During this year’s annual meeting, messengers and guests will have the opportunity to meet numerous missionaries like Brandon and Danielle Pirtle, who have embraced a call to go to the nations.

Next week, N.C. Baptists will have the opportunity to meet several missionaries in person during the annual meeting on Nov. 6-7

Two of these missionaries are Brandon and Danielle Pirtle, seminary students who have recently been commissioned to serve in Japan through the International Mission Board (IMB).

In addition to making an appearance in the Sending Celebration Monday night, Brandon and Danielle will be featured in a podcast episode Monday afternoon, where they will be discussing their call to go to the nations.

In the meantime, get to know the Pirtles through this brief Q&A below. 

Tell us about how God has led you to pursue mission work.

Before we had even met, we both felt called to missions on the same night. At our university’s BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministry), a student shared her experience from serving on a Nehemiah Teams trip that summer. From that night on, we both looked for ways to serve overseas. We ended up also serving through Nehemiah Teams in Southeast Asia. From there, we knew that we wanted to do full-time international missions.

After graduating and getting married, we decided to move to North Carolina to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. We are both doing the 2+ program, both pursuing an M.Div. in international church planting, and we’re going to Japan through the IMB.

Tell us a little more about Japan. Why do you feel God is calling you to work there?

By population Japan is one of the largest, most unreached people groups. Only 0.5% are evangelical Christians. Many Japanese have never read the Bible or even heard the name of Jesus.

Also, our university had a partnership with a Japanese university, so we met a lot of Japanese students. Our BCM had many programs to reach these students, and most of our international ministry in college was with the Japanese. We have come to love the Japanese people and their culture, and we want to share Jesus with them.

What will cross-cultural ministry look like for you?

We will be partnering with our team to reach the Japanese in Fukuoka. We’ll be doing a lot of prayer walking as we seek out people who are interested in the gospel. We will be partnering with local churches to train and encourage them to share the gospel with other locals. 

We want to be able to share the gospel in their heart language, so we will be enrolled in Japanese language school full-time at a local university. We hope to start Bible studies and discipleship groups. We also want to use the hobbies, talents and giftings that God has given us to find connections, make Japanese friends and form deep relationships that allow us to share the gospel in meaningful ways.

What do the next steps look like as you pursue your call to missions?

We are set to leave for Japan at the end of November. We are saying our goodbyes to our friends and family. We are also connecting with our Japanese friends here in the States to learn about Japan and the language. We are really looking forward to connecting with them when they visit or move back to Japan. When we get to Japan, we will be setting up our new life, diving into language learning and looking for new local friends and opportunities to share the gospel.

To learn more about this year’s annual meeting, visit ncannualmeeting.com