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Here is our heart for Musashi Kosugi (Muko), a quick overview of the state of mission there, and an explanation of our new church project and vision.
Everything else in Musashi Kosugi (just say "Muko" for short) is already there. A dozen new 50-story residential skyscrapers crammed with people (SEE VIDEO HERE). And they're still going up! New malls, schools, hospitals, and community services. The Muko train station has the most crowded ride west of Tokyo Disneyland (SEE VIDEO HERE). But a church witness for these 120,000+ people (99% without Christ) is still missing! We believe we can change this reality with you.

It's our joy to launch this new church planting project in Muko and invite you into it. You've been waiting for this project, right? You've been part of our lives, now we invite you to be part of Muko's future in Christ.

We want to move into and reach the community from the inside. As we look at moving into Muko, we need to be strategic about our future housing by combining it with a stable place for a new church to gather and grow. We are planning it to look something like this:

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The 1st floor is “store-front” space for our outreach ministries and new church to gather. Above is living space for ourselves/staff.

If you've followed along with us, you know this burden for Muko isn't new (we've spoke of it since 2014), and it's not a change in our ministry. Rather, it is an expansion of our church planting ministry in Kawasaki, Japan (with WorldVenture). Denen Grace Chapel (our current church plant) will serve as the parent to this daughter church, even as we continue to provide coverage for both. See
our Vision 2020 page for SW Greater Tokyo to understand our church planting strategy better.

Our passion and work (now 20 years in Japan) has always been for the start of the church in Japan. Why? To reach the lost 99% here, because:

"The church is the only thing in this world
that will go into eternity, so it is right for us to work
and sacrifice toward its birth and growth."

- the quotable Kevin Laverman (smile), July 20, 2018

Can you partner with us in Japan through this new church work by helping us reach this project's funding need?

For Jesus & For Japan,

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(Our online giving at WorldVenture. Done in a couple simple steps.)
PHASE I NEED (construction) goal of $118,000 has been fully met as of April 9, 2019. Thank you for your partnership! Construction began on July 10, 2019 and is scheduled to finish by yearend.
PHASE II NEED: $17,000 for fully equipping the chapel space.
RAISED TO DATE: $6,970 as of
Items we need funds to purchase now before 2020 move & startup are: lights, hymnbooks, screen, air conditioner + heater, chairs & tables, refrigerator, kitchenware & small appliances, projector, digital piano, computer/office equipment, portable folding bed, window coverings, small furnishings, PA equipment/speakers, Bibles & Christian materials, outdoor sign, cross, whiteboard and more. Any gift will be used as most needed in the items above.
CLICK to give online here through WorldVenture.
100% of all contributions given through this special project come to us in Japan, are tax deductible, and will be used exclusively for this Muko house/church project, with reporting and accountability within our mission.
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This is the "prospectus" for this project which includes vision and rationale for this house/church in Muko, and plan for its use..
Catch the vision! View and download a 4-minute vision video for this project. This is effective in educating both small and large groups on the state of mission in Muko.
How do we envision the church and house facility being used? Here is one example of weekly usage.
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You can view all of our email updates on this project below. The latest update will also have our current funding need listed.
OCT 2019 "Towering Darkness"
AUG 2019 "Foundational Colors"
APR 2019 "Spring-ing to the Goal"
MAR 2019 "Tiny Chapel Designs"
JAN 2019 "Eyes Forward, Looking Up"
DEC 2018 "Halfway!"
NOV 2018 "Small Lots"
OCT 2018 "Sumo-sized Update"
SEP 2018 "A Big Giveaway"
JUL 2018 "A New Church"
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We know you may have questions about this project. We've tried to answer some common ones. Please view this Q&A resource. This also shows the project's total financial picture and progress.
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Please spread the word. Think for a minute, "Who can I pass this information along to that might be of help to the Lavermans in this project?" We need your networking help to bring the cross to Muko. Email this website URL, or click the thumbs up icon in the lower left corner.
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Give to the Vision

Monthly support still needed:
$991 as of
Give securely online through WorldVenture. Gifts receipted.

Our Japan Address

4-14-24-1 Futago, Takatsu; Kawasaki,
Kanagawa JAPAN 213-0002
Tel 044-833-8791
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Our Connections

We serve with WorldVenture, an evangelical faith mission. Our sending/home church is Cornerstone Church of Lansing, Illinois.
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