Mission Studies Trips
Every other summer (summers of odd years) the PSCS Department of Christian Missions conducts a mission study tour to some part of the world. Students attend preparation sessions the semester before departure and receive six hours of course credit in Christian Missions. If you are an OBU student and would like to participate, check out the latest information below.
Mission Study Trip 2015
Our next mission study trip will be in the Summer of 2015 to Chiba, Japan. We will work with IMB missionaries Charles and Teresa Seelen in their “Hands2Japan” program.
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Hands2Japan[From IMB Missionaries Charles and Teresa Seelen]
Thank you for your interest in the Hands2Japan (H2J) volunteer mission trip.
Hands2Japan is part of our team’s strategy to glorify God by making disciples among the Japanese living in the Tokyo/Chiba area.
Volunteers are a vital part of our team’s strategy for reaching the millions of lost souls in one of the world’s largest mega-city areas. We believe that a significant part of God’s resources for bringing the world to Christ is the contribution volunteers can make to our work as missionaries. We are inviting ordinary hands to join us in bringing an extraordinary message to the Japanese people.
Recently, volunteers have been influential in planting the seeds of the gospel in hundreds of Japanese hearts. The Bible is a respected book in Japan, and is a perennial hidden best seller. The openness to the gospel and the hunger for God’s Word are just a few signs that something big is on the horizon of Japan.
We are so thankful that God continues to call out His servants to tell the Japanese people of His great love for them. We look forward to having you join us in 2015 as a member of our volunteer team.
What will Hands2Japan Volunteer teams do?
The work of a volunteer is to help missionaries (short term personnel included) find people interested in studying the Bible. The volunteer teams will share in broad strategic outreach efforts, plus join specific community ministries. Your volunteer team will participate in:
Hope2Homes – a time of prayer walking on-site with insight while distributing the HOPE tract in our strategy area. Come step into the streets of Japan to pray for the lost. With eyes open to real needs and with ears open to the promptings of God’s spirit, intercession becomes an adventure.
Feet2Street – an opportunity that allows us to engage the Japanese in a very natural and non-threatening manner. You will be able to share your testimony with many contacts and invite them to a fellowship time, which could lead to a new friendship and eventually a new believer. Casual encounters and 5 minute English are just a couple of the methods we use to facilitate these divine appointments.
Onsite2Insight - experience the Japanese culture by seeing their temples and ancient cities, which will draw you into longing for them to know Christ as Savior.
Orientation is usually planned shortly after arrival in Japan. One of the morning sessions will focus on the strategy for reaching the mega cities, prayer-walking introduction, evangelism training, and follow-up instructions. The afternoon session will be a hands-on orientation of prayer-walking and street evangelism (5 minute English).
This invaluable time will also be used to demonstrate how to utilize the transportation system, ATM’s, and other necessities. Another session will include a field trip to Asakusa temple. Here, the volunteer team will experience first hand the culture and the spiritual barriers.
A volunteer should have the desire to build friendships, not projects. We should see the Japanese, as friends to be cared for, not projects to be completed. The volunteer should spend time with their national friends seeking to understand them and their world.
Commit to loving them unconditionally, but taking the initiative to provide the Japanese an opportunity to hear, understand, and respond to the gospel in their own cultural context.
Where will Hands2Japan Volunteer teams be working?
The 2015 H2J volunteer teams will be working in the city of Chiba. However, we may also assist colleagues in the Tokyo area. The closest airports are Narita International Airport and Haneda airport.
Q: HOW DO I SIGN UP?
A: An initial deposit of $100 (non-refundable) will reserve your place on this trip. Take this amount to the business office and tell them it is for the 2015 Mission Study Trip–Japan. Deposits are due by the close of business hours on Monday, November 10th, 2015.
Q: Are scholarships available for this trip?
A: Limited scholarship money is available. To request an application contact Dr. Franklin. Applications are due by October 24th, 2015
Q: Can I use my frequent flyer miles to purchase tickets?
A: Sorry, but no. Tickets for this trip will be purchased at a discount rate available only if all our tickets are purchased through the same travel agency. No frequent flyer miles allowed.
Q: Will I need money in addition to the cost of the trip?
A: Some–it depends on you. The money you pay to OBU for this trip will cover air fare and all necessary expenses in country. This includes travel, lodging, and three meals a day. Items not covered include passport fees, snacks, souvenirs, and perhaps a meal or two en-route through airports.
Q: Will the credit hours for this trip show up on my spring schedule?
A: Although we will be meeting once a week during the spring 2013 semester, no hours will appear in your spring schedule. You will be registered for six hours during May Term.
Q: How should I pack for this trip?
A: During our weekly training sessions we will provide detailed information on how to pack.
Q: Do I need any vaccinations for this trip?
A: No special vaccinations are required for travel in Japan. However, it is recommended you are up to date on all your routine vaccinations. See http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/vaccinations.htm for more information.