Why not combine your Bible College assignment with real mission experience by coming to Hokkaido, Japan, for field research?
Church Planting, Research / Ethnography
OMF Hokkaido has documented its church planting activities up to 1991. By using existing records and by consulting senior missionaries and Japanese pastors, OMF Hokkaido seeks to document how God has been working in and through OMF missionaries and Japanese pastors in Hokkaido up to the present.
You would be based in Sapporo which offers a good and comfortable infrastructure (guest home, cooking facilities & resource centre). All year round Sapporo has countless attractions to offer. With its nearly 2 million inhabitants, Sapporo is a modern, safe, and attractive city. Within 30 minutes from the centre you find great hikes, ski slopes, and beaches for surfing.
We are looking for a 2nd or 3rd year Bible college student who has a strong interest in overseas mission and endeavors to combine seminary course work (i.e. graduation thesis, long essay, personal research project) with practical mission field research.
You will be documenting OMF Hokkaido’s church planting history. You will go through various records in the library of the OMF Hokkaido Centre, interview a few Japanese pastors, talk to senior missionaries in order to produce a fuller account of the past 30 years of missionary labors.
Besides collecting and evaluating field data, there would be opportunities to participate in regular missionary prayer meetings, meet some Japanese Bible College students, and get involved with Japanese student outreaches.
* You are enrolled in a theology degree course (or equivalent) and have a strong interest in mission work in Japan.
* You have good English language skills, and having some Japanese ability would also be a huge asset, but not required.
* You have academic ability to evaluate and use sources and info gained in interviews and secular literature.
* You are used to doing independent research with some guidance from missionaries and possibly some help from a translator for Japanese interviews.
* You are an independent researcher, who is positively attuned to OMF Japan’s vision and work.
* You are willing to adjust to the Japanese culture.
* You are comfortable with working largely on your own.
* You are able to get around Sapporo and possibly Hokkaido on your own by public transport or by bicycle.
*Australian citizens and/or residents only