Luis R. and his wife Nicola have been serving the Lord in Japan since 2004. They are primarily laboring among the large Latin American community in Tokyo.
Dear Brothers and Sisters: The Lord saved me in a church that was planted in Peru by Pastor Paul Washer. Following my conversion, I was involved in biblical training, growing in my understanding of sound doctrine, preaching the gospel in a number of cities of South America, and building churches in the Peruvian Amazon.
Afterwards, our Lord sent me to Japan as a long-term missionary. At my departure, God provided for me prayers from my home church, sixty dollars, and a Bible. I arrived at a Bible school in western Tokyo in 2003 with a passion to preach the Gospel and see people in Japan converted to Christ.
During the last twelve years of service in Japan our Lord God has blessed me with the privilege of seeing His mercy bestowed on the foreign and rejected minorities in Japan. What a blessing to see God’s transforming power in my life and in the lives of many other people. I have had the privilege to lead to the Lord and baptize people from many nationalities and backgrounds and to plant and strengthen churches in a country that has 0.05% professing Christians.
After six years of serving God in Japan, with the few resources we had, God blessed us to partner with the Heartcry Missionary Society. This is why my family and I want to take the time and express our gratitude to you. We desire that through our thankful hearts and sharing of what the Lord is doing in Japan, you will be encouraged to praise God in greater ways and to thank Him for His saving work. With God’s presence and your support and prayers, we are able to be full-time in the ministry in Japan.
In Japan, the concepts of God, sin, marriage, love, family, and morals are painfully distorted, and therefore, it takes years to build basic biblical concepts with the people. There are no foundations related to creation, the nature of sin, Jesus’ birth, and other fundamental doctrines. Many missionaries use entertainment to try and attract people, but the moment the gospel comes, most of the people simply turn away. This is why it is a miracle to see a Japanese person visiting a church where the message of the gospel is the central and main focus. Nevertheless, God has blessed us to see a few Japanese people saved, baptized, and faithful to the Lord.
We also praise God for giving us the chance to live close to an American military base and to be involved in holding Bible studies with American military families. God blessed me with the opportunity to co-plant a new American congregation and support and counsel military congregations by preaching and revitalizing broken churches. We have seen many people challenged by God and His Gospel, and experience deliverance from cultural Christianity to genuine salvation.
At the end of this letter we want to thank you again for joining with us in this mission, and we hope that this report will lead you to join us in further worshipping God for the mercy, love, and goodness He is pouring out here and for the work He is doing.