During my 4 years of college God revealed how weak and broken I am and how much greater His grace and sovereignty are in comparison. I had always wanted to go on short term missions with my church or campus ministry—and even signed up twice before, but the timing never worked out. A few months ago, God placed this Japan mission trip on my heart and here I am so blessed to go!
Right now, I am taking a gap year before grad school and while I am sometimes disappointed that I am not already in school, I know God is still leading me well. God is faithful beyond words and He has given me this time for good rest and has so graciously opened a door for me to help our missionary contact (Jessica Lee) fulfill the Great Commission in Hiroshima.
Today, our team of 6 will be going to Hiroshima, Japan to share the gospel. Japan is one of the most advanced countries in the world, yet its people are widely unfamiliar with the gospel message. It is the 2nd largest unreached population group in the world. Less than 2% of the Japanese population is Christian today.
Despite these discouraging numbers, I know that God’s triumph is sure. Isaiah 25:3 says, “Therefore strong nations will declare your glory; ruthless nations will fear you.”I like this verse because Isaiah declares God’s sovereignty and grace and proclaims that all nations will turn to God. The triumph is sure because God is the one doing it all. “In that day the people will proclaim, This is our God! We trusted in him, and he saved us! This is the Lord, in whom we trusted. Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings! (Isaiah 25:9)”In all of our lacking, He abounds more than we know. He is all we need. This has been my prayer as I try to prepare my heart for Japan. Nothing done for the cause of advancing God’s kingdom is done vain, so I THANK YOU, Bethel English Church for sending and supporting our team!