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Lunch with Yuki and Hikari

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I was presented with a wonderful oppurtunity to meet these two young girls at the school in Kawaguchi. Their names were Yuki Ishita and Hikari Ootsuka. Though initially presented with a tough language barrier, I was able to break down walls through hand signals. The staff at the school did some translating for me so I was able to learn their names and ages. We ate lunch together, and proceeded to build a tower out of a water bottle and a few little juice bottles. The kids are not usually allowed to do this, and I got a few looks from the staff. The girls were excited as the tower got taller and taller and giggled at the finished product. Once our meal was concluded, I tried to get them to play rock, paper, scissors, though they initially shied away from the idea. I persisted and finally broke them down and we played many rounds. These girls were masters of the game and I never was able to actually win. As our time wound down with the kids, I packed up and was waiting in line to use the restroom. While I was waiting, the girls came up to me and presented me with an origami dove representing good luck in future travels. They proceeded to give me hugs, which is normally frowned upon in Japanese customs. When the time came for us to say goodbye, it was tough one. I am currently in prayer about doing a month long trip to work with the school in the future.

Hunter Morris

Japan Team - Tokyo

Kokubungi

Pastor Chizuo preparing team.

The few days in Tokyo were for the support of two pastors and their ministries.  The first was with pastor Chizuo of Calvary Chapel Kokubunji.  We joined with members of his church to hand out flyers for a Saturday evangelistic outreach and concert at his church that is less than 50 yards from the train station.  There was opportunity for some sharing of the faith and Hunter got into a conversation with a Jehovah Witness couple.  

Teamwork

Puppet Witnessing

The team brought puppets which Pastor Chizuo said was effective in getting the people's attention.  Japanese will typically not look at you when you reach out with a flyer, but because they first see the puppets their focus is disrupted for a moment opening a window to hand them a flyer.  Since kids love the puppets, their parents are more willing to receive a flyer.  

Kawaguchi

Pastor Kaz sharing with children

The second opportunity was a new one with a long time friend, Kaz Sekine, a pastor in Tokyo who is the chaplain of a private Christian daycare, pre-school and kindergarten located in Kawaguchi, an area northeast of Tokyo by 40 minutes.  The school has approximately 180 children who are loved and taught the Bible and given a stable environment in their early years. 

The area of Kawaguchi has a high amount of broken homes, parents with drug and alcohol abuse, and other family related issues that can and have affected the children.  At times some parent(s) have even failed to pick up their child for a couple of days, so the school offers facilities to care for the children. Ministry to these children gives them stability and an introduction to Jesus. 

Pastor Kaz, the team and the puppets started the day off with morning worship for the kids. When the team and puppets went amongst the kids there was a uproar of excitement.  What a joy it was to see these children smile and get so excited to touch the puppets and interact with the team. 

 

The team was then invited to participate in a Japanese traditional Tea Ceremony. Because many of the children have unstable homes they lack many of their cultural traditions.  The school ensures these traditions are passed on.  We will be sharing some of the team’s testimonies in the next post and the special experience this was to them.  

This new opportunity has opened a door for our teams in the future to return and be blessing as well as being blessed. There is also an invitation for some longer mission work at the school in the future.