One of our churches in Orange County runs an ESL outreach, and for a three Sunday stretch in December we’re privileged to share the gospel with some of the Japanese students and their families! Our first Sunday had six attendees, and we were able to share a very simple but clear gospel message. We’re hoping that the next few weeks will see some new attendees and growing interest among our first attendees. In Japan many seekers take a year or more of regular Bible Study before professing faith in Christ. This makes sense because their culture has no background in Christianity, or even some of the concepts that are inherent in Christianity (guilt vs. shame for example; Japanese culture frowns upon getting caught rather than committing sin). These take time to address, but we’ve got a good foundation having looked at the creation and the fall, and finishing briefly with Jesus’ propitiatory death and resurrection. I didn’t use the word ‘propitiatory’ in class. I don’t actually know how to say propitiatory in Japanese anyway.