Who we are
We want to serve Christ among Japanese worldwide. Our goal is to help make a significant difference in the progress of the gospel among the Japanese people over the first half of this century. We seek to do this through educating, encouraging and equipping the Body of Christ so that, more and more, the good news of Jesus Christ will be proclaimed clearly, and disciples of Jesus Christ multiplied, among the Japanese people, for his glory. (Matthew 28:19-20) Read here about our Vision, Values & Goals
What we do
Japan Christian Link equips, mentors and encourages Christians in this country and in others to reach Japanese around them. Our missionaries, partners and volunteers also share the gospel with Japanese through full-time church work, “tent-making” mission work or informally with friends and colleagues – both in Japan and overseas. Indeed, work amongst overseas Japanese has always been one of our key focuses. In the UK the number of ministry centres continues to grow and we are also actively involved in the Japanese Christian community across Europe. Read here about some of our people in the UK. We have links in a number of other countries and we have a clear vision to work wherever Japanese people may be found.
If you are, or know, a Japanese person who became a Christian while abroad and is now returning to Japan we can help with advice or information on finding a church or Christian fellowship in Japan that suits. It can be hard for those who came to faith overseas to find and settle into a good church or make Christian friends, but we have a network of contacts who may be able to help.
We stock the UK's widest selection of Japanese Christian literature, useful for Japanese outreach and discipleship or simply as gifts – see our Bookshop for details.
Our annual Japan conference is a key event, bringing together people from all over the UK and beyond with an interest in mission to the Japanese. Around a quarter of those who attend are Japanese and some talks are in Japanese – see our Japan Conference page.
The long established work in Japan (see History) continues to be known as the JEB, or Nihon Dendotai, and is now under the direction of our Japanese colleagues with whom we work in close cooperation. Learn about some of the JEB churches and the areas they are seeking to reach. We also have a number of JCL mission workers serving in Japan today.
We are interdenominational, with many of the main Christian traditions represented, and we are international, with workers from several different countries, including Japan itself, working among Japanese in the UK and in Japan. We are also inclusive, seeking to work with other missions as well as working on our own. Unusually, our vision specifically includes building and encouraging a network of part-time volunteers, ordinary Christians reaching out to Japanese expatriates in their local area. Opportunities for involvement include full-time roles (both short & long-term) in Japan, UK or elsewhere, volunteer roles, prayer and financial support - see under Get Involved for more information.