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Pray for those new missionaries studying Japanese full-time at the moment: Sophia, Rosa and Kaki. It’s around now that the difficulty really starts to increase!

Rita Feldt has gone back to Germany for six months deputation. Jill Smith will be pastoring Ishiyama church while Rita is away, and asks for prayer for “wisdom and understanding, grace and love, humility and good relationships.”

Also at this year’s field conference, we discussed our relationship with the SFDK, the network of Japanese churches we have planted. We want to find the best way to work together in partnership. We are still deciding the details and need to do so consultation with them, so please pray for God’s wisdom and direction.

© WEC Japan 2009.

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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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Spreading News Of Jesus' Birth

Our missionaries in the east of Kyoto (Yamashina) hired a 500-seater auditorium in
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Tohuku: The Cleanup Continues

Over the last couple of months, many of our workers have served in Tohoku. Here’s what a few of them have to say of their times.

 

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