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Garrett Inouye, missionary candidate, shares his call to Japan

10 May 2012 (08:55) | posted by jj |

jjA2 missionary candidate Garrett Inouye shares about deeper issues in Japan. This is a compelling visual you've got to watch, and you can also read his thoughts below...

From Garrett Inouye:

My heart broke for Japan on a train in Tokyo. I was on an missions trip the summer of 2005, and as I was looking around at the other passengers, I felt God open my heart. He revealed that beyond the technology, fancy clothing, and apparent wealth, Japan was a land that was longing for the Gospel. And that most likely my team and me were the only Christians on the train.

However, my initial reaction wasn't to embrace this feeling, rather it started an internal struggle between God and me. To be honest, at the time I really didn't like Japan. I thought it was hot, humid, smelly, small, and there wasn't enough food. I missed southern California with our sunny skies, perfect temperature, and free refills at McDonalds. It also didn't help that every missionary I was talking to mentioned that ministry in Japan required long-term commitment. But God's call is a gift and His way is grace.


One night while I was internally wrestling with God, our team went to a prayer chapel. I figured that since this was a house of God, I would tell him to give me clear direction or I would choose to reject a calling to Japan. So I said, "God, if you want me here long term, speak to my emotions!" Then I sat and waited for God to make something happen in my heart… After 30 minutes nothing happened, so I said, "God, if you want me her long term, speak to my mind! Give me a vision or something like that!" I sat and waited for another 30 minutes and nothing came to my mind. Frustrated, but also maybe a little relieved that God hadn't said "Go", I said, "God! If you want me here long term, speak to me in an audible voice!" And as I waited I listened as hard as I could! Slowly a whisper began to emerge from the silence, and it got louder and louder. My heart began to beat really fast because I was hearing "God's voice", but then I realized it was just the man seated behind me whispering his prayers. At that point I just gave up and told God, if he wanted me to minister in Japan long term then that he had to confirm it before the end of the night.


Well later that night I had dinner with a group of friends. One of them told me that a missionary we both knew felt like God was calling me to missions in Japan for longer than 1 year. It was at that moment that God answered my prayer and confirmed my calling to Japan. I no longer had any reason to doubt, and I accepted the call to Japan.
 


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Beijing blocks delegates to Lausanne Congress

14 October 2010 (19:08) | posted by blogadmin |

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(NPR) - National Public Radio (NPR) is reporting on the Chinese government's decision to try to deny 230 Chinese church leaders from attending the Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, October 16-25, 2010. 

Doug Birdsall, Executive Chair of Lausanne, was interviewed in the broadcast. Be sure to listen to this brief, but informative clip.

Listen to the NPR story here... (about 4 minutes)

Direct link to audio file: (in case you don't see an audio player) 
http://www.asianaccess.org/a2blog/gallery/1/20101014_me_05.mp3

 

Read the NPR online article:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130540715

 

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Mission Network News has also reported on this story:
Chinese Christians blocked from world evangelization conference

 


BAM! Business as Mission

28 February 2010 (18:55) | posted by peter |

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[Podcast] Utilizing for-profit companies based on Biblical principles to do community development and seek transformation of lives and societies.

A sense of mission can come in all shapes and sizes.

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Harvest Vision

19 January 2010 (06:07) | posted by peter |

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Japan Stories podcastListen to this pastor from south Osaka share about her church’s vision to love their community.

[ Harvest-Vision.mp3 ]

 


Politics and Jesus... in Japan

26 October 2009 (17:15) | posted by peter |

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Latest podcast from Japan Stories...

After a major shake-up in the Japanese political realm, Peter shares a prayer request for open hearts to respond to the love of Christ.

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