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Shake, rattle, and roll

April 21st, 2008 by Elaine Mehn

Last week there was an earthquake in Illinois (our US home). No reported damage.

On April 4th, Tokyo got a 5 point earthquake. Japan is in an earthquake area for several large tectonic plates meet. So 20% of the world’s biggest earthquakes are in Japan. This is relatively close to our home.

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Why Japan? The Case for Missions #1

April 21st, 2008 by Elaine Mehn

Why Japan? The Case for Missions

Several months ago I was asked by a volunteer short-term worker why Japan was so important compared to Darfur or other needy places. My answer was simple. People without the salvation of Jesus face eternal punishment regardless of where or who they are. This is why missionaries have gone to the ends of the earth, not to civilize people, but to introduce them to the Savior Jesus Christ. But because Japan seems so together and advanced it often does not receive the mission interest it well deserves. In many human ways Japan is not to be pitied, but we must have the compassion of Christ for all Japanese for several important and strategic reasons.

Japan is an unreached people group Read the rest of this entry »

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URGENT Need in Japan for Teachers

April 2nd, 2008 by Elaine Mehn


Dear Friends in Christ,    The BGC Japan Mission team would like to thank you for your support of BGC mission work in Japan.  We are celebrating the addition of Lori Harms to our team, and reflecting on the many years of service of the Sorleys as they head into retirement this year.

One of the passions of our mission is the education of missionary children (MKs).  Jane Fischer continues to reach out to children at Christian Academy in Japan, and we are looking forward to Lori teaching at Kansai Christian School (KCS) after completion of language school.   We are grateful for these ladies who have committed themselves to Christ and the lives of MKs in Japan.  As you can imagine, it is a difficult task to recruit teachers for schools like these.  As one of the supporting missions of KCS, we would like to send a unified, urgent request for teachers for the coming school year (beginning September 2008).  KCS is searching for teachers for the following positions:  Elementary Education, HS Math, English and Science.  If you are willing to invest two years of your life impacting the lives of MKs, contact Debbie Castic at the BGC ( dcastic@baptistgeneral.org) and Jeff Chapman (jeff4japan@yahoo.com) for more information.  Please apply soon to allow time for visa processing.  Education majors in their senior year are encouraged to apply. You can learn more about the school on their website:  http://www5.ocn.ne.jp/~kcs/Read the rest of this entry »

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