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Explode Tokyo!

Tokyo is one of the largest, most expensive, and most secular cities in the world. Grace City Church Tokyo is a church plant in the heart of Tokyo. From May 2010 it has held weekly worship at a location near Tokyo station, aiming at a relaxed, welcoming and friendly environment, so making it easier for a non-Christian Japanese person to experience and understand church.

Grace in the City

Church planting in city center Tokyo is deeply needed, but also expensive. To cover the cost of evangelism, renting a facility, salary and expenses for the church planter, Grace City Church Tokyo has a budget of about $250,000 a year. Initially about 50% will be raised in Japan through the sacrificial giving of other churches, individuals, and church members. Grace City Church Tokyo aims to be financially independent in 2016.

Pray for a large harvest, not of rice, but of God’s grace in Tokyo and the nation of Japan.   Japanese suffer from:

Hikikomori

Hikikomori

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Hikikomori (Locked Up)

This is such a sad topic to cover.  I believe it has value, however, to understand how dark a culture and people become without spiritual light.  The Japanese, like all cultures and peoples, need to Light that Jesus brings to life.

We had missionaries in to share with us last week from  Japan.  They are a really committed couple to their work in Nagoya, Japan–building the Kingdom through church planting and music ministry.

They first mentioned that some of their choir members only come out of their homes for choir practice.  “What?” I thought to myself.  Then they went on to explain that many people in Japan lock themselves in their home, room or closet because they have a hard time building relationships with people or because the perceive they are failures in some way.  I learned through further reading that the problem of relating actually gets worse the longer a person is  locked in.  The Japanese are developed some sophisticated techniques in attempts to bring relatives out of this state.  I read that providing “rental sisters” and “rental brothers” are thriving businesses in the larger cities.

Can you imagine living in this state?

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