Newsletter (Equipper)
この夏も一時帰国、本帰国した仲間を多く送り出しました。日本から「JCFNの集会に行ってきました!楽しかった!ecで会った人たちと再会し、一緒に教会に行きました!」などの報告が入ってきています。アメリカで祈りをもって送り出した彼らが日本の皆さんに迎え入れられていることを感謝し、受け入れ側の働きのために祈りつつ、日本で新しく信仰の第一歩を進み始めている帰国者のために祈っています。
この報告が皆様の手に届くころには秋学期が始まっているでしょうが、この夏、北米では帰国準備の中心的な働きの一つでもある、第6回目WITリーダーシップトレーニングキャンプが行われました。JCFNのミッション声明は、「帰国者クリスチャンを宣教のために整えること」です。アメリカで信仰を受けた彼らが、限られた時間の間に「仕えるリーダー」として成長するように関わります。そのミニストリーが用いられ、学校や職場の友達に福音が伝わるように具体的なハウツーの学びもします。そして、彼らが帰国する時には次世代リーダーが育ってるように「リーダーを育てる」リーダー育成をするのがWITです。
秋は、各学校、地域でのミニストリーが再開します。今年はecがありませんが、セントルイスで2万人の学生達が世界宣教について学び、応答する「Urbana宣教大会」が開かれます。JCFNの誕生地でもありますが、世界に仕えるキリスト者が日本語を話す人々のからも起こるように願いつつ、通訳の奉仕などを提供する予定です。その前に、ANRC12の準備があり、北米の主事たちも全員日本へ行きます。ANRC12では、今の日本で福音に生きるということを聖書から聞き、応答するときを持ちますが、北米から参加する者としてその意味をしっかりと受け止めることが出来るようにと願っています。
(記:清水)

This summer, once again, we have sent many friends back to Japan, some for good, and some just for the summer. They reported to us saying that they attended JCFN fellowship and enjoyed it very much. They met friends from ec and got to go to church with them. We rejoice and pray for returnees ministries on the receiving end. We also pray for those who have returned to Japan and have begun their new chapter of lives.

By the time you are reading this the fall semester has begun. However, right now in the US, we are having the 6th WIT Leadership Training Camp, one of the main returnee equipping events. JCFN’s mission statement is “To Glorify God by equipping multicultural Japanese Christians for Ministry.” During the limited time they are here in the US, we equip them to be servant leaders. We provide practical how-to tools so that they are more effective in sharing the Gospel to their friends at school and work. We also train them to be trainers of leaders so that by the time they are going back to Japan, they already have their next leaders. That is WIT.
During the fall semester, all the regional and campus ministries will resume. We have no ec this year, but will be participating Urbana Mission Convention where 20,000 college Christians will gather to learn about and respond to God’s world mission. That is where JCFN was born! We will be providing translation services and other care to Japanese delegates. Before that, we will be occupied with ANRC12 preparation. All of us from the US office will be going to serve there. It is our prayers that as all the returnees gather at ANRC12 to hear from the Bible what it is to live as Jesus disciples in Japan today and to respond to His calling, those of us from the outside of Japan will also be able to respond to God’s calling. (Shimizu)

wit12-2By the time you are reading this the fall semester has begun. However, right now in the US, we are having the 6th WIT Leadership Training Camp, one of the main returnee equipping events. JCFN’s mission statement is “To Glorify God by equipping multicultural Japanese Christians for Ministry.” During the limited time they are here in the US, we equip them to be servant leaders. We provide practical how-to tools so that they are more effective in sharing the Gospel to their friends at school and work. We also train them to be trainers of leaders so that by the time they are going back to Japan, they already have their next leaders. That is WIT.

During the fall semester, all the regional and campus ministries will resume. We have no ec this year, but will be participating Urbana Mission Convention where 20,000 college Christians will gather to learn about and respond to God’s world mission. That is where JCFN was born! We will be providing translation services and other care to Japanese delegates. Before that, we will be occupied with ANRC12 preparation. All of us from the US office will be going to serve there. It is our prayers that as all the returnees gather at ANRC12 to hear from the Bible what it is to live as Jesus disciples in Japan today and to respond to His calling, those of us from the outside of Japan will also be able to respond to God’s calling. (Shimizu)