2022 CHURCH PLANT
LATEST NEWS (1/20/2023): We are very pleased to let you know that we closed on the building and are now getting estimates for renovation while doing some of the work ourselves. Thank you for your generosity. Meanwhile, God continues to move in the hearts of various people, Christians and non-Christians, while contributions continue to come in. Let your friends know of this historical moment and let's put one more church in the unreached Japan together! See the latest pictures HERE >>
The Goal: $300,000
And this is where we are at now...
*Updated on Jan 20, 2023.
Due to the constant changes in the currency exchange rates we have kept the USD goal amount the same but the percentage reflects today's YEN amount and goal. We did this because it would be impossible to keep adjusting our goal amount according to the day's rate.
This amount does not reflect the pledges until the deposits are confirmed.
Nagayo is the largest unchurched town in Nagasaki Prefecture with 42,000 people and is the 4th largest unchurched town of Japan (Operation Japan, 5th Edition).
500 years after the most brutal persecution against Christians that took place in this area, we are finally on the verge of seeing a new chapter in the history of Nagasaki Prefecture.
Would you pray and ask God how you could contribute towards this event that will write a new line in the history of Nagasaki?
Fabio (Brazil) and Elizabeth (USA) met in Japan in 1999. Throughout the years they have served under various roles in Japan, USA and Brazil. They have been married since 2001 and have seven children. They currently serve in Japan as missionaries under JEMS (Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society) since 2018.
They also partner with a Japanese church, Moriyama Christ Gospel Church and since 2021 have been serving in Nagasaki with the mission of planting a church in the town of Nagayo.
*For more details about us go here.
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*If you would like to download the PDF version to print and share, click HERE
Browse below, the central area where the first church in Nagayo will be established after 500 years of sowing and prayers!
HOW TO GIVE
Q: IF you are in Japan. ( CLICK HERE )
If you are in Japan, you can make a transfer to:
Rakuten | らくてん 
第三営業支店 | だいさんえいぎょうしてん 
Q: IF you are in the USA. ( CLICK HERE )
If you are in the USA, you can send a tax-deductible check to one of our partnering churches:
LIVING WORD CHURCH
Make check payable to Living Word Church, and write JAPAN in the memo, or include a note.
Address: 2248 186th Street. Lansing, IL 60438
OR by credit card: https://www.livingwordchurch.cc/donate (memo: JAPAN). *If you choose to give via credit card, please also checkmark the option: "Cover processing fees". Thank you!
If you have any questions, let us know!
Phone: (708) 259-0777
Q: For International wire transfer. ( CLICK HERE )
A: From anywhere in the world, to do a wire transfer from your bank to the Japanese church's bank account:
=== BANK INFORMATION ===
Bank Name: RAKUTEN BANK, LTD.
SWIFT Code / BIC: RAKTJPJT
Branch Name: HEAD OFFICE
Bank Address: 2-16-5 KONAN, MINATO-KU, TOKYO, JAPAN. POSTAL CODE: 108-0075
=== BENEFICIARY/RECIPIENT INFORMATION ===
Account Number: 253-7267634 (*Remove dash if needed to)
Beneficiary Name: MORIYAMA KIRISUTO FUKUIN CHURCH
Beneficiary Address: 1-13-2 Moriyama,
City: Moriyama city
Postal Code: 524-0022 (*Remove dash if needed to)
Recipient Type: "Business"
Main Currency: YEN (JPY)
*If you are in the USA or Brazil, we suggest you send it to the designated places describes in the other tabs. Besides the cost you might have to send it overseas, the amount will be subject to their exchange rates and when it arrives in Japan, Rakuten bank will also charge more fees to receive it. If you are sending from a place different than the USA or Brazil, please use this option or contact us!
Q: If you are sending support for our family. ( CLICK HERE )
Some people have come to this website looking for a way to support our family's needs in the field. If that's you, thank you! We also have budget goals we are trying to reach but have prioritized the church building project. You may download a PDF with three options on how to give in a easy and simple way. Click HERE
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions. For more, click on the FAQ image above.
Q: Where are you at right now?
A: We were able to purchase the building on September 27, 2022. Now we are working on getting the rest of the amount needed to fix up it up, furnish it and make it suitable for us to begin to use it.
Q: How and where is the money going to come from?
A: By a miracle...in people's hearts . We are starting with ourselves, and then inviting our church group, everyone's friends and families in Japan, then in our respective countries, and to the ends of the earth to join us!
Q: How much do you need?
A: US$300,000. This includes the purchase of the venue, all included fees, total renovation of all three floors, furnishing, decorating, and set up for church and café. At this point, the building is purchased and we are working on smaller projects according to our means until we get more funds.
Q: Can you really do all that for that price in a country like Japan?
A: Fabio spent a good time figuring an estimate and a builder figured about the same.
Q: What happens if you get more than that amount?
A: Since Fabio is a carpenter, he is figuring he will do a lot of the work himself even though that would take a great amount of time. If we have the extra funds to outsource the work, we keep our focus and time on "people work".
Q: What happens if you sign the contract but are unable to buy it due to the lack of funds?
A: We lose our deposit, cry, and then get up and try again. If those that came before us did not give up until the point of death, why would we give up, because of money?
Thankfully, God has provided half of the total amount through generous hearts in just 3 months! That already covers the purchase of the building. From now on, your contribution will help us to renovate the facility so that we may once and for all establish a place of worship to the King of kings in that (un)churched town of Nagayo. Be a part of this historical moment!
Q: I want to mobilize others to give. How can I do it?
A: Yay!! We need you! We have a few people doing this. There are many ways of doing it. Some are doing it from a platform, others in their living room. Some are talking to key people. For this reason, we are making all this material available in PDF format on our website + a video where we speak and show what is happening here. Then all you have to do is to help them figure out how to transfer the money either to one of our partnering churches in the US, Brazil or directly into the Japanese church's account.
The visit of the Tsukayama family to our church (Jun 2022) was a desire we've had for years. Seeing them grow and develop in their assignment fills us with joy, knowing that our work in the Lord is not in vain.
The spirit of boldness that God has placed in them to spearhead the establishment of a church in the white fields of Nagayo, Japan, is the heartbeat of God for lost souls.
God will hasten the provision of resources so that by faith our eyes will see the glory of God.
Edgardo & Ana Maceda - Senior pastor at Eternal Rock Church (USA). Former missionaries in Shiga, Japan under whose ministry Fabio was saved and trained for ministry.
”I have been praying for Nagayo, a town without a church, since April of 2004. My prayer was: 1) Lord, please bless this city. 2) Please send someone to preach the gospel in this city. 3) Please
build a church in this city. Now, this prayer is about to come true. Hallelujah!”
- Pastor, Church Planter, Bible school teacher, Visionary of the 3-town-churchplant.
I have personally worked with many leaders over the years through training and coaching pastors and church planters. One of the things I have noticed is that there are very few leaders who are prepared to take risks and live with a vision for spreading the gospel in this day and age. And Tsukayama family, who are living that way and church-planting in Nagayo, are truly valuable to Japan. I sincerely pray that God will use them to the fullest, and that they will attract many supporters, beyond Nagayo, for the sake of Nagasaki Prefecture!
Ryuta Kimura - Pastor, Church Planter, Redeemer City to City Ministries' Church Planting Coach.
”With a Christian population of less than 1% in Japan, the planting of the first church in an unchurched area will have a tremendous impact. As the mother church in Japan, we hope to work together with hope and focus on what the Lord is doing.”
Yuya Ueda - Pastor, Bible school teacher, Chairman of Asian Outreach Japan
I met Fabio Tsukayama in 2019 at the McDonalds in Machida. I was impressed with his energy and his smile.
When we met again in early 2020, I was impressed with his faith and his family.
He is not afraid, to dream big for God! He has embraced starting a church in the suburb of Nagasaki, Nagayo,
where there are no churches. He went to Nagasaki without a strong base. He has trusted God every step of the way.
He is confident that God will provide everything he and his family need to fulfill God’s mission and purpose.
Please consider supporting his ministry.
Skip Tanaka - Musician with a heart to bless Japanese churches in the USA and Japan
"It has been a joy to witness God’s anointing and continued blessing on the Tsukayama family as they answer God’s call to bring the Gospel to the people of Nagayo. I look forward to seeing the community transformed as they plant this church."
Roy Toma - JEMS Japan Missions Director.
Former missionary/church planter in Japan
We want to be a church with mission in our DNA from the start. We will create opportunities
for people to serve and connect with the community. This way, we will invest time and "Life on lives".
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.
Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true.
I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”
BE A MOBILIZER
Some people love to invest in planting new churches - Especially in areas where there has been no church previously. If you know people with that heart, would you share this project with them?
Do you know about the 26 Martyrs who were crucified in Nagasaki?