Moving Forward

Hello my beloved friends!

I have currently reached $1,300 of my $1,500 monthly support goal! I am overwhelmed with thankfulness and awe for what God has done. I never thought I would be where I am now, and the seeing generosity of His family convicts and challenges me to grow in love. Thank you to everyone who was praying, and who encouraged me day by day to rely on the Lord.

This figure is far enough along in my projected budget to move forward with visa application paperwork. Now I can transition into retrieving my Religious Worker’s Visa with the help of the ywam Tokyo base leaders. It is still hard to give a projected departure date, but the first document I need is a Certificate of Eligibility. This usually takes between 8-12 weeks to obtain after paperwork is completed.

Once the certificate is mailed to me, I will have to take it to the Japanese Embassy to be reviewed for my visa. As soon as I have my visa and my financial support is at 100%, I can move to Japan!

Today, I only need an additional $200 of monthly financial support. I am also still looking for more prayer warriors to join in the task of interceding for the Japanese people. So continue to pray about these things!

I spent most if the summer studying what the Bible has to say about “asking” and support raising. I learned a lot about the aspects of raising up a strong team and how to care for one. I interviewed and talked with others I know who have successfully raised their support. The time I took to do this changed everything about my support raising.

The single most important thing that the Lord taught me was why we must continue to give cheerfully and be generous even through financial hardship. Cheerful giving demonstrates trust in God for provision while breaking the spiritual ties to greed and anxiety about money.

I want to say thank you for the prayers, the patience, and the encouragement. I am thrilled to be moving forward in beginning ministry in Tokyo!

~Angela Simon

What Exactly is YWAM?

I am overjoyed to share with you all that I am at 69% for monthly support this week! The Holy Spirit has continued to highlight different people to ask about support, and he has been faithful to move on their hearts as well. What a privilege it is to see God give so many blessings to his family, and to be a part of it!

As many of you know, I will be able continue with my visa paperwork once I reach the 90% mark of my monthly financial support. With this in mind, 69% is a huge victory. My prayer is to be at my 90% goal by August 31, so that I may continue toward retrieving my Japanese Religious Workers Visa and then toward moving to Tokyo.

Please pray with me that the Lord will provide the support team he has in mind to go and take the nation of Japan for Jesus. Pray also that I will be teachable in learning how to raise a healthy support team, and that I will be faithful in taking proper care of my partners with prayer and communication.

Today I am including this short video about Youth With A Mission (YWAM), the organization for which I am staffing in Tokyo. Since the beginning of my support raising efforts, frequent questions I get have to do with what YWAM is and where it came from. While there is a longer story than this video shows, you can at least get the idea of what God is doing through YWAM and of how it plays a part in fulfilling the Great Commission:

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20.

Enjoy the video, and be encouraged by what God is doing all over the earth.

Love,

Angie

Bringing the Relentless Love of God to Japan

Beloved Family and Friends,

My name is Angie and I am a staff member for YWAM Tokyo. YWAM (Youth With A Mission) is a missionary organization that currently works in more than 1,100 locations in over 180 countries.

Japan contains one of the largest un-reached people groups in the world. In Japan, there is only one missionary for every 56,800 people. The suicide rate in Japan is one of the highest in the wold, reaching a near epidemic rate. 34,427 Japanese men and women took their own lives last year. Feelings of hopelessness and depression seem to cling onto the Japanese people.

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In the 2012, I did my Discipleship Training School at the YWAM Tokyo base. This was my first time in Japan, and it was when I became passionate about sharing the Gospel and loving Japanese people. It was the first time I got to share in God’s dream for the nation.

Angela in group

In the summer of 2014, God released me to return to Tokyo, which is something I had been praying about even before I left Japan in 2012. Once I had been accepted as a staff member, I began dreaming for Japan again.

Japan

My desire is to see every person in Japan know the relentless love of God. I want to love them fearlessly, and let them know that there is immeasurable value to their lives. I want to be asking myself, what is God’s idea for Japan, and how is He going to bring it to life? The passion that God has given me is for bringing encouragement to the Japanese people, and to the Church. It encouragement to withstand the attacks of the enemy, and to remember the goodness of the Lord.

outside in Japan

Some of the ministries I will have the opportunity to be involved in are the homeless ministry, Friday night worship ministry, college campus ministry, ministry through media, and working with high school youth groups in the area. The base also opens up a meeting every week called The Living Room to bring everyone together for prayer and worship.

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Along with this, the Lord has provided the amazing opportunity for me to partner with Saving Grace World Missions. SGWM provides assistance for missionaries to do the things they cannot do on their own. They will be helping me process my funds and communicate with my supporters while I am living in Japan. They will also be helping prepare me in the time before leaving with training and raising support.

With the visa complications arising, it is hard to determine how soon I will be in Tokyo. We are all praying for an expedited process, as it can take as little as eight weeks. For now, the priority is getting all the paperwork processed and finished, and beginning to raise up acceptable financial support. I hope to be in Japan as soon as the Lord wills. 

The goal for continual monthly support is $1,500. Right now I hope to be in Japan for at least two years. At the moment I have a confirmed $400 per month in financial support. We are praying that the Lord would raise up the Cheerful Givers who share in God’s desire to see that all people would be saved. 

I love you all, and thank you for partnering with me in this. 

In Christ,
Angela Simon