PARTNERING WITH THE JAPANESE CHURCH TO BRING GOOD NEWS TO HARD PLACES
SHORT-TERM OPPORTUNITY | SUMMER 2021
Japan is home to nearly 127 million people.
Less than 1% of them are Christian.
Through SIM’s partnership with Asian Access, we have an established relationship with Japanese churches that want to take the good news of Jesus to those who have never heard it. These churches are asking for more workers to help them reach their nation with the gospel. Do you sense God leading you to cross barriers and partner with His church in another culture, for His kingdom? Pray about joining engaging in this opportunity!
JAPAN 2021: A FOCUS ON 'ETERNAL HOPE'
With the rescheduling of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021, the timing of our plans have changed, but our desire remains the same: partner with the Japanese Church to take the gospel to those who’ve never heard it. Hosting the Olympic games often creates a heightened sense of national pride and connectedness among residents of the host country, which presents a unique opportunity for the Church to make an impact in local communities. So we’re now setting our sights on summer 2021 as Japan moves toward opening its borders for athletes and spectators from around the world.
The Tokyo Olympics mascot is a character called Miraitowa, a name derived from the Japanese words “mirai” (future) and “towa” (eternity). According to the official website of the Olympic Games, this name was chosen to promote a future full of eternal hope in the hearts of people all over the world.
This presents an incredible opportunity to bridge the truths of the gospel to this theme of eternal hope among the Japanese people. Our partner churches in Japan are asking for short-term outreach team members to come plant gospel seeds and build connections with the local people.
CONNECTING THROUGH COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Short-term teams and interns will take part primarily in two ministries, both under the leadership of the Japanese Church. First, they will come alongside the local Church to help them host outreach events such as block parties, culture nights, pick-up sports games, dramas, and conversational English practice. These creative avenues to making community connections will leverage the unique skills and gifts of each team. Second, as they begin building relationships and sharing the gospel, they will help deepen people’s connections to the local Church.
REACHING STRATEGIC COMMUNITIES
The Japan 2021 teams will minister in strategic communities throughout the country. Currently, we have identified two key regions where our short-term teams will be headed.
Asian Access/SIM currently has five workers placed in Kumamoto and is working with a church multiplication network there. When a series of major earthquakes struck this region in 2016, many individuals lost their lives, and an estimated 44,000 were evacuated from their homes. Please pray for continued healing and restoration for this community.
Devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011, this region of Japan suffered tremendously. Asian Access/SIM has had 13 workers placed in the Miyagi region since that time, helping to bring good news to those living here. Please pray for the residents and local Church in and around Miyagi.
ARE YOU A GOOD FIT FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY?
Do you have a heart for those who don’t know Jesus? Do you have a growing interest to explore how God can use you as part of His global mission? This is a great opportunity to experience ministry with a team and a local church in communities where Jesus is least known. A specific love for Japan and some Japanese language would be wonderful, but are not a requirement. A flexible heart and desire to serve are key.
Watch this short video and see if this describes you.
Short-term Teams (2 weeks)
July 1-13 (two weeks; pre-Olympics)
Extended experience (2-3 months)
May 26-August 7 or custom dates (max of 90 days)
COSTS & LOGISTICS
SIM will provide pre-trip training, arrange accommodations while in Japan, and debrief team members upon their return. All funds will be raised by each team member and receipted through SIM. Cost estimates are as follows:
2-week team trip: approx. $2,500+ international airfare
9-week extended experience: approx. $6,200 +international airfare
WILL YOU JOIN US?
Are you passionate about partnering with the local Church to reach communities were Jesus is least known? Please pray about being a part of this opportunity in 2021!
Contact us today by email at SIMUSA.ShortTermTeams@sim.org with questions or complete the “Pre-App” below to get started. Be sure to include “Japan 2021” in the message section along with your level of interest and/or questions. We’ll be in touch to start the journey!
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Feb. 1, 2021
Japan 2021 Pre-App: Start the Journey Today
Please note that SIM missionaries raise financial support. We trust God to provide and we will assist you in the support raising process! If this is a concern for you, our recruitment team will be happy to discuss this process with you further.