Those who minister among the unreached face a daily daunting task. Thousands, ten thousands, and even millions of people who are loved and dear to our hearts, have no hope and are without God in the world (Eph 2:12). They need to hear and believe the life-changing message of the Gospel. Their very souls are at stake but they are lost without knowing they are lost, dead without realizing they are dead, and are enslaved to the prince of the power of the air (Eph 2:2). As ambassadors for Christ, God makes his appeal through us to them for their salvation and complete transformation (2 Cor 5:20). But who are we? Just jars of clay (2 Cor 4:7).

Weakness. We are weak and weakness leads to lots of suffering. Sometimes in the form of persecution, but always in the form of dying to ourselves. Weakness often feels debilitating and suffering often feels meaningless. But we know that weakness provides the best platform for the strong work of Christ, and that suffering is part of a golden chain for our sanctification and hope (2 Cor 12:9-10; Rom 5:3-5)! Hope! In our weakness, in our suffering, in our daily deaths God’s children always have hope. Because of the Gospel – the whole Gospel – we have hope!

Hope dares us to dream. It inspires us to look not to things that are seen but to the things that are unseen (2 Cor 4:18). Hope ignites an insatiable desire for eternal glory and ever-augmenting joy! Joy that is meant to be experienced by all nations (Ps 67:4)! Hope reminds us that things must change because Christ reigns in heaven and will return. Hope recalls that this King raises the poor from the dust and makes the barren woman the joyous mother of children (Ps 113:7-9). Hope is exclaimed, “Praise the Lord! Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!” (1 Cor 16:22; Rev 22:20).

Hope gives us permission to dream God-sized dreams for the unreached and unevangelized. Dreams of a nation that we did not know running to us (Is 55:5). Dreams of men and women from every nation crying out, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you!” (Zech 8:23). Hope makes us refuse to be satisfied with things simply as they are and inspires us to seek the welfare of the city where we are called to serve…and pray (Jer 29:7)!

The greatest work of hope is to pray. There is no more hopeful service we can do than to pray—for the city, for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions (1 Tim 2:1-2). Hope prays for the Kingdom of God to come and for his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matt 6:10). Hope makes bold requests to our heavenly Father who loves to give good things to those who ask (Matt 7:11); who delights to give us his Kingdom and who desires for all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Tim 2:3-4). Hope prays with power, knowing that when we pray we pray in the name of Christ Jesus who died and was raised and who is at the right hand of God interceding for us (Rom 8:34). Let us pledge to pray!

Those who minister among the unreached face a truly impossible task, but we serve a God who specializes in making all things possible for those who believe (Mark 9:23). So we dare to dream and we pledge to pray.

The goal of this blog is to encourage our friends from around the world to hope with us and to help direct you in your prayers. For Japan and for the world. We want to do that by sharing stories of things God is doing in Japan and opportunities to support that work. We also hope that we might represent our brothers and sisters serving in similar places throughout the world but who must remain silent to you as they serve. We hope you’ll consider visiting this site regularly or following us on social media as together we dare to dream and pledge to pray.