| September 25, 2017

Konichiwa from Osaka, Japan! 

A few of you may know that I came to Life Pacific College in 2006, but I began my studies at Life Bible College through the distance learning program. After serving God in Okinawa for almost 9 years, the time came to attend Life Bible for a season of training and equipping to return to Japan as a missionary. As an older student living on campus, I faced a few challenges such as reverse culture shock, culture shock, and health issues. I was quite impressed with the care and assistance from the staff and faculty during my one month leave of absence from school due to a personal health issue. During that time, Dean of Students Tim Clark (’92) and Jenny Elsey (Associate Dean of Students), prayed with me, maintained communication and helped me go through the process of completing my studies at home. When I returned to Life Bible, it was as if I had never left school.

Outside of the classroom, I’ve gained valuable leadership experiences through an FMI internship, co-leading an Ignite team to Japan and Korea, and holding a student staff position in the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations.

I enjoyed all my classes and professors at Life Bible and the opportunities to intern during the summers. Some classes were tough and well worth it, such as OT Theo with “JW” -- Dr. Jim W. Adams (’95) – and Ethics with Dr. Terry Samples (’76). In addition, Multicultural Evangelism, Disciplines of Leadership, and other courses taught by Dr. Mike Larkin and Dr. Karen Tremper re-confirmed my calling and passion to serve in Japan. Outside of the classroom, I’ve gained valuable leadership experiences through an FMI internship, co-leading an Ignite team to Japan and Korea, and holding a student staff position in the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations.

In October 2013, I returned to Japan as a bi-vocational Foursquare Missionary. I now work for the Osaka City Board of Education as a C-NET (City Native English Teacher), while I serve Osaka Gospel Church in Ikuno Ward of Osaka City under Pastor Youngchun Kim, from Korea Foursquare. Our church is tiny, but we are hopeful.

In May of 2017, our church hosted a small short-term mission team from Life Pacific College’s Global Life department. During their trip, we did college campus visits and an event called American Night. We have had the privilege of having one long-term intern from Global Life this year as well (Emily Noyes). She has joined my English lessons at the church and the students have enjoyed her presence and knowledge in business. At Osaka Gospel Church, I and Pastor Kim’s wife teach the English and the Korean lessons as a form of reaching the community with the love of Christ. We have also handed out decorated Easter Eggs and our church flier to the neighbors on Easter Sunday.

One exciting thing that happened recently was at the Japan Foursquare convention in June, where I became a licensed minister. I am grateful and continue to look forward to many more ministry opportunities in the future!

Global Life trip to Japan 2016: Global Life Assistant Jenna Spolar, Students Jessica De Leon & Emily Noyes, Ann Lantry