Muhling, Kent & Yuko

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Kent & Yuko Muhling


Kent & Yuko Muhling

Caleb, Sophie & Joshua
Serving as Missional Partners
in Sendai, Japan

Bio: Kent & Yuko Muhling

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Background Info

Kent is a former Naval Flight Officer who felt the call to the ministry while still in uniform. He resigned his commission in 1996, spent a year and a half in Ukraine as a lay missionary, then returned to Orlando, FL to pursue a Master of Divinity degree at Reformed Theological Seminary. There he met his wife Yuko, a native of Japan, who was studying for her Master of Arts in Counseling. They both graduated in 2001 and are eager to serve the Lord in ministry.

Ministry Assignment

Serving with Asian Access since 2003:

  • As Career Missionaries
    • Tohoku, Japan, 2012-present
  • as Church Planting Associates:
    • Term 2: Osaka, Japan, 2010-2014
    • Home Assignment: Jacksonville, FL - 2009
    • Term 1: Chiba/Tokyo, Japan- 2006-2009
  • Pre-Field Deputation: 2003-2006

Words of wisdom...

  • Pray. Ask God to reveal your heart. For what reasons would you, or would you not, pursue full-time missionary service?
  • Ask other mature believers in your life if they sense this is the direction God might be leading you.
  • Then, absolutely, read Let the Nations Be Glad! by John Piper – the most passion-inspiring, God-glorifying book on missions I’ve yet read.

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

Visit Kyoto, with its numerous temples, shrines, gardens, and other monuments to traditional Japanese culture. It is a beautiful place!

Hoping for "ultimate contributions"...

I'd like to help establish a worldwide prayer movement for Japan that would break through spiritual barriers and see masses of Japanese embrace the gospel of Christ. (This has begun to happen in the Middle East, as a result of the worldwide prayer movement for the 10/40 Window begun about 10 years ago.) 

Meaningful methods...

Both of us really want our home to be a place where ministry takes place -- home Bible studies and fellowship groups, an open door for those who are hurting or seeking answers to spiritual questions, etc. We’re drawn to the picture of the early church in the New Testament, which often met in homes. 

Hopes for the future...

I (Kent) hope to be a good student of Japanese language and culture, so that I might be able to truly understand the minds and hearts of those I am trying to reach with the gospel – and so that I might better understand what following Christ looks and feels like to my Japanese brothers and sisters. Yuko hopes to get certified as a translator so she can help in translating Christian literature (especially in the area of counseling) into Japanese.




A ship was washed up on Kent Muhling

Well, Day 5 for me is winding down. Not a terribly exciting day for me, but my heart is tired.This morning we drove about 3 hours north of Sendai to the city of Kesennuma. We had heard that the evacuation centers were short on supplies such as toothbrushes and other hygiene items. This time the reports were true, and no one had yet brought anything. Our van load...

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Homes in rubbleby Kent Muhling

Has it really only been 3 days since we arrived in Sendai? Feels like much longer. Whew. Yesterday and today were more visits to churches and evacuation centers, trying to assess needs and figure out where we can be of help. The situation changes daily. We hear of a place in need of water, for example, and by the time we get there we find that the Japanese self-defense forces have showed up and are delivering water daily.

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This used to be a rice field.Editor's Note: This is an update from Kent Muhling on March 21, who went to Sendai with two other Asian Access missionaries...

Just wanted to give you a quick update of today’s activities. We left this morning with a car load of supplies, just a token of support, really, and went to visit two churches who are already involved in distributing...



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Samaritan's Purse readies the 93 tons of supplies to airlift to JapanEditor's Note: This is an excerpt from one the first updates provided by Kent Muhling, an A2 misisonary based in Osaka who recently headed up to Sendai on a team with two additional Asian Access missionaries. We will be posting more updates from Kent and the other team members.

Dear Praying Friends,

We just pulled out of the CRASH headquarters (March 19), on our way north to Sendai.  Here is what has been happening:

The original plan was for our 3-man team from Asian Access to go up to Ibaraki, south of the nuclear reactor area of Fukushima, ...

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Why A2?

Why are we serving with Asian Access?

We're serving with Asian Access because they are on the cutting edge of leadership development and partnership in ministry. We love their vision and philosophy of ministry. We love that Asian Access partners with many different Japanese denominations. Though we are from the Reformed tradition theologically, we want to minister in a broader context, to cross denominational barriers, and to place a high value on the unity of the Body of Christ, even though we might disagree on some doctrinal issues with others.

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Important Dates
Kentspacer-transp Apr 10
Yukospacer-transp Dec 13
Caleb    Sep 25
Sophiespacer-transp Dec 22
Joshuaspacer-transp Jul 05
Anniversary    Mar 17, 2001