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Incoming Team Members

Brooks and Riva Cain

Brooks and Riva Brooks and Riva were married in 2007, and have been working in youth ministry together for five years. Years earlier, it was the steady, loving influence of various adult mentors that opened their eyes to the gospel. Now, God is calling them to be that "steady, loving influence" for students in Nagoya and across Asia Pacific - many of whom have never heard about Jesus. They serve as part of MTW's Global Youth and Family Ministries, and they're thankful to be a part of what God is doing to reach the nations and the next generation. Brooks has a BS in Biblical Studies and Theology from Covenant College and a Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary. Riva received her BS in psychology and also attended Covenant Seminary earning a Masters in Counseling. They currently live in Virginia and are raising support through Mission To the World to join the team here in Nagoya.

"Jesus was very clear when he commanded us to GO and make disciples of all nations. The question for you is not "why should I go?" but "what is keeping me from going?"

Haley Lebo

Haley Lebo Haley Lebo was born, grew up, and lives in south central Pennsylvania. She recognized God calling her to ministry in Japan while attending the Mission to the World Global Missions Conference in 2010. She is thrilled that the Bible contains verses such as 2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” and continues to claim these verses daily as God’s promise to her as His child. Haley is currently raising support through Mission to the World to serve as a two year missionary in Nagoya. When she is not support raising, she enjoys attempting to learn new things: piano, sign language, poi spinning, and the most recent addition to the list – the Japanese language!

Brett and Taylor Rayl

Brett and Taylor Ray "By the end of a semester long Missions course at Reformed Theological Seminary, Brett and Taylor Rayl committed together to spend a portion of their life on the mission field sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Towards the end of that same semester, Brett had the privilege of picking up Dr. Michael Oh from the airport during a visit to RTS. As Brett shared his heart for the least reached as well as his desire to train ministers by teaching at a seminary level, Dr. Oh had a simple suggestion for the Rayls. Serve in Japan. More specifically, serve with Christ Bible Institute in Nagoya.

Over the course of almost a year of prayer, discussion, and exploring a variety of options for ministry after seminary, Brett and Taylor began to see that God kept pointing back to Christ Bible Institute as an opportunity to exercise many of the passions and gifts He has given them, including teaching, evangelism, preaching, outreach to young people, and the blessing of serving alongside brothers and sisters of the faith who have dedicated their lives to serving God in a cross-cultural context. The Japanese are among the largest unreached people group in the world, and Brett and Taylor count it a huge blessing to serve with Mission to the World among the Japanese. With God's provision, they will begin their time in Nagoya after Brett graduates with his Master of Divinity in the summer of 2012."

Matt and Caroline Newkirk

Matt Newkirk Matt Newkirk grew up in San Diego, CA, went to college in North Carolina, earned his M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, and is currently a Ph.D. student in Biblical Theology at Wheaton College. Caroline Newkirk grew up in Orlando, FL, graduated from the University of Central Florida, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Biblical Studies at Wheaton College. They both had the blessing of growing up in the church and long to see Christ's kingdom spread to the ends of the earth. Having spent the summer of 2008 ministering with the team in Nagoya, they plan to join the team upon completion of their studies at Wheaton.

"We have short lives on this earth. God has entrusted those of us who profess faith in Christ with the gospel that turns darkness into light and death into life. The question for us and for you is, "When you look back on your life in 50 years, will your work and your effort last beyond your life, or will it disappear?" Investing your life in bringing the gospel of Jesus to Japan, a nation in God's creation that has never recognized their Maker, is a work that will last eternally. Join us in bringing this good news to the Japanese, for this is God's plan for His world: "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea" (Hab. 2:14)."