Long Term

Are you ready to jump headlong into the rushing waters? Come fully immerse yourself in the Japanese culture; Learn the language, disciple students, partner with Japanese pastors, do volunteer relief work, plant churches, and launch new missionary teams. Unlike EDGE and Venture, Long Term gives you time to learn the language. In turn, you’ll find yourself building deeper relationships, spreading wider networks, and developing a greater understanding of God’s work in the Japanese people.

I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light.

John Keith Falconer


The Venture program is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and experience necessary to see what the Lord has next for them. Venture trips are tailored to each participant by pairing the Venturer’s skills with the needs of the long-term church planting teams.

God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies.

J. Hudson Taylor

Explore and learn about God’s mission in Japan and your role in it. In many ways, Venture is very different from EDGE. Experience the joys and challenges of living with a team in a cross-cultural setting. The longer period allows for deeper relationship building, a better sense of what it’s like to live in Japan, and is more focused on specific projects using your unique gifts and skills. We have had puppeteers, cameramen, carpenters, and children’s ministry staff come serve along side of us. What can you do?

The Edge

The Edge is a summer mission trip for young adults in which you will work alongside field workers, learn a new language and culture, and grow in your understanding of God, yourself and His call on your life.

Tell the students to give up their small ambitions and come eastward to preach the gospel of Christ.

Francis Xavier (First know missionary to Japan)

Learn some Japanese, teach English, make friends at local universities and churches, help out with kid’s parties, share your testimony at church, and see firsthand what God is doing in Japan. Get a taste of team life, hear stories from long term workers, and experience what it is like to live in a different culture. Our program is designed to be a stepping stone for long-term, so for anyone interested in long-term missions, this is a great way to take your first step.

Survey Trip

Physically setting foot in Japan is still the best way for you to get to know us (and for us to get to know you), the country, and its people. For this reason, our teams in Japan require a survey trip for anyone interested in coming here long-term.

“A survey trip helps missionaries have realistic expectations about life in that area, and it helps them know better how to prepare for the challenges they will face.” He continues, “Mostly it is to overcome an idealized view of what it means to live overseas.”

Steve McKenzie, Pioneers pre-field coach

Every Pioneer, whether single or married, takes a survey trip that lasts from two to three weeks. Though it seems like a large expense and time commitment, Pioneers views the trip as an integral part of training and preparation for going.