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Students Bring Hope to Japan
Each year a number of Tyndale students go on mission trips. Last year's trip to Japan was so successful, a team will be heading there again this spring.

How would Japanese people respond to the music we bring?

Each year Tyndale students go on mission trip. This year nine students and Tyndale’s worship coordinator Colin Owen (far left in photo) will be going. The team includes: Adam Hoskins, Aimee Bowins, Job Morales, Kaitlyn McCullough, Kelsey Lau, Nick Dookeran, Perry Dawe, Rebecca Eastall, and Soo Jin Lim.

Could our team come together and stay together?

Would cultural and language barriers keep people from knowing the love and truth of Jesus Christ?

In the midst of our questions, we had full confidence that God would be with us.

God did amazing things in Japan last year, both in the Japanese people and our team members. The term "miracle" took on a whole new meaning for each of us as we saw God break through even the toughest of barriers to plant seeds in the hearts of many. As our time in Japan drew to a close, Martin and Ruth Ghent, the OMF missionaries we were with, asked us to come back again and to bring more people!

This May ten of us will unite in passion and purpose to return to Japan to reach people through song, testimony, and relationship building.

Japan is struggling to find hope – hope that can only come through Jesus Christ. The Japanese government recorded 2,645 suicides in January 2009, a 15 percent increase from the previous year. Our prayer as a team is that people would see Christ's love overflowing in our lives and that they would be able to see meaning beyond economic need and material desires. Currently, there are approximately 127.5 million people in Japan; only 1.6 percent are Christian, but God is moving in incredible ways. The harvest is certainly plentiful but the workers are few.

It is a difficult thing for a Japanese person to come to faith. On average, it takes about 14 years from the first time a Japanese person hears the Gospel until they commit their life to following Christ. We learned last year that even one or two new people at an evangelistic event is an amazing thing. But by our final concert last year, there were close to 70 new people in attendance.

God is moving and we are excited to go back. God is calling the people of Japan back to Him and we hope God will use our team to do amazing things this spring.

Colin Owen is worship co-ordinator for Tyndale University College and Seminary. For more information in the mission trip to Japan, visit A short music CD written by team members is available for purchase. Email Colin at

Originally published on the website of Tyndale University College & Seminary, April 7, 2009.




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