Our church is heavily invested in seeing the Japanese people come to know Jesus.  We have people working amongst the Japanese here in Long Beach, a college student going on a short-term trip to Japan, missionaries in training and even our lead pastor heading off to Japan this month!

We wanted to highlight these people and opportunities:

Samantha Salas – in January we heard about her short-term mission trip later this year to Japan with Cal Baptist University.

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Commissioning Prayer for the Vision Trip to Japan for Pastor Phil Helfer and Cecil O’Dell

Pastor Phil Helfer and Encompass Missionary to the Japanese Cecil O’Dell will be on a Vision Trip in Japan for 2 weeks in late February-early March.  To the right is the commissioning prayer we had for them a few Sunday’s back>>>

Below is an explanation from Cecil about the Vision Trip & some of our workers for Japan:

I will be traveling to with a coalition of 6 pastors and 5 Encompass colleagues to meet with missionaries and Japanese disciples to explorer fresh new church planting opportunities for a new generation of missionaries and new season of disciple making and church planting.

Please pray we can collectively hear and see how God would lead our efforts to plant new workers in fertile soil and lead us to others we might partner with to see the church grow and multiply in Japan.

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Matt Higby, the Julio, Joanne, Julian, & Juni Marin, and Matt & Jen Daniels (not part of our church family) are all super excited to jump into Japan’s harvest fields. Please pray for the remaining support to be raised so they can soon deploy for Jesus.

MATT HIGBY – 35% supported
JULIO & JOANNE MARIN – are 80% support
O’DELL’S – are 80% supported