Receiving the Church in Japan

In Japan, less than 2 percent of the population openly professes Christ as their Savior. Yet we know that many more would do so if not for the social stigma placed not only on Christians but also their entire family. Our Japanese ministry team seeks to reach these hesitant believers and seekers.

Your gifts offer a safe way to hear the Gospel for those who want to know more about the Christian faith but are afraid to step into a church. You will also connect believers to one another, both online and through listener events for dispersed believers. God is working in Japan—will you join Him?


Featured Japanese Media Outreach

Video Program: The Church in My Town

A new video program hosted on YouTube, The Church in My Town, our Japanese ministry team gives viewers a glimpse into churches around the country and the people who worship there.

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Bridging the Gap for Japanese Worship

February 22, 2024

If you are subscribed to our prayer request emails, you may remember the name Yamoto. ReFrame prayer warriors have been praying for a man named Yamoto's requests and thanks for Christian programming while he is confined to his hospital room.

In the heart of Japan’s Fukuoka Prefecture, Yamoto has been confined to a hospital for nearly two years.

“I can’t go to church, but I want to worship,” Yamoto says.

Between Yamoto’s health condition...

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More than 15,000 people visit our website every month in order to hear God's Word

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Our Japanese broadcasts reach people in more than 65 countries.

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There’s no substitute for face-to-face interactions! Over this past year, 156 people attended our listener events.

Rev. Masao Yamashita

Rev. Masao Yamashita

“It is very important to connect listeners to local churches. The power of the radio and Internet ministry is great, but listeners may have a hard time making any personal connections. If not connected to a local church, they become floating souls.

Masao became the Japanese ministry leader in 1998. He was raised in a Buddhist family, but at age sixteen he borrowed a Bible. As Masao read it, he felt God speak to him. He began attending a local church and started listening to our Japanese radio program The Morning Word. A year later he committed his life to Christ. Masao studied at Kobe Reformed Seminary and then graduated from Calvin Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Masao and his wife, Tomoko, have four children and six grandchildren.

More Japanese Media Outreach

Audio Program: Tohoku Asa no Kotoba (Morning Word)

Morning Word is a 5-minute Bible-teaching program aired on three commercial radio stations in Northern Japan and can also be heard online. The program is designed to attract seekers to God’s Word.

Audio Program: The Hour of Christ

A weekly evangelistic message presenting biblical truths. The program is broadcast on Sundays, and can also be heard online.

Audio Program: Seisho wo Hirako (Let’s Open the Bible)

Let’s Open the Bible is a weekly biblical sermon available online.

Devotional: Rijoisu (Rejoice)

Rejoice, a daily devotional, is produced in cooperation with the general assembly of the Reformed Church of Japan. It can be read or heard online and via mobile app.

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