Japan Short Term Mission 2016 Update 5

(Ray Kwan Writing) VBS Day 4 & Last few days Greetings from Japan! The 2016 IBC short-term missions trip came to a close today after about 11 days of non-stop service, fellowship, and fun. I have the privilege of recapping the last few days for you. Friday (8/5) was the fourth and final day of … Continued

Japan Short Term Mission 2016 Update 4

(Janete Chun writing) Konbanwa from Osaka! It’s Thursday night here and we’ve just returned from a night of fellowship with the Kwans after another full day of activities. We can’t believe tomorrow is the last day of VBS and that our stay here is coming to a close! It’s been a great time so far … Continued

Japan Short Term Mission 2016 Update 3

(Gabe Oh writing) We have a great team this year. Everyone is putting others ahead of themselves and it’s really encouraging to see. It makes a huge difference when you know you can depend on your teammates without any hesitation. The Ohs are truly blessed to be on the same side as Connie, Janete, and … Continued

Japan Short Term Mission 2016 Update 2

(Sharlene Liu writing) It was a full day for the Japan team as we kicked off Day 1 of the Joyful Kids program. The team introduced this year’s theme song, “The Christian ABCs”. Through this song, the children heard basic truths about Jesus’ death, resurrection and intercessory role on our behalf.    Today’s Bible lesson … Continued

Japan Short Term Mission 2016 Update 1

(Connie Chae writing)   We’re here! Actually, we’ve been here for four days now and it has been great spending time with the members of Hatta Nishi Christ Church. We arrived at Kansai Airport around 11am after having a four hour layover in Tokyo. We were all tired but excited to finally get to Osaka. We … Continued

JAPAN STM Update #4

It’s been an awesome, fun, ministry-filled (and food-filled) trip! Our last several days included participating in our final Sunday service at Hatta-Nishi Christ Church as well as some sight-seeing and shopping on Saturday and Monday. We had a great time of worship and fellowship with the HCC members on Sunday. First, our team helped out … Continued

JAPAN STM 2014 Update #3

Thanks for your prayers and continued support! We wrapped up day 3 and 4 of Joyful Kids VBS last week and everyone had a great time. Praise God for the opportunity to invest in the lives of these young children. More Bible lessons… More singing… More English games and activities… More crafts… And saying goodbye… … Continued

JAPAN STM 2014 Update #2

We had a fun-filled first 2 days of Joyful Kids VBS! We’ve enjoyed getting to know the kids of HCC (as well as some neighborhood kids) and working together with the VBS staff members. Here is what our daily VBS schedule looks like. After lunch time, the kids get dropped off at church and register … Continued


Greetings from Osaka! Praise God for a safe flight and arrival in Japan. It’s been a great time of fellowship and getting to know (for the Hu Family) and reuniting with (for Jennifer) the members of Hatta-Nishi Christ Church. It’s also been sweet spending time with Ray and Shelley. Here are some pictures and brief … Continued