Jeffery & Akiko Sonnenberg

Location: Toda (Tokyo area), Japan

Ministry Focus: Jeffery and Akiko are focused on serving as catalysts to help encourage multiplication in Japanese churches. They are involved in coaching and encouraging church planters on the local, regional and national level. Jeffery is also involved in supporting leadership development focused on Japanese pastors and church planters. Jeffery is actively involved in researching the churches of the disaster areas of north eastern Japan following the triple disasters of 2011. The lessons learned by the churches after the disaster are helpful and relevant for church planters and Christians across Japan.

Ministry History: Jeffery felt called to work in Japan when he first visited the country as a university student on a short-term mission. In 1995 he returned to Japan where he met Akiko while he was on staff at a Tokyo-area Japanese church. Akiko is a fourth generation Japanese Christian who was born and raised in the Tokyo-area. In 2000 they started as members of a church planting team in a small town in Yamagata in the northern part of the main island. From there they went on to work with three consecutive church multiplication networks on the island of Okinawa. In 2014 they moved back to the Tokyo area to help support local, regional and national church multiplication initiaves.

Prayer Requests:

  • For the launch in 2018 of a church multiplication network in Kumamoto, a city on the western island of Kyushu that was badly hit by earthquakes in April 2016.
  • For wisdom as part of a team that is in the process of developing and launching a new leadership development program focused on young leaders who are in their twenties.
  • For wisdom and discernment as Jeffery looks deeply into the changes that have happened in disaster area churches after the great 2011 north east Japan earthquake.
  • For God's ongoing provision and protection for our family.