Missionaries

Yuri Nakano

Ministry Development in Japan NAB Missionary Download Profile

Meeting Together for Spiritual Encouragement

Published on November 09, 2021

Last month was a very productive and exciting month, with some women events that were able to finally happen because the emergency state was lifted!

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Hot Summer Events!

Published on August 19, 2021

After spending two summers in Canada, the heat and humidity of Japanese summer hit me like a brick! My body has since adjusted, thankfully! This summer has heated up, not only with the temperatures but also with many events going on. The Tokyo Olympics started with much uncertainty and with many of the citizens of Japan expecting it to be cancelled due to the high COVID-19 cases. Despite the declaration of the state of emergency and…

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Spring Blossoms of Hope

Published on May 20, 2021

The cherry blossoms seem especially pretty this year amidst the difficult stories we hear around us. I was also happy to be able to attend my first and only (so far since arriving in Japan this year) in-person worship service on Easter Sunday this year!

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Get to know Yuri Nakano

Q When did you first know God was calling you to the mission’s field?

My mission’s professor at Bible college encouraged me to consider going to Japan as a missionary when I was attending North American Baptist College.

Q What life experiences did you have that helped you prepare to go overseas?

My whole life has prepared me in a sense because I grew up as a third-culture kid as a Japanese-Canadian.    I have had many cross-cultural experiences growing up with many international friends.

Q How would you describe your first year on the mission field?

Exciting.  A time of exploration and adjustment.  Big learning curve.  A time to laugh at my mistakes.

Q What surprised you the most once you began your work? What did you wish you knew beforehand?

I was surprised to discover that God had given me certain experiences so that I would be prepared for the work in Japan.  It’s funny that I hadn’t thought that before I left.

Q What initial fears/concerns did you have about serving as a missionary overseas?

I had fears of whether I could effectively communicate and relate to the people.  I feared the large insects and the driving I might have to do.

Q What has been the most rewarding part of your work?

Experiencing and seeing first-hand the work of the Holy Spirit transform people’s lives!

Q What changes have you seen in yourself (what ways have you grown) since you have been serving overseas?

I have grown to depend on the Lord and I have grown more humble.   There is still so much to learn and He is continuing to teach me.

Q What is something that would surprise others about mission work or the people you are called to serve?

Mission work is a lot of fun as we let God do the work and as we follow Him!

Q What are some of the factors that lead you to become an overseas missionary through the NAB?

My past experience in the NAB as a student of the North American Baptist College and Taylor Seminary and also being in an NAB church made it an easy choice to become a missionary through the NAB.  I thought raising support would be much easier with an association of churches that were working together and one that I knew well.

Q How can people pray for you?

That my love for God would increase day by day and that I would have genuine love for others.

That I would have wisdom in discipling others and that I would have protection against the Enemy.

Country Facts

Japan A 3,000 km arc of four large islands (Honshu, Hokkaido, Shikoku, Kyushu) and 3,000 small islands in NW Pacific. Mountainous; only 13% can be cultivated. Read More Facts View All Countries
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