Tokyo, Japan: For the first time, the Global NYI Council met in Tokyo, Japan. It is such a blessing to be a part of a church that has members from all over the world.

The Global NYI Council met January 15-19, 2016, at the Japan District Headquarters, to talk about how the young people of this generation can join God’s mission in making Christlike disciples in the nations.


The highlight of the weekend was the opportunity that the council members had to visit and preach at the different churches in the Kanto Area:

Diego Lopez (Regional Youth Coordinator from Eurasia), and Shannon Greene (from the Global NYI Office) visited Gakuen Church:

Shannon and Diego

Justin Pickard (Regional Youth Coordinator from USA/Canada) and Brooklyn Lindsey (Justice Movement Advocate) went to Aobadai Church:

Brooklyn and Justin


Ronald Miller (Regional Youth Coordinator from Africa) and Erin Knocke (from the Global NYI Office) went to Koiwa Church:

Erin and Ronald


Milton Gay (Regional Youth Coordinator from Mesoamerica) and Lisa Aparicio (from the Global NYI Office) went to Sangenjaya Church:



Jimmy de Gouveia (Regional Youth Coordinator from South America) and David Gonzales (Global NYI Chair) went to Shimo-kitazawa church:

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Jimmy and David

Ánderson and Janary Godoy (Regional Youth Coordinator from Asia-Pacific) went to Oyamadai Church:


In the afternoon of Sunday, January 17th, an NYI Rally was held, led by the Japan NYI District President Shouei Abe Sensei at the Meguro Church where Gary Hartke (Global NYI Director) preached that morning:



It was truly exciting for all of the participants to share together with brothers and sisters from Japan and to experience the way they worship the Lord Jesus.  An amazing fellowship was had Sunday evening over temaki sushi.

We are also very grateful for the help of the interpreters that have used their gifts and talents to help share God’s word and build connections with the people in Japan.

NYI Rally

We invite you to pray for the work of the youth all over the world, and also for the church in Japan; that the Lord would continue to work in and through all of us as we find new and dynamic ways in reaching out to this generation for Him.

Happy New Year!

“See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:19

— Submitted:  Janary Godoy – Asia-Pacific NYI Coordinator