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Japan Oral School for the Deaf: The fruition of tears, prayer, and God’s guidance of Helen Reischauer and Lois Kramer

2014年11月28日
Through the efforts of August Karl Reischauer and his wife Helen, the Japan Oral School for the Deaf was founded in 1920 as the first school for the hearing impaired to use the oral method. Over the 94 years since its establishment, it has continued its efforts as the only Christian school for the deaf. Along the way there have been times of extreme difficulty, but through a variety of means of su……

Kyodan Holds First 21st Century National Youth Conference

“A Church Conference for Youth in 2014” was held at the Kokusai Seishonen Kenshu Center (International Youth Training Center) at Tozanso, a YMCA facility, Aug. 19-21. Sponsored by the Kyodan, preparations for this conference began two years ago with the formation of a planning committee made up mainly of members of the Committee on Evangelism and the Office of Evangelism Promotion. The Kyodan Gene……

International Conference Guests Tour East Japan Disaster Zone

Following the International Conference on the East Japan Disaster, held in Sendai from March 11 to 14, overseas guests were invited to participate in an overnight bus tour to Ishinomaki and the surrounding areas. Approximately 50 people, including the Japanese hosts, got on a chartered bus and in a couple of cars that left Sendai following the closing worship service on Friday morning. They pr……

Joint Kyodan-PCT Conference Convened in Hokkaido

A joint conference of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan and the Kyodan was held at the Hokkaido Christian Center from Aug. 25 to 28. This was the 14th such gathering since the conference was begun, and the theme this year was “A Road in the Wilderness, Streams in the Desert” (Isaiah 43:19). The delegation from the PCT consisted of 18 members, while from the Kyodan 28 people, including 4 officers, ……

Biennial Youth Mission Event Hosted in Taiwan

by Kishi Hikari, member                                                                                               Chiba Honcho Church, Tokyo DistrictFrom Aug. 8 to 17, I participated in the joint Youth Mission event jointly sponsored by the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) and the Kyodan. The exchange program has generally been held once every two years, with each country serving as host in……

“I love Taiwan Mission Camp” Impacts International Participants

by Hosoda Joy, member Higashi Nakano Church, West Tokyo District I was given the opportunity to attend the “I Love Taiwan Mission Camp” as a Japanese participant from June 26 to July 12. A total of 155 people from 23 countries around the world participated in this event, which included 50 staff members, 4 volunteers, 32 local youths, and 69 overseas participants. Unfortunately, due to my own……

WCC Representatives Officially Visit Prime Minister Abe’s Residence

A delegation of seven persons, led by World Council of Churches General Secretary Olav Tveit, was scheduled to come to Japan on Aug. 1, 2014 for about a week to make official visits to various places around Japan. However, due to Rev. Dr. Tveit’s sudden hospitalization, all events on the schedule, other than the planned visit to Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s official residence, had to be postponed. ……

Executive Council Prepares for Upcoming General Assembly

The sixth Executive Council meeting of the present biennial general assembly period took place on July 7 and 8. As this was the last Executive Council meeting prior to the upcoming 39th General Assembly (2014), the meeting was extended for an extra two hours, ending at 5 p.m. Due to the temporary relocation of the office and two boards of the Kyodan to a site with no space for such gatherings, the……

Message from the General Secretary: 59th PCT General Assembly Addresses National and International Concerns

2014年7月19日
The Presbyterian Church of Taiwan held its general assembly, the 59th in its history, this past April 22-25 in the large sanctuary at Jiang-Jung Girls’ High School, with the theme “Stretch Deep the Root of the Gospel into Country and Tribe! Live out the Faith of the Church and Become the Sign of Hope!”   The assembly began with an opening worship service, attended by the approximately 7……

Explanation of the school motto: “Salt of the Earth and Light of the World”

“Salt of the Earth” and “Light of the World” are terms used by Jesus to describe how the lives of Christians affect society and are more a declaration than a teaching. Aoyama Gakuin stands on the declaration that “you are precious.”   “Salt of the Earth.”  Salt gives flavor, stops decay, and cleanses. Our bodies consist of 0.7 percent salt and need about 10 grams of salt each day. Just ……
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