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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

BEFORE and NOW: Photos from the sea wall

BEFORE

In 2011 we sent two teams following the March tsunami that hit the northern coast of Japan. 30 ft high waves hit the undersized sea wall and rushed unhindered at the row of homes that ran in parallel to the sea wall. Though many structures remained standing their integrity was diminished and they had to be removed. Other homes were destroyed with some homes removed completely from their foundation and relocates hundred’s of feet away.

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NOW

Today some new homes have been built and others repaired but most dominant is the new sea wall that was increased to over 30 feet hight beyond the height of the tsunami waves.

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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

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Tsunami destroyed homes 2011

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 Mission - 10 seats filled but you can still go!

We initially reserved ten seats to hold the airfare price under $800.  We have received deposits from ten people. For others we now need to contact our travel agent to confirm if this airfare price is still available or at what price we can hold additional seats.  

If you still desire to join this mission team contact our Missions Coordinator by email or call 951/943-5979 ext. 10.  Please provide your name, phone and email.