October 2020 Update for Mission To Japan
Mission Statement since 1993: Mission To Japan exists to share the gospel with Japanese people and to make disciples of those who come to faith in Christ.
Mission Fact: Less than 1% of Japanese are Christian, but many are open to learning about Christianity.
Here’s a quick update of some things going on with Yukari and me (Warren) and Mission To Japan.
The continuing effects of the pandemic on Mission To Japan
Unfortunately, we had to cancel our summer homestay program and we’ll have to make a firm decision about our Christmas program very soon. Even if there are Japanese students brave enough to travel here, would there be host families willing to host? It would be terrible if a student traveled here and then had to be quarantined. And currently Japanese travelers who return to Japan must be tested at the airport and quarantined for 14 days even if they test negative. So the challenges are great (as they are for so many now)! We appreciate your prayers.
Ministry under the new normal
Though we couldn’t have a summer program and the verdict’s still out on our Christmas program, we’re still busy doing more of what we usually do in between programs, with a few additions. This includes things such as following up with Japanese students, Zoom reunions and one-on-one Bible studies, connecting with ministry partners and churches, marketing our homestay program in Japan, administration and planning, video editing projects, updating our websites, technology and language curriculum, etc...
Below is a screenshot of one of our recent Zoom reunions (2019 Christmas group). Our most recent Zoom reunion rekindled one student’s interest in Christianity and wants to talk more about it.
For the first time in two and a half years, Yukari and I got to be with both our daughters at the same time. We had a little reunion for a few days in Denver where Joyce (23) lives. Courtney (25) came to Denver from Portland where she lives. It was great to see them and a little of Denver, including a couple hikes in the mountains. It was beautiful!
Board of advisors meeting
We had our board of advisors meeting this month and it was over Zoom again. Our third board member had a little emergency come up so he’ll connect with us later. The board helps provide financial accountability to Mission To Japan and anyone is welcome to contact them through our website.
Mission To Japan’s financial health during the pandemic
We’ve been able to survive thus far because of the generosity of our supporters. We owe a huge Thank You to our supporters for allowing us to continue this ministry! We were also helped by some government assistance for non-profit organizations. Since a large percent of our funding comes from our homestay programs, we’re looking at quite a challenge in the coming months if we have to cancel again due to covid19.
We appreciate your prayers. Please pray:
that we’ll be able to resume our normal homestay programs and that the pandemic will go away!
for wisdom and guidance during this unusual time.
that the Lord will provide our needs as we face the challenges over the next several months.
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Warren and Yukari Griffith
Mission To Japan
4551 Jona Free Ln #108
Kissimmee, FL 34746
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Thank you for your prayers and partnership for reaching Japan!