At the urging of the Reformed Church in Japan (RCJ), the Christian Reformed Church has answered the call of God to preach the Gospel and plant churches in this very modern but extremely under-evangelized nation. CRCNA missionaries focus their efforts on greater Tokyo, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, to work with our Japanese partners to impact this very resistant Buddhist/Shinto/Secularist country. Japan is still less than 1% Christian and as the second largest unreached people group in the world, represents one of the most strategic challenges to the church.
World Missions in Japan focuses on increasing the number and abilities of Japanese Christians through evangelism, youth development and leadership training. CRWM is also involved in a multiple partnership with other agencies, especially our sister agency World Renew, to carry out a variety of ministries in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011.
- Jeong and Misook Gho: Jeong focuses on leadership development ministries. With his many contacts in East Asia, Jeong is also instrumental in creating reconciliation and networking opportunities among Christians in this part of the world. Jeong and Misook are both certified instructors for the Evangelical Training Association and are qualified as leader trainers for the Coffee Break evangelism program and Timothy Leadership Training Institute.
- Ken and Jeannie Lee: Ken is a youth discipleship specialist who pioneered the Summer Mission Program in Japan, now working to help develop vital evangelistic, worship and educational ministries focusing on the young adult age level. Ken works in a cooperating relationship with the East Kanto Presbytery of the RCJ. He is disaster response volunteer coordinator for the Japan team and is working with the RCJ’s committee for mission cooperation and international ecumenism to help spearhead short-term mission projects for the RCJ.
- Larry and Ruth Spalink: Larry serves as the Japan team leader and business manager. Larry works with a cluster of churches to facilitate worship and evangelism enrichment efforts, especially focusing on the West Saitama area of the RCJ’s Eastern Presbytery. Larry also coordinates World Renew's disaster response efforts in Japan. Ruth is CAJ's Health Center staff person and Student Support Team Coordinator. Larry and Ruth expect to be on home service for half of fiscal year 2014.
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The Reformed Church in Japan (RCJ) was begun in 1946 by Japanese believers who had remained faithful to their creed and Lord even while experiencing great persecution during the Pacific War (WWII). Though small, the RCJ is a strong and mature church. However, because the unfinished task of reaching the multitudes of those who don’t yet know Jesus Christ is so immense, the RCJ continually urges the CRCNA to continue partnering with them in this great work. Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) staff work hand in hand with RCJ evangelists. Though barriers to the Gospel are daunting, CRWM has planted almost 50 new congregations and helped found two RCJ presbyteries (regional groups of churches) since entering Japan in 1951.