“Every drop in the ocean counts” -Yoco Ono
I am often overwhelmed by the need for Jesus in Japan. At times I wonder, “How am I possibly going to make an impact in a country where almost no one is a Christian??” The reality of how utterly lost the people are here is often overwhelming.
But here’s the catch… No person or even country is TOO lost for the Creator of the universe. I was quickly reminded that every step of obedience brings growth, growth not only for myself but others as well. God can do so much when I step out in trusting Him, even when my faith is a tiny little spec.
Scripture tells us that even the smallest amount of faith can have the power to move MOUNTAINS. Matthew 17:20 says “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
I love this reminder because I truly feel that we have seen God do the IMPOSSIBLE in our time in Japan over the past three years. In a country where Christianity is completely foreign, outcasted, and almost unheard of we have had the privilege of leading 7 students to relationships with Jesus. This level of growth is extremely abnormal and so exciting to be a part of.
Last night we got to have dinner in Okinawa with four high students who we met as young Jr. Highers on the small island of Iejima through our English camps. All four of these camp “alumna” are students we led to Christ!
Hearing how God is so clearly making a huge impact in them was an amazing reminder that these girls all have deep and meaningful relationships with Christ. They are the perfect picture of what God can do through our short term trips to Japan.
Each Japanese believer matters, and one by one they represent a drop in the ocean. I look forward to reaching Heaven and seeing a sea of Japanese men and women glorifying and praising God forever like in Revelation 7:9 when it says, “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.”
Being here in Japan and hearing people worshipping and praying to God in their own language is a beautiful glimpse of what is to come:
-Ralph and Joan’s home church in Tokyo last Sunday