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Serve Asia Hokkaido

short-term mission for a long-term vision

Karen Viljoen
Karen is helping with OMF’s Serve Asia short-term mission program. She helps with the placement needs in the Hokkaido region, as well as the workers’ orientation, care and debriefing.

The aim of short-term ministry is to provide a foundation for those seriously considering options for ongoing involvement in cross-cultural missions.

"Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart."

Psaml 37:3-4
We encourage our workers to trust God and do good as they dwell in Japan for a short time.

The key to a meaningful time in Japan is not dependent upon their complete understanding of the Japanese culture & language, or of OMF. Rather, the starting point for whatever they attempt to do in this country is their dependence on God and their attitude. They will encounter much that they don’t understand, things they cannot do, and maybe some things that they do not like. Consequently, God does not require them to like everything, understand everything, or be an expert at everything. Instead, He only asks them to trust Him and do good as He has called them to dwell in this land for a short time. Therefore, in their quest to 'fit in' or understand Japan and its people, we encourage them to not forget the priority of cultivating faithfulness in their walk with the One who led them here and who will surely keep them. He knows each worker’s desires, whatever they may be, and they will not become realities unless they depend upon Him on a daily basis.

Individual Serve Asia Workers visit Japan for 2 - 12 months. They help us make contacts in the local community through English teaching, drama, song, coffee shops and vacation camps. In Hokkaido, one area of needed help is childcare for our first-term missionaries in full-time language and culture training.

Serve Asia workers:
  • Make new friends
  • Learn about Japan
  • Try out local food and activities
  • Find out what a missionary’s life is really like!
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Devina and Japanese friend
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Serve Japan workers in Japanese kimonos
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Eating sushi
Serve Asia Ministry Teams are run in Japan’s summer period July-August, or in December over the Christmas period. Teams strategically serve in a variety of ministries through a program put together by the hosting missionaries and Serve Asia Coordinator. One such ministry in the Sapporo area of Hokkaido is friendship evangelism amongst university students, including monthly “International Night” parties.
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fmZero International Night
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South Africa International Night
Serve Asia Prayer Teams

We have been really excited to see the Lord bring Christians from around the world to come and pray with and pray for Japanese Christians, as well as praying for the Spirit of God to come in power in order to save more Japanese!

In the summer of 2014 and 2015, we hosted prayer teams from the United Kingdom and the USA. These teams traveled to the northeast region of Hokkaido to learn about various barriers to the gospel from a Japanese pastor and to pray with his congregation. They met with missionaries in the area to learn about the spiritual needs of the community and to pray at various locations throughout the area.
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Praying for Pastor Kitoh

Praying for Pastor Kitoh

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Attending Kitami church prayer meeting

Attending the Kitami church prayer meeting

Preparation to walk and pray!




Click to read reports by Karen on the 2015 UK Team and the 2015 USA Team.

"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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