Meet the Speers, IM Missionaries to Japan
Daniel and Kate Speer met at Free Will Baptist Bible College (now Welch College) in the Fall of 2006. They were married in 2008 and were called to Japan to share the gospel with Japanese people in 2011. Since then, they have had three kids: Audrey, Analeigh, and Owen…and now have a fourth one on the way! Kate grew up in Japan as the child of veteran missionaries Donnie and Ruth McDonald, who has served the Lord with IM for over 35 years.
The Speers are returning to serve in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. The climate there is often cold and snowy, yet the island is also home to Japan’s fifth-largest city: Sapporo.
The Japanese people in Japan are still yet considered the second-largest Unreached People Group in the world, with only 0.3% identifying as Evangelical Christian. Unreached People Groups are defined as “a people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group without outside assistance” (source: The Joshua Project).
There is still yet a great need for the global church to send missionaries to help Japanese Christians share the gospel with the rest of their people. Jesus is limitlessly glorious, and God the Father’s great Mission in the world is that His Son’s glory be shared with all peoples, nations, and languages. We must continue to give and go so that the Japanese can find freedom, hope, and ultimately everlasting life in the Kingdom of Christ that is breaking in now and will soon come in everlasting fullness.
Daniel 7:13-14 – “I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”
24 People Groups Unreached in Japan
How they are ministering to people in Japan
We have intensive language study for the first two years. Speaking the language of people you are ministering to is important.
2Re-launch a church
Help Doug and Miriam Bishop with the restart of New Life Church, formerly Miharashidai Chapel, just outside of Sapporo, Japan.
We assist with weekly church music and worship at New Life Church.
We reach out intentionally by living missionally in our community and neighborhood.
We pray that the Lord will go before us and that our work will be done in His strength, not in our own.
How you can pray for the Speers
- For the Lord to go before us and prepare the way, working in hearts that are searching for answers that only He can satisfy.
- For Japan to open its borders again to international workers, and that they would stay open for a long time.
- That our hearts would be continually receptive to the Holy Spirit, who is shaping us to look more like Christ, and that we would be fluent in the gospel in every aspect of our lives.
- For our team as we serve together, that we would have unity and would be sensitive to the movement and direction of the Spirit.
You can partner with Daniel and Kate to reach the people in Japan with the Gospel.