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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 - 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

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. 

Travel Japan - Trains

As Californians trains are a seldom used mode of travel, but in Japan and especially in Tokyo it is the way of travel.  Yes, cars are well driven here but it is the commuter train that keeps the city moving.  

While in Tokyo for three days our team will be traveling to our Air BnB house on the east of Tokyo in Iriya to Kokubiunji station to the west.  

The Team waiting for a train take time for a photo.

The Team waiting for a train take time for a photo.

Train travel can be relaxed and comfortable at times but during rush hour can be as uncomfortable as a sardine can. 

Train travel can be relaxed and comfortable at times but during rush hour can be as uncomfortable as a sardine can. 

Escalator in train station take you through the multiple levels with the station.

Escalator in train station take you through the multiple levels with the station.

Trains in Japan are amazingly efficient and always on time.  At first it seems confusing and maybe even  scary but with a little time the confusion reveals a well thought out and negotiable way to travel Japan.   Hunter has an iPad with a JR Train Line map as we traveled our route from Iriya on the west side of Tokyo to Kokubunji on the west side of Tokyo.  This entailed a one-stop computer train, a 10 minute 4 stop ride from Ueno to Tokyo station and then a 60 minute ride on the "Rapid" train to Kokubunji.  

The team did very well keeping together and attentive to the changes.  They each have a 5-day train pass that allows them on all JR trains and even the Shinkansen (bullet Train) for when we travel north to Ishinomaki.

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.

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.