Hello again from the Japan mission team, this time from back home in Atlanta! Thank you to everyone who took time to pray for our team - we are grateful to have returned home safely, all still in good health.
Service in Sendai
Kyu and Esther are Korean missionaries permanently residing in Sendai (a coastal city that was affected during the 2011 earthquake / tsunami) who Keishi and Andrea met and served with last year while on mission. Excitingly, on November 19th, Kyu and Esther are leading the first worship service in a community church plant that they have developed in the city. They are kicking off with a music concert on the 18th.
What better way to promote this new property for the Lord than decorate with inviting lights for the season?
That's where our JFBC team came in - we brought and helped decorate their church with Christmas lights. Additionally, we were able to spend time with some of their lay leaders, listening to their personal testimonies and emotional accounts of the 2011 natural disaster, as well as pray over the new facility.
Our hope is for this new church plant to not only serve the area with the cheerful Christmas lights as a joyous reminder of the holiday season, but more importantly, serve as the ultimate light that only Jesus Christ can provide by spreading the good news.
Sharing in Tokyo
Our annual Japan mission trip has partnered with a homeless ministry sidewalk chapel since 2009. The ministry was actually led by Mark and Wendy, IMB missionaries mentioned in our last blog post, for many years.
The weekly Saturday gathering began with worship, then continued with sharing of the gospel, small group meetings, then concluded with a distribution of food.
One of our trip members, Lee C., had the opportunity to share his powerful testimony with the help of Keishi's translation. The response from the attendees was very emotional and moving... we pray that those who heard were able to relate and see how Jesus is the answer!
Keishi shared the gospel through the "Chemical Cross" presentation.
We did not walk away from the week with a set number of people who decided to accept Christ as their Savior, but we can rest knowing that: