A few weeks ago Jo and I had the privilege of hosting a visiting team from Heart of the City, a church in Anchorage, Alaska. While it was a bit awkward to be on camera for days and days it was a wonderful opportunity to share about the need for the Gospel in Japan. 

Hosting short term mission trips can be exhausting. We've had a couple come this year and while they've been drastically different from one another, I end up with the same exhaustion at the end of the experience. There is a lot to be said about short term missions in Japan and I think I'll be posting something about it soon. But suffice it to say, despite how exhausting it may be, this is a part of what we pray for. 

And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, β€œThe harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
— Matthew 9:35-38