Posted on: 29th October 2018
CMS missionary Kellie Nicholas is on study leave in 2018 to better prepare herself for continuing ministry to students in Japan. As part of her studies, she has been thinking about contextualisation, and shares here her understanding of the concept and principles for its application in ministry. Until I recently embarked on some study related […]
Posted on: 28th May 2018
Tariki, meaning ‘outside help’, is an important concept in Japanese Buddhism. Former CMS missionary Phil Miles and CMS missionary Dave McIntyre (serving with his wife, Beck, in Nishinomiya) give two perspectives on bringing gospel tariki to Japan’s unique form of Buddhism. Phil Miles Untangling Japanese culture is like separating cake ingredients after baking the cake! […]
Posted on: 3rd December 2017
As we head into December and the Advent and Christmas season, Checkpoint asked some of our CMS missionaries what the festive season looks like in their country and how they celebrate the birth of Christ into the world. This week we hear from Klaus & Jude Hickel in Germany and Brad & Michelle Jackson in Japan.
Posted on: 31st July 2017
As part of thinking about our ministry to half the world’s population, Checkpoint asked two female missionaries to tell us about someone who has influenced them in their walk as a Christian and missionary.
Posted on: 5th June 2017
Mission Personnel Secretary (MPS), Chris Mitchell, visited CMS workers in Japan on a three-week pastoral visit in May 2017. He writes about his first impressions of Japan and why there is such a strong need for gospel workers in a society which seems to have it all together on the surface.
Posted on: 22nd May 2017
Steven and Sandra Parsons have lived in Japan for 21 years, serving with CMS since 2007, and yet they still find themselves learning new aspects of Japanese culture every day. CMS talked with Steven to find out why learning the culture is a lifelong process and how God is using their status as foreigners to advance his gospel. Story by Amanda Jeavons.
Posted on: 14th August 2016
In Japan, one of the most gospel-poor areas in the world, Kellie Nicholas is supporting the faith of university students through the Christian student movement Kirisutosha Gakusei Kai (KGK). Kellie tells how the word of God has impacted on the faith of one young believer.
Posted on: 23rd May 2016
CMS workers Brad Jackson and John Lovell reflect on how God worked in their lives in different and often unexpected ways to bring them to serve him long-term in cross-cultural mission.
Posted on: 2nd May 2016
Since becoming a CMS missionary in 2014, Helane Ramsay has felt God walking beside her every step of the way. Now serving in Japan, she argues that you don’t need to ‘hear a voice’ calling to be a missionary, you just need to trust in God rather than in your own strength.