Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 06/28/2009 - 9:33am.
Update June 27
Konbanwa! Good evening!
It is saturday night and we have already been here over 2 weeks! Time has been flying by so fast. We are so thankful for God's faithfulness and providing many students for us to share the Gospel with. We can definitely see how God is working continuously in Japan.
Many students have been coming and through these relationships, we have been able to share about Jesus. Please pray that God would open their eyes to believe in God.
She is the one on the left. Her name means "Grace." We met her on the Kandai University campus and she wanted to do English Lessons. Through this relationship, she came to Funky Party where J-House did a simple Gospel presentation. Afterwards, she came up to a few of the team members and asked, "Even though I am Buddhist, I want to know more about Christianity and Jesus, can you teach me?" Praise God! So, we were able to give her a copy of the New Testament and we shared our testimonies. She said that now she clearly understand what Christianity is all about and is hungry to read the Book of John. Please pray that in God's perfect timing, He would allow Megumi to accept Christ. She loves going to different countries to help the needy, please pray that one day she would become a missionary for Jesus!
Ryo and Dai:
They are the ones next to Andy wearing the grey shirt(Ryo) and the other wearing a towel(Dai). We met them on the Kansai Gaidai campus. Initially they were very open but when one person talked about religion, it appeared like they were really closed to anything serious and spiritual. However, in faith, we invited them to Funky Party and they loved it! They were singing along to "You are my King (Amazing love)" and jumping up and down during "Now that you're near." And afterwards, while we were walking them to the train station, Ryo was yelling out "Jesus!" and mentioned how he wanted to memorize how to get to J-House so that he can come again! God is working! Please continue to pray for Ryo and Dai, they are the leaders of a group of 12 guys. We are praying that God would change them so that they can used to share Jesus with their friends.
Many open students:
In general, we are meeting many students like the few we mentioned above. Please pray with us so that they may know and believe in Jesus. And we really want to connect them to J-House so that the Jesus Soldiers (J-House staff) can continue to disciple them and build relationships with them.
Thank you again for all your prayers thus far! We are desperately asking for more prayers as this is our last full week on the campus. Even though it can be tiring at times, please pray that we would spiritually be so hungry for lost souls to know Jesus! We really want to be a blessing to all people here.
1. As we have 1.5 weeks left for campus ministry, we really need a greater sense of urgency. Physically, it is challenging because the weather is getting hotter and we are walking around a lot. So please pray that we would be even more alert and desperate for souls.
2. Japanese students. We are meeting many students, some open and some closed. But, we really want as many people to hear about Jesus. And for the ones that are very open, we want them to connected with more Japanese Christians. Please pray that our team would make more bridges for students to come to J-House and to have a natural relationship with the Jesus Soldiers.
3. Strengthen the Church: Being here for just a few weeks, we feel the great chance and burden of being a Christian in Japan. Please pray with us for all the Christians here and for the people of J-House, that they may pray and be a light to this nation.
Saturday Night, we have a Dance Lesson event where we invite students and teach dances. It is a tool for us to build relationships and share our testimonies.
Monday night homeless ministry: It is our very last homeless ministry opportunity, please pray that they would see the hope in Jesus!
Update June 22
Hello from Japan!!
We have been very busy this past week but we can see God working in so many ways! Thank you so much for your prayers! We are so thankful for this partnership.
Everyone on the team is well though we are a little tired from the humid weather. Other than that, we've been engaged in building relationships and really trying to share the Gospel to the many Japanese students we've met so far.
These are pictures from the Funky Party. Many people that we met on the campuses came to this event and so we were able to spend time hanging out with them and many of the team members were able to share the Gospel with them. Andy, Jim and Sarah had an opportunity to share about Jesus in Chinese. Please pray for Jessi and Ting-Ting, as they think about what was shared. We will see them again on Tuesday at the Kandai University. Peter also invited this student, Hisaki and spent a few hours building relationship with him. Please pray that God would open doors for him to share about Jesus.
CAMPUS FRIENDSHIP EVANGELISM
We have an opportunity to go to 4 campuses every week to meet Japanese students. On Tuesdays, we go to Kandai Univ. Wednesday, we go to Kansai Gaidai Univ and Handai Univ. And on thursdays, we go to Kangaku Univ. Slowly, we are meeting students through sports and lunch time. It's been an encouragement to see many people interested in learning English. We use this as a tool to befriend many of the students. On one campus, Kansai Gaidai, they usually have about 8-10 people come to Funky Club (a place during lunch time where Japanese students can practice English) but after inviting people, we had about 50 people come! God is working! Please pray that these relationships will all turn into opportunities to share our testimonies and that we would point to Jesus.
Monday morning, our team went out to one of the biggest train stations in the area to pray. Our team was convicted on how big the harvest is here in Japan and also how little Kingdom workers there are. As we watched people walking by us, we asked the Lord of the harvest to send out His workers into this harvest field in Osaka Japan.
About 30 minutes from J-House, there is a church that ministers to the homeless and jobless. Due to the economy, the Pastor there was sharing how more people have been coming to the homeless ministry. Every day, the ministry shares the Gospel and worships, then afterward, gives bread to anyone who comes. The last two Mondays, we had an opportunity to go and do dramas and share the Gospel and pray for those in need of prayer. Many people are ashamed of their situation and hopeless. But, God has been working and giving hope! The Pastor shared how some gave testimony about how they really felt the love of Jesus in us. Please pray that the Lord would continue to use us to share the love of Christ to them! Please pray that we would have faith when we minister even though many of the team members feel inadequate.
We thank you so much for your prayers! We really feel them working and it gives us strength at the appropriate times. Please continue to pray a lot for us! We really need your prayers! And though it is belated, everyone wanted to say, Happy Father's Day! :)
1. This week's campus ministry: Please pray that we would be bold and courageous and share the Gospel. We really need a sense of urgency as we only have 2 more weeks.
2. Please continue to pray for physical strength and having an undivided heart. Our schedule is very packed to maximize our time here. Please pray that we would be alert and focus on our calling here in Japan.