Walking Victoriously with a Limp

MTW Missionaries, Mark & Megumi Bocanegra 

Missionary couple endeavoring to labor in Japan for 40 years in order to

train elders, plant churches, and deepen Reformed Confessional theology with the Presbyterian Church of Japan

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May 1, 2018

(Explanation of first photo: Kate is forcing her non-Christian friend to pray before they 'play eat.' Notice that Kate does not serve her guest food but keeps all the ice cream for her self. Her parents take full responsibility for her excessive liking to ice cream.)

February 18, 2018

Thankfully, Oyumino Christ Church has called me to be their pastor with an unanimous vote. It was both humbling and encouraging; however, at the same time, before the vote, I announced to the congregation that I will be applying to PhD programs this year and may go bac...

January 18, 2018

I guess this is another month where I share my pastoral bloopers. This month, although I still realize I'm still in the 'kiddie pool' of pastoral ministry, I am starting to realize that how the well-intended constructive criticisms of your congregants, members, co-work...

December 10, 2017

As many pastors know, the Christmas message is probably one of the hardest messages to preach. You have to preach essentially on the same kinds of passages every year; furthermore, everybody has heard all kinds of Christmas message as well. Well, this month is my first...

November 16, 2017


Our second daughter, Nina Sakura Bocanegra, was born on 11/16 at 1:38am at 3620 grams after 15 hours of labor. Like with Kate Sumire Bocanegra, we chose an English name that could be pronounced in Japanese and a Japanese middle name that represented a tra...

November 1, 2017

When I gently reminded the prayer group that today was the 500th Reformation Anniversary, I was given a surprised look, "Oh! That's right. In Japan, unfortunately, we don't feel a connection to the Protestant Reformation. Do you feel a strong connection because you gre...

September 30, 2017

That is the question I got at a session meeting. The KMGC session asked me to speak at their church retreat. They expressed their concern of various church members being divisive, which was generating some conflict. Then they turned to the rookie pastor, "Hey, why dont...

July 31, 2017

In one word? Embarrassing.

Here are some of my favorite pastor/missionary bloopers:
- After a long hard Sunday, as I tried to recite the benediction (which I have memorized pretty well), I couldn't finish it. I tried again. Failed again, leaving the congregation in a...

June 26, 2017

Many say, read one book of the Gospel; most likely the book of John. Some have said Romans (which was very helpful for me when I was a non-Christian). Rarely, a book of the OT is mentioned... sometimes Genesis. But for sure, Exodus would not be on the radar... but it i...

June 5, 2017

As one of five student representatives, I was asked to speak about my Westminster experience at the Graduation Reception. Below is my original draft of my speech--however, I had to cut much of it due to the five minute time limit. Hope this speech gives you a taste of...

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About the Family

Mark is a Filipino-American who grew up in Manila and Tokyo. Graduating from Stanford and Westminster Seminary California, he is an ordained PCA (Presbyterian Church of America) pastor serving in Kaihin Makuhari Grace Church. Megumi is a Japanese Christian who...

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