While Michael served as an intern in Chiba, Japan, God revealed to him the need for the gospel in this nation where many have never heard the message before. His heart for the Japanese led to a desire to do long-term ministry in Japan. In order to be better equipped, he returned to the U.S. where he earned master’s degrees in biblical studies and teaching English as a second language.
For over two years Cathalain’s family was stationed in Japan. She was exposed to the Japanese culture by living off base and attending a Japanese school. Although Cathalain was young, this experience shaped her love for other cultures. After graduating from Florida Southern College she taught high school in Virginia.
Michael and Cathalain met in Virginia, were married in May 2007 and had their son, Tobin, in May 2010. Almost three years later, in February of 2013, their daughter, Elisabeth, was born while in Japan. Together they share a heart for the Japanese and have been called to serve the Lord on the church-planting team in Nagoya, Japan.
After two years of intensive language school they moved to northern Nagoya to intern in Shiga Church. Michael is involved in various outreaches including teaching English classes, leading evangelistic Bible studies and occasionally preaching. Cathalain is involved in ministries such as mom and kids club, cooking classes and various evangelistic outreach programs. After the two year internship Michael desires to partner with a national pastor and plant a new church in Nagoya.
Please pray as they begin ministry in Nagoya. Pray that God would bless their outreach programs within Shiga and for many opportunities to tell the Japanese about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray for a national pastor to partner with Michael in their future church plant and for God’s guidance in the exact location of where to plant. Pray God would be glorified in their work and efforts to bring his name and Gospel to the Japanese.