The present council is called the “Mission Schools Council,” abbreviated as “MSC.” As the name suggests, it is based on the key words “mission” and “school” and is a council that supports missionaries and about 40 Kyodan-related schools. Last year it mainly carried out the activities listed below.
1. Sending students to a SMJ (Special Ministry to the Japanese) discovery camp in New York, USA
Between July 22 and Aug. 9, 2016, the seven middle-school students sent to the U.S., mainly from the East Japan Disaster area, spent invaluable days at a Bible camp held in New York. I believe they gained special understanding in addition to developing friendships with treasured companions.
2. Providing “Extension Worship Services”
Within the Mission Schools Council are related schools where no missionaries are serving. Missionaries were sent to those schools to share in worship services with them. Worship services conducted by missionaries from overseas are a refreshing experience for both the receiving school and the missionary, and each receives a great blessing.
3. Supporting “Japanese language study”
Some of the missionaries appointed to schools are suffering because they cannot speak Japanese. This support program began from the desire to provide a chance for these persons to study Japanese. Presently, three missionaries are using this system and studying Japanese for a year. Missionaries who study and acquire Japanese are hoping that this will help them be more effective in their work at the various schools.
4. Publishing the “MSC Diary”
The Council is presently drawing up a “MSC Diary” to introduce its work for distribution to related schools. It is hoped that through this, more people will come to know the work of the MSC.
At the past annual meeting, held Feb. 2, 2017, I was impressed by how intently the participants from the schools listened to the report on last year's activities. During the round-table time, there was a frank sharing of thoughts with periods of serious discussion. In her presentation, Asia Rural Institute (ARI) President Arakawa Tomoko spoke earnestly about the background of and the principles upon which the school was founded: namely, to receive students from countries around the world and teach them the importance of “living together.” Some years there have been students from over 20 countries living together at ARI. President Arakawa’s words “living together” were profound and thoroughly echoed in the depths of our hearts.
We value the thoughts expressed by everyone at this meeting and intend to utilize them for the good of the related schools and the missionaries. We ask you to continue to support the Mission Schools Council through your thoughts and prayers. (Tr. RT)
—Haruna Masashi , staff
Mission Schools Council Office
*Editorial note: In Japan, schools founded by missionaries are called “mission schools.”
当協議会は英語で“Mission Schools Council”、略して“ＭＳＣ” と申します。その名の通り、宣教（宣教師）と教団関係学校（約4
・アメリカ“SMJ discovery camp”への東日本大震災被災学校を中心とした中学生の派遣