Thanks for praying for the Japanese outreach in Irvine. We were able to share the gospel over two weeks with a number of families and singles, many of whom have never gotten a clear explanation of what Christianity is all about. No immediate conversions (this is normal for Japanese, who often start baptism class before professing faith (not with the intention of getting baptized without professing faith, but to make sure they understand everything before either getting baptized or declaring their faith). On our third week of gospel presentations, no students showed up. While it was a little disappointing, it allowed us to catch up with friends and support partners at the hosting church.
Then about 15 minutes before the service was over, a family and another lady both showed up. As there wasn’t really class time, both were able to sort of tour church during the message. One of the ladies that showed up late actually came on time, but ended up in service instead of the designated Japan outreach room. So for her, she got to see what a worship service is like. We realized, if people Japanese are interested in Christianity, it actually would have been a great idea to start our introduction with a brief tour of the church and an explanation of the order of worship. For a lot of Japanese, what we do is a lot more important than what we believe. So when they are able to see what worship service is like they feel a lot better knowing there’s no funny business going on.
As other quick updates (and probably near future blog posts):
- Visas are on schedule
- Year-end funding goals were met (PTL!) and we’re ready to return to Japan
- We already have housing secured in Kawasaki…as soon as it gets built!