To know God and to make Him known
to the unreached people of North-East Japan
in an authentically Japanese way


North-East Japan (or Tohoku) is a large, beautiful rural region that is known for its delicious fruit. Yet this region is also home to few Christians. There are many towns and villages here with no church or missionary presence. We desire this region to bare much spiritual fruit! In Japan, and this region in particular, Jesus’ words definitely ring true: The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. (Matthew 9.37)

North-East Japan was also hit by the major 2011 earthquakes and tsunami which killed around 18,000 people and destroyed whole towns and cities along the coast. Today, the people are rebuilding their lives. It will take generations for the sense of loss and pain felt by the people here to disappear.


Authentic Japanese Christianity

Japanese identity is deeply entangled with Shinto and Buddhist culture and customs, being especially strong in rural Tohoku. Because Christianity is relatively new to Japan and that it often looks and feels Western, the Japanese tend to view it as being a “Western religion”. Its common to hear someone say “I really like Jesus, but I am Japanese.” We long for this to change!

We believe that for the gospel to truly take root in Japan, we need to communicate the gospel in a Japanese way. For this reason, we as a community will be intentional in functioning bilingually in English and Japanese – doing our best to be culturally fluent. All foreign staff will be expected to study the Japanese language and culture. As well as this, we as a community will creatively explore ways in which we can express worship and evangelism in authentically Japanese ways. We would also love Japanese people to join our community as staff!

A Mission Hub for the Region

With a population of over a million people, Sendai is the largest city in North-East Japan. We desire to see a community of people established in this city that will love God and make Him known to the 99% of the population that don’t yet know Him. Please pray for us, partner with us or even consider joining us!

As Tohoku is a large region that is mostly unreached by the gospel, we want to see a YWAM community pioneered in all of the six prefectures. Therefore, it is our heart to not only grow as a community in Sendai, but also to champion and release our members to spread God’s work through YWAM in surrounding areas from an early stage. Many smaller YWAM communities are more effective than just one large base!




Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced “WHY-wham”), we unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known.

Back when we began in 1960, our main focus was to get youth involved in missions. Today, we still focus on youth, and we also involve people aged 9 to 90.

Foundational Values

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) affirms the Bible as the authoritative word of God and, with the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, the absolute reference point for every aspect of life and ministry. Based upon God’s word, who He is, and His initiative of salvation through the atoning work of Jesus (His death, burial, and resurrection), the following responses are strongly emphasized in YWAM:

Worship: We are called to praise and worship God alone.

Holiness: We are called to lead holy and righteous lives that exemplify the nature and character of God.

Witness: We are called to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who do not know Him.

Prayer: We are called to engage in intercessory prayer for the people and causes on God’s heart, including standing against evil in every form.

Fellowship: We are called to commit to the Church in both its local nurturing expression and its mobile multiplying expression.

The Foundational Values of Youth With A Mission are the expression of our basic beliefs coupled with specific directives given by God since YWAM’s beginning in 1960. These shared beliefs and values are the guiding principles for both the past and future growth of our mission. Some are common to all Christians everywhere; others are distinctive to Youth With A Mission.

The combination of these beliefs and values make up the unique family characteristics of YWAM—our “DNA.” They are values we hold in high regard which determine who we are, how we live and how we make decisions.

Please find all 18 foundational values, and how we aim to apply them in our community, on our wiki!


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