Originally from Wisconsin, I worked as a professional musician, special education teacher, and spent five years working as a missionary in China before I felt God calling me to one of the least-reached people groups: the Japanese. I joined OMF in 2016 and have been living in the northern province of Hokkaido. After two years of intensive full-time language study, I spent two years training under a local pastor in a Japanese church. Now I'll be joining an OMF team doing church planting in a large city. Our team runs a coffee shop where we hope to create a safe place for people to connect with others and have meaningful conversations. On Sundays we close the cafe for business and open it for worship service. I'll also be reaching out to university students on a nearby college campus, partnering with a national university student ministry.
Please pray for our team to faithfully show the love of Jesus to the local people; pray for meaningful coversations where we can listen to people's hearts and share Bible truth; pray for lives to be transformed by the power of God's love; pray for many Japanese people to find new life, forgiveness, and healing in Jesus. Pray for the kingdom of God to come in power in Japan.