Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Hunger in Japan

Talking with Seiji one Friday evening
This past spring, our base started having a weekly gathering every Friday night for us to go to a local park to worship, pray, and evangelize, this last part usually done by launching out from the park in small groups to go initiate conversation elsewhere. It was during one of these evenings that we met a man named Seiji. When we first met him, he was spending time with two Chinese ladies who were part of a cult because he was trying to learn Chinese, but he himself professed to be an atheist. However, such a label falls very short of accurately describing this man.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Breaking the Ice

My last post was on October 26th, which, oddly enough, is the day that Katie and I will be getting married this year! Crazy! So how do you follow up something like that? It's almost been eight months since I last wrote a blog post. Is it possible to just jump back in and start from where things are now? So much has changed: at that time, we were not running a DTS but pursuing ministries on the base; I was dating Katie, not yet engaged; we were only preparing as leadership for the season that is going to be over in two months. There is no way to recap it all, so I am simply here to

Friday, October 26, 2012

Ministries at YWAM Tokyo

About a month and a half ago, we as YWAM Tokyo sat down to discuss different visions each of us as staff had to see the Kingdom of God come to Japan! It was exciting to see the room come alive as each of us began to share our passions! Through these talks and prayer, several different ministries were birthed within our base to pursue, and we have divided up into groups to see them come to pass!

The four main ministries in action currently are:
- Café
- Arts
- University
- Prayer Room

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Outreach Phase: The Philippines

In continuation of sharing about the outreach phase of the 2012 YWAM Tokyo DTS, the next stop would be a two week trip to the Philippines!

Last year when attending my own DTS, we traveled to Olongapo City where we partnered with a YWAM base there that works specifically with women in the sex trade, trying to pull them out, teach them practical life values and steps, help them earn an education, and hopefully ending with the girls never returning to prostitution again. It was such a blessing to get to meet and stay with them last year, so I was excited when I was chosen to lead our team there again this year!

The trip itself was jammed packed with ministry opportunities

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Outreach Phase: Gospel Team 2012

Greetings! Oh how long it has been since I have last posted! Well, I will spare you the whines and complaints about that.

For the past six weeks (including this one), the DTS has been in what is called the Outreach Phase. Normally, the first twelve weeks of DTS is spent in the Lecture Phase were we have speakers from within and outside of the DTS come teach on certain topics. The YWAM Tokyo DTS is slightly different in that we split our lecture phase into two parts, ten weeks before outreach and two following. But for where I am going, these details are unimportant (but interesting to know nevertheless).

The first outreach for us to participate in is