We have some great news! We are pleased to introduce to you, Jesse Lam, a newly appointed Fellowship International missionary. While in Canada for now, Jesse will hopefully be heading to Japan in April 2022.
Jesse grew up in a bilingual home, his parents immigrating to Canada from Hong Kong, but influenced by Japanese pop-culture. This led to his interest in language, music, and Japanese culture, all of which he is now using to engage people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to make disciples in Toronto, and soon, in Japan.
When asked about the Disciple-Making Movement (DMM), Jesse shared that first and foremost, DMM is flexible, allowing people of all different backgrounds, cultures, and contexts to engage with Jesus’ teachings: “So while the focus of DMM is for people to become disciples and become part of a church body, what that looks like can vary—maybe a house church, a western church with a building, or maybe it’s just people having a picnic once a week”.
Specifically in Japan, one of the things that can help to change the spiritual climate and bring people to the realization of Christ, is to use cultural sensitivity in a variety of ways to make sure that Japanese people get the core message of the Gospel. Then, they’re able to replicate that in a Japanese way, rather than feeling like in order to become a Christian they have to convert their culture, as well. The flexibility of DMM allows for this.
Jesse also shared about the importance of building relationships in making disciples. Many young Japanese Christians feel the only way to evangelize is to bring others to church (and this IS a great way to do it), however Jesse points out that investing one’s own personal time in the person, and walking alongside others on a day-to-day basis bears much fruit when making disciples. Allowing others the opportunity to physically see Christ’s love in action helps them to become disciples, rather than making church a “Sunday thing”.
In talking to Jesse, I was so encouraged by his heart to look for “the one”. Wherever he is, in every sector of his life, he prays for an open heart, and God responds by placing His sheep in Jesse’s life.
Wherever you might be, whatever you might be doing, ask God to open your eyes to see the people in your life that are ready to receive the Gospel and step into discipleship. I’ll leave you with the words of 1 Thessalonians 2:8 — “…so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel of God but our lives as well.”