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New Book : Multiplying Churches in Japanese Soil

This book answers some key questions:
*** What churches are reproducing and multiplying?
*** What should be done to assure church multiplication in Japanese soil?

A $2.99 digital version is on sale through Nov 27th at

http://www.williamcarey.com

This book would be great for anyone working in Japan, mobilizing or preparing to work among the world’s 2nd largest unreached people group.

Learn more at…

https://www.gospelrest.com/our-books/multiplying-churches-in-japanese-soil/

For a Podcast interview with J.D. Payne

http://www.jdpayne.org/2017/10/25/multiplying-churches-in-japanese-soil/

10) The BackPage: Facing the Demons in the Storm —

I’ve just returned from a Prayer Journey to Japan. On a dark and stormy night, we hiked up to the Shinraku-ji Buddhist Temple near the town of Komoro. The gusty wind and dark shadows only served to accentuate the forces we imagined. Maybe we weren’t imagining. Eph. 6:12 reads, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” I’ll never forget that prayer service as long as I live. It felt as if we were going up against dark forces — forces that had ruled Komoro for centuries.

 

I’m finding that this whole concept — that of facing the powers of the dark side, in the storms of life — can either build our faith (as we realize the opposing side is fairly powerless in the face of how great God is) or test it (if we’re convinced otherwise). So I’m wondering: Is there a possibility that you have a testimony of facing one of those dark forces in a prayer time, at one time or another? And if so, would you be willing to share it — in confidence, if you like? Just click “Comment” below and you’ll be guided through the sign-on process. We won’t distribute your address to ANYONE. But even better, if you work hard you should be able to write up your testimony as an anonymous contributor. Please write these as if they will be used for a national publication informing people of effective prayer-walking and “praying onsite with insight.” Just click Comment to get started. As readers share their testimonies, you’ll be able to read them along with the rest of us, instantly. (Note: Be careful about sharing URL’s in your answer (especially multiple ones). That tends to trip the alarm that maybe you’re a spammer.)

11) The BackPage: Remembering Ishinomaki —

These past few days, our prayer journey team has been praying and volunteering for residents of Ishinomaki, a city in the NE region highly impacted by the tsunami on March 11, 2011. Several issues have occurred to me as we’ve been at work here:

 

*** Disaster team advance preparation would be so cool, if we could just do it. In this region, one group had become gurus in disaster readiness. When the tsunami happened, everyone looked to them. I wish all our churches and agencies would invest more time, resources, and personnel in getting ready for “the big one” — or lots of little ones.

 

*** Once a disaster occurs, it really helps to have an entrepreneur that can envision, dream, and persuade others to come on board. But it also seems absolutely essential to have a natural administrative-type on the team too. The typical entrepreneur will be great at BELIEVING in the future, but not so great at covering all the details. Teaming them up together will create some great synergy for the future.

 

*** If you provide the infrastructure for volunteers to come help in a disaster, they will. Here we are, 15 months later, and dozens of short-termers are still coming here to serve local people in Ishinomaki. They’re still shoveling out drains, tearing out moldy walls, removing stained flooring, and more. And the impact they’re making here is unquestionable.

 

*** Connecting the dots between disaster relief and church-planting will always require lots of intentionality and long-term purposefulness. The immediacy of relief will want always to trump the long-term questions of how to birth a church from the relief work.

 

Have you managed to pull it off? (couple disaster relief with effective church-planting) If so, have you written anything about your experiences? If so, we’d love to read it. Please use the comment box below to tell us about what you’ve discovered so far in your ministry. And thanks in advance for helping!

8) International School of Missions: Japan —

People from all nations can attend a 7-week International School of Missions which will be taught in English (with Japanese interpretation) in Japan, July 11 to Aug. 26. Guest Speakers from many nations will teach people of all ages (18 or older) on practical ways to make the Great Commission and the Great Commandment a life goal. Classes will be followed by opportunities to share the Good News locally. Part-time students are also accepted. Check out

 

http://www.cfnjism.wordpress.com

 

or email

pastoratlastchancechapeldotorg

6) Relief & Recovery opportunities in Japan —

DELTA is collaborating efforts directly with WorldVenture, CBA Japan and CBGlobal to take teams to Japan. You can either form a team made up totally of members from your church, or come as an individual and be placed with a team on-site. Church teams are scheduled based on the field needs and the available dates of the church. Individuals are asked to come during specified dates and ministry.  To see if there’s still space for you or your team, write

ashersatdeltaministriesdotcom

3) The International School of Missions in Japan —

The International School of Missions is a 7-week training course, taught in English, for students from all nations, including Japan. Seven International Guest Speakers will each teach for one week on missions and related topics. Classes will be taught at Christ For The Nations-Japan Bible School in Hokkaido, from July 11 to August 26. Students of all ages (18 years or older) who cannot attend all 7 weeks, may apply for shorter terms. Additional information on lodging, schedules, teachers, and cost, can be obtained on the web site

 

http://www.cfnjism.wordpress.com

 

E-mail contact in the U.S.A. is

cfnjismatyahoodotcom and in Japan it is

officeatcfnjdotcom . The Phone contact in the U.S.A. is 406-495-9250.

 

11) Appeal for Prayer for Japan —

Pray that God changes the spiritual condition of the affected areas of the earthquake. The areas affected by the earthquake and tsunamis of Miyagi, Fukushima, and Ibaraki are some of the most spiritually needy places in Japan. With over 4.9 million people yet only about 9,000 active Christians (about 0.15%) in 454 churches. Fukushima has the lowest average worship attendance with only 19 per church. There is one city and 44 towns still with no church.

Pray for CRASH relief efforts as they assess needs and resources and begin mobilizing people for relief efforts

 

http://crashjapan.com/

 

Other agencies are very active and networking together.

10) Appeal for Prayer for Japan —

Pray that God changes the spiritual condition of the affected areas of the earthquake. The areas affected by the earthquake and tsunamis of Miyagi, Fukushima, and Ibaraki are some of the most spiritually needy places in Japan. With over 4.9 million people yet only about 9,000 active Christians (about 0.15%) in 454 churches. Fukushima has the lowest average worship attendance with only 19 per church. There is one city and 44 towns still with no church. Pray for CRASH relief efforts as they assess needs and resources and mobilize people for relief efforts

 

http://crashjapan.com/

 

Other agencies are very active and networking together.

3) Make a Difference with Injustice and Neglect —

Now you can help overcome spiritual injustice and reach neglected rural Japan, starting with prayer. 127 million Japanese form the second largest UPG in the world with 1 in 100 Christian. 15 million of them are in Japan’s 1800 unchurched rural areas (URAs) where only about 1 in 1000 are Christian. Though over 1000 missionaries work in Japan, very few work among the rural Japanese.  A Rural Japan Network to focus on this long-neglected group is in the formative processes with launch planned for Nov. 2011.  The first preparation step is forming 47 Prayer Groups, 1 for each prefecture in Japan, in countries across the globe. Will you be among them? So far, groups have formed in the US, Canada, Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand. Will you adopt for prayer the URAs in one of the remaining 20 not yet covered prefectures? To adopt a prefecture, Email

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5) Overcoming Spiritual Barriers In Japan —

This book by Keith E. Webb examines the invisible spiritual reality behind the 17th century persecution of Christians and the subsequent spiritual strongholds that were established. These barriers are still effectively holding Japanese people in bondage. Learn how to minister to Japanese and how to pray more effectively for them. Brigada readers, if you enter this discount code — 4KYSGCJ4 — you will receive 15% off.

https://www.createspace.com/900003489

8) “Reaching Japanese for Christ” Conference in So. Cal., Sept. —

Mark your calendars and plan your travel. The 4th Annual “Reaching Japanese for Christ” Conference in Southern California is this September 25, 2010. The truth is, few Japanese know Jesus as their personal Savior. The Reaching Japanese for Christ (RJC) Conference will help you share with the Japanese people living near you. This is a great opportunity for cultural training for short term mission trips to Japan, ESL Programs or for those Hosting International Students. To find out more go to

http://www.rjcnetwork.org

or contact Don

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8) “Overcoming Spiritual Barriers In Japan”

This book by Keith E. Webb examines the invisible spiritual reality behind the 17th century persecution of Christians and the subsequent spiritual strongholds that were established. These barriers are still effectively holding Japanese people in bondage. Learn how to minister to Japanese and how to pray more effectively for them. If you enter this discount code: 4KYSGCJ4 you will receive 15% off.

https://www.createspace.com/900003489

12) “Reaching Japanese for Christ” Conference is this week —

The 9th Annual “Reaching Japanese for Christ” Conference is this coming week, February 18-20, 2010. The truth is, few Japanese know Jesus as their personal Savior. The Reaching Japanese for Christ (RJC) Conference will help you share with the Japanese people living near you. This is a great opportunity for cultural training for short term mission trips to Japan, ESL Programs or for those Hosting International Students. To find out more go to

http://www.rjcnetwork.org

or contact Don

2) OPEN Expo 2010

On February 4-6, 2010, OPEN Expo will meet in Portland Oregon with some 280+ tentmakers and Business as Mission people, working to assist or create sustainable, profitable companies among the unreached, with owners and/or employees sharing the hope and Good News of Christ with their new local friends. You can be a part of brainstorming discussions, planning new ways of doing mission and getting personally involved with field practitioners. For more information go to

http://www.OPENExpoUSA.com

or contact Laura

7) Learn to Share Good News with Japanese-speaking People

The 9th Annual “Reaching Japanese for Christ” Conference is coming up soon, February 18-20, 2010. The truth is, few Japanese know Jesus as their personal Savior. The Reaching Japanese for Christ (RJC) Conference will help you share with the Japanese people living near you. This is a great opportunity for cultural training for short term mission trips to Japan, ESL Programs or for those Hosting International Students. Registration is now open. To find out more go to

http://www.rjcnetwork.org

or contact Don

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