Newsletter (Equipper)
Praise to the name of the Lord!

Thank you very much for you prayers for JCFN ministries. We just had our annual joint staff meeting this month. We looked back on 2015 and discussed our direction for 2016, which will start in July. We will give a report later.

As for JCFN March monthly newsletter, we would like to share about regional returnee ministries in Japan.

 
There are groups meeting all over Japan to receive returnees. Please remember these ministries in prayer. Also, please introduce returnees who are going home to these areas. In April, North America Director Setsu Shimizu will be traveling around Japan visiting these gatherings. Information regarding special meetings is written here.
    
(1) Region
(2) Gathering/Ministry
(3) Activities of the gathering/ministry    
(4) Contact person
(5) Contact person's email
(6) Links (website, Facebook, etc.)

If there are any returnee ministry information which is not listed here, please let us know.

 
(1) Tohoku    
(2) RIM (Returnees In Michinoku)
(3) Annual camp, irregular meetings in Sendai, sometimes traveling outside of Miyagi Prefecture to meet other returnees where they live.
(4) Taiichiro Kusumi
(5) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(6) Facebook / Website
(1) Tochigi
(2) RIT (Returnees In Tochigi)
(3) This gathering was created after ANRC in 2009. We gather on the third Saturday of each month. We invite guest speakers and have worship, a message, and small group sharing time. We also have Bible studies with the goal of the spiritual growth of the members.
(4) Hiromi Soma
(5) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(6) Facebook
(1) Kanto (Tokyo)    
(2) GiFT (Growing in Fellowship Tokyo)
(3) Growing in Fellowship began its second year with the vision of “connections that bear fruit.” The goal of each event is not to just come, be encouraged, and go home. Rather, each event is planned so that those who come would bear fruit through their fellowship, and to encourage those who come to intentionally seek out relationships that will bear fruit. There are no set meeting dates, but events are held every two months.
(4) President: Erika Mine; Vice President: Arisa Wada
(5) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Erika), Or leave a comment or message on the Facebook page.
(6) Facebook
(1) Kanagawa
(2)  RIK (Returnees In Kanagawa)
(3) RIK does not currently have regular activities. There are irregular prayer meetings. We are looking for people to be involved with RIK. We will have a Returnee Cafe with Setsu on April 15. Please join us!    
(4) Leader: Hiroyuki Sasaki
(5) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(6) Facebook / Website
(1) Chiba
(2) Re-Chiba (Returnees In Chiba)
(3) This group began as a result of meeting at GRC. Once every three months, we meet at a different church somewhere in Chiba. We eat lunch together and have a time of worship, testimony, and sharing through answering questions. A special characteristic of our group is that we have more non-returnees than returnees who participate. We think about our mutual differences and share about our church life.
(4) Rutsuko Sato
(5) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(6) We currently communicate via our private Facebook page. Our events are open, so we encourage our members to let people know by inviting them.
 
(1) Hokuriku (Fukui, Ishikawa, Toyama)
(2) FIT ("FIT" is made from the first letters of each prefecture. It has meanings that let us fit in Japan and the Kingdom of God after returning to Japan, and that let us be "fit" with spiritual exercise and rejoice with salvation!)
(3) We post returnee friendly gatherings and events on our facebook group page and through emails. We are praying FIT to be network for encouraging each other.
(4) Miki Cook (Fukui), Shiro Nakabayashi (Ishikawa), Nozomu & Shoko Kawakami (Toyama)
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(6) Facebook
(1) Tokai (Aichi, Gifu, Mie)
(2) Inspa (Inspire Union)
(3) Inspa meets on the second Saturday of each month, usually at Kanayama Church in Nagoya. Besides regular meetings, we have picnics, barbecues, hiking, etc. We welcome returnees, Christians, non-Christians, and anyone else interested.
(4) Leader: Ken Ishibashi
(5) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(6) Facebook
(1) Kansai
(2) ANRK (All Nations Returnees in Kansai)
(3) This is a ministry for Christian returnees and their friends living in Kansai, and was started after ANRC in Saitama in 2009. There were no activities for some time, but starting with the Christian returnees conference GRC in fall 2015, we are gradually beginning to become active again.    
(4) Sonomi Ishijima; Sayaka Nakakuki
(5) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(6) Facebook
(1) Chugoku and Shikoku
(2) RICHS (Returnees in Chugoku Shikoku)
(3) Sunday, April 24, 2:30-4:30
Guest: Setsu Shimizu
Place: Takashima Chapel
Address: Hiroshima-ken Fukuyama-shi 4331
If you can lead worship, please contact us.
(4) Setsuko Sumida (Coco)
(5) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(6) Facebook
(1) Hiroshima
(2) ABC (Asaminami Bilingual Chapel)
(3) Every Saturday at 4:00pm, we hold a bilingual chapel in Hiroshima City. It is mainly led by American missionaries, but it is bilingual, and we spend our time in warmth and harmony. In addition, there is a cafe time once a month, an at-home chapel for non-Christians to come as well. We support returnees to get connected to their own churches.
(4) Taisei Kim, Task Masuda, Jessica Lee, Scott Murry
(5) For email, please send a Facebook message. Japanese is okay!
(1) Fukuoka
(2) Fukuoka Small Group
(3) Currently not meeting. Former small group members are occasionally meeting to pray for a leader and members to restart activities. On April 12, Setsu will come, and we will gather for the first time in a while for a time of fellowship.
There are other networks (facebook) which are not meeting regularly as well. Please contact JCFN for more information.
 
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