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Skip is the Ministry Coordinator for Word of Life Japan. This role includes the oversight of ministry activities in Japan. The Lakes currently serve in Himeji, Japan and spend a lot of time serving at SYME (School of Youth Ministry in English). Skip & Keturah both teach classes to Japanese young adults. This includes leading Conversational English Cafes.
The other role we enjoy is Skip’s position of Director of the Pacific Rim CCI (Cross Cultural Internship) Hub. We lead, train, and disciple Word of Life interns. All Pacific Rim interns begin their 2-year internship with the Lakes in Japan for 2 months. We enjoy doing outreach ministry with this team every year.
I grew up in a home that went to church regularly. I knew of Jesus, but I didn’t trust Him alone for salvation. In April 2001, I was in an accountability group with two other men. We met once per week to discuss different theological topics. One week we discussed salvation. I explained that no one really knows if they will go to heaven or not. I thought the way to heaven was to be good and hope that I did enough good things to earn my way into heaven. They carefully explained to me I was wrong. They told me they knew with 100% certainty they would go to heaven. They shared with me Ephesians 2: 8-9 which says “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” I realized I was putting my faith in good works to get to heaven, and I needed to put my faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose from the dead for the forgiveness of all of my sins (past, present, and future). I have put my trust in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I try to live my life in a way that brings glory to Jesus Christ.