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:
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G. K. Chesterton on courage:
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms.
It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
“He that will lose his life, the same shall save it,
“ is not a piece of mysticism for saints and heroes.
It is a piece of everyday advice for sailors or mountaineers.
It might be printed in an Alpine guide or a drill book.
The paradox is the whole principle of courage, even of quite earthly or quite brutal courage.
A man cut off by the sea may save his life if he will risk it on the precipice.
He can only get away from death by continually stepping within an inch of it.
A soldier surrounded by enemies, if he is to cut his way out,
needs to combine a strong desire for living with a strange carelessness about dying.
He must not merely cling to live, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape.
He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape.
He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it,
he must desire life like water and yet drink death like wine. Continue reading
Sharnell had a posh life as a Vegas Madame, but she was miserable and attempted suicide to ease her pain.
John Tesh discusses a recent dark period in his life where the pain from a back injury had him struggling to keep perspective.
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?
A victim of childhood sexual abuse, Lucretia Church was propelled into a life of drugs, promiscuity, and loneliness.