KNCSB student team to return to Tokyo

The KNCSB Super Summer international mission team is returning to Tokyo, Japan, this year.

The team served three years in Tokyo and then went to Amsterdam for four years. This year’s trip to Tokyo is scheduled for June 1-10. Two days of base camp will be held at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan., before the group leaves for Japan.

In both Amsterdam and Tokyo, the KNCSB team works with I Go Global. I Go Global cooperates with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board.

Amsterdam, with a population of about 800,000, is “relatively small by a lot of standards,” said Terry McIlvain, KNCSB director of youth ministries.

But Amsterdam is important because it is a “gateway city” into Europe.

“It is a tough place to minister because evangelical work is almost non-existent,” McIlvain said.

In Amsterdam, the KNCSB targeted an area of the city inhabited by Muslims from a country in North Africa.

“Our primary ministry was to prayerwalk, engage people in conversation and share as much of the gospel as people would allow,” McIlvain said.

When the KNCSB team first arrived in Amsterdam, there were only a handful of believers in that people group. Now there are 75-80 believers and a church has been started.

The KNCSB Super Summer international mission trips began in Tokyo in 2008. As in Amsterdam, the group works with I Go Global to support Southern Baptist international workers.

Tokyo is the largest city in the world with 33 million people. Evangelical believers comprise only one half of one percent of the population.

The purpose of the KNCSB international mission trips is teach students and adults how to have a missional lifestyle. They are encouraged to practice what they have learned when they return home.

Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptists are encouraged to begin praying now for this summer’s project in Tokyo. Participants in the trip must raise $3,600. This will cover all of their expenses except souvenirs.