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Introducing...

Jeff & Nozomi Johnston

Zack and Ellie


Serving as Vice President
for Advancement & Communications



Bio: Jeff & Nozomi Johnston

Background Information

Jeffrey S. Johnston grew up in Wisconsin, Ohio and North Carolina. He became a Christian through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating, Jeff spent a short-term ministry assignment in Japan with Asian Access. He met Nozomi at Columbia International University where he earned his Master of Divinity.

Nozomi Takeda Johnston holds a B.A. in Christian Ed. and a Bible Teaching certificate from CIU. Born in Sendai, Japan, her family moved to Atlanta from Japan to start a Japanese church, which is now celebrating its 36th year of ministry. Their children (Zack and Ellie) are entering high school and junior high this year .

 

Ministry Assignment:

Jeff is serving as the Vice President for Advancement & Communications for all of Asian Access, and he lives in Los Angeles. His primary responsibilities are to communicate the vision and mission of the organization—telling the Asian Access story through video, the web, print materials, and personal contact. Jeff has been with Asian Access since 1987, including the time to complete seminary and a church internship. He is also serving as a member of the Asian Access Leadership Team, and the family recently returned from a 4-year ministry stint in Tokyo. Jeff also has contributed to establishing the A2 pastor training model in North India and Bangladesh.

Nozomi is investing her time teaching third grade and raising the kids and building a healthy and God-centered home. Whether in Tokyo or now Los Angeles, this is something lacking in both countries. In the past, she helped to write Bible class curriculum for the young kids at church. She has a ministry to moms and kids, teaching the Joy of Parenting book and marriage from a biblical perspective.

 

Words of wisdom...

If you are interested in pursuing a potential career in missions, here are our suggested action steps...

  • Pray. Ask God for direction. Get a copy of Operation World and begin praying for the world.
  • Get active in a local church. Join a church and develop relationships as you minister there. If you want to serve in Japan, you'll need church ministry experience here before you go. And it will be this sending church that affirms your call into missions and commissions you to serve.
  • Find a mentor. Seek an experienced person who has knowledge of missions to help you make some decisions. This should definitely include your missions pastor and/or missions committee. It may include a missionary.
  • Get trained. If God is still moving you into long-term service, get a hold of a handbook called "Send Me!: Your Journey to the Nations" and find some training. Look into formal training opportunities.
  • Friend-Raise. Build a network of financial and prayer supporters. Keep them informed through regular newsletters. Be involved in the local church.
  • Go! Step out in faith!

 

When you're in Japan, be sure to...

  • bathe before you get into the bathtub;
  • push buttons on the toilet only when you're sitting, not standing!
  • never wear your bathroom slippers outside the bathroom;
  • never leave your chopsticks sticking directly in a bowl of rice.

 

Wonderful ministry memories...

I (Jeff) love to see people and teams I have helped to recruit and train, go to Japan and touch lives while there. Some have been used to bring people to Christ; others to plant new churches. All encourage the believers with whom they work. Invariably, these missionaries return home more mature than when they first went, whether it was for 3 years or 3 weeks. God does a work in them and through them. That is satisfying to me.

 

Looking to the future...

We hope that Japan experiences a revival, first in the church; then an awakening in the rest of its society. We'd like to see 5-10% of it's people come to Christ in the next decade or two. Further, I am trusting God that the Japanese church will play a significant role in reaching the rest of Asia for Christ.

 


Recent Articles from Jeff

 

wesley at 50thAn Asian Pastor's Journey from Career to Calling

On May 1st, Asian Access released a brand new series called, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words.

Today, we'd like you to meet Wesley...

For decades, Wesley Kyaw Thura misinterpreted "calling" as building a ministry career. Then God used dramatic circumstances to inspire him to resign his pastorate and denominational positions to become a zero—a "nothing man". In the process, Wesley discovered his calling and found his soul.

From Eastern Voices, Vol. 1: "Losing My Face to Find My Soul" (chp 1)...

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Takeshi Takazawa video screengrabTakeshi wants "Eastern Voices" to introduce Asian leaders to the West and to promote dialogue

On May 1st, Asian Access released a brand new series called, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words.

Takeshi Takazawa expands on how the reader can best engage "Eastern Voices"—getting to know the writers as people, hearing their stories, and thinking of questions that could be asked of their brothers and sisters in Asia that would help to build and deepen the conversation... 

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EV1 final title slide 2017 04 25 flat 700pxGroundbreaking book released May 1 platforms national leaders across Asia

Asian Access is releasing a brand new series today called, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words.

Noel Becchetti, VP for Leader Development at Asian Access served as editor of the compilation of 14 stories from 15 different Asian authors. In his introduction, Becchetti writes:

"It's time to hear the voices. The voices have actually...

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2016 17 cubes 500px2016 has been a fruitful year of ministry at Asian Access, as we gear up for our 50th anniversary in 2017. Before we look ahead, let's look back at some highlights from the past twelve months...

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Why A2?

Why are we serving with Asian Access?

We are serving with Asian Access because it is a strategic organization dedicated to developing leaders who multiply churches across Asia. We gain a sense of fulfillment in contributing to the building of God's kingdom there.

Furthermore, the A2 community is a welcoming global family to which we belong. Our kids love being a part of the A2 family.

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Jeffspacer-transp Sep 21
Nozomispacer-transp Jul 5
Zackspacer-transp Apr 1
Elliespacer-transp May 9
Anniversaryspacer-transp 12/16/94

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