Happy New Year!

The year 2022 for JCFN ended with EC22 (Equipper Conference) and

2023 began with EC22 (Equipper Conference).

Thank you for your prayers.

We look forward to your continued support for JCFN in the new year.

JCFN Staff

Event Info Useful for Returnees January, 2023

Event Info Useful for Returnees

January, 2023

◎JCFN Japan online lunch hour “V.Ochalunch” (Japan, online)
every Thursday 12:00~13:00
online chat meeting with lunch or coffee.
facebook group link
Zoom link

◎ANRK Women’s SG (Japan. online)
Basically 2nd & 4th Thursdays 20:30〜22:00 (Zoom)
Women returnees in Kansai gather online to pray and encourage each other through Bible study and sharing.
If you are interested in joining, please contact JCFN Japan Office: nihon@jcfn.org

◎EC22 Sharing Blessings Time (North America, CA)
Monday, January 2nd 17:00〜
@OC Rise Church
facebook event link
Contact: equipper@equipper.org
This is a special time to share the blessings of EC22. Please come whether you participated or sent them off in prayer.
Dinner will be served. Due to dinner preparation, please select “GOING” on the FB event page if you would like to have dinner.

◎Inspa prayer meeting (Japan, online)
Sunday, January 8th, 20:00~20:30 (30 minutes only) (every 2nd Sunday evening for August) (Zoom)
*Let’s remember and pray together about the returnee ministry, INSPA, and returnees in the Tokai area.
*The prayer meeting is open to those who have participated in INSPA before, or are from or reside in the Tokai area. Zoom link
facebook group link
Instagram link
Contact: facebook or inspire-union@hotmail.co.jp.

◎JCFN Japan online prayer meeting “Returnee Celebration V.OCHAHOP” (Japan, online)
Saturday, January 14th, 10:00〜11:00
facebook event link
Zoom link

◎Chugoku Kyushu group prayer meeting (Japan. online)
Saturday, January 14th 19:00〜21:00
Sharing, Praise and Prayer time for the New Year
If you are interested in joining, please contact JCFN Japan Office: nihon@jcfn.org

◎Inspa Picnic (Japan)
Saturday, January 21, 11:00~ around 15:00 (partial attendance is welcome)
Place: Moricoro Park, Aichi Expo Park *Linimo Ai-chikyu-haku kinenkoen station, 11:00am
Link to the location
Bring: -Lunch -Drinks -Leisure
-Lunch -Drinks -Leisure sheet -Snacks -(If you can bring your own) Balls, badminton, Frisbee, jump rope, etc. If you can play a musical instrument, please do!
-In case of rain, we will notify you via Fb, Instagram, or email at 9:00am on the day of the event.
-If you are coming by car, please use the North 1 parking lot.
-Please come to the lawn in front of the Aichi Children’s Center if you join us during the event.
For more information, please visit our Facebook group link and Instagram link.
facebook group link
Instagram link
Contact: facebook or inspire-union@hotmail.co.jp.

◎GRC23 prayer meeting “GriPre” (Japan, online)
Friday, January 27th 20:30〜21:00
Zoom link

JCFN Associate Staff Introduction Part 3: Chisato Tateyama

My name is Chisato Tateyama, and I’m in my 2nd year as JCFN associate staff  responsible for England and Europe. I was born and raised in Udon City, Ibaraki Japan, in a non-Christian family. Honestly, I grew up not only in a non-Christian family, but also as a second-generation Unification Church member when I was little, and as a second-generation Jehovah’s Witness when I was in elementary school, which I remember.


For those reasons, when I grew up, I became a rather stubborn atheist. I would have been a very awkward type of Japanese person to evangelize. It was the parents of my husband, Tateyama Takashi, whom I was dating at the time, who first overturned my notions of my dislike of religion. Also a Swiss-French girl who was my roommate when I studied abroad in England, who got me interested in Christianity. Then when my husband and I were staying in Manila, Philippines it was Pastor June Griffiths, a former OMF missionary from England, pastoring the Manila Japanese Christian Church who helped me decide to be baptized.


In 2003 we moved to Manchester, England with our 4-month-old daughter and began seminary life. During the five years we lived on the university campus, we cooked a lot of Japanese food throughout the week, invited Japanese speaking students to our small apartment, and did student evangelism. Thanks to the Japanese food, which was very precious in the English countryside, the students would attend Bible study every week without fail for the sake of the Japanese meal, and a large percentage of them came to faith and returned to Japan.


It was during those seminary days that we met a lovely lady who spoke the Osaka dialect and was a regular visitor to Europe from the U.S.. We were very much convinced at the time that JCFN’s statistic, )which had no official basis in fact), was “Japanese are 30 times more likely to come to faith outside of Japan in other countries”. We thought that was really true. We were convinced because we’d experienced it firsthand. We thought, “If only there were more Japanese churches and more Japanese pastors in Europe like there are in the U.S.” As a result, this strong feeling gradually became a calling from God to us.


Our family moved to London in the summer of 2008 and have been involved in church planting and Japanese evangelism for 15 years. Many things have happened, but it’s simply God’s grace, mercy, and gratitude to see Japanese people who stubbornly reject the Christian faith, like myself in the past, being transformed by God’s Gospel and seeing their lives changed right before my eyes.

I always appreciate your prayers for Japanese evangelism overseas! In London alone, it’s estimated that 50,000 to 60,000 Japanese nationals (Embassy data: approx. 30,000) reside in the city. Please continue to pray that we can serve the Lord and the community with boldness and wisdom for Japanese evangelism and follow-up of returnees.


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