2013 Japan – Hanna Yoon

A New Thing

“See, I am doing a new thing! Do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” – Isaiah 43:19

First off, I would like to start with, “I WANT TO GO BACK TO TOKYO!!!!!!!!”

Tokyo 2013 was a powerful trip marked with joy and love. This was my first New Philly missions trip and I am so blessed by God’s goodness. I’m overwhelmed as I reflect on the relationships I was able to build over the course of one week. I am filled with thankfulness as I reflect on God’s intentional love for His sons and daughters. Witnessing what the Lord has is doing in Japan has taught me about the Father’s heart in nations outside my own.

One key lesson that the Lord highlighted for me was regarding the true nature of evangelism. When I first arrived in Tokyo I was too caught up with the numbers. I was discouraged when only a few Japanese people gathered for street evangelism, beach evangelism, or altar calls. I was constantly questioning why more people weren’t hungry to know about Jesus. Instead of dwelling on the goodness of God, I let myself complain and doubt. But in the midst of this confusion, God kept telling me that evangelism starts with one person. One is many, one is significant, and one is a majority in Him. I had wanted our outreaches in Tokyo to convert masses to Christ. I had wanted to see people fall left and right under the heavy presence of the Holy Spirit. But God really humbled me. Just as I consider myself and my own salvation story as important, God also values the lives of each and every one of His children. God wanted our team to interact and influence deeply, one person at a time. He wanted us to intentionally celebrate each salvation, supernatural healing, and encounter. Through ministering to the Japanese people, I was able to understand the Father’s patient, deep, and intentional love for His children.

As I grew in understanding God’s deep love, He started to show me the unique nature of each Japanese person I met. Through our times of busking and beach evangelism, I met so many Japanese youth who are filled with creativity and a determination to express themselves. Many are interested in art, dancing, singing, and acting. As I deepened my interactions with the Japanese youth, I realized how each person is so gifted. They are lovingly designed, and specifically wired to be a delight in God’s eyes. I feel like this is not a coincidence. I feel like the Japanese church will soon be a key place in society where each person’s unique talents are celebrated.

I desire to continuously seek after the Father’s heart for Japan and the Japanese people by crying out in my prayers for the nation and the missionaries who are serving at the local churches. I strongly believe that God specifically planned for me to go to Japan this year to witness all the glorious works He has set into motion. I know my prayers have power and authority to move God’s heart. I pray for more of God’s thick presence over the nation of Japan and its people. The Japanese people are very good at worshipping and serving. I pray that all the Japanese people will worship and serve the one true God. I pray that one day their hearts will align with the Father’s heart for their nation. I desire for the Japanese people to be set on fire for the Lord, to have the passionate yearning heart to know more about Jesus. I desire people to seek for more of God’s presence that they will not settle for what they already know.

Tokyo 2013 was an unforgettable trip and I’m so thankful I was able to go on this mission trip with my beloved sisters and brothers from New Philadelphia Church. I was very blessed by each and every team member’s hearts. Through this memorable trip, I was able to grasp the greatness of our Father’s heart for all of His children. Our God is a God that takes us from glory to glory and I believe what we were able to encounter in Japan is only the beginning of greater things to come. I want to thank every single person that has contributed to my trip, whether through finances or through prayers, I’m in awe that I was part of team Tokyo 2013. I am truly so thankful for your support. God is so good.

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