The meeting schedule was very tight, but I am glad that I was able to go outside of the hotle after the meeting every night, and even during the lunch break. Thank you Keiichi and Pastor Aika ~~
I sense many Japanese really need Gospel. I saw many people on the street who arr not happy, and many people go to Pachigo or alcoholic restaurant after work. I do not know if this is a culture thing, or they simply try yo find comfort or escpae from those things. But I sensed in my spirit that Jesus cares and loves the people in Japan very much, and I do hope, one day my church will be able to send missionaries to Japan to spread te Gospel.
My sister who is now preparing herself to be a missionary to a Pacific island wrote me an email, saying:
"It is very true that Japan is in disparate need of the gospel. We have come to known several missionaries who served in Japan. They shared that the ground there is so hard that often what missionaries can do what they get together is just to weep and pray together. It is no uncommon for missionaries to get so discouraged and even depressed after years of serving there. If you know anyone serving there, do keep them in your prayers.
In a way, the spiritual state of Japan is the result of the world's failure to respond to the mission call after World War II. In Oct 1945, General MacArthur urged the Protestant churches in the US to send a "thousand missionaries" to bring the gospel to Japan. But only few responded. The result is Japan became hardened. We don't often think of our failure to respond to certain biblical command can result to such devastating consequence. But it's very true."
Lord, I thank you for opening my eyes both ecumenically and spiritually through the confrences in Tokyo. May you equip me more and use me in the future, to work with You, for the Gospel to people in Japn, and your Kingdom fulfilled in Japan. And for my sisters and brothers, and workers in Japan, you are in my prayers!
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