Missionaries

Yuri Nakano

Ministry Development in Japan NAB Missionary Download Profile

Celebrations and Seminars

Published on August 10, 2022

We all enjoyed a celebration of thanksgiving as Komyo Church hosted a farewell party for Paul and Melissa Ewing (and son Elijah) for their faithful ministry in planting the church and raising it up to where it is today.

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Signs of Living Hope

Published on May 19, 2022

There is much surrounding us that can cause us to get disheartened, but we also have a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus. I was reminded of that through the Lent and Easter season.

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Year-End Blessings and New Year Hopes

Published on February 20, 2022

God was very faithful in granting opportunities to share the real meaning of Christmas and sow seeds of the Gospel at the end of the 2021 year. I was intent on “connecting” with people this Christmas as the COVID cases were quite low.

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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
Key Ministries
  • Church Planting
  • Equipping Ministries