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  • News From the Field: The Sonnenberg Family in Japan Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    New Church Plant Project What do you do when you realize that a large area without a church is just around the corner? This fall, Joshua Hari, our ministry partner, realized that Sakura Ward of Saitama City does not have a single church. The ward has a population of 97,000 making it the largest municipal area in Japan without a church. It is only a twenty minute drive away. So the church is now focused on Sakura Ward. We have started to pray for and in the community. We meet as a small team to figure out our vision and approach for this new work. It is exciting to be involved in another church plant right from the earliest stages. We would appreciate your prayers for wisdom as we build many relationships with people in the community . Jeffery: Study Focus After prayer, reflection and conversations with Japanese leaders, fellow missionaries and my family, I have made the big step of pursuing doctoral studies through the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. God opened doors and late September I arrived in Oxford to begin studies in the part-time program. The initial Research Induction School was an intensively focused time, a journey of learning. I returned to Japan in mid-November to continue doing ministry while also studying. I feel that God is leading me to study the impact that the Tohoku triple disasters of 2011 has on churches and leaders. Christians have learned and experienced much through the disasters and I believe that there is much to be gained by this research. Presently I am back at Oxford for three weeks narrowing my focus and developing insight ...

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