Tokyo 2020

Gospel Expansion in Japan

a documentary film project

It’s Time

A great opportunity is emerging to tell the story of the gospel’s expansion in the “land of the rising sun.” After hundreds of years of missionary efforts in the hard soil of Japan, there are new glimpses that the kingdom of God is advancing among the world’s second largest unreached people group.

Even as the evangelical church in Japan is in overall decline (due in part to the aging of pastors and loss of missionaries), a fresh wind of the Spirit is emerging. Missionaries are preparing to celebrate the launch of the first indigenous Christian church plant in Tokyo. Someone needs to help them tell this exciting story.

Our Team

Four of us from Baltimore are being sent by Hunt Valley Church to travel with Mission to the World on a Documentary Trip scheduled for July 8–20, 2020.

Our challenge is to capture the story of Tokyo’s emerging church-planting movement and create a documentary that creatively brings it to the world.

Ken Kinard, Direction

Oliver Lehman, Film

Madeleine Peyton, Story

Benjamin Kinard, Tech

We Need Your Help

We need your prayer and financial support to go on this trip. The need is $10–12K for all four participants. Would you be willing to partner with us to make this happen?

Prayer requests:

  • Selection process to get the best interview candidates
  • Good pre-trip story crafting efforts
  • Team unity
  • Financial support

This Just In: A Matching Grant!

Update: We just got word that a matching grant has been offered in the amount of $5,000. This means that any donations we receive will be doubled up to $5,000, making your gift twice as powerful. It’s like ordering one bento box and getting a FREE one to give to a friend. Bonus!


You can donate online using the button below:

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Or you can donate by check by indicating “Tokyo Team” on the memo line and sending to:

Hunt Valley Church
10950 Gilroy Rd., Suite C
Hunt Valley MD 21031


Thanks so much for partnering with us for the gospel in Japan, the second largest unreached people group in the world. We can’t wait to come back and share our stories.