In partnership with Denen Grace Chapel planted in 2001, we aim to begin church plants north, south, east and west of this church. Our approach will be building relationships within these communities, making disciples and organizing into indigenous church plants. Our ultimate goal is to see these churches passionate about multiplication and that a church planting movement would be the end result!
The Japanese face many pressures from their society that create obstacles when presented with the Gospel. These pressures are materialism, an intense reverence for tradition/culture, being a conformist society and a land of 8 million gods. Additionally Japan ranks highest in the areas of depression, infidelity and suicide.
Our prayer is that God would break through these pressures and obstacles and that the Japanese people would discover the hope available through the gospel of Jesus Christ. We pray that through finding this hope they would share this message with their own people and that a church planting movement would take place
Lindsay and I come from two very different backgrounds. I grew up with a loving family, however never had a clear concept of the gospel. On Christmas Eve 2004, God saved me and from that point forward radically changed the pursuits of my heart. Through different experiences in college, I was directly challenged by God’s command to “go”.
Lindsay had the tremendous privilege of growing up in a Christian home and was presented the gospel at an early age. It was during a youth summer camp that God got a hold of Lindsay’s heart for the nations. She, too, was convinced to “go”. Shortly thereafter, God allowed for Lindsay to attend Liberty University. There we met and married in 2010.
God has given us the privilege in parenting three children – Clark (Dec 2013), Mollie (March 2015) and Bear (Aug 2017). We look forward to see how God will use our children in ministry.
God gave Lindsay and I the opportunity to attend Liberty University. I graduated in 2010 with a degree in Bible & Missions. Lindsay graduated a year later with a degree in Elementary/Special Education. We were ready for ministry…right? Oddly enough, our first ministry training assignment was to work in a secular context. Go figure! Before Lindsay became a full-time stay-at-home mom, she worked 2 years in the public school system. Likewise, I worked in the insurance industry for 4 years. These experiences gave us great opportunities to share Christ in the workplace, while also learning what it means to be faithful and committed to a full-time job. This was great training as we looked forward to Japan.
Our family has lived and served in Japan since March 2017 and we truly love our work. With full-time language study behind us, we’re now in the thick of beginning new churches in SW Greater Tokyo – specifically Yokohama/Kawasaki areas. Thank you for your prayers and support!