He said to them, ”Go throughout the whole world and preach the gospel to all people.
Toshiro Oyama has been in Southern California since February 2008 spending his time ministering to Japanese Surfers. One of the ways he does this is by passing out free copies of Noah’s Arc, The Outsiders and Changes.
All of these DVD’s are produced by Walking On Water and include incredible surfing, the gospel message and Japanese subtitles.
He has also had the incredible opportunity to be a surf tour guide for traveling Japanese Surfers. This has enabled him more opportunities to share the love of Jesus with the lost.
He's still planning a mission trip to Japan with the founder and Director of Walking On Water, Bryan Jennings.
This mission trip is extremely important because less than one 1% of Japan’s population is Christian.
There are many religions in Japan that have come along with current times but most follow Shintõ or Buddhism.
Most Japanese people do not identify as exclusively belonging to just one religion, but incorporate features of both religions into their daily lives in a process known as syncretism. Shinto and Buddhism are even taken to as being interwoven in the country.
According to the real CIA World Fact Book 84% to 96% adhere to Shinto and Buddhism while 4% to 16% of the demographic population adhere to other religions or non-religious, atheist groups.
The majority of Japanese(70-80%) carry on the rolls of one or more religious body, but do not consider themselves believers in any religion.
There are actually more surfers in Japan then there are believers in Jesus! What a time to be a surfing missionary.
This will be his 5th annual trip as a Walking On Water missionary. Each year he has worked alongside Walking On Water’s Director of Missions, Todd Morehead, who has affirmed in him God’s gifting on his life as an evangelist.
Every year God gives him the opportunity to lead Japanese surfers to the Lord! He loves to share with them the love of Jesus, especially since they have most likely never heard the message!
He has moved to Irvine where he has started a home church and meet every Saturday for a service and Bible study which he prepares a lesson and teach.
On Thursdays he meets for a prayer meeting in his apartment. In the Irvine area there are many Japanese in the community giving him more opportunities to share Jesus with his people.
Some exciting news is that he had the opportunity to meet a Japanese surfer while surfing.
He then ran into him randomly at a Japanese supermarket where he was able to invite him to his surfing fellowship and then he laters came to the Bible study.
It was at the Bible study where he gave his life to the Lord! He had a Japanese/English Bible, but had never accepted Jesus into his life.
It was a neat experience to share with him Romans 10:9-10 'If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from death, you will be saved. For it is by our faith that we are put right with God; it is by our confession that we are saved.’
His hearts desire is to focus on mission work, but in order to do so he needs support both financially and prayerfully.
If you feel led to give towards his ongoing ministry to Japanese surfers he would be so grateful for your partnership.
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