Register for an upcoming online event here featuring Ken Taylor:
Sharing the gospel in Japan through church planting, leadership training, music, and innovative ministries.
Japan is a land where Christianity is strongly perceived as a foreign religion. Japanese Christians need encouragement and equipping to effectively minister to their own people. Resources (short-term missions and funding) are needed to assist with on-going and startup ministries.
Our target people are:
–Seekers and not-yet-Christians during evangelistic concerts and Black Gospel workshops
–Christian lay leaders
–Christian musicians and artists
Pray for finding fresh, creative, and culturally relevant ways to reach the Japanese. Pray for equipping the emerging Japanese Christian leaders. And pray for a breakthrough of the gospel and a widespread revival in Japan!
Ken and Bola Taylor invited Christ into their lives at the height of their professional music careers. Bola was a jazz-pop singer, Ken a rising musical director/arranger. Before becoming Christians, both toured Southeast Asian night clubs and concert stages. Ken and Bola have been described as musicianaries as they use extremely creative ministries and relevant strategies in sharing the gospel to the Japanese.
As modern church planters, the Taylors are involved in effective evangelistic mission strategies and projects.
Black Gospel music is a phenomenon in Japan. It was popularized by the movie Sister Act. Since then, thousands of gospel choirs have started. Ken and Bola lead a growing network of gospel choirs called Hallelujah Gospel Family (HGF) consisting of about 70 choirs with over 1,000 members where 80% of whom are not-yet-Christians. They strategically partner with local churches and intentionally develop relationships. The gospel is shared through rehearsals, regional and combined concerts, and even international tours. Through this creative ministry, a steady number of choir members are becoming Christians and thousands are exposed to the good news through Black Gospel music.
Bola founded the compassion ministry GLOW (God’s Love On Wheels). Its purpose is to give handicapped people of the Philippines mobility and the hope in Jesus Christ. This project assists in distributing used wheelchairs (from Japan-Wheelchairs of Hope) for poor people who cannot walk. Under the leadership of Judy Raymundo (GLOW Executive Director), we partner with local churches in the Philippines that care for and follow up on the spiritual and emotional wellbeing of the wheelchair recipients and their families.
In 2010, 2012, and 2015 three containers from Japan with over 120 wheelchairs each was shipped to the Philippines and distributed to those in need through local churches.
Ken is the field leader for WorldVenture-Japan. We are called Japan Baptist Fellowship (JBF) which consists of missionaries from the USA, Canada, Europe, and Asia. God is calling out 21st century missionaries with passion, gifting, talents, expertise, and experience for effective missions in Japan. JBF validates, equips, and unleash missionaries in 3 teams: Church Multiplication Team; Innovative Ministries Team; Support Ministries Team.
Blogs and Articles on WorldVenture.com:
* It’s Been Such a Privilege, An Interview with Ken and Bola Taylor
* Boa Taylor Shows Grace in Cancer Diagnosis, Prepares for Final Concert
* Easter Sunday: Stories of Redemption