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Making Jesus known in Japan: Checkpoint Spring 2021

CMS missionaries Adam and Helane Ramsay, along with Steve and Sandra Parsons, are serving in Japan. Whether church planting or supporting in other ways, they explain their desire to see God’s people take every opportunity to grow his kingdom in a hard place. Adam writes We didn’t come to Japan to church plant. We came […]

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How I became a missionary in Japan: an interview with Kellie Nicholas

CMS missionary Kellie Nicholas has served in Japan since 2007. Here Paddy Benn and Aaron Smith (from the ‘Aspire’ podcast) interview her about how she went from being a struggling high school language student to a missionary among students in Japan.  Kellie says: “I knew that Jesus was my Saviour, but I hadn’t quite clicked that Jesus needed to be my Lord…” In […]

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Taiwan: Gospel to grandma and beyond

CMS missionaries Sam and Shan-Shan Chrisp are learning language and culture as they prepare to work with students in Taiwan. Here Sam shares some recent answers to prayer for ministry opportunities.   Sharing the gospel  Over Easter, Shan-Shan was able to use her imperfect Taiwanese to share the gospel stories of Jesus’ death and resurrection with a local […]

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Meeting physical and spiritual needs

CMS missionaries Nathan and Maki Clapham have been working with students and their local church in Japan since 2013. Maki is also involved in a local ministry to homeless people in Tokyo.  Homelessness might not be something that comes to your mind when you think about Japan. Yet, there are those who have fallen through the system and ended up living on the streets. Let […]

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Seeking an end to spiritual and physical drought

CMS missionaries Sam and Shan-Shan Chrisp are learning culture and language in Taiwan as they prepare to work in student ministry. As Taiwan suffers its first water shortage in a decade, they reflect on our need for spiritual and physical water.    “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will […]

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The empty tomb is full of hope

This year a significant Chinese Festival and the Christian celebration of Easter fall on the same day. One CMS worker reflects on what differentiates these two occasions and what they have in common. Sunday 4 April is Easter Day this year, the day Christian believers celebrate the empty tomb and the new life bought for us by Jesus.  […]

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Long-term partnership in Japan

Former CMS workers Graham and Cathy Smith served in Japan for many years, working with the Japanese student Bible group KGK. It takes years to develop good cross-cultural ministry partnerships, but it is worth investing in such relationships. This can be seen in the long–term relationship between CMS and KGK (キリスト者学生会) in Japan.   As a university student interested in mission, I met the […]

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Student ministry in Taiwan

CMS missionaries Sam and Shan-Shan Chrisp are learning language and culture in preparation for ministry to university students in Taiwan. They’re excited about student engagement in outreach and training.     Throughout December we continued to visit different university fellowships in our city, Taichung. It’s been exciting to get a glimpse of university life, get a deeper […]

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Review: Through the Valley of the Shadow by Linda & Robert Banks

Through the Valley of the Shadow. 2019. Pickwick Publications; Eugene, OR. Review by Evangeline Hester Communications Assistant at CMS Australia “Over the six decades between Hudson Taylor’s visit to Australia and the Communist Victory in China, missionaries began to go from one of the newest countries in the world to one of the oldest… Among […]

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Review: They Shall See His Face by Linda & Robert Banks

Banks, Linda & Robert, They Shall See His Face: The Story of Amy Oxley Wilkinson and Her Visionary Blind School in China. Acorn Press, Sydney. 2017. Review by Evangeline Hester Communications Assistant at CMS Australia “Amy Oxley Wilkinson was arguably the most widely known female Australian missionary in China and the West in the early […]

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