For Such a Time as This

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Wait.

That was what Elliott Snuggs of Asian Access advised after the tsunami hit Japan in 2011. Though it was difficult seeing other churches heading out to the devastated Tohoku region, we waited.

On May 7-29, we will embark on the biggest surge of ministry overseas in recent memory. And it all came about by waiting.

Last September, we sent out our worship pastor Ian Nagata to roam the land of Japan to discern his long-term ministry there. A few weeks later, we commissioned Garrett Inouye for a two-year term with Asian Access as a church planting associate in the Tohoku region.

The Prayer Council had been praying for a missions trip where they could train up churches in prayer ministry. They were invited by Asian Access to do prayer ministry at their annual staff and missionary retreat in Japan this year. However, Pastor Ron was hesitant about committing until they heard who the speaker was going to be.

When Pastor Cory was asked by Asian Access to speak at their retreat, he was open yet reluctant, because of his reluctance to travel. When he heard members of the Prayer Council were invited, he knew God may be calling him and his wife Reine to Japan.

Elliott had asked me if I wanted to attend the retreat but I saw no reason to, until I found out Pastor Cory, Auntie Reine and members of the Prayer Council were going. I asked Pastor Ron if I could be an honorary Prayer Council member and assist in their ministry, as I already made a promise to Ian and Garrett that I would visit them within their first six months in Japan.

After the retreat, Pastor Cory will be speaking to various groups of pastors in the Tohoku region. This came about due to the impactful time of sharing he had with a visiting group of pastors from Japan on the day Garrett was commissioned. The prayer team will train churches in the Tohouku region in prayer ministry. I will spend a week with Garrett and pay for my family to come join me to see Garrett’s church and thank the individuals and families that have supported him. We will visit Kelly’s family in Nagoya during the following week and then head to Tokyo on the weekend to visit Ian, his church and also thank the individuals and families that have supported him.

I believe it is because we waited, that God has allowed us to embark on ministries with a longer projected impact than if we had simply responded right after the tsunami. We are heading into the Tohoku region when all the major relief organizations have pulled out.

Even prior to the tsunami, our ministry in Japan had grown dormant to the point where people were questioning whether we were even called to Japan. But our ministry in Japan is not done.

God just wanted us to wait for such a time as this.

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Quotes on Missions

Quotes on Missions

For those praying through Operation World, we were blessed a few days ago with a series of quotes on missions (check out some awesome quotes on prayer from the book here). May these powerful quotes encourage you in your prayers for the nations.

The history of missions is the history of answered prayer.
Samuel Zwemer

If Jesus be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for him.
C.T. Studd

The Spirit of Christ is the Spirit of Missions, and the nearer we get to Him the more intensely missionary we must become.
Henry Martyn

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
Jim Eliot

All God’s giants are weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned that God was with them.
Hudson Taylor

If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honour, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?
David Livingstone

If God has called you to be a missionary, don’t stoop to be a king.
Jordan Groom

As long as there are millions destitute of theWord of God and knowledge of Jesus Christ,it will be impossible for me to devote time and energy to those who have both.
J.L. Ewen

The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.
Hudson Taylor

The weakness of much current mission work is that we betray the sense that what is yet to be done is greater than what Christ has already done.The world’s gravest need is less than Christ’s great victory.
P.T. Forsyth

Expect great things from God.Attempt great things for God.
William Carey

Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks.Then, the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be a miracle.
Bishop Phillips Brooks

I have but one passion – it is He, it is He alone. The world is the field, and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ.
Count Nikolaus Ludwig Von Zinzendorf