2016 Japan Church Holy Work Update
Ching- Chen Hu
The perfect Gospel has been preached to Japan for seventy years (1946-2016), however, the pace of people getting saved is slow. There are only two churches in the Tokyo area, Yokohama and Chiba. Two prayer houses, Kansai and Kawaguchi, were added this year. Although it looked like growth, it is very minute compared to the population of Japan. All churches must emphasize the importance of prayer and ask for the mercy of the Lord. For the salvation received by men are through the mercy of God (Rom 9:14-18).
Every word from God is with power (Lk 1:37), not a word failed from what God has promised (Jos 21:45). For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us (2Cor 1:20). Since it is through the promise of the Bible, the true church that belongs to Him will become prosperous. The glory of the latter temple shall be greater than the former (Hag 2:6-9). The tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, will be repaired, and the ruins will be rebuilt, just as the old (Amos 9:11-12; Act 15:14-18).
God will work to build up the glory in the holy work of the Japanese region after these seventy years. The churches in Japanese cannot afford to be in division. They can only become unified in Christ through working together in Christ, breaking themselves, rebuilding themselves, and preaching that only Jesus Christ is the savior.
Below is a simple report of the holy work in the Japanese region:
Spring Spiritual Convocation of Kansai Prayer House
Kawaguchi Prayer House
Total of 23 baptized, 477 received the cup, 7 received the Holy Spirit, and thanksgiving offering of 1,040,961 Japanese yen.
Participating students were from Tokyo and Osaka churches and prayer houses; 37 students and 11 counselors. Five people were baptized and 60 people received the cup during Holy Communion.
As of the end of last year, the Executive Council Meeting of Japan Coordination Board had 8 meetings. The Regulation Committee had 3 meetings. The National Church Conference had 3 meetings. Youths had fellowship once at Chiba church, and once outdoors at Midori Ward Aone Holiday Village with positive results.
Indoor fellowship of Tokyo region youths at Chiba Church
2016 National Church Conference
The Lord Jesus said before His ascension: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Act 1:8). God said through the prophet Isaiah: “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings. Do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited.” The promise of the Bible is very clear and the Lord Jesus also said: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Mt 24:14).
Reflecting back to the work of the Gospel in the Japanese region is as if it were held in captivity for seventy years. God is beginning to prosper and shine light now so that His people will return in prosperity. What are we, the people of the Japanese region, waiting for? Has God not given us enough grace? Come, let us rebuild God’s church together, that we may courageously preach the Gospel of Salvation together.