Newsletter (Equipper)

Happy new year!

We are thankful that 2016 was another year where God helped us follow up with returnees and others who moved back and forth between Japan and overseas. Recently, in addition to following up with returnees from various countries besides just the United States and Canada, we are working with more and more people going overseas from Japan as well as people going from one foreign country to another.

It was in this situation that in North America last summer, we held the tenth WIT leadership camp, which started in 2007. We also held the JCFN 25th anniversary event in Hawaii. At the end of the year, we held Equipper Conference, the fourteenth one since it began in 1997, and thus concluded 2016. In Japan, we continued the work of encouraging the ministry of regional returnees gatherings that gained momentum at GRC15.

In 2017, in continued response to God's calling, we are using our yearly resolution of “back to the basics” as our basis as we come close to the hearts of returnees, which is the foundation of our ministry. Please, somewhere, in some way, get involved in this ministry. Additionally, there will be changes in personnel and operations this year, both in North America and Japan. Please pray specifically that God would raise up new board members and cooperating members.

Praying for blessings for the new year.

JCFN Staff

 

Equipper Conference Report


We praise the victorious name of Jesus!

It already has been over two weeks since 350 of us brothers and sisters in Christ rang in the year 2017! This conference was truly a time of many wonderful blessings and how awesome we still get to hear testimonies from all over the nation and from Japan.

With the theme “Rise & Go ~in the victorious name of Jesus,” we were blessed to witness and experience all that the Lord had in stored for this conference. Thank you for your prayers! As one of the committee members, I personally believe I had the best seat in the house, receiving and merging myself in the fullness of God’s faithful presence. I am still in awe of how great of an experience it was for me.

On the first night, Pastor Uchikoshi preached a sermon on forgiveness and reminded us of the authority we have been given as Christians. Right from the start, many participants were convicted of their sin and the weight of the cross that Jesus bore for us.

During the next four days, we continued focusing on the truth of being moved “in the victorious name of Jesus.” Every morning, we were given 90 minutes to dive into the Gospel of Luke through a method called “Inductive Bible Study,” which immediately was followed by the morning sessions, where Dr. Yamazaki-Ransom dived even deeper into the same passage from Luke and preached a profound yet simple message. Through the course of  four days, he preached on what Jesus taught us through Luke, addressing key points on how to be a believer, a disciple, a neighbor, and a witness. Through this sequence, the deep love and the power of our Lord Jesus Christ was proclaimed.
 

Since our theme was “Rise & Go,” there was a point where we had to recognize that we fall down. As though to accompany that reality, all speakers preached on Jesus’ love for us demonstrated through the cross, which pierced our hearts. Through the passage of conversation between Peter and Jesus, Setsu Shimizu (JCFN Staff) preached on how Jesus is always with us wherever we go, and He is interceding for us. On the third night, Pastor Gordon Kaneda and Mrs. Mariam Kaneda preached at the men’s and women’s assemblies. Though each session was respectively customized for men and women, both speakers preached on the unchanging identity we are given by Christ no matter what life stage we are in, and that it all comes back to Jesus’ love demonstrated through the cross.

Through Pastor Uchikoshi’s sermons on other nights, we learned that to “rise” is to “love.” Just as Jesus asked Peter, we were reminded that Jesus is also asking us: “Do you love me?” Many participants took the challenge to respond, and many decided to give their lives to Jesus through full-time ministry. On the last day, Pastor Uchikoshi preached with the title “Rise & Go,” and encouraged us we are able to believe, become His disciples, be neighbors of one another just how Jesus became our neighbor, and go out as witnesses of the Lord Jesus in His power as we are weak. With that assurance set in stone, we rang in the new year of 2017!

Us committee members were amazed and humbled by the amount of blessings we received. We enjoyed ourselves in the love of Christ. By His grace and mercy, we had a blast! Just as Dr. Yamazaki-Ransom had said: “To receive salvation is a one time decision, but the decision of commitment and devotion to Christ must be made daily,” and we carve that on our hearts.

”In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

We will face many trials but every time, we can rise up and go in the powerful and victorious name of Jesus.

Thank you so much for your prayers. We pray that you will be able to experience many shapes and forms of “rise & go” in your lives wherever you are placed.
 

Rise & Go, in the victorious name of Jesus,

Marian Mine
ec Executive Director
 
 
Returnee Workbook for business people and family

The long-awaited new version of the returnee handbook for business people is here! In addition to information about how to prepare for reverse culture shock, it has information about working in Japanese companies, issues relating to returnee kids, child rearing, Japanese churches, etc. We hope that it will be useful for you to prepare to be witnesses for Christ in Japan. Orders and questions can be directed to the JCFN offices in North America or Japan.  
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Japan Office Special Winter Offering Interim Report

Japan office is receiving Special Winter offering until 1/31. We have a goal of 1,000,000 yen to cover operational cost and special winter allowance for staff. As of January 6th, 70.6% of the target (706,000 yen) is fulfilled. Please continue to pray for the provision. 

 
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The term of this membership is from July to June no matter which month you submitted the application.
If you are willing to support JCFN ministry with annual support offering of $30 (3,000 yen), you are it!
Please take this opportunity to join in the annual supporting member!!

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Re-entry Seminar Video (Intro + 4 sessions) is now available on-line (Japanese only). Please use it for re-entry preparation. Clicking the image above, you can watch the introduction. All videos are available at JCFN website.