Mission to japan
Since 1993 Mission To Japan has been bringing the good news of the gospel to Japan through "homestay" programs in Orlando, Florida and through summer mission trips to Japan for college and high school students. The homestay program allows Japanese students (usually ages 17 - 22) to come to the U.S. and stay with a Christian host family (usually for two to four weeks). Our homestay program is administered under the name Homestay International in Japan. The main location in the U.S. for the homestay program is Orlando, Florida. Mission To Japan provides English and Bible classes, sightseeing, and program activities for students during the day so that host families who work or are busy during the day can still host a student. By building a relationship with a student from Japan, host families are also able to share about who they are as Christians and what they believe. Many Japanese students are impressed with the love and kindness of their host families and are curious to learn about our Christian faith. Only about 1% of Japanese are Christians, and most describe themselves as having no religion. Most Japanese know very little about Christianity but many are interested in American life and culture and in improving their English.
One important way that churches in the U.S. and American families can be a part of the mission work in Japan, without leaving their home, is to host a student from Japan short term. See "Host a Student" in the menu for details about hosting a student. One missionary to Japan observed that it would take two years to do the work we can do in one month through this homestay program in terms of gospel impact.
Some of our supporting and partnering churches in Central Florida:
Celebration Community Church, Celebration, Florida
Northland Church, Longwood, Florida
Mosaic Church, Winter Garden, Florida
Orlando Grace Church, Altamonte Springs, Florida
River Oaks Presbyterian Church, Lake Mary, Florida