In August, our church, Komyo Christian Church, held our first baptism! As we have been at this church planting thing for several years, this was huge excitement for us! (Adding to that excitement, we will have another one in October!)
About 2 years ago H started coming to English Bible study and last fall when we started the bilingual worship service, she stared coming to that regularly, too. She works Sundays so can't attend our afternoon service.
It was so exciting to hear her say that she believed in Jesus and wanted to be baptized! Since her birthday is in August and it fell on a Sunday this year, she really wanted that to be her baptism day. She also really wanted to be baptized in a river-like Jesus was.
So, we spent some time looking around the area at various rivers and finally found one deep enough! She and Yuri and I went to check it out in July. The river is on "Crying Dog Mountain" and we were entertained by the dog that came to beg for food from our lunches and even barked at us!
It was so encouraging that the people who come to the afternoon service wanted to join us for the baptism even though they had never met H! They were so excited to see someone join the body of Christ.
God is good! He is at work. He continues to draw people to Himself.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Earlier this week I got to go to my friend Coco's house with two of my friends, Yuri and Shoppi. I loved being at her house and seeing how God has been working in her family and preparing them for a new season. They are excited about how God is going to use them and the house He has provided them. Now is the season of waiting for the next step. But, even in the waiting, God keeps providing and slowly opening doors!
Welcome to Coco-Doco-Cocoro!
The amazing room and cross God has prepared for His purpose.
Gospel song time!
The group of us after enjoying tea and prayer time
Coco and David
Friday, August 3, 2012
Then I turned to the second page and noticed an editorial from the Japanese paper about bullying. It talks about how a new office has been established which specializes in bullying issues.
The office will provide information to local schools and education boards to help with probing cases of serious bullying or cases where bullying may have lead to suicide and how to prevent their recurrence. They also believe it is important to give advice on preventing suicide.
That information was covered in about two paragraphs and the rest of the editorial talked about school boards and whether they were effective, if they were even necessary.
What about preventing bullying? Isn't that important? How can we help children learn that it is okay to be different from others? How can we help children learn that each one of them is important and loved? How can we help them learn to accept each other and celebrate their differences, as well as their similarities?
I know this is a bit redundant after the post before the last one, but reading the editorial made me wonder what the ministry thought was important, children's lives or bureaucracy.
Now I am going to go back to watching the Olympics and gazing at the moon out the window!