Missions

Missionaries

We currently support many different missionaries both home and abroad. We support them both financially and through prayer. To donate to or volunteer for a specific mission project see the description for a link to their page.

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Don and JoAnn Wright – Reaching Japanese for Christ

Don and JoAnn request that we pray for God’s vision for RJC, that they might effectively grow the network and mightily touch Japan for Jesus, by reaching Japanese residing in North America. Don serves as the editor of Operation Japan Prayer Guide and RJC Academy Director.

 

 Janis Simpson

We have supported Dale and Janis Simpson for many years as they have faithfully served in missions.  Almost a year ago Dale went home to be with the Lord.  Janis and their children have continued in ministry which has been bittersweet without Dale.  Their work centers on prison ministry where Dale had volunteered for 20 years.  Janis is asking for our prayers as they continue with Bible studies and church services in the prison.  Lives are being changed by their love and outreach and hope is given to many men who have had very little hope.  They are thrilled to have the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with men who many have given up on.

The Milhous Family

The Milhous’ are reaching out to Japanese, primarily in the Boston area, through the Boston Japanese Christian Church (BJCC), which they started in 1995. Almost 10,000 Japanese people live in Greater Boston. Many come for several years to conduct business, to study or to do research in Boston hospitals. While here they are open to new experiences; yet they want a connection to something from home. Besides Sunday worship, children’s ministries and weekly Bible studies, conducted mostly in Japanese, Ken and Debbie’ spend time counseling, sharing the love of Christ, and assisting families in adjusting to the cross-cultural situation of life in th U.S. Since most of those to whom they minister are here temporarily and will eventually return to Japan, they are also helping to build the church in Japan. You can donate to their cause here

Dawn Birkner

Dawn Birkner serves in 3 focus areas: 1) Leading Japan Countryside Evangelism, a pioneer church planting ministry focused in the remaining unchurched areas of Japan (which are all in rural Japan). Her current main focus areas for direct church planting are in Iwaizumi (including Omoto), Tanohata, Fudai, and Noda Towns in Iwate Prefecture.  She has previously led church plants in two countryside towns in Kagawa Prefecture.  Dawn works in coastal Iwate now, which was impacted by the giant 3/11/2011 tsunami.   As part of the Iwate work, she also has responsibility for coordinating Christian volunteer recovery activities in the towns of Iwaizumi, Tanohata, and Noda. 2) Leading the nationwide Rural Japan Church Planting Network (www.rjcpn.japanmissions.com). 3) Leading Reaching Japan Together Association (RJTA), a receiving missions entity in Japan, and co-leading the closely partnering sending entity Reaching Japan Together (RJT) in the U.S.  Learn more about her organization from this site

Ian Smith

With less than 1% of the Japanese population having a saving faith in Jesus Christ, Ian has been called by God to the nation of Japan to help establish new churches in cooperation with local believers. Ian is working in partnership with the Japanese Baptist Church Association, with the goal of planting multiplying transformational churches. After the 3/11/2011 earthquake and tsunami, the Japanese people are opening up to the message of the gospel in unprecedented ways.

 

Please pray for:

Financial partnership development and learning the Japanese language, his safety and protection as Japan is a spiritually dark country. Pray for his ability to be salt and light for the people of Japan.

 

Learn more about Ian and his ministry here.

Katherine Mosher – Teacher at Hillcrest School

As a church, we have supported Katherine for many years.  The past six years she has been serving in Brazil, but God has recently led the way for a major change.  In August 2017, Katherine reunited with Mission Aviation Fellowship and began teaching at Hillcrest School in Sentani, Papua, Indonesia.  She is thrilled with her new post and remains very grateful for God’s leading in her life and our support.  Katherine says, “I have also chaperoned the high school beach trip, been a part of student-led chapels, and encouraged students in their academics and their walk with Jesus Christ.”  kmosher@maf.org

Orphan Relief and Rescue (ORR)

ORR is based in Burien, WA. With mission work in Benin and Liberia, West Africa.  The mission centers on children and ORR runs orphanages in both countries.   In Benin ORR has been focusing on stopping child trafficking and has had wonderful results in this battle.  The country is so poor it is common for women to sell their children to get enough money to survive.  ORR has begun a micro-finance program so village women can earn enough to support their families.  They are also taught the truth, that God loves them and has created a special bond between mothers and children.  Watching the light of Jesus’ love change these women is amazing.

Other Mission  Connections

We also prayerfully support:

Converge Worldwide – who serve in seven regions around the world

Converge Northwest – Serving in 5 different states

Lake Retreat Campus and Adelphia Bible School – who has revemped their priorities and is serving Christ strongly again.

 

We also keep Edith Johnson’s Ministry in Trinidad in our prayers.