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You can help build the Church in Japan —

By Delaney Melaven

Created on 07/14/2021

I believed an awful lie for years.

Even though I was an active youth group member at church, I had disqualified myself from sharing the Gospel with others because I thought I wasn’t good enough. I believed the lie that only certain people actually tell others about Jesus. But God graciously taught me in time that I carry the Gospel with me wherever I go ... and I did GO.

There was no way I could ignore God’s calling on my life to be in vocational ministry. I heard it loud and clear at a CIY MOVE conference. The lie of “unqualified” left my heart and mind when the Lord opened doors for me to pursue ministry and work at a new church plant in Japan with the Mustard Seed Network.

High schoolers at MOVE this summer will learn more about this ministry in Japan and hear a captivating story with CIY’s new film, “Nozomi.” The film will highlight the country’s need for the Gospel and how each student at MOVE can be a part of building the Church in Japan.

I never dreamed I was going to live overseas, let alone share the passion of telling others about God’s grace and the ways to get involved with His Church – but here I am! And I am here to encourage young people to lean into faith and follow His leading.

I witnessed the Lord face down this powerful lie in my own life, and I implore youth leaders to deliver the truth that ALL Kingdom workers are worthy to share the love and Good News of Jesus Christ.

I’ve learned that Kingdom workers are wherever God calls them to use their gifts and influence. And for me, that looks like Japan – where God is doing remarkable things like enabling young people to be messengers of the Gospel.

Delaney Melaven is from Webb City, Missouri, and works for Mustard Seed Christian Church in Tokyo, Japan.

Learn more about Mustard Seed Network in Japan →