|Second Level Ministry|
|Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Our focus is on discipling new Japanese Christians, while relying on God's guidance, wisdom and patience everyday. Our slogan is, "To become a fruitful Christian." All Christians are called to bear the fruit of the spirit- Christ like character- (Galatians 5:22) and make disciples of Christ (Matthew 28:19-20). We are convinced that if the process of disciple making is firmly established, Japan and the whole world will be changed. God's glory will be revealed by the real followers of Christ and the proclaimed Gospel.
Far too often, young Christians are not discipled after committing their life to Christ. The Scripture clearly reveals that it is God's will that new Christians need to be nurtured until they become a committed disciple of Christ. Discipling takes a lot of time and energy. However, we are thankful that you are an important part of the ministry, and we all can make a difference in the area of discipleship. We just pray that God's kingdom will be spread by more disciples -true followers- of Christ.
|Staff Manager||Colin Sewake|
|Mr. Sewake, a native of Hawai’i, graduated from the University of Hawai’i in 1994, and moved to Okinawa to serve in the U.S. Air Force. He has served as a Squadron Commander responsible for leading and managing over 70 U.S. and Japanese personnel.
Along with his primary military duties, he has also conducted exchange work with the Japan Air Self Defense Force and volunteers as a Senior Advisor and financial management board member to the Kadena Special Olympics. Colin continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel on the U.S. Forces Japan staff in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
After marrying Keiko Yamakawa, he settled in Okinawa as a permanent resident. Colin surrendered his life to Christ in 2000, and fellowships at Gospel of the Cross Church near his home in Yomitan, Okinawa. Although he actively participates in the leadership of his church, it wasn’t until he traveled to Georgia in 2011 and began studying under a discipleship program, that he developed a greater understanding, respect and knowledge of the Word. He continues a mentoring relationship with the man who discipled him. Colin is prepared and equipped to disciple others, passing along what he has been taught (II Tim 2:2) in obedience Christ’s command to make disciples. (Matt.28:19-20)
Full Time Staff
|Jeremy and Lizzie Brooks|
|Jeremy and Lizzie Brooks began their ministry in Athens, Georgia at the University of Georgia. There they caught vision to see all people groups reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Their burden developed specifically to see more Japanese disciples of Jesus. While their ministry was not limited to Japanese students, God continued to bring Japanese people into their lives.
Jeremy and Lizzie’s ministry has focused on the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20 and Paul in 2 Timothy 2:2, to make disciples who will also make disciples of Jesus. Their passion is to encourage and support Japanese believers in their ability through Christ to lead and make disciples of Jesus among their own people.
Jeremy and Lizzie are excited to serve with Second Level Ministry to grow God’s kingdom among Japanese in the Atlanta area and in Japan through fruitful disciple-making. Jeremy is serving as a Discipleship Coach. Lizzie is serving as a Coordinator of Communications and Relations. They have moved back to the Atlanta area, and are expecting their first child!
|Matt is from Woodbridge, NJ. Matt accepted Christ at the young age of 4 and grew up in a family of 6. He has felt a call to missions and to reach people for Christ since he was 8 years old. Matt grew to love missions and getting to connect with people from others cultures, especially from East Asia. In 2007 God laid Japan on Matt's heart and since then his passion and desire to see Japanese reached for Christ has only grown. Matt took his first step into working directly with Japanese as a volunteer with Second Level Ministry in February 2016. He is now going to be Second Level Associate Staff serving in the areas of mobilization, attending conferences, social media, discipleship, and involving with the local Japanese church plant as a core member in Atlanta, Georgia.|
|Wakako is from Okinawa. After living in Okinawa, she lived in California, New Zealand, and Hawaii. Now she is blessed with four children and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She was saved when she was in high school, and she has always believed that God is taking care of her. Her home church is Naha Baptist Church, but in each local church that she have been involved in thus far, she served in Sunday School, Bible studies, the choir, children's ministry, and others. The Lord has arranged her path so that she could serve up until this point. Now she is passionate about saving lost souls in Japan and making disciples. She went to a mission trip to Okinawa through Second Level Ministry twice. As the associate staff of Second Level, she serves the Lord in leading discipleship through Skype and coordinating the prayer meetings.|
|A native of Tokyo, Ayako Burgess moved to the United States where she became involved in church and later accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior. She then followed his example in Baptism. As a new Christian, Ayako struggled to find her role in Christ. Some time later, she became involved with Second Level Ministry via mutual friends. It was through her involvement with Second Level that she found her role. With Second Level Ministry, Ayako has been actively involved with mentorship, small groups, and children's ministry. Her involvement has been warmly welcomed, greatly appreciated, and abundantly fruitful. Moreover, her increased involvement has also resulted in her increased burden for lost souls. Ayako's specific burden is that lost souls come to Christ, who provides the deep peace and joy, that she has experienced since becoming a Christian. In pursuing her burden for ministry, Ayako has engaged in active discipleship with others utilizing the 15 Step Lessons of Second Level. Her engagement and her burden are steadily increasing. As such, Ayako feels God's conviction to serve as a staff member of Second Level Ministry.
|In1999, Masayo accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and savior. And in March of the year 2000, she was baptized while on traveling for language studies in America. At a Urbana conference, she was told about the word of God and her life changed 180 degrees. She started experiencing the salvation of Jesus and the joy of the Lord. After she returned home to Japan she got married, and she now has four daughters and life is very busy. She is always receiving a breakthrough from God in living her life with Him and she is enjoying life. She always feel that growing in Christ is always the most important thing in her life and decided to involve in Second Level Ministry as a staff in Japan.|
|Yoshiko was born in Tokyo and grew up in Kobe. She experienced the Great Hanshin Earthquake when she was seventeen years old, and began to seriously face issues like the purpose and value of life. She came to America to participate in a homestay program in March 1998. She was surrounded by many wonderful Christians, and was saved when she encountered the presence of the God she had been seeking and accepted Christ as her savior. While studying in Alabama, she grew in her faith through Bible study and fellowship on campus. She worked as a childcare worker in Chicago, and continued to do so at her church upon returning to Japan. In her life’s journey, she desires for the Lord to guide and appoint her day by day. She realizes the importance of living by faith, seeking further growth as a disciple of Christ. Through prayer, God revealed a way to serve as a staff of Second Level Ministry.|
|Office Staff||Keiko Lillis|
|Keiko was born and raised in Tokyo. &nbsp;As a result of her mother being a Christian, she attended church since her childhood. She was baptized at Hijirigaoka Church (United Church of Christ) when she was senior of high school. &nbsp;She served as a Sunday school teacher for elementary school children for 14 years. She joined Campus Crusade for Christ while studying English in California in 1989. During this time she confirmed that God will be always be with her. After getting married in 1993, she lived in Tokyo, Sendai, and California and experienced various type of churches. &nbsp;She moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2012 and was introduced to Second Level Ministry. She has been organizing a Bible class for non-Christian Japanese people called "Izumi-kai" since September, 2014. She started serving as an office staffer for Second Level Ministry since November, 2014.|
|He was born in Texas and has lived in Georgia for ten years. He became a Christian when he was a kid, and in his first year of college he started studying Japanese. In 2008, he served for six weeks at a church in Aomori with the mission organization OMF International. In 2009, he studied at Kansai Gaidai in Osaka as an exchange student. He became involved in a church called Jesus Lifehouse Osaka, and when he returned home he wondered if there were any Japanese Christians in Atlanta. Currently he is involved in Second Level Atlanta(local monthly meeting by Second Level).
Since graduating, he's been seeking to move to Japan and serve the church there, and he particularly want to share the gospel with young Japanese. As a Second Level intern, he serves as a translator.
|Volunteer Staff||Yukako Ensomo|
|Yukako was baptized in 1999. After studying in Canada for eight months in 2000, she received the vision to work for the salvation of Japanese. In 2004 she studied theology at Osaka Christian College. After that, she worked as a staff member at Osaka International Church. God led her to meet her husband through church, and she was married in 2008. In addition to serving God through translating at church, she has been led to volunteer as a translator for Second Level Ministry.|
|WEB DESIGNER||Brandon and Naomi Fogerty|
|She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and a daughter. Brandon and Naomi serve as a programmer of Second Level Ministry.|
|Graphic Designer||Emmy Ferinberg|
|In the Second Level Ministry, I am serving as a graphic designer.|