Posted on: April 11, 2014 Posted by: vudfc Comments: 0

Below find co-worker Jeremy Grove’s Mission Trip information. Reach out to him if you want to know more, support him, or find out why he does the things he does. You won’t regret it, I promise!

Dear Friends and Family

This last year has been the most life-changing for us as our daughter has developed into a one year old. The role we have to nurture and teach Evee has become one of the most important dedications of our lives. We love this hard and rewarding journey and will continue to experience the occasional sleepless nights and the plethora of dirty diapers that so many of you can relate to.      

We are so pleased to write to you about an upcoming trip we are planning for this summer. We will be going to Tokyo, Japan at the end of May with our church to be an encouragement to the local church there and develop a vision for long term ministry.

Although Japan has a rich cultural heritage & history, the spiritual climate of Japan is dark. Most of the cultural identity is opposed to the gospel we know and love. As we feel called to long term international ministry, we have a desire to take this trip as a family is to see if the Lord would call us to be long-term ministers of the Gospel in Japan.  

In the last few years it has become the most unreached nation in the world with a mere 0.03% of the population claiming Christianity.  It is a culture that is overworked with avenues for every kind of escape from life whether it be virtual, sexual or anything in between. The government now pays couples to bear children along with a monthly stipend because there are so few being born.  Suicide is all too common in the cities.  With laws in place that fine your family $100,000 for ending your life.  The government sees symptoms in their culture that they are attempting to address with the promise of money or threat of taking it away.  While this may treat a symptom it does nothing to affect the root causes of these issues.  It is our conviction that the good news of Jesus Christ, that he lived the life we could not, died the death we deserve and was raised again by the power of God to make a way for us to be reconciled to God is the one lasting solution to the myriad problems facing Japan.

 In order for us to take this trip, we are in the process of raising $5,000 as a family.  We would like to invite you to be a part of our ministry in Japan in two ways.  First by committing to pray for us and with us for Japan, you can learn about Tokyo and what to pray for by visiting  Second, would you prayerfully consider giving financially towards our goal of $5,000?  Follow the link to give a donation online:

Or you can send a check by mail made out to Karis Church, in the memo please write “Japan Trip – Jeremy & Leanna Grove” and mail them to:

 Karis Church

PO Box 572

Columbia, MO 65205
We are excited for what the Lord has for us this summer and the part you get to play in it.  If you have questions about our trip or would like to talk more about the biblical principles of raising support and missions in general, we would love to have that conversation with you.  You can call us at (573)-529-0092 or email us at


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