Yuji & Eri Iwata's Ministries in Japan

I am honored to work with these two godly men for Alive International. Tom, next to me, is an MTW missionary from America and a pastor for AI. Tetsuya is one of the pastors of Oyumino Christ Church and a pastor for AI. We regularly meet every week at a cafe near our chapel to […]
Last Saturday (January 28th), my English conversation club collaborated with a local coffee shop called Tamp Stamp Coffee. The owner, Yusuke, invited his four customers to join this event. I was so glad to meet them and had a wonderful time with them through English conversation. I hope to be a blessing to my community […]
Two days ago, my team mate Anthony and I visited the Kaneda Community Center in Kisarazu City to check the rooms where we will host an monthly English Conversation event called “Bridge International Café” (BI Café). This community center is a beautiful, brand new building built only four years ago. Then, I put some flyers […]
I finally began my English Conversation Club today in Kaneda, Kisarazu City, Chiba. In total, seven local people joined my club, including three internationals (two from South Korea, and one from Pakistan). Six people joined my beginners club and three people joined my Intermediates club. I enjoyed the time with them and glad to get […]
Yesterday, my Canadian teammate Kyle and I visited a local coffee shop. Then, we had a good conversation with Yusuke, the cafe’s owner. He said he had a friend who was a pastor in Penticton, BC, Canada. Yusuke started his cafe business three years ago. However, soon after he opened his coffee shop, the covid […]
We welcomed 20 American volunteers who flew to Japan two days ago. They will volunteer for CPI Conference (Church Planting Institute), a 4-day-church planting conference from today. Yesterday, we had time for supper together, and I introduced my team to them right after AIive International service. I saw three American teenagers who came as volunteers […]
My family and I had a wonderful time with our three interns for supper at our house five days ago. Benji and Elizabeth came to Japan in March this year, and Tara came a month ago. All of them are young and have a passion for serving here in Japan. Their primary ministry place is […]
We Alive International had a wonderful 6th-anniversary service and party this Sunday, June 26. About 110 people joined in person at the chapel plus 10 people via zoom. I don’t remember when was the last time we had such a lot of people. Of course, it was before the Covid. Then, I got a challenge […]
On 14th May, seven members from my team, the Chiba AO Team, visited Kaneda in Kisarazu City together as a scouting trip. This trip was the third time for our team to come here together. We visited a couple of places: A brand new Costco, the biggest shopping Mall in Japan, and a brand new […]
On May 7, last Saturday, Eri and I revisited Narita, but we did it with our AO Team this time! We visited a couple of places to walk together, pray, and research together for our future church planting. We took this photo in front of Mt.Narita Shinshoji Buddhism Temple. Narita is a unique place that […]
We all were blessed to have Easter Service at the chapel, Easter Egg Hunting, and BBQ outside. Over 110 people joined, including ten to twenty newcomers and our non-believing neighbors. The average number of regular attendees is 60-70 people every Sunday, so the number on this day was incredible! I desire that our non-believing newcomers […]