There are many misconceptions surrounding Christianity in Japan.
Some view it as a cult while others see it as a mostly western religion with little reason to be in the country at all. In the 17th century, Japan’s efforts to root out all Christianity meant thousands of Japanese Christians were killed, tortured, or eventually renounced their faith. Since then, Christianity has remained a fringe religion with only about 1% of Japanese people claiming to be Christian.
But through persistence and patience, I’ve seen God open up new doors for Kingdom Workers to serve.
Growing up, family time for Nyanpal wasn’t something that had to be scheduled on a calendar. It was a way of life.
The bond Nyanpal had with her mother and grandmother left an imprint on her heart to always think of others, “My mom would not do anything without praying first. My grandma was a big role model to us—a very hard-working lady, very rich with cattle. We had a big bowl that everyone would eat from together and sometimes my grandma would pretend the food was not enough, just testing us to see if we could share. It brought us close together.”
As a college student, time is a precious resource. When you’re not in class, your day can quickly be consumed by homework, a job, exercise, eating, and (if you’re lucky) getting the highly-recommended-but-ever-so-elusive eight hours of sleep. Oftentimes, as college students, when you manage to carve out some free time, the first thought is what can I do for myself?
But Charissa asked a different question.
My grandparents lived on the Apache mission in East Fork, Arizona when I was young. I’ll always remember our car trips to visit them. We’d leave from our home in Ohio (and later, Oklahoma) and drive. The trip literally took an entire day.
Once in the mountains, the end seemed tantalizing near. But it wasn't. We still had to travel back and forth on switch back roads. Ascending and descending along the way to our seemingly unreachable destination. Talk about frustrating!
Working with survivors of abuse can feel the same...
Jenny has lived in Chile now for more than five years. In that time, she has been a top volunteer and advocate for the Health and Wellness program here. Now, we are happy to welcome her officially to the Kingdom Workers team as our full-time Chile Wellness Circle Coordinator.
This interview explores what led Jenny to live and serve in a foreign country, her volunteer experience with Kingdom Workers, and advice for anyone considering serving in international ministry.