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Seima and Naoka Aoyagi

Grace Harbor Church is a new church in Toyosu, a man-made island and a square mile section of the Tokyo Waterfront, a new area in the center of Tokyo made up of seven man-made islands spanning two square miles. Toyosu is at the center of this waterfront area. The condos, transit, shopping area, and children's museum make Toyosu a new family magnet. Grace City Church decided to send Seima Aoyagi to start a new church in this fast growing, family friendly area of Tokyo Harbor.

Grace Harbor Church in Toyosu (an area with 150,000 people without any church) was planted two years ago, They intentionally target of non-Christians, building relationship and sharing the Gospel with people who have never been heard the gospel before. They have about 50 adults and 20 kids gathering each Sunday.

The Tokyo Waterfront area will be at the center of the 2020 Olympics. The population of the Tokyo Waterfront area is projected to rise from 130,000 to 200,000 by 2020. Grace Harbor Church meets in a movie theater on the third floor of Toyosu's main shopping complex.


Robert and Lisa Stewart

Best known as the home of Tokyo Disneyland, Urayasu City was once a small fishing village on Tokyo Bay. But a coastal land-reclamation project expanded its area fourfold, bringing rapid growth and an influx of young people and families. When an MTW team moved into the Shin Urayasu target area, there was no church in this new community?not surprising in a country where only 0.3 percent of the population identify as evangelical Christians.

With God's help, things are beginning to change. Through the Tokyo Bay Team community church-planting efforts, Shin-Urayasu Grace Church had its first worship service in 2012. The church is establishing itself in the community as they seek to love God, love each other and the community. Their prayer is that the Shin-Urayasu church will become the first of many, and from within that network of churches young Japanese church planters can be identified, trained, and sent out.

Robert and Lisa Stewart, with their children William and Isabel, are a part of this MTW church-planting work in Japan. In 2009, the Stewarts were invited to join the newly formed MTW Tokyo Bay team as assistant church planters. They moved to Shin-Urayasu City in 2011 eager to see a church started in a town that had no churches.

Robert continues to build relationships through involvement in a men?s group in the community, church outreach, and a men?s Bible study. He teaches three mornings a week at Covenant Community School International to give educational support to their children as well as the children of other MTW families working the Tokyo area. Lisa is focused on building relationships with other moms through play groups, cooking classes, and Bible study. They love hospitality and their home is often filled with kids playing and other families for dinner.

Pray that God would call many Japanese to a saving faith in Jesus Christ and that Shin-Urayasu Grace Church would be a thriving, Christ-centered church committed to reaching the community, Japan, and the world with the Gospel of Jesus.



Michael Oh

Matt and Caroline Newkirk

Matt and Caroline Newkirk serve with Christ Bible Seminary in Nagoya, Japan. The Japanese are the second largest unreached people group in the world, and CBS provides theological education and ministerial training to equip believers to take the gospel all throughout Japan. At the seminary, Matt serves as professor of Old Testament, and the entire Newkirk family is honored to come alongside local church planting efforts in Nagoya, which is one of the most unchurched cities in the country.

CBS is part of a larger ministry organization called Christ Bible Institute, which has a vision to ENGAGE Japanese society with the gospel (Heart & Soul Café), EXPAND the Kingdom of God through church planting (All Nations Fellowship), and EQUIP Japanese Christian leaders for ministry (Christ Bible Seminary).