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2016 Japan Church Holy Work Update

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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:

  1. Membership: 823 enrolled (as of June 2016).

  2. Establish Prayer House: 2 prayer houses were established in March 2016.

    1. Kansai Prayer House
      Approximately 74 members (June 2016), location of rental for each week’s Sabbath service is held at different civic centers.


      Spring Spiritual Convocation of Kansai Prayer House


    2. Kawaguchi Prayer House
      Approximately 50 members (June 2016), service is held at members’ homes. Time is every Wednesday evening from 7:30-8:30, every fourth Sunday afternoon from 2:30-3:30, and every first and third Sabbath for both morning and afternoon. Timothy Fellowship established from youths of each church also hold service at Kawaguchi Prayer House every fourth Sunday from 11:30-13:00.


      Kawaguchi Prayer House



  3. Spiritual Convocation

    1. Spring Spiritual Convocation
      Each church and prayer house held it at different times. The main topic was The Spiritual Battle from Revelation, chapter twelve. Preacher Daniel Chin sent from IA was the main speaker. Resident Preacher Ching-Jen Hu was in charge of prayer sessions and the Holy Sacraments.


    2. Fall Spiritual Convocation
      Every church and prayer house held it at different times. The topic was Believers’ Handbook, Marriage Seminar, Practicing Family Religious Education, The Life Planned by God, Deny Ourselves to Follow the Lord, Carry the Cross, and Follow the Lord. The main speaker was Elder Ying-Fu Lai sent by IA. Resident Preacher Ching-Jen Hu was in charge of prayer sessions and the Holy Sacraments.

      Total of 23 baptized, 477 received the cup, 7 received the Holy Spirit, and thanksgiving offering of 1,040,961 Japanese yen.


    3. Student Spiritual Convocation
      The fourteenth student spiritual convocation was held at Tokyo church from 8/13 (Sat) – 18 (Thurs). Senior (college and high school) speakers were Preacher Ching-Jen Hu with Matthew as the main topic. Junior (junior high/middle school) speaker was Preacher Da-Tang Zhen and Preacher Wei-Chin Weng, with Genesis as the main topic.

      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.


  4. Seminars, Spiritual Cultivation, Activities, and Meetings

    1. Religious Education Training Seminars
      The Religious Education Training Seminars continued last year’s topic: Five Basic Beliefs. Other seminars such as Council Member Seminar, Holy Worker Spiritual Cultivation, Sermon Speaker/Interpreter Seminar, Marriage Fellowship, etc., were held according to schedule.

      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


    2. Bible Seminar for Holy Workers
      A bible seminar for Holy Workers is held every Monday evening from 7:00-9:00 at Sumida church, led by resident Preacher Ching-Jen Hu. Preacher Daniel Chin used “Viewing Church Crisis through the Book of Acts” as the topic for five weeks of encouragement during his short-term stay. Elder Ying-Fu Lai used the book “Be Fishers of Men” as instruction material for the seven evangelical classes held during his short-term stay.


      2016 National Church Conference


    3. Hymnal Fellowship
      A hymnal fellowship was held on 11/27 (Sun) with Rain Choir of Nanao Church as the visiting choir. On 12/11 (Sun), the Coordination Board held important meetings and a National Church Conference.


  5. Literary
    1. Issues the IA newsletter four times a year as scheduled.
    2. The Doctrines of the Holy Spirit.
    3. Publishes Japanese version of “The Doctrines of the Holy Spirit”
    4. Printed 500 copies of Japanese Hymnbook.
    5. Unified using the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Bible.

  6. Plans to Purchase New Chapels
    1. Kasai prayer house currently does not have a chapel and is in dire need of a fixed location to hold services.
    2. Sumida and Yokohama chapels are running out of space due to increase of membership.
    3. Kawaguchi prayer house is planning to branch out; therefore, it needs to purchase a new chapel.

  7. The Focus of Future Efforts of Holy Work Being Promoted
    Japanese region churches’ Holy Work development can be categorized into several few focus points:
    1. Rooted foundation of truth in the Bible.
    2. Practicing a life of prayer and family altar.
    3. Strengthening the organizational functions of the church.
    4. Training and encouraging youths to become aware of a sense of mission and apply for theological school.
    5. Train pastoral and evangelical personnel in the church.
    6. Re-evaluate the strategy of spreading the Gospel in the Japanese region.


Conclusion

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.




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