Johnston, Jeff & Nozomi

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Introducing...

Jeff & Nozomi Johnston

Zack & Ellie
Serving as VP for Advancement & Communications

Bio: Jeff & Nozomi Johnston

 

Background Information

johnston jeffrey 2020 7R301940 squareJeffrey 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 was born in Sendai, Japan, and her family moved to Atlanta from Japan to start a Japanese church in 1977, which is still active today. Nozomi holds a B.A. in Christian Ed. and a Bible Teaching certificate from CIU, as well as a Masters in Education from Concordia University concentrating in elementary curriculum & instruction. She is currently teaching third grade.

Zack is studying engineering at college and is a performing Junior Member of the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood, California.

Ellie is set to graduate from high school in Spring 2020 and is planning on enrolling in college after well-deserved summer vacation.

 

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

 

man hidden identity“We were busy, but with no priorities. Doing lots of ‘ministry’, but it was superficial. Nine years wasted. It was ‘Preach here! Evangelize there! Plant that church!’ We were all running around on our own. We were not reproducing ourselves. It was all we that we knew. Then we got involved with Asian Access. We learned how to...

 

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Indonesia (MNN) — Joe Handley of Asian Access shares information they received from pastors responding to Indonesia’s recent earthquake and tsunami:

  • The earthquake created liquefaction or like quicksand effect in the soil
  • For first responder aid (up to 6 months), we recommend agencies such as International aid agencies
  • such as World Vision and World Relief (especially Lutheran World Relief)
  • Asian Access' strategy is to provide long-term presence, coming alongside pastors and leaders, empowering and equipping them to respond over the long haul.
  • Right now people need blankets, food, supplies for those who have lost everything.
  • importance of the presence of Christ-followers to meet needs and listening to people's stories and pray for them.

Listen to the interview...

 

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kärin primuthA2 Board Member calls for more coordinated efforts in mission

Orlando (MNN) — Asian Access board member Kärin Primuth and Mission Network News' Katey Hearth discuss Great Commission trends at the 2018 Missio Nexus Leadership Conference.

Primuth calls for more coordination and collaboration between groups in mission to maximize our overall effectiveness in achieving the Great Commission. Using Jesus' prayer for unity in John 17, she highlights the partnership models that both Asian Access and visionSynergy are implementing in their respective circles to contribute to the advance of the Gospel.

 

Karin Primuth, Asian Access, September 20, 2018

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Takeshi Takazawa of Asian Access shares the latest updates about Japan’s flooding crisis with MNN’s Ruth Kramer. Here how we should be praying...

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Asian Access is announcing that it is receiving donations for the current flooding crisis in Japan and is directing those funds to provide relief where most strategic in terms of long-term impact. In response to this crisis, Asian Access has decided to help Japan in important ways consistent with our mission. Our first priority is always the nationals. Asian Access prioritizes its response based on the three types of people/organizations involved in disaster relief...

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photo courtesy Kyodo News, Japan85 Dead, Millions Forced to Flee

According to CNN, dozens of people have been killed and 2 million forced to flee their homes across eight prefectures after record rains pounded southwest Japan, triggering widespread flooding and deadly landslides. Japanese news NHK reports 85 people are dead, 6 are in critical condition and at least 58 are missing. "The Japan Meteorological Agency upgraded its alert system to the highest level in large areas of western Japan, while lifting the warning in other regions." "About 364 millimeters (14.3 inches) of rain fell between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. in the city of Uwajima -- approximately 1.5 times the average monthly rainfall for July." ...

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 Asian Access Launches New “Pan Asia Leader Development” Program in April 2018

A2 PALD 1.1 Apr23 2018 14 jjPan Asia (A2) — Asian Access is trying to innovate again. This new pilot program builds upon the A2 Leader Development model in that it creates a learning community of a just few key leaders. It provides a transformative, two-year process, just as our core program does. It's an R&D effort based upon our proven model, but with some significant differences...

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MissioNexus has produced a video series entitled "International Voices." They have decided to utilize two of Asian Access' Eastern Voices landmark book, Volume 1.

These are the two interviews that appear in the series:

 

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S1.6 N3.6 jj 76From Asian Access' series called, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words... Here's final part 6 in a series from Pastor Jeyakaran...

EV11.6: Asian Access contributing to breaking down discrimination

Pastor Jeyakaran describes how sharing the pro-empowerment story of Powerhouse Church has challenged dozens of Indian pastors to change their perspectives and practices in terms of the priesthood of all believers, leaving behind the caste, skin color, and gender prejudices of centuries.

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taking values globallyFrom Asian Access' series called, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words... Here's part 5 in a series from Pastor Jeyakaran...

EV11.5 Church members carrying kingdom values wherever they go

Jeyakaran shares how a small network of five churches in Chennai, India, has birthed a growing national movement of emerging leaders who are bringing a radical message of God's equal love for all people, regardless of caste, skin color, or gender....

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From Asian Access' series called, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words... Here's part 4 in a series from Pastor Jeyakaran...

EV11.4: Asian Church combats discrimination against women

Pastor Jeyakaran shares how Powerhouse Church tackled the issue of full empowerment for leadership for both men and women the simple way—by releasing women as well as men into all roles of leadership in the church. Jeyakaran reflected, “God wanted us to champion the cause of releasing women into all positions of leadership the church." This has not been without controversy. He shared, “We know there is a big debate...

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From Asian Access' series called, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words... Here's part 3 in a series from Pastor Jeyakaran...

EV11.3: Asian Church breaks down discrimination of caste and colour

Pastor Jeyakaran shares how Powerhouse Church has applied their commitment to the equality of all persons — regardless of caste, colour, or gender — to impact the prejudices prevalent in the Indian Church...

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From Asian Access' series called, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words...

Here's part 2 from Pastor Jeyakaran...

EV11.2: Scripture compels Church to fight discrimination

Pastor Jeyakaran asserts that in the heart of God is equality and justice. Therefore his newly planted church decided to take on discrimination based upon Scripture's teaching that people are...

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Jeyakaran

From Asian Access' series called, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words, we'd like you to meet Jeyakaran...

EV11.1: Is the Church mirroring culture or transforming it?

Pastor Jeyakaran shares the shocking reality of how the Church in his country has embraced the prevailing prejudices of his culture: caste, gender, and skin color, and how this has crippled the advance of the Gospel in his country. From Eastern Voices, Vol. 1 "Breaking Through The Barriers" (chp 11)

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carlton bruce 300x300pxHere is a review of Eastern Voices, Volume 1 offered by R. Bruce Carlton that appeared in Evangelical Missions Quarterly (EMQ). We are posting this review on our site with permission from EMQ.

A Review by R. Bruce Carlton, D.Th.

Professor of Cross-Cultural Ministry, Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK.

Can you hear the voices? This question being asked of the global Christian community regarding those who are church leaders from Asia is similar to a popular US- based cellular phone company that was once noted for its “Can you hear me now?” advertising campaign. Both questions presuppose that the ones seeking to speak face difficulty in being heard and understood. Eastern Voices: Volume 1 is the first volume in what is to be a series of compilations from Asian church leaders speaking to the global church, leaders who...

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2017 to 20182017 has been a tremendous year of seeing God at work—remembering His faithfulness through the last five decades and seeing Him continue extending His kingdom. As our 50th anniversary draws to a close these last days of 2017, we want to share some highlights from this past year of Jubilee. Check out a sampling of our top stories from 2017...

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chun pamela2017 Highlights: Endorsements of Asian Access

Here are some things people are saying about Asian Access this year...

Mrs. Pam Chun
Co-Founder and Vice President, Hawaiian Island Ministries

"Praise God for the gifts he's given Asian Access through its fifty years of faithfulness: the gifts of relationships, respect, wisdom and understanding that cross bridges, opens doors and welcomes people into the family of God...

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A2 50th Day3 meng and radyAsian Access has released a brand new series called, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words. We'd like you to meet Meng...

A Trans-Cultural Look at Christian Leadership

Do we lead like Jesus? (2:55)

Meng Aun Hour says that many people use their own power to control or hurt others. He kept asking himself, “What about me? What about my leadership style? Do I lead like the leaders of Cambodia, or do I lead like Jesus?” Studying...

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A2 50th psmAsian Access has released a brand new series called, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words. We'd like you to meet Peter...

Freeing Bible Teaching from the Bonds of Culture

Why we lack good Bible teachers (2:15)

Why can Bible teaching in countries like Bangladesh be so dry and unappealing? Peter Mazumder shares why so many Bible college graduates in Bangladesh begin their ministries unmotivated, as well as unequipped, to teach the Bible with life and power...

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A2 EV1 CyberWeek 2017 1600x900Special Purchase: Cyber Week Deal Extended through December 1st!

This week, we are offering a discount on our brand new series, Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia In Their Own Words.

Order your copy from Amazon today, whether in print (US$9.99) or digital e-book (US$5.99) format. That's a discount over 33%! And if you use the link below, Amazon will donate some proceeds back to Asian Access!

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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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Nozomispacer-transp Jul 5
Zackspacer-transp Apr 1
Elliespacer-transp May 9
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