Our passion is for the youth of Japan.
As we’ve seen God work one life at a time, He has provided a place where we are able to do life together in a warm and safe environment, while building healthy and encouraging relationships. It's a place where people can come knowing that they will be poured into with a love that can only be of God... A Place where those on the outside feel on the inside.
"But how can they call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them?" Romans 10:14
▫ 126 million people. Less than 1% Christian.
▫ Japan is the largest unevangelized nation that is completely open to missionaries, yet the second largest unreached people group in the world.
▫ Japan is one of the few countries with a declining evangelical rate of growth. I.e. the number of gospel-spreading Christian goes down each year.
▫ In 2019 suicide was the leading cause of death for those among the ages 10-44. 20,919 people died by suicide in 2020.
▫ 85% of teens wonder why they exist. 11% wish they had never been born.
▫ There is one missionary for every 65,000 people.
We are Jeff, Kelly, Taylor, Bailey, Kendyl, Reagan, and Colson Pagaragan - TEAM missionaries to Japan and founders of The Neighborhood. We’ve spent the past four years in Tokyo loving students in Jesus’ name simply by living life with them. God has given us real joy in this type of hospitality evangelism and discipleship, and our passion for this student center called The Neighborhood is an expansion of the work God has already begun. We are currently stateside looking for the necessary funds in order to make the vision God has given us for The Neighborhood a reality.
We are Gordon and Julie Hengeveld - TEAM missionaries to Japan and interns at The Neighborhood. When we met the Pagaragans in 2016, we instantly felt ‘in’ the family. We share their passion for making people on the outside feel on the inside. God has knit our hearts together as we’ve worked in this type of hospitality ministry. Over and over, we’ve seen people drawn to God’s peace through the family atmosphere found at The Neighborhood. As Jesus is gentle and lowly, so we seek to be accessible and vulnerable to those who are broken and needy in Japan.
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We need your support to help make The Neighborhood a reality.
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Over 8 years ago, a vision was planted in our hearts to reach high school students. And over the last four years, God has expanded that vision to include students, parents, the community, long term and short term missionaries, and other churches and Christian organizations.
When we return to Japan in Spring of 2019, we plan to begin construction on the Ikebukuro Student and Ministry Center, which will be called The Neighborhood.
The cost of living in Japan for the average single person is a little over $1100/mo* NOT including rent. We have a few more than that, not including the several students that often come over for lunch...dinner...and sleepovers.
Our monthly expenses as required by our mission agency (TEAM) total to about $10,000.
By contributing to this fund, you will be helping to enable the Pagaragan family in their various ministries by providing for their everyday needs through a monthly commitment or one-time gift.