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About Dale and Karen Viljoen in Japan

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Dale Viljoen (Maude until August 2007) has been serving with OMF International in Japan since 1979.

karen viljoen

Karen Viljoen (née Harless) served with TEAM in Japan 1992-2008, and joined OMF International in October, 2008.

What do we do in Japan?

We live in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Partnering with churches in Sapporo, especially with Sapporo Central Evangelical Christian (Christ) Church, we desire to reveal the love of God to Japanese through our daily lives.
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Dale and Karen Viljoen in Sushi Restaurant

more information - who are we?

We have different nationalities (South African and North American) and were born in different countries (South Africa, Japan and USA). Where is “home?” is a difficult question to answer - especially for TCKs (Third Culture Kids; in this case Dale's sons: Stephen, Peter and Luke).

One common denominator for us is Japan, where three of us are all currently living. Two of us were born in Japan; Dale has lived more than half his life in Japan; we all have Japanese Permanent Residence; all of us like “natto” (fermented soya beans); and all of us love “onsens” (Japanese hot spring baths.) Yet we are not Japanese and will always feel the linguistic, cultural and “fair-skin” barriers of not fitting in completely in Japan.

In 1979, when Dale and Maude left South Africa with OMF, we first went for a (then) three month OMF International Orientation Course in Singapore. Imagine our surprise when the immigration authorities did not want to let us into Singapore because we were South Africans! (This was the height of the international backlash against apartheid.) We were finally alllowed into Singapore temporarily and were given 24 hours to leave a week later. Through this, God used Philippians 3:20 to teach us a vital and important lesson:

But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives.

Philippians 3:20

Maude entered heaven on August 20, 2007. Dale and Karen met for the first time January 2008 in Nagoya and were married in October, 2008.

Louis Giglio has written a great book called, “I Am Not But I Know I AM” referring to God revealing Himself to Moses as “I AM”. Pray that we may find our self-identity in Christ as we see our smallness and as we grow in knowledge of the awesome “I AM” Living God. May we also grow in the knowledge that this “I AM” also walks with us each day and reveals His Presence with us each moment of each day!
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World map showing Japan and especially Hokkaido

What is Apostolic Passion? The term “passion” is used to describe everything from romance to hunger pangs. I don’t know what it means to you, but for me passion means whatever a person is willing to suffer for. In fact, that’s the root meaning of the word. It comes from the Latin paserre, to suffer. It is what you hunger for so intensely that you will sacrifice anything to have it. The word “apostle” means a sent one, a messenger. To be “apostolic” means we are sent people. The apostolic calling of the church includes forging new ways for how we do church and pioneering new places where we do church. To be apostolic is to be radical, to be adventurous, to think strategically and to listen prophetically. “Apostolic Passion,” therefore, is a deliberate, intentional choice to live for the worship of Jesus in the nations. It has to do with being committed to the point of death to spreading His glory. It’s the quality of those who are on fire for Jesus, who dream of the whole earth being covered with the Glory of the Lord. I know when apostolic passion has died in my heart. It happens when I don’t spend my quiet time dreaming of the time when Jesus will be worshipped in languages that aren’t yet heard in heaven. I know it’s missing from my life when I sing about heaven, but live as if earth is my home. Apostolic passion is dead in my heart when I dream more about sports, toys, places to go and people to see, than I do about the nations worshipping Jesus. I have lost it, too, when I make decisions based on the danger involved, not the glory God will get. Those who have apostolic passion are planning to go, but willing to stay. You know you have it when you are deeply disappointed that God has not called you to leave your home and get out among those who have never heard His name. If you will not suffer and sacrifice for something, you are not passionate about it. If you say you will do anything for Jesus, but you don’t suffer for Him then you aren’t really passionate about Him and His purposes on earth.

Floyd McClung

"For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago."
Ephesians 2:10

Our desire is:

To walk with the Living God,
glorifying Him each day as we reveal
His love and grace.

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