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Izumi Christian House will start a cell style service from this month, so we pray God will pour out his Spirit in the meeting.

Three new girls started to come to Kusatsu children's service during the summer but have not shown up recently. Please pray for them and the other children to know God’s love. 

The His Story team will celebrate three baptisms this weekend in a local river. Praise His name.

The Cummings family (with 5 children) would love a nanny. They have a good possibility for October; do pray for the details to work out.

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Japan, Meet Korea!

The Lord is my shepherd I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me besides quiet waters, He restores my soul. Psalm 23: 1-2.

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Life continues after 50: Ritto church.

Ritto City is the third most densely populated area in Shiga Ken, the main county where WEC is working in Japan. Ritto’s population is 65 000, by no means huge, but it does stand out as having only one church to reach the whole city. That church has been without a Pastor for the last year. Julie (my wife) and I had a desire to see the church not just be helped to survive, but to be a light giving church in its community. Expressing that desire has led to our just being appointed as (remote) Pastors.

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What is Church?

What does "church" mean? Is it a building? Having a pastor? A programme? A Sunday meeting? Or is it two or three gathered together in the name of Jesus to be disciples and make disciples?

When we came to Fushimi last September one of our aims was to explore a different way of being church, one which focuses on the essentials of evangelism and discipleship. House churches like this are spreading rapidly across Japan as small groups of people experience Jesus together and share him with their friends.

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Kaori Church: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Kaori Christian Church started in 1999, with a team of five missionaries working together to start a church in a town called Shiga Town (population 22,000, no church), in Shiga prefecture, north-east of Kyoto city. At first we began with Bible studies and English classes in our own homes, before starting formal wor-ship services in a rented classroom in the centre of the town. The very first contacts were two ladies. One of them was a close friend of a Christian in Tokyo and through her friend's witness had decided to look for a church just as we moved into Shiga.

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Witness from her Hospital Bed

For many years I have been doing ladies meetings at our church. Our purpose is to help the ladies grow in faith, have fellowship and also improve in reaching out and witnessing to other people.

Sometimes I’ve wondered if we are reaching the purpose of witnessing to other people around us. So I was very encouraged by the following situation.

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