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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.

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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

Japan Team Unexpected Opportunity

You never know what opportunity might come available on a mission trip so being flexible is important. On Monday was one such opportunity for some of the team. A connection that missionary Rich had gave an OKAY to bring team members to play at a small shopping center. So quickly they did some quick preparation and packed up the van with equipment.

(Left to Right) missionary Cherry, Hannah, misssionary Rich, pastor Billy (with hat) then on the left two Japanese young men that were playing music before the team arrived who joined them.

(Left to Right) missionary Cherry, Hannah, misssionary Rich, pastor Billy (with hat) then on the left two Japanese young men that were playing music before the team arrived who joined them.

While the musically talented served up some worship songs and Rich shared a message in Japanese while other team members handed out witnessing tracts to both shoppers and shop keepers.

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Taking these opportunities without much practice is a step of faith trusting that the Lord would join their talents as one. It was a spontaneous blessing and went rather well and even the weather was accommodating as rain was expected during the day but none came.

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Please pray for those who heard the music and the message shared.

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

Japan 2019 - Meet Geraldine

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Hi, my name is Geraldine Bautista. My husband Jeffrey and my children, Geo, Ged, and Gwyn have been attending CCPV for more than a year now since we moved to Perris. I am currently employed as a registered nurse where I oversee care of surgical patients going to the Perioperative Services. 

I am an immigrant from the Philippines and have been in the United States for more than 20 years. I grew up in an Evangelical Church (UNIDA) in Manila, Philippines and have experienced different ministries as a child, youth and as an adult including an opportunity to experience going to different remote places to help minister to people who does not know our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Two years ago, I was given an opportunity to be a part of a mission trip in Mexico with my previous church family in Corona; an orphanage managed by a local church in Mexico. It was a blessing being a part of that mission trip. I experienced how anyone can be used by God to be a blessing to others. The Japan mission trip is another blessing and I am looking forward on God’s plan.

Geraldine Bautista

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

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 - Being Flexible & Trusting God

“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you" (Ps. 9:10).

Coming on this mission trip takes, what feels like, a huge amount of faith and trust in the Lord. To know that some things may go wrong or not as planned but to be able to stop and say "It's okay, The Lords got this". As a team, I have found that no matter what has been thrown our way we have been willing to follow wherever The Lord and Pastor Bob takes us. 

I found that while doing missionary work we can often become so distracted with what we're doing or by our own exhaustion that we forget to have our own time with The Lord. We then lack the spiritual "food" that keeps us strengthened and protected during our ministry. It is up to us to keep each other and ourselves accountable to spend time with The Lord daily. Through these study's together and individually we are able to feel the presence of The Lord no matter where we are or what is going on. He guides us our steps and protects us as long as we stay faithful and seek after him.

Hannah Arenales

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