The Johnson Family
Hi, we are Paul, Sarah, Timothy, Karen, and Ethan Johnson, missionaries to Japan. We count it a privilege that God has called us to the country of Japan. We are being sent out of Heritage Baptist Church in Woodbridge, VA and partnering with Baptist International Missions, Inc.
Our number one priority has been to learn Japanese so we can better interact and minister to those around us. Our first two years here, we have been partnering with an existing work until we complete Language School. After Language School, we plan on moving to the city of Aomori, Japan. Situated in the northern Tohoku region, it prides itself in it's apples and an annual snowfall of 25 ft. All of Japan is in great need of churches, yet Aomori (with a population of 300,000) has no gospel witness right now. Please pray for us as we move July 2014 and restart a church that has been without a pastor for several years.
Japan's great need
Japan is the economic center for Asia. It is a wealthy country and very technologically advanced. Japan boasts a 99% literacy rate, but unfortunately many of these people have never even heard about Jesus Christ. Shintoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and other religions have blinded the eyes of many. Less than 1% of the people profess "Christianity" of any kind. There are many cities with thousands of people that do not have a Bible preaching church. Missionary David Harris wrote this article in BIMI World magazine about the great need of Northern Japan. The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few!
Land of the Rising Sun...
From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD's name is to be praised.