Ryan grew up in a Christian family, and was taught by his parents about God from an early age. While still young, he believed in Jesus Christ, putting his trust in Him as the only Saviour, and was baptized under water. During his teenage years, Ryan actively participated in the Bible Quizzing program, memorizing large amounts of the Scriptures, which the Lord used to help him mature in the faith and become more like Christ.
During university, Ryan developed an interest in Japan, and went on to teach English there for two years after graduating. While in the country, Ryan recognized the poor spiritual state of the country, as the Japanese church is dying out, and most people living there have never heard the Gospel of Jesus. These things caused him to cry out to God on behalf of the Japanese people, and began asking the Lord whether he should become a missionary to Japan.
Upon his return to Canada, God made it clear that Ryan should indeed return to Japan to spread the Gospel and make disciples. Ryan now serves with OM (Operation Mobilization) in the Mie prefecture of Japan. His ministry focuses on evangelism and discipleship multiplication. Matthew 28 teaches that all believers are called to make disciples. As such, Ryan trains Christians to pass on the things they have learned to the next generation of believers.
Watch for reports from Ryan from time to time.
He would appreciate your prayers as he is studying Japanese and looking for opportunities to share Christ whenever he is with the Japanese.