Dr. Sachi Nakamura (JCFN Board Member, Christian Books Translator, Spiritual Director)

This year, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 26th. Lent is a period of 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter. It is based on the 40days that Jesus spent in the wilderness. It is a time to prepare for the resurrection of the Lord by meditating on the suffering and death of Jesus through prayer and repentance, and good deeds for atonement. 


Traditionally, the church has made Lent as a time of fasting from certain food such as meat or placing other dietary restrictions, or doing good deeds or practicing certain behaviors in moderation. As  Lent approaches, you may start thinking, “what shall I let go of this year? Should it be sweets or SNS?” I think that whether you choose to restrict certain behavior or not is a matter between you and God.  Ruth Haley-Burton at the Transformation Center in Chicago says this: The question we need to ask God during Lent should not be “what shall I let go of this year?” Rather, we should be asking “How shall I repent and how can I return to God from my heart?” and “Which areas in my life have I strayed from God? What practices will help me get back with God?”    

Bible scholar Dr. Ransom Yamazaki says this;

https://1co1312.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/荒野の40日/) (Japanese only)


“Lent is a time to remember and identify with Jesus Christ’s experience of spending 40 days in the wilderness.  No matter how we choose to spend this period, the important thing is to deepen our awareness as God’s people and God’s children and to make our lives further rooted in Christ.”


Even if you have never done anything special for Lent in the past, maybe you can prepare for the resurrection of the Lord by reflecting on what may be hindering you from loving God and your neighbor, and seeking God’s guidance about it.”  


February Event Info

Below is February event info.


Time: Every Thursday 11:30~13:30
Location: JCFN Japan Office
Contact: E-mail

◎Good News Saturday (Tokyo)
Time: Saturday, February 1st 18:30〜
Location: Musashino Chapel Center (Kichijoji)
Contact: Ministry Page

◎Simple Fellowship (Tokyo)
Time: Sunday, February 2nd 18:30〜
Location: Higashikurume
Contact: E-mail (Ai Masaki)

Time: Saturday, February 8th 10:30〜12:00
Location: JCFN Japan Office
Contact: E-mailEvent Page

◎ICF (Tokyo)
Time: Saturday, February 8th & 22nd 18:30〜
Location: Musashino Chapel Center (Kichijoji)
Contact: E-mail (William Wen), Ministry Page

◎Returnee Cafe (Nagoya small group: Aichi)
Time: Tuesday, February 18th 18:30〜
Location: Denny’s Kanayama Kitaguchi
Contact: Ministry PageE-mail

◎Hello ANRK February! (Hyogo)
Time: Saturday, February 8th 12:00〜
Location: 11-5 Tsuchi-cho Akashi-shi, Hyogo 659-0075 (2nd floor of French Restaurant)
Contact: Event Page

◎Sakai Returnees Taste & See (Osaka)
Time: Saturday, February 29th 16:00〜30:00
Location: Meissner’s
Contact: Ministry Page

【North America】
◎APU Friday Japanese Fellowship (Azusa, CA)
Time: Every Friday 19:30〜
Location: Azusa Pacific University Room: MMED6
Contact: Event Page

◎RJC International Conference (Los Angeles, CA)
Time: February 20th – 22nd
Location: Calvary Chapel La Habra (1370 Euclid St., La Habra, CA 90631)
Contact: Website (Registration required)

Pneuma (Chicago)
Time: Saturday, February 22nd 13:00〜
Location: Moody Bible Institute
Contact: Event Page

◎Living Water (Pasadena, CA)
Time: February 28th, 19:00〜(Every 4th Friday)
Location: Victory Church
Contact: Ministry Page

JxJ (Seattle)
Time: Saturday, February 29th 16:30〜
Location: ISI House
Contact: Ministry Page

◎C-WIT20 (Chicago, IL)
Time: Saturday, February 29th 8:30〜17:00
Location: University of St. Mary of the Lake, Conference Center (1000 E Maple Ave, Mundelein, IL 60060)
Contact: JCFN North America Office


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