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Kyodan Officials Visit Germany

2014年1月16日
by Kyodan Moderator Ishibashi Hideo This summer, the Kyodan’s Task Force on Evangelism Promotion sponsored programs with both U.S. A. and German youth. As part of that exchange program, I gave the message at a commissioning service for Japanese participants held at Narita Airport. The expressions on the faces of the Japanese youth going to Germany were rigid, perhaps due to concern about the la……

Yamanashi Eiwa’s Founding: First Principal, Sarah Wintemute, and Other Young Pioneers

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1873, the Canadian Evangelism Society adopted a resolution to establish a mission presence in Japan, after the end of its self-imposed isolation, by sending two missionaries as its first representatives. Evangelism in Yamanashi began with the second group that arrived in 1876, with Charles Samuel Eby coming to the Kofu basin on horseback to engag……

Kyodan’s Commission on Ministry Visits Fukushima

The Commission on Ministry visited churches, church-related kindergartens, and other facilities in Fukushima, Aug. 19-21, and Sept. 2-4, when we were able to visit 25 churches, and meet with 18 pastors. However, we visited seven churches where we were unable to meet with the pastor. In addition, we visited seven kindergartens, daycare centers, and other church-related facilities as well as one fac……

Executive Council Report

The third Executive Council meeting of the current two-year General Assembly period took place Oct. 21-22 at the Kyodan headquarters, with all 30 members in attendance. General Secretary Nagasaki Tetsuo noted the damage done by Typhoon 26 (named “Typhoon Wipha” by Western media although Japan uses only numbers). The 49 victims included one Kyodan church member. There was also a report on the numer……

We who are Chosen by the Lord

by Akiyama Toru, pastor, Ageo Godo Church Moderator, Kanto District My Soul Doth Magnify the LORD (Hymnal 21 #178) 1.       My soul worships the Lord. My heart praises the Lord. For the Lord has chosen this unknown daughter and used her to be the mother of (his) son. 2.       The Lord seeks out the weak friend. The Lord visits the poor.  The Lord of Power pours out his limitless love to t……

A Message From General Secretary: Comments as a Kyodan Observer at District Assemblies

2013年11月21日
The various district assemblies around the nation were successfully held with near perfect attendance of the delegates. But from the standpoint of the relations between the Kyodan and the districts, both Kyoto District and Okinawa District again declined to accept an official observer from the Kyodan. However, Kyoto District did promise to invite Kyodan Moderator to its some next executive committ……

A University Equipping People to Serve

by Suzuki Yoshihide, principal of Keiwa College   Keiwa College was established in April 1991 as a university based on Christian educational principles for service to the local community and to the world at large. Since then, we have maintained these principles of education. The name “Keiwa” itself was chosen to reflect the principles of our institution: kei means “honor” or “respect,” ……

A change from poor English and poor personal relationships — Learning to Live to Become My True Self

by Hasegawa Satoshi Keiwa College Graduating Class of 2012   My mother took me to church from the time I was a child, and I grew up in that environment. In the beginning, church was a place for me to interact with friends, but as I grew older, I became aware of God’s presence in my life and was led to baptism. With a desire to further deepen my faith, I entered Keiwa Gakuen High Scho……

Serving a Japanese Church in Present-day Canada

by Zama Yutaka, pastor of Vancouver Japanese United Church (UCC)   I was sent to the United Church of Canada (UCC) as a commissioned Kyodan missionary in August 2012 and assigned to serve the Japanese congregation in Vancouver. Although I am recognized as an official member of the local UCC Presbytery, there is no clerical category of “foreign missionary” within this denomination. Thus,……

Gertrude Sara Bigelow: Educational Missionary to Yamaguchi Prefecture

Gertrude Sara Bigelow was born on May 17, 1860 in the town of Batavia in Genesee County, New York. After graduating from Hamilton Ladies’ Seminary, she worked at a local school. One year, when a missionary on furlough spoke about mission in Japan and called out for “those who would dedicate their lives to spread the gospel to Asia,” Bigelow responded to the call. As preparation for coming to Japan……
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