can encourage and help each other. This way we can build a more effective ministry. Step out in faith and contact us!
Check out their website in English here:
Watch a video about J-House here on Harvest Time TV: