Hello, we are Tim, Chie, and Mitsuki Burns. We are living and working with Nisshin Christ Church near Nagoya, where God is bringing together a dynamic group of both young and older, more experienced missionaries to participate in the church-planting movement we see developing in central Japan.
Since coming to Nagoya, we have been greatly encouraged to see what the Lord is doing in building up His Church. Nisshin Christ Church is the founding church of Christ Bible Institute and Seminary, an outstanding seminary here in Nagoya. Our desire is to partner with CBI in order to help meet one of the great problems facing the Church in Japan, namely an increasing lack of trained Japanese church leadership. Consequently one of our main focuses right now is college outreach. God has placed us in an ideal place for this, as we live within walking distance of six colleges. Every Wednesday evening, we have between 30 and 40 students gathering at our church building to have dinner, play games, and hang out. We will soon begin Bible studies with interested students. The goals of this outreach are to see students come to Christ, to identify potential future leaders of the Japanese church, and, God willing to begin their training at CBI.
With language school underway, I (Tim) continue my preparation for church-planting ministry. After language school, I hope to receive seminary training in a Japanese context by attending Christ Bible Seminary on a part-time basis. By studying alongside our Japanese brothers, I want to deepen my understanding of applying the Gospel to the Japanese culture.
Chie has also jumped into serving by working as a counselor with a ministry for young girls in crisis called Life Hope Network. Her main task is to provide counseling for post-abortive girls. Most of these girls are dealing with incredible guilt, and it is a wonderful opportunity to speak of the grace of our God in the Gospel. Chie is also busy in the church, encouraging young believers in the faith and constantly finding ways to serve with humility and joy.
Our son Mitsuki is enjoying second grade in Japanese school, and we are building many relationships in our neighborhood through him. He is an incredible help as we seek to foster opportunities to proclaim the Gospel in our community.
We missionaries do not serve alone on the field. We are simply the representatives of many who form a team of believers committed to seeing God’s kingdom come to Japan, the largest unreached people group in the world. Please consider joining our team as partners in this endeavor. We need both prayer partners and financial partners who will stand with us for the sake of the Gospel in Japan. Would you prayerfully consider joining us? We have great confidence this is a work of God’s Spirit, and are continually humbled to see how God is pleased to use us in his work.