Johnston, Jeff & Nozomi

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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

 

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Asian Access utilizes an interwoven curriculum that focuses on fourteen strategic areas of leadership and church health. These strategic areas are covered in a variety of ways depending on the needs and situation of the participants and on the availability of faculty.

There are four categories covered:

  1. Developing the Leader
  2. Reproducing Other Leaders
  3. Multiplying Churches
  4. Expanding the Kingdom...

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Asian Access utilizes an interwoven curriculum that focuses on fourteen strategic areas of leadership and church health. These strategic areas are covered in a variety of ways depending on the needs and situation of the participants and on the availability of faculty.

There are four categories covered:

  1. Developing the Leader
  2. Reproducing Other Leaders
  3. Multiplying Churches
  4. Expanding the Kingdom...

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Asian Access utilizes an interwoven curriculum that focuses on fourteen strategic areas of leadership and church health. These strategic areas are covered in a variety of ways depending on the needs and situation of the participants and on the availability of faculty.

There are four categories covered:

  1. Developing the Leader
  2. Reproducing Other Leaders
  3. Multiplying Churches
  4. Expanding the Kingdom...

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manual binders"Can you show me the A2 teaching manual?" People often ask those of us in Asian Access what we specifically teach in our program. Potential participants want to discover what they'll study. Potential donors want to evaluate the content of our curriculum. Some have actually asked me if they can take a look at our teaching manuals to find out the content we deliver. The fact of the matter is that Asian Access doesn't have a teaching manual, per se. We don't hire teachers who merely use our teaching notes and teach from our written curriculum...

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“When we do mission, we need one heart. So we can do it together.”

These two sentences best sum up our commitment to live and work in community. Pastor Yukimasa Otomo shared this with me to describe his partnership with A2 missionaries Robert and Roberta Adair. The partnership between Japanese pastors and A2 missionaries is deep. As Yukimasa Sensei added, “Having Robert [here] is good for me, because I can share my heart.” Robert was excited to partner with this pastor, too...

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KumamotoEarthquake100k 565x327Takeshi Takazawa of Asian Access reports that there are over 100 churches in the Kyushu earthquake disaster area and surrounding vicinity in SW Japan.

Those churches together created the "Kyushu Christian Disaster Relief Center" and it's already functioning. One of the on-site leaders is an alumnus of our leader development program, Pastor Yoji Nakamura. Together, they are distributing relief goods and helping out individual victims by removing debris from their houses...

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kat mcdowell website screenshotI met some new friends recently, Masaki and Kat. My wife and I enjoyed a good bowl of ramen with this great couple a few days ago, along with mutual friends, who have been trying to introduce us for a very long time. The ramen was good, but the new friendships are even better. As we talked about our lives and love for Japan, we realized that Kat McDowell is a tremendously talented musical artist, based in Los Angeles, but with a global reach. The former Sony label artist has now launched her own indie label and can be found at...

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Asian Access missionaries recount the early days following the Great Japan Disaster and share how it's been an amazing privilege to journey with the Japanese as they rebuild their lives over the past five years.

TOHOKU, JAPAN (A2) — In the months following the disaster, missionary Sue Takamoto asked a community leader, “So how many funerals have you been to?” ...

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Dr. Lon Allison2015 Highlights: Endorsements of Asian Access

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

Dr. Lon Allison
Pastor of Teaching & Outreach, Wheaton Bible Church

"I know the goals; I know the mission of Asian Access. I know what they're about. I support that with all my heart. But what I'm really excited about is...

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2014-year-changeover-web2015 has been a fruitful year of ministry at Asian Access. Here are some highlights from the past twelve months...

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flag of Bangladesh wavingDeath threats issued to pastors in Bangladesh — The persecution of Christians, Hindus, and even random attacks on foreigners have all dramatically increased in Bangladesh this past year, instigated by Islamic extremists. One newspaper reported that over 20 pastors have recently received death threats via text messages and letters. Here is a sampling of SMS death threats from several different sources: a.) "Eat whatever you like the most. Only five days of your life are left. Not more than that." A follow up text sent the next day read, "One day has gone by. Let us know if we have to arrange your burial as well. Or...will your family take care of your body?" b.) "You, the Christian leaders, will have to bid goodbye to this world very soon." c.) "We are going to finish off all, one by one, who are spreading Christianity in Bangladesh." According to Barnabas Fund, these threats have been sent by...

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Silk Handley recounted with Joe about their time in Nepal, specifically about when they were able to go actually see one of the village sites where the earthquake did quite a bit of damage. “It was amazing walking the streets. I noticed huge piles of dirt and mud in the center of the road blocking the road, so that vehicles couldn't even drive there. I was thinking, ‘How did this happen?’ As I was watching, I...

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imageIn an article entitled "Nepal Earthquake 2015 - Petition to Transparency International, CIAA Nepal and United Nations," Sanju Lama levies pretty harsh allegations of corruption in Nepal that have kept relief funds and supplies from the quake victims. Following the initial devastating 7.8 magnitude...

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Pastor-BMcD-in-DhakaWhen you spend time with Byron MacDonald, you quickly sense the peace in his life, as well as his love for the Word of God. That's what participants of A2/Bangladesh class 2 (and I) recently enjoyed. Byron gave quality time to invest deeply in the lives of fourteen A2/Bangladesh leaders. He led the group in an in-depth study of 1 John, teaching principles of hermeneutics—equipping them to be "workers approved"—and how to deliver God's Word to His people. I enjoyed seeing the leaders wrestle with...

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Takeshi TakazawaELC 2015 gets underway today and A2 is there!

Asian Access is a silver sponsor of the Eagles Leadership Conference, held at Singapore's Suntec Convention Centre from July 23-25, 2015. The theme of ELC 2015 is The Art of Partnership: Collaboration – Creativity – Community. Our own Takeshi Takazawa is one of the speakers. Takeshi's workshop is entitled, Partnering Church and Corporations: Making Community Impact and he will share from his experiences in forging partnerships between church and marketplace. Listen to Takeshi's introduction...

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Three questions from A2.business...

1. Have you seen this new logo?

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2. Have you visited this new website?

3. Have you read these articles? ...

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nepal-quake-wrecked-house-2Karl and June of Moody Radio-Chicago interviewed Joe Handley on the heels of his return from Nepal. Joe provided a status update on what's happening—both the challenges and the opportunities—how they're coping there, and how you can help.

Find out why Joe believes Nepal is the worst disaster he has ever seen...

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nepal-quake-wrecked-house-2Karl and June of Moody Radio-Chicago interviewed Mr. Chittry on the ground in Nepal. He provided a status update on what's happening—both the challenges and the opportunities—how they're coping there, and how you can help....

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Asian Access' first relief team will be on the ground May 17 to begin delivering aid and assessing upcoming needs. The team will immediately distribute relief through a network of local churches.

This is a letter from Noel Becchetti sent to his prayer team and financial supporters...

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allison lon-2015"It all emanates out of a love for God and a life with God." That's what Lon Allison says. At Asian Access' annual Global Leaders' Summit last week in Cambodia, Dr. Lon Allison inspired our group with the importance of a love relationship with God. Then he offered practical insights on how to nurture this deep relationship, drawing upon Scripture, as well as the written experiences of believers from the past 2,000 years, including his own.

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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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