Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. Luke 14:23
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Posts by Jon&Maki

Memorial service for Chuck Corwin

Recently I was able to attend a memorial service for a missionary who had a big impact wherever he went. Chuck and Eloise Corwin served in Japan many years, with their greatest impact coming in the form of Tyrranus Hall, a dormitory and mentor program for Christian college and seminary students in the Tokyo area. Many of the attendees at Chuck’s memorial…

Church Fall Picnic

A few Sundays ago, instead of meeting in the basement of the performance center and specialty gifts store as usual, Den-En Grace Chapel met at Kinuta park, for our annual outdoor church service and picnic. With great weather, there were lots of curious people sharing the park with us, and I think the impression was…

Hiking Group

One of the things we try to do as missionaries in Japan is create community, and help people feel at home in church. Sometimes, especially with the severe shortage of pastors, and among them the shortage of adequate salaries, the emphasis in serving at church compared to enjoying church life together, can be out of…

Preaching at Otawara Christ Church

A few weeks ago we were told about a church a few hours north of here (a little less than halfway to our old home in Iwate Prefecture) where one of the pastors in our association has planted two churches in addition to the church he has been pastoring. This makes for a very busy…

Kawasaki Town

Kawasaki City is long and skinny. It takes over an hour to drive through from top to bottom, but less than 10 minutes to go across in the part where we live. Our slices of Kawasaki are Takatsu and Mizonokuchi, Den-en Grace Chapel is between those two train stations.

Sundays at Denen Grace Chapel

Den-en Grace Chapel, the mother church of our upcoming church plants on the Cross Project, meets every Sunday morning near Mizonokuchi station in Kawasaki. Below you’ll see some scenes from a typical Sunday morning, where we meet in the basement of a concert hall/souvenir and gift shop. We have regular worship and I (Jon) usually…