HELP FOR PEOPLE WORKING WITH JAPANESE IN THE US

John was just talking with a woman who has had Japanese home stay students in her home over the past several years. She did not know how to share her experience with Christ with them. We have materials on how to share your journey with Japanese. Also there is RJC ( www.rjcnetwork.org/). The Reaching Japanese for Christ Midwest will be held in the Chicago area October 9 and 10th. More information is available at rjcmidwest.wordpress.com.…

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Suicide and the Japan Economy

Japan already with one of the highest suicide rates in the world has seen more since the global economic crisis.  The current crisis and the resulting job losses have driven more Japanese to suicide.  There is a record number of Japanese in their 30s.  People from their 20s through their 50s, many of them temporary workers, have committed suicide directly because they lost their job.  Continue to pray for those contemplating ending their own life.…

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Learn how to minister to Japanese, online

Reaching Japanese for Christ Academy is again offering the popular Japan 101, an on-line course which will begin April 20th.  Here is what Naoko Brown, Japan 101 co-leader, says, “Do you ever wonder why your Japanese friends act in certain ways?  This 8 week class will help you figure out some of the answers to your questions.  Through weekly reading assignments, you will learn about the history, social structure, cultural elements and spiritual aspects of…

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Between Two Places: Looking Back/Looking Ahead

Since the beginning of the year we have been on Home Assignment in the US touring 20 of our partnering churches in the six months from January to June. Home Assignment is always a good time to look back over the years of ministry and to look ahead to the years to come.  While visiting one of our partnering churches we were asked how our view of missions had changed over our 23 years of…

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Everyone in Japan Struggles with Japanese

We have worked in Japan for a long time continually learning Japanese.  We have gotten pretty effective in the language doing public speaking (sermons, devotions), leading group discussions (Bible studies), and various person conversations including the telephone.  We freely admit that Japanese is one of the hardest languages to learn.  The other day someone asked how long did it take you to learn it.  My response was 50 years!  It may take 100 years! Recently…

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Elaine on Moody Radio in Chicago

Yesterday Elaine was on Moody Radio in Chicago.  A recording of her sharing during a sermon was played as part of the show Chris Fabry Live!  Here is a link to listen to a recording of this 54 minute program.  Several people call in to the show to discuss the topic that Elaine introduces on spiritual renewal. There is also a description on Elaine and the program at the Chris Fabry Live! website. You can…

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California and Japan

Thanks for praying for the Retool Kit training (church mobilization and renewal) in San Francisco last week.  It seems the Rengo Japanese pastors and the Japan Ministry Team in the US will be locking arms to further training for churches in the future.  We will see. I learned a few things about California last week which I thought I would pass on to you. Japan is roughly the same size as California, but Japan has…

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Understanding Hikikomori

Hikikomori (pron. He-key-koh-moh-ree) literally means “pulling away, confinement” or an acute social withdrawal.  Hikikomori is a relatively new social phenomenon that the Japanese government defines as individuals who isolate themselves from the rest of society in their parents’ homes for at least 6 months.  It is estimated that hundreds of thousands possibly upwards of 1,200,000 people (or 1% of the population) struggle with this social anxiety. 

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