Monday, May 18, 2009

Focus On Missions

Greg & Asa Swenson
Preparing to serve in evangelism and discipleship ministries in Japan

Fast Facts

Birthdays Greg (1/9), Asa (9/11)
Anniversary (10/28)
Family Micah (7/8), Jonah (3/16), Karin (5/10), Ellen (10/2)
Education Greg: B.A., 1984, Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota; M.A.T.S., 2006, Bethel Seminary, St. Paul. Asa: B.A., 1989, Kanto Gakuin, Yokohama, Japan; M.A.T.S, 1993, Bethel Seminary
Appointed June 2006
Home Church Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota


Primary Ministry Focus: Ministering to the Japanese church through discipleship and mobilization efforts, and to unbelievers through outreach ministries.
The People: The Japanese people are polite and hospitable; usually, they prefer to avoid conflict and keep the peace rather than engage in any kind of confrontation. The two major religions are Shintoism and Buddhism.
Ministry Experience: Greg ministered at Japanese Fellowship Church in Minneapolis. Since 1997, he has led the Japanese Evangelical Fellowship (JEF) ministry at Bethlehem Baptist in Minneapolis comprised of both small group and outreach elements. He has also assisted the cooperative effort of the Twin Cities Japanese Concert of Prayer. In addition to partnering with Greg in the JEF ministry, Asa has led a women's Bible study for Japanese mothers. While in Japan, Asa was involved with children's ministry and launched several youth ministry initiatives at the church.
Prayer Focus: That God would grant the Swensons grace, strength and stamina during support discovery. For wisdom and direction concerning the future of the Japanese ministry in the Twin Cities.


RCUBEs said...

There are still so many unreached areas in this world that haven't heard about Jesus. May God bless all these missionaries who do an important work for the Lord, sacrificing their lives! To God be the glory!

Serendipity said...

Will be praying for them.

Have a blessed week ahead!

April said...

They are doing great work...God Bless them!

Beth in NC said...

God bless them and protect them in the Name of Jesus.

Oh Sew Good said...

Amen! I hope you have a sweet day today. :)

luvmy4sons said...

It is good that the gospel is being preached to the entire world! May God bless those who go forth to proclaim His name!

Samantha said...

May God bless these missionaries as they spread the word, thank you for sharing their information, I always look forward to reading mission posts.
Have a blessed Monday, sweet Denise !

Gretchen said...

Bless them and bless you. xxxooo

Laurie Ann said...

Definitely praying for these special people and the lives they touch.

PW said...

May God truly bless this family as they minister to the hurting in Japan.

Seeking Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Thank you for doing this for these missionaries! So many need prayer and support. Bless you my sister in Christ.

Peggy said...

Blessings Denise...Right in my area! MN...Bethel College has prepared many good mission people!
Beautiful place! Beautiful post!
Thanks for sharing these missions in Focus!!!

Hi! I'm Grace said...

God's protection, anointing and guidance are with Greg and Asa.
Have a happy Monday, Denise.