You can drive two hours across Tokyo and still be in an urban environment. Tokyo, one of the least-reached cities in the world, and its surrounding areas are home to over 42 million people. How do you reach people for Jesus when you can’t penetrate their high-rise apartment buildings? You invite them to camp.
Japanese love camp. Camp takes them away from the rigid structures of daily life. It meets the deep need of city-dwellers to experience nature, to come face to face with the Lord of all creation.
In 1960, SEND Japan missionaries created a camp on a tiny plot of land outside Tokyo. More than half a century later, Okutama Bible Chalet operates year-round, preparing the next generation to serve Christ, providing training for pastors and introducing young people to the Lord.
The facility is beautiful, but many of the camp’s dorms still have their original straw mat oors. Children at camp have had allergic reactions to the dust and mold that take up residence in these mats over the years.
It can be hard to focus on spiritual needs when you’re snif ing and sneezing. The time has come to replace these traditional mats with non-allergenic carpet squares, so that Okutama Bible Chalet can continue to be a healthy place for campers to come to know Christ.
$100/mat - 75 needed