Our Sunday in Japan was a break from the normal church gathering we’d have back in the states. Instead we joined Yoshito’s church plant at a park in Fuchu for a Japanese-style BBQ. Yoshito explained that they occassionally do things like this to build community and trust amongst those with whom they are seeking to share the gospel with. This was my third time to attend an event like this hosted by Yoshito’s church plant and I was encouraged that everytime there are more people getting connected than before. Yoshito said about half of the Japanese that came to the event were connected to his church plant and the rest had been invited through various connections. Only a small portion of the group represented by the pictures are christians though, so there is still a lot of growth to take place in Yoshito’s community and it’s encouraging to see how God is growing his church in Fuchu.
After a long afternoon in the park, our group was exhausted. So I sent our team back to our guest house and I headed to north Tokyo to have dinner with the In-laws. We had a great time catching up as I shared details from our trip thus far. We also discussed plans for their upcoming trip to visit us in America this June. After dinner I returned home and then headed out on a long walk around the Tokyo night life.
One of my goals on this trip was to spend some time alone in Tokyo in prayer and reflection on God’s word. As I walked around last night I reflected on the words of 1 Peter 1 that through Jesus and his great mercy “he caused us to be born again to a living hope .” Over the years, hopelessness is a theme i’ve heard from many people in Japan and in many ways Japan is a nation without hope. As I walked, I prayed that God would work through his church in Japan to reveal the hope of Jesus to this nation.