Fruitful Team Visit

Group of people standing in front of Japanese landmark

By Vicente & Janine Alvarado

In late June, a team from our home church vis­it­ed to put on a VBS along with a num­ber of oth­er out­reach­es. It was the first short-term team vis­it that we planned from start to fin­ish, so it was a tri­al run for us. We attempt­ed to put into prac­tice all we’ve learned to make it a fruit­ful trip. We put on sev­er­al children’s pro­grams to bless and boost ongo­ing children’s out­reach­es and min­istries. The response of the kids was amaz­ing — they learned and had fun doing so!  We also spent time prayer walk­ing with spe­cif­ic pur­pos­es each day. Not only was it a bless­ing for the peo­ple and min­istries in Japan, but also the team had a great time explor­ing and learn­ing more about this won­der­ful cul­ture. We look for­ward to see­ing the fruit that will come out of this trip!

Photo Credit: Angelito Van Dam


Vicente and Janine met each oth­er while serv­ing in Tokyo in 2010. They mar­ried in 2012 in the US and are now launch­ing back out to where it all began. Their vision is to see Japan trans­formed by the Gospel and a vibrant com­mu­ni­ty of believ­ers emerge to trans­form their cul­ture.

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