In Japan, when you formally introduce yourself to someone or begin a new relationship with a person, you use the phrase, 「よろしく」- Yoroshiku. This word has no direct translation into the English language, yet it is one of my personal favorite Japanese phrases. It literally means, “may it be well”. The full formal way to phrase this greeting would be 「よろしくお願いします」- Yoroshiku onegai shimasu. This literally translates to “Please, may it be well.” The meaning behind this phrase is one person forming a relationship with another person, wishing for a good fellowship one with another. It is a promise to treat the other well while simultaneously pleading humbly and honestly for the same goodwill from the other. This is used for “Nice to meet you”, “Glad to partner with you”, and even “Happy New Year” as a renewal of this goodwill into the new year.
We are Go and Danielle Oishi, your missionaries to Japan with one life purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, specifically to the Japanese people, by spreading the Gospel in winning souls to Christ, baptizing them according to Scripture, and aiding in their discipleship through the local church. Yoroshiku onegai shimasu.
In Japan lives 127 million souls with less than 1% of that population knowing anything about our Savior Jesus Christ. One pastor estimated that perhaps less than 0.3% of the population have trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior and are on their way to Heaven. The majority of the Japanese people will die and face an eternal hell, never having had a chance to hear a clear Gospel presentation in their lifetime. My wife and I have no control over what people believe or think – that is the work of the Holy Spirit. However, my wife and I can at least give the Japanese people a clear Gospel presentation, and at least put them in a position where they can clearly understand the Gospel, and offer them a chance to receive Christ as their Savior. That is indeed the cause that we surrendered our lives to. God orchestrated our lives so that we could be given a clear Gospel presentation and so that we could be saved – how could we not deliver this message to those who have never heard, and will never hear unless we go?
As you follow us along our journey, we encourage you to pray for us and to see how God uses your prayers to do amazing things. God has blessed us in so many miraculous ways already, and we are not even on the field yet! As your partners in His Great Commission, in all sincerity and with all our heart, yoroshiku onegai shimasu.
For His Honor and Glory,
Go and Danielle Oishi
And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.
— Acts 16:20