Mark is a Filipino-American who grew up in Manila and Tokyo. Graduating from Stanford and Westminster Seminary California, he hopes to be an ordained PCA (Presbyterian Church of America) pastor working in Japan. Megumi is a Japanese Christian who grew up.. 

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October 2, 2019

Hello from sunny California! We arrived in Pasadena, CA on September 10. We have closed our first chapter/term and now transitioning into our second phase of ministry. For the next 1 - 1.5 years, the Bocanegra family will be traveling to support raise for Kaihin Makuha...

January 8, 2019

Sarah's Japanese characters are 幸来(さら), which means "The Blessings that are to Come."


Our three daughters are based on three Biblical covenants of God. Kate's name in Japanese characters means "City of Grace," which is based the Covenant of Works of Gen 1-...

December 26, 2018

I was planning to share a little about what kind of team I'm praying for in the future; however, as I was reading through Ezekiel for my personal devotions--with the help of Ian Duguid's wonderful commentary on Ezekiel (NIVAC)--I was convicted by Ezekiel's passion, com...

August 15, 2018

Exodus 20:22-26:
The fine and dangerous line between

biblical contextualization and gross idolatry

First of all, my deepest apologies! It's been almost 4 months since I sent out a newsletter. These past 4 months were probably the busiest months we've had so far. I've le...

May 1, 2018

There have been some who have asked me what I'd like to study for my PhD and how it would be relevant to the mission field. This month I've attached the introduction of ,y research sample that gives a taste of what I'd like to study in the future--Emil Brunner's concep...

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.)

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...

April 29, 2017

What do you immediately think of when I say an ‘uncultivated mission field’? Perhaps you’re expecting me to say the largest unreached people groups like Bangladeshi or Japanese people. However, I believe the first President of Princeton Theological Seminary (it used to...

March 30, 2017

As I just passed my ordination exam, I'd like to share again one of my answers to certain questions (but this is not my exact answer on the exam). Many of you think that Church History is a boring, useless subject, and is irrelevant to ministry. I thought so coming int...

February 28, 2017

As I just submitted my ordination exam, I'd like to share again one of my answers to certain questions ( but this is not my exact answer on the exam). Disclaimer: This section comes out of the "Hot Topics" sections--so I assume some of you may disagree with me, but per...

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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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