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Lindsay Shirakawa

Lindsay Shirakawa

Missionary to Japan

Ministry Description

Here in Japan, less that 1% of the population claim to be Christian. They are one of the largest unreached people groups. This fact grabbed my heart and is one of the reasons I decided to go.

I am a missionary with Word of Life (WOL) Japan. In 2016, I started serving there as an intern in 2016 and then I joined as a full-time missionary in 2018.

One of my main roles is teaching English classes at SYME (School of Youth Ministry in English). College age students come to live and study at SYME, a discipleship training center with English and Bible classes. The full program is almost a year where they are immersed in the English language and study the Word of God everyday! Many students go on to study abroad at an English speaking Bible college, serve in ministry, or serve in their local church.

WOL Japan also builds new friendships and shares Jesus with the community around us. We hold a regular English conversation cafe where those in the community can practice English with a native speaker. We can share the Gospel story as we get to know the students.

Please pray for this country to see the power that is in the Gospel and for the very small Christian community to reach out to those who need the Lord.

About Lindsay

I trusted Christ with my life at the age of eight at my home church in Pennsylvania. After high school and three years of community college, I decided to attend Word of Life Bible Institute in upstate New York in 2013. I desired to further my knowledge of the Scriptures and deepen my relationship with the Lord. Even after just one year, my life had changed. Through the classes, fellowship with other believers, and ministry trips, I learned that life is best lived with Jesus at the center. Second year at the Bible Institute was the next step for me. That year was even more challenging but far more rewarding. During the Missions Conference, I learned of the great need for missions both in America and in foreign fields. God has placed a burden on my heart for the nation and people of Japan. I am so blessed to now be serving alongside believers who also have the same heart for Japan and a love for the God of our salvation!

Life Verse

Philippians 4:6-7 "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."