Upon standing in front of the famous shrine in Asakusa in 2003, I had this overwhelming feeling of sorrow and frustration. As I watched scores of people throwing money in the box and praying to souless statues, the need to spread the hope of Jesus to the people of Japan grew in my heart.
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." - Matthew 9:36
With this same compassion that I received from Jesus, I hope to share this good news of hope and love to the rest of Japan. I pray that I can be in lasting relationships that leads to Christ and to help them find their purpose in God's plan. I pray that you may join me on this journey as well and see how God is leading the Japanese people to grow in His love.
David grew up mostly in New Jersey with a Korean-American church. He was involved with youth ministry and young adult ministry by teaching, directing and going to mission trips such as Dominican Republic, China, South Korea and Malawi, Africa.
He found his heart grew for Japan with OMF when he served in Serve Asia 2003 (six weeks in Hirosaki, Aomori) and 2018 (one year in Yonezawa, Yamagata). He is now planning for long-term missions in Japan and to see if he can create a space for both believers and non-believers to learn about God's love.
David graduated with BA in Communications Arts Digital Filmmaking at Ramapo College and will graduate May 2022 at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a degree in Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies. He is also currently teaching ESL to Japanese expatriate families in Massachusetts.