Missionaries

Yuri Nakano

Ministry Development in Japan NAB Missionary Download Profile

GOD IS THE WAYMAKER!

Published on February 10, 2021

I had been away from Japan for twenty months since I left on April 2019, and I am so thankful for God’s miraculous ways of opening the doors for me to get back!

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Blessings of Prayer

Published on November 23, 2020

Recently I’ve been encouraged by Psalm 32:8 as it encourages me to continue to trust in God because He has His eye on me and knows what is best. As we all continue to navigate through these times of uncertainty during this pandemic, trusting in our Almighty God continues to be a theme that He brings.

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Waiting but Working

Published on August 21, 2020

WHEN ARE YOU GOING BACK TO JAPAN?? ANY IDEA? This has been the number one question that I’ve been asked over and over again by many people. I wish I could give you all a definite answer, but unfortunately I do not have the answer at this time.

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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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