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.




millersAsian Access/Japan’s Progress Report from 2018

There is much to be thankful to God for in the ministry highlights he brought our way in 2018. Below is a summary of encouraging progress from various ministry categories and missionaries serving in Japan...

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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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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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Touhoku bazaar to hand out supplies to victims of the tsunami

by Kent Muhling

It's good to be up here in Touhoku again!  Much has changed; much has not.  Gasoline is no longer a problem -- stations are open, no long lines.  The highways are open tot all now, not just emergency vehicles.  Electricity has been restored in many places, most stores have reopened, and Sendai city no longer looks like a ghost town.  Slowly life is returning to normal -- for some.

For others, though, little has changed.  There are still some places without electricity or running water, there are still people living in houses where the first floor was destroyed, and  there are still many living in evacuation centers, with nowhere to go...

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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