June 2nd, 2010 by John
The Tokyo 2010 consultation was a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Edinburgh 1910, the first global missions conference. The first conference was historic in many senses and sparks from that first conference continue today. Tokyo 2010 attended from delegates from over 140 countries was modeled after the original Edinburgh conference though this time a majority of the attendees were non-westerners, sending missionaries from anywhere to everywhere. Tokyo 2010 was the first of four international mission conferences in 2010. More information including the Tokyo Declaration can be found at www.tokyo2010.org. Thank you for praying for John’s presentation on New Churches in Japan just part of one of 17 seminars one day. From evaluations the seminar was very effective.
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May 31st, 2010 by John
At the recent Tokyo 2010 Global Missions Consultation, a highlight was one highly respected Japanese church leader who had a heartfelt and very open confession, public repentance, and an appeal for forgiveness from nations and people who had suffered during the Pacific War. He did not mince words but spoke more honestly than I have heard from other contexts. Even after 65 years this is still an emotional topic.
Along with his contrition and appeal for forgiveness was an appeal for all Christian groups to work in unity, for us to love our neighbors and be unified in our need of Christ. For more information see: http://au.christiantoday.com/article/japanese-pastor-repented-for-japans-past-sins-sought-for-unity-in-christ/8246.htm Also there was a reading of the Tokyo 2010 Declaration which was signed by numerous groups which I am represented in Japan, in North America and Missiological Associations. http://www.tokyo2010.org/conference/Tokyo_2010_Declaration.pdf.
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