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Church Planters in Japan

Joel & Misti Diffenderfer

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Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.  Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21


Thanks for stopping by!  Take a look around; there are pictures to see, testimonies of God's faithfulness to read, and many opportunities for you to partner with us as we obey God's call to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with Japanese.  We'd love to talk with you about how God has redeemed us, and the need for church-planting in Japan, land of the rising sun and home of the 2nd largest unreached people group.

In Christ,  

Joel & Misti

We worked with a church plant in Kumamoto Japan. This is part of Kumamoto Castle.

Our 'band pose'

Our 'band pose'

We lived in the caldera of Mt Aso, an active volcano.

Shinsei Leaf Viewing

Shinsei Leaf Viewing

One event we had in Kumamoto was a leaf viewing party. We went on a walk to enjoy the fall colors, followed by eating ramen and then relaxed at a hot spring. 6 of these people (Japanese and American) are not Christians. They've heard the Gospel many times, but their hearts are still dull.

Some girls performing a traditional dance on the shopping street to promote a local temple.

This is a small statue; the owner of the land offers drinks & food to the spirit who is believed to reside there.

Side Turret of Kumamoto Castle

An early morning work meeting allowed us to view the sunrise over Kumamoto. Japanese people need to know their Creator!

Two scary demon ogres protect the kami (gods) who reside in this shrine. Japanese need to know of the One True Creator God, who rules not with fear, but with love, mercy, and just judgement.

We enjoy spending time with friends & co-workers. Building relationships to share the gospel takes time & intentionality.

One of Misti's English students needed a model for her kimono-dressing class at the local community center. Misti was able to be part of a kimono fashion show and show love to her student. This student still needs to be reconciled to her Creator; please pray for her.

Izumi has many rice fields!

Izumi has many rice fields!

We had our first date by this rice field in August of 2006!

This CoCo Curry restaurant is where we had our first date in August 2006. We ate at CoCo Curry, played Taiko Drums at an arcade, then ate convenience store ice cream next to a rice field.

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