YWAM Sendai

To know God and make Him known to the Japanese.

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Authentic Japanese Christianity

Japanese identity is deeply entangled with Shinto and Buddhist culture and customs. Christianity often looks and feels Western, so the Japanese tend to view it as being a “Western religion”. Its common to hear someone say “I really like Jesus, but I am Japanese.” For the gospel to truly take root in Japan, we need to communicate the gospel in a Japanese way. As a community, we desire to linguistically and culturally function in both English and Japanese. We desire to creatively explore ways in which we can express Christian worship in authentically Japanese ways.

Christian Unity

Churches and mission organisations in Japan struggle to communicate, pray for, and work with each other. But we believe that Christian unity holds the key to true revival in Japan. Therefore, we wish to actively seek relationship with believers from every church and mission organisation. We want our lifestyle and work to reflect our desire for Christian unity. Having said that, we must not be afraid to offend the ‘status-quo’ and be all that God wants us to be. This is because we also believe we are called to radically live out the Bible in 21st-century Japan- however way that looks!

A Mission Hub

With a population of over a million people, Sendai is the largest city in North-East Japan. We desire to see a community of people established in this city that will love God and make Him known to the 99% of the population that don’t yet know Him. As Tohoku is a large region that is mostly unreached by the gospel, we want to see a YWAM community pioneered in all of the six prefectures. Therefore, it is our heart to not only grow as a community in Sendai, but also to champion and release our members to spread God’s work through YWAM in surrounding areas!


Why North-East Japan?

North-East Japan (or Tohoku) is a large, beautiful rural region that is known for its delicious fruit. Yet this region is also home to few Christians. There are many towns and villages here with no church or missionary presence. We desire this region to bare much spiritual fruit! In Japan, and this region in particular, Jesus’ words definitely ring true. The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. (Matthew 9.37)

North-East Japan was also hit by the major 2011 earthquakes and tsunami which killed around 18,000 people and destroyed whole towns and cities along the coast. Today, the people are rebuilding their lives. It will take generations for the sense of loss and pain felt by the people here to disappear.

The YWAM Movement


Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced “WHY-wham”), we unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known. Back when we began in 1960, our main focus was to get youth involved in missions by sending them all over the world in waves. Today, we still focus on youth, and we also involve people aged 9 to 90. We currently have tens of thousands of staff (called “YWAMers”) and we work in thousands of teams and locations. One of the joys of participating in YWAM is to work with people from many nations. YWAM’s staff come from nearly every country in the world, though we are praying for more Japanese to join!

History of YWAM

We of Youth With A Mission believe that the Bible is God's inspired and authoritative word, revealing that Jesus Christ is God's son; that people are created in God's image; that He created us to have eternal life through Jesus Christ; that although all people have sinned and come short of God's glory, God has made salvation possible through the death on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ; that repentance, faith, love and obedience are fitting responses to God's initiative of grace toward us; that God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth; and that the Holy Spirit's power is demonstrated in and through us for the accomplishment of Christ's last commandment, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone." (Mark 16.15 NLT).

Our Beliefs and Foundational Values

Our Ministries


Over 99% of the people in Tohoku do not know Jesus. We seek the creativity of the Holy Spirit in order to share the gospel – especially by simply sharing our lives with people.


Although Japan is a wealthy nation, there are many areas of need in society such as depression, loneliness, suicide and homelessness. We want to play a part in bringing hope and joy to the Japanese!


We desire to train and equip the Japanese to reach their own people and to go into all the nations! We would love to have a bilingual DTS ran in Sendai, as well as other training and equipping programmes.

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If you want to find out what we have been up to recently, please follow us on the social networks (links at bottom of page), or explore our blog posts over on Medium!

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If you feel you may be called to Japan, and if you are willing to drop everything and follow the leading of Holy Spirit to love the Japanese, then we would love to have you join us on staff! Find more info on joining our team on our Wiki (click the button below). Get in touch and we will guide you through the process to join the team.

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Short-Term Volunteers & Teams

Are you interested in volunteering with us short-term, or bringing an outreach team? That's great! You are welcome! As we are still a new and small community, we are unable to plan schedules or ministries for outreach teams. But you are welcome to prayer walk, do evangelism, and get involved in things we do regularly as a community! Individual volunteers will have a taste of what it is like to be a long-term team member with us. Please get in touch on social networks or email (form below) and ask us any questions you have about coming to Sendai! :)

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