The Hengevelds 

Gordon and Julie

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Missionaries to Tokyo, Japan

About Us

When we were married in 2008, we knew missions would be a major part of our life together, although we knew not how. God led us to Japan through an older missionary who invited us on a three-month vision trip in 2009. We sensed God’s initial calling to Japan.

 

We returned to our hometown of Alabama to finish our degrees, and then went to Japan again in 2015 - this time as mid-term missionaries with TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission). We spent two and a half years serving on a church planting team at SonRise Café in Tokyo (a café/church plant ministry).

 

Without a doubt - these were the best two plus years of our lives so far. God led us to so many dear friendships with Japanese people, and used our experiences over the two and a half years to really confirm His calling. We are currently raising support to return in 2018 as long-term missionaries again with TEAM. We really love our Japanese friends in Jesus’ name and can’t wait to see them again! Click here to find out how to support our ministry.

 

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Japan has religious freedom.

Missionaries are welcomed.  And yet…

  • Japan has a population of 127 million people, 0.5% evangelicals, and an annual evangelical growth rate of -0.4%.

 

  • However, out of this population,120 million are Japanese people. And only 0.3% are Evangelical Christians!

 

  • Japanese are the second largest unreached people group in the world.

 

 

 

  • There is one church for every 16,071 people and one missionary for every 64,244 people.

 

  • Church growth is 1.2% over a period of 10 years. The largest seminary in Japan graduates 10 people a year.70% of pastors are over the age of 50. 35 attendees per church.

 

  • Women make up the majority of church members and often share about God with their families who may not affirm their newfound faith.

“There is no distinction between the Jew and the Greek,  for the same Lord is Lord of all, who richly blesses all who call on Him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. “  — Romans 10:12, 13

The gospel is good news for any hurting person anywhere. But the gospel is not everywhere.

Why Japan?

Japan has religious freedom. Missionaries are welcomed.  And yet…

 

 

21,897 people took their own lives in 2016. 

 

Expected decrease of 20 million by the year 2050.

 

There is one missionary for every 64,244 people.

 

The largest seminary in Japan graduates 10 people a year.

70% of pastors are over the age of 50.

35 attendees per church.

 

share about God with their families who may not affirm their

newfound faith.

What We’re Doing

Our hope is that our Japanese friends will experience the presence of Jesus through our life and the life of the Japanese church with whom we minister so that those who are hurting will see the surpassing worth of Christ and follow Him to the fullest.

Our hope is that our Japanese friends will experience the presence of Jesus through our life and the life of the Japanese church with whom we minister so that those who are hurting will ultimately see the all-surpassing worth of Christ and follow Him to the fullest.

SonRise Café

We spent two and a half years in Tokyo, Japan studying language part time while working at SonRise Church on a church planting team.

 

The Church meets at SonRise Café in Oyama. During the week, the café could be neutral ground where we discovered countless opportunities to meet people in the community and share the love of Christ. The Church also meets there for various bible studies, outreach, and worship services.

 

As Christianity has little to no deep history in Japan, there are complex barriers to the gospel. We’ve seen SonRise Café successfully break down barriers as a non-traditional church plant. But it takes time in a land where the soil is quite rocky for the gospel.   (SonRise Café Website)

What’s Next?

Japanese is one of the hardest languages for a native English speaker to learn. So, when we return in 2018, it is imperative that we commit ourselves to two years of full-time language study to more effectively communicate at a heart level with our dear friends.

“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How are they to call on one they have not believed in? And how are they to believe in one they have not heard of? And how are they to hear without someone preaching to them? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How timely is the arrival of those who proclaim the good news.”  — Romans 10:13-15

What Can You Do?

There is no distinction between the Jew and the Greek,  for the same Lord is Lord of all, who richly blesses all who call on Him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.  — Romans 10:12, 13

The gospel is good news for any hurting person anywhere.  The gospel is not everywhere.

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How are they to call on one they have not believed in? And how are they to believe in one they have not heard of? And how are they to hear without someone preaching to them? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How timely is the arrival of those who proclaim the good news.  

— Romans 10:13-15

PRAY

Pray for the hearts and souls of the Japanese people and for those ministering to them.

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GO

Go. Serve. Share the love of Christ with those in Japan who may never otherwise know their Savior.

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