Mission Minute: Yoshi Fujimori
Yoshi Fujimori is the Assistant Program Director for the Wesley Foundation in Tokyo, Japan. The Wesley Foundation has three main focus areas: the empowerment of women in Japanese society, building youth and young adult leadership, and humanitarian aid.
In his role, Fujimori is also serving as the liaison for Global Ministries and UMCOR projects in Japan. He is committed to encouraging young adults to pursue mission opportunities, and is working with Global Ministries to recruit Japanese young adults for the Generation Transformation programs. Fujimori is also supervising all UMCOR projects working to rebuild parts of Japan that were damaged in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
What is mission?
Fujimori: “To be a Christian means to live out the word of Christ. It makes me think of my favorite Bible story, The Good Samaritan. At the end, Christ orders us to do as the Samaritan did, and that is mission. To serve the world as Jesus did. Letting ourselves be used as an instrument of service. Serve your neighbor, your family, the stranger, those in crisis; serve everyone.”
Why is mission necessary?
Fujimori: “Mission is the primary order God has given us. Faith and action are necessary; we cannot truly follow God without action. Living out our faith is at the core of missional living. It’s not about preaching the Bible; it’s about helping and working on behalf of God.”