part of the global Youth With A Mission movement

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

Tohoku Map

Why North-East Japan?

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.

Our Community

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!

Ministries

  • Evangelism

    Over 99% of the people in Tohoku do not know Jesus. We seek the creativity of the Holy Spirit in order to share the gospel – especially by simply sharing our lives with people.

  • Training

    We desire to train and equip the Japanese to reach their own people and to go into all the nations! We would love to have a bilingual DTS ran in Sendai, as well as other training and equipping programmes.

  • Mercy

    Although Japan is a wealthy nation, there are many areas of need in society such as depression, loneliness, suicide and homelessness. We want to play a part in bringing hope and joy to the Japanese!

The YWAM Movement

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. Learn more...