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Eunjeong and Jaenbaeg Lim welcomed a new baby, called Sarang, in May: their third daughter. Pray for them to enjoy and adjust to this new phase of family life.

A Peruvian woman in Ritto prayed with Annette Cummings to receive Jesus: ripe fruit that just about fell from the tree! Pray that Annette will be able to study the Bible with her in future.

Pray for gospel sharing opportunities for all our missionaries. Pray too for our Japanese friends and neighbours to move closer to Jesus.

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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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Spreading News Of Jesus' Birth

Our missionaries in the east of Kyoto (Yamashina) hired a 500-seater auditorium in
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