John Interviewed in PodCast

Due to the publishing of John’s Book Multiplying Churches in Japanese Soil J.D. Payne, missiologists, seminary professor, author, and church planting mobilizer interviewed John.  In this PodCast: John gives an update from the relief & evangelism efforts after the Tohoku earthquake. He explains the broader ministry of JEMA (Japan Evangelical Missionary Association) John gives the overall picture of church planting in Japan They talk about recent changes that have occurred in Japan John analyses the …

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2017 CPI Conference – Gospel & Mission

The venue was packed. We had no more beds. We used every meeting room. We were sold out and for the first time John had to turn away people wanting to attend the 2017 CPI National Conference, October 25-27. This was the biggest CPI Conference ever with the largest number of adults (476) and the largest number of children (169) attending. We were very thankful for the large group of volunteers that came to support …

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November Prayer

Nov 1-3: Rengo Church Planter’s Summit, Rengo Annual Meeting Nov 20-21: Rengo National Mission Dept. Meeting Nov 24-25: Converge Japan Field Council, at the Mehns residence Dec 11th – Elaine’s annual Christmas Tea outreach

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Multiplying Churches in Japanese Soil

Available October 2017 at William Carey Library and Amazon.com. Since the beginning of missionary efforts in Japan in the sixteenth century, the Japanese church has experienced periods of quiet flourishing and periods of intense persecution. Arguably, however, it has never managed to take root as a truly indigenous church-despite great effort toward that aim. In Multiplying Churches in Japanese Soil, John Mehn asks the question: Why? What factors have contributed to the Japanese remaining largely …

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East Asia Regional Church Planting Network sets new goals

Twenty-three leaders met in late September in Ikoma Japan as part of the East Asia Network of the Global Church Planting Network (GCPN). Besides GCPN consultants, leaders from Thailand, South Korea and Hong Kong and national teams representing Mongolia, Taiwan and Japan developed goals for national church planting processes. Short and long-range goals were set in five areas: leadership, prayer, training, strategy and national team. The team from Japan continues the direction of the Church …

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2017 CPI Conference breaks all records

Total numbers were overwhelming with over 640 people registered, making this the biggest CPI conference ever! We have absolutely packed this newer and larger resort. Now we are in a flurry of activity getting ready for this record-breaking event on October 25-27. Please pray for the preparations, the entire staff, and that God would truly bless with the theme of Gospel and Mission. Besides leadership and administration, Elaine and John will be training in spiritual …

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Expanding Influence

Does God ever surprise you? When we returned in January we had no idea the expanding influence there would be for church planting vision for Japan. Influence was building late last year, but this year John has been scrambling to keep up with the developments. There are several streams of interconnected movements and leaders partnering together toward a Japan national church planting initiative to see the dream of over 50,000 churches in Japan. If you …

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Prayer Aug/September

GOD ANSWERED Our mini-tour to the US is nearly completed. We return to Japan August 18th. The time has been extremely busy but very rewarding. We visited two churches and one pastoral couple while driving 2,000 miles. Elaine had a family reunion, John met doctors and dentists, and we both had great times with our children and grandchildren. The CPI Conference preparations continue Japan National CPI Conference, October 25-27. Pray as September and October are …

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Vision Festival

Just last week John joined 90 people to study case studies of new church plants and work towards movements of new churches in Japan. The Church Multiplication Vision Festival was held in Tokoku, the region of the triple disaster of March 11, 2011. Since the disaster church numbers in some areas have tripled!  Also evangelism results, such as people trusting Christ and being baptized, has increased nearly 700% from what is normal! God is building …

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