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Missionary Conference Attendees Visit Tsunami Devastation

2012年10月21日
The annual Kyodan Missionary Conference was held July 14-16 at Shidodaira Hot Springs Hotel near the city of Hanamaki in southern Iwate Prefecture in the Tohoku (northeastern) region of Japan. Traditionally held in late March, the conference this year was held over a three-day weekend in July to see if the timing was better for participants. Being only about 16 months after the Great East Japan Ea……

Restoration of Disaster-affected Communities in Ishinomaki: a First-hand Account

by Robert K. Fujimura, coordinator from the U.S.   Ishinomaki was the city most severely damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the Kyodan Emmaus Support Center in Sendai established a center in Ishinomaki to assist survivors of the disaster. I was hired by the Kyodan, through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), to work at Ishinomaki Center for four months, around……

Executive Council Prepares for the 38th General Assembly

The 6th Executive Council meeting of the 2011-12 General Assembly biennium was held at the Kyodan headquarters, July 9-10, and was attended by 27 of the 30 members. The opening worship service, led by Furuya Haruo, was followed by the report of General Secretary Naito Tomeyuki. He explained that the initial hearing of the law suit filed by Kitamura Jiro against the Kyodan was held on April 26, wit……

A Message from the General Secretary Thoughts about “Passing on the Faith”

2012年6月22日
Within Kyodan churches, there is a strong trend in age distribution towards the elderly, and so within this context, the issue of “passing on the faith” becomes even more important. If the present trend continues at the same pace, within ten years the membership will decline by about half, and the ability of the church to be in mission will radically decrease. So what is the solution to this……

Cornelia Judson: The Missionary who gave Everything for a Night School

The people of Matsuyama call her “ Judson Sensei (teacher),” with affection. Cornelia Judson was born in Stratford, Connecticut, on Oct. 20, 1860. The following year, she was baptized at the First Congregational Church of Stratford. She was brought up in a pious Christian home and later became the first missionary sent by that church. Judson experienced a turning point in her life at the ag……

The Joys and Challenges of House-church Ministry in the Philippines

I worked as a single woman pastor in Japan and then as a missionary in Cambodia until I met a Filipino evangelist there. After we got married, we moved to the Philippines and started a ministry together as evangelists for the Bohol Gospel Saturation Project (BGSP). BGSP is a churchplanting movement, started by my husband’s parents, that aims to plant house churches all over the Bohol Provinc……

Personal Experience of Christianity in Practice in Germany

For five-and-a-half months, from Feb. 15 to July 28, 2011, I experienced life in Germany as a participant in a volunteer program of the Das Evanglische Missionwerk in Sudwestdeutschland (Southwestern German Evangelical Church). The purpose of this program was to enable Christian young people from countries where Christianity is a minority religion to learn about other religious cultures whi……

Japan’s Nuclear Power Generators and the Rights of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

At present, within the 18 nations mining uranium, 75% of the extraction takes place within or close to an area inhabited by indigenous people, and as a result these people are suffering from lung cancers and other illness, according to Toyosaki Hiromitsu of the Shukan Kinyobi (issue 862), a weekly magazine. As of the year 2007, of the yearly supply of nuclear fuel uranium for Japanese react……

Post-disaster Ministry Focuses on Mental Health Care

"Heartful Tono UCCJ" is a ministry of the Kyodan (UCCJ) itself that is designed to help disaster survivors by providing mental health care. Every week an average of 60 participants gather at three temporary shelters in Kamaishi City, about 50 kilometers from Tono. Through these gatherings, a relationship of trust has developed in an atmosphere of friendship and harmony. As a result, in the m……

Supporting the Earthquake Survivors at Kamaishi The Worsening Mental Health Situation and Need for Immediate Care

Oe Hiroshi, Secretary General of Japan Overseas Christian Medical Cooperative Service JOCS has cooperated with health-medical activities in the developing countries for a half century. Immediately after the Eastern Japan Great Earthquake, we started support activities for the survivors. In March, we cooperated with Emmaus, Tohoku Disaster Relief Center of the Kyodan; in April, our major acti……
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