January 30, 2021
Like many other churches, the Covid-19 pandemic radically changed our approach to missions in 2020. Last year, Bethel was forced to cancel 11 short-term missions trips across the globe and receive home many of our overseas missionaries who were prevented from remaining or returning to their home countries. Even though we were unable to board a plane and travel across the world as planned, that didn’t stop our Bethel Missions Team from bringing the world here to Tyler.
On January 29-30, Bethel South hosted its first ever “virtual” mission trip to Japan and introduced the church to a type of cross-cultural ministry unlike any they had experienced before. During our two-day journey to northern Asia, we met our missionaries, Robert and Roberta Adair, Zoomed with their local ministry partners, prayed for their friends back home in Shiogama, Miyagi, and learned about the unique needs and challenges of ministry in Japan. During each of our meals, we enjoyed authentic Japanese cuisine and learned to use chopsticks like the locals, and shared a lot of laughs as we fumbled our way through a traditional Japanese morning exercise routine.
It was truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn, serve, and partner with our missionaries abroad. If you would like to learn more about the Adairs and support their ministry in Northern Japan, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or click HERE.