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Pray for Japan

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PRAY!
The prayer of believers is THE key to turning a dark nation such as Japan to the light and love of Christ. It is not the sending of missionaries, it is not the collection of offerings to support missionaries, nor is it the dedicated work of missionaries that will impact an unreached individual, community, or nation — but it is by the power of the prayers of believers — the body of Christ.

SIMPLY PRAY!
It is by our prayers that God will awaken and raise up believers to go as missionaries. It is by our prayers that the Spirit will stir hearts to support the work of missions. And it is by our prayers that Christ will transform the world through the lives and work of missionaries.

PRAY SIMPLY
A simple prayer, fervent from the heart, is all that is needed. You don’t have to be a bible scholar, a pastor, or a theologian. All it takes is a childlike faith.

PRAY!
As with any unreached people groups, there are language barriers, cultural obstacles, and personal issues that may impede the message of the gospel. Pray for our missionaries in Japan — Cherry, Rich and Emi. Pray for the individuals they have formed relationships with and for those they come in contact with. Pray for the community of Ishinomaki in which they are planting seeds of faith. And pray for the nation of Japan.

Tom Tanaka, Team Member

Japan 2019 - Meet Mark Williams

We are always open for those outside our fellowship to join us on our mission trips. Mark is joining us with his pastor Billy Wheeler from CC Everett and we are blessed to have him.

pastor Bob

My name is Mark Williams and I live in Lake Stevens, WA. I am very much looking forward to meeting my brothers and sisters in Christ from both CCPV and Japan, and getting to serve the Lord alongside them.

Mark Williams of CC Everett

Mark Williams of CC Everett

I was born into a Christian family and grew up going to church every Sunday. In 2016 I left the church I grew up in and began attending Calvary Everett. At this time my faith in the Lord really became my own. I am grateful to my church family for the teaching and fellowship they have provided as well as the opportunities to be active in ministry. 

When my pastor told me about the Japan mission trip, I was somewhat reluctant to commit but did pray about it for weeks. The Lord has now placed the desire within me to go, and I am eager to see how the Lord will use us to further His kingdom.

Mark Williams

Heart for Japan

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It was 1989 that I first traveled to Japan and fell in love with the people and their country. It is incredible how the Japanese people hold to their traditions and modern technology at the same time. After serving in Japan with my family for a year in 1990 I returned for several short trips the following few years. But then ministry took me a different direction while I served as the Missions Pastor at CC Moreno Valley. It wasn’t unto the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 that I returned with teams from CC Perris Valley. The devastation in the was overwhelming as our teams assisted other ministries with relief efforts in northern Japan on the oceanside area of Ishinomaki called Watanoha-cho. This gentleman in the photo and his mom (right), were those who experienced the loss of their store in the disaster and I was overjoyed to take the photo 2 years later, with my translator, when they reopened their store.

The area is returning with new and restored buildings and homes. The population that reduced by half after the event has returned to almost the same as before the tsunami. However, the people still feel the pain as and loss. When our missionary, Cherry, was speaking to a woman about her being in Japan and our church coming every year since 2011 brought tears to her eyes. Cherry joined Rich and Emi in opening J’s Cafe and CC Ishinomaki, whole we are return each year to support.

There are so many stories I can tell of the people I have met over these years, but I look forward to returning this trip to have new experiences in ministry to tell. I especially expect I will learn something new from the Lord for I am always in his classroom. Follow our upcoming posts as we share about our team and their 2019 mission trip. We leave on August 8 and return August 17th so please keep us in your prayers.

Blessings

pastor bob

Tsunami destroyed homes 2011

Tsunami destroyed homes 2011

Japan Trip 2019

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Hard to believe we have our 14th mission trip to the coastal area of Ishinomaki, Japan planned since the devastating earthquakes and tsunami hit the northern region in 2011. Those images of buildings destroyed, homes torn from their foundations and large boats resting in the middle of a city street will ever be etched in my memory. But most impacting was the pain of the people we ministered to.

The buildings are now repaired or rebuilt. The population has returned. Businesses reopened or are new. But ministry to the people continues. What began as a relief effort has been for several years a church plant meeting in the cafe that we and other teams established. At first a building was acquired as a place to feed and comfort the community and today continues to be a place of outreach and home for Calvary Chapel Ishinomaki. The couple leading this ministry were residents of Japan and three years ago we sent our own Cherry Oqundo to serve along side them. You can read earlier blog posts to read of the more recent trips we have taken.

In this coming trip we will continue to faithfully support the work that was begun and come alongside those who continually serve the community of Ishinomaki. You prayers are so appreciated for our missionaries, our coming trip and most importantly for the Japanese people.

If you would like to join us for our next mission trip August 8-17, 2019 please contact Mario our missions coordinator. We presently have ten going but always will welcome others. Don’t delay as flight tickets will be purchased in June.

Blessings

pastor Bob

Japan Mission 2018 - Meet the Tanakas!

Meet the Tanaka family: Tom, Dianne, Nathaniel (17) and Natalie (13). We have been attending and serving in Calvary Chapel churches for the last 20 years and Calvary Chapel Perris Valley for about a year and a half. Tom works in the medical field and Dianne has been homeschooling for 12 years. Tom and Dianne have served in a divorced & separated group support ministry, in children’s ministry with preschoolers, missions support, and in prayer groups. Tom has always had a heart for missions. We originally found Calvary Chapel Perris Valley on the internet and were specifically interested in their focus on missions. Tom has had opportunities to participate in medical missions and short term mission trips to the Philippines and Mexico. More recently, Nathaniel participated in his first mission trip to San Vicente, Mexico and he thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to serve along with his dad.

In Japan, Pastor Bob has assigned us to work along with the team in teaching English to the Japanese children. Dianne is very excited for this opportunity and especially for the opportunity to experience a mission trip with the entire family. We ask that you pray that we would be fully equipped by the Lord to minister His love to these children in His Spirit. Tom’s first language was Japanese but he has forgotten most of it over the years. Please pray that the Lord would bring to his remembrance the Japanese language that he might use it as needed for ministry. Nathaniel requests that you pray that we would touch the lives of the Japanese people we meet. This is Natalie’s first mission trip and first time traveling out of the country. Please pray for faith and courage to trust in the Lord throughout the trip. One of our favorite verses is “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:15. We are thankful the Lord has opened this door for our family to serve together.

2018 Japan Mission Trip Scheduled

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You may contact our Mission Administrator with any questions by calling (951) 943-5979, ext. 10 or by email.  We do suggest you first download the Japan Mission Booklet as many answers are there.

Also review past posts of our 2017 Mission trip to Japan Blog.

Every been to Japan?  Ever been to Japan in the spring when the cherry blossoms are blooming? If you were to travel to Japan on a vacation the cost could be well over $6000 for two people.  But what if you could travel to Japan for ten (10) days at half the cost and at the same time be serving the Lord furthering the Gospel?  

Do we have your attention?  Well it is possible and the dates to join us are April 5-15, 2018.  The cost is estimated at $1500 per person and includes airfare and in-country travel and housing, s well as some sightseeing.  True, you will not be experiencing a 5-star lifestyle but you will experience spiritual growth, faith building while having personal contact with the people of Japan working alongside Japanese Christians and missionaries.

Where do you start?  Sign-up HERE on our event page.  Christin our Missions Administrator will then email you all the documentation and instructions on what to do next.  But get started right away as there is limited space and there is a lot of interest. Also, you will want to download a Japan Mission Booklet that gives you a greater understanding of this mission.  

Japan- Team travels to Sendai

Team waiting for Shinkansen to arrive at Ueno Station

Team waiting for Shinkansen to arrive at Ueno Station

A part of our mission that every team enjoys is the 2 hour ride on the Shinkansen (often called the Bullet Train) traveling from Tokyo or Ueno to Sendai to the north.  

This part of the trip comes by way of a 5-day pass that we use to travel on any JR train line, including the Shinkansen.  

It is an amazingly smooth ride in comfortable reclining seats.  Its cheaper than flying and more enjoyable as the train speeds by open farm land between the few cities it stops at.

Watch the video below for a taste of the ride.  The video is not sped up.  

Natalie Tanaka's photo of team on Shinkansen

Natalie Tanaka's photo of team on Shinkansen

Ride on the Shinkansen for 60 seconds of the typical 2-hr trip it takes to ride from Ueno to Sendai. 

Learning English with Izumi

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While the team was staying at the cafe last night and getting to know the others, a girl named Izumi came in with her mother. After being introduced, Izumi came and sat with a few of us at one of the tables. Though she was very reserved and didn't speak English, thanks to the help of Haruki - a young woman from the church who was sitting with us - we were able to find out a few things about her. She was 13 years old, was in her first year of junior high, played ping pong, and enjoyed listening to the band NEWS.

Over time, some had to leave or were needed elsewhere, and only myself, Natalie, and Nathaniel were able to stay with her. When Rich came over and they began to go over English pronunciation, it was an incredible sight to witness. He had a great way of explaining the correct pronunciation of different sounds in the words they went over and as such she was able to pick up on things even easier. Initially, we felt a little less helpful when Rich left us to it in comparison due to our inability to speak Japanese. However, she was very smart and did extremely well after a bit of repetition, thankfully opening up a bit more as well. Though we had to part when Emi, Rick's wife and Izumi's tutor arrived, we were thankful we got to spend time with her and grateful for how blessed the kids are to have Rich and Emi as their excellent English teachers.

- Nick Viste

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The Team

The Japan Mission Team caught their morning flight out of LAX today.  It was not without a little tension as there was some error in the ticketing that did not allow the team to check in online and was an issue when we arrived at the ticket counter at LAX. This error became an issue at the counter as they had to override the ticketing for each one of us though all were on the same conformation number.  

In Line at LAX

So delayed we were at the ticket counter and getting to customs which was smooth but for one of our team members  that had to have his bag looked at.  This is not an issue typically but when you have a number of people ahead of you to have their bags checked and you are already delayed due to ticketing, this becomes an inconvenience that can test your patience.  Then there is the added surprise that though we were at the new Delta terminal 2 we had to take a tram to catch our flight at the Bradley Terminal at the end of the airport.  This adding more time to our present delay.  No fears, the team was composed and we all got to the plane just at the tail of the boarding.  

Traveling can have its moments and this was a minor one. Yet it will be a learning opportunity reminding us that we must always be ready, flexible and trusting the Lord.  Continue to pray for us and keep watch as the team members share their experiences and thoughts on this blog.  

Japan Mission: MEET THE TANAKAS

Meet the Tanaka family: Tom, Dianne, Nathaniel (17) and Natalie (13). We have been attending and serving in Calvary Chapel churches for the last 20 years and Calvary Chapel Perris Valley for about a year and a half. Tom works in the medical field and Dianne has been homeschooling for 12 years. Tom and Dianne have served in a divorced & separated group support ministry, in children’s ministry with preschoolers, missions support, and in prayer groups. Tom has always had a heart for missions. We originally found Calvary Chapel Perris Valley on the internet and were specifically interested in their focus on missions. Tom has had opportunities to participate in medical missions and short term mission trips to the Philippines and Mexico. More recently, Nathaniel participated in his first mission trip to San Vicente, Mexico and he thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to serve along with his dad.

In Japan, Pastor Bob has assigned us to work along with the team in teaching English to the Japanese children. Dianne is very excited for this opportunity and especially for the opportunity to experience a mission trip with the entire family. We ask that you pray that we would be fully equipped by the Lord to minister His love to these children in His Spirit. Tom’s first language was Japanese but he has forgotten most of it over the years. Please pray that the Lord would bring to his remembrance the Japanese language that he might use it as needed for ministry. Nathaniel requests that you pray that we would touch the lives of the Japanese people we meet. This is Natalie’s first mission trip and first time traveling out of the country. Please pray for faith and courage to trust in the Lord throughout the trip. One of our favorite verses is “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:15. We are thankful the Lord has opened this door for our family to serve together.