EC20 is to be Online!!

Hello hello! My name is Kristine Reddington and I’m an associate staff for JCFN. I am also the director for this year’s Equipper Conference (EC). (EC is a conference held to equip those who will one day return to Japan)

I’m sure some of you have been wondering.. “What’s the plan for EC this year?” 

I am happy to announce that we have decided to have an online conference this year👏👏

Although we will miss seeing everyone in person, we are excited for this online opportunity. Here are some things that were said in the EC committee discussions:

“Because how crazy this year has been, EC will be a huge blessing for people”

“Doing it online doesn’t mean that we need to give up on our vision”
“God will move powerfully regardless of how EC happens”

In our discussions, we were reminded that God will use this new and unique EC for His glory.

With that, I want to share with you this year’s theme. Theme for EC20 is…

“Listen…~So you may live~”

When I was thinking about the returnees and the things God had been teaching me, what God gave me was this concept, “to listen.” “Voices” are huge influences in our lives. To listen to the world or to listen to God determines the way we live. So at this year’s EC, we want people to see the need to listen and respond to God in their daily lives. We also want them to see the joy that comes with that.

With COVID-19 stuff, we have been led to pray and “listen” as the EC committee more than usual. In that, God has challenged us and encouraged us. I am confident that God who is already speaking as we plan will speak powerfully at EC20. So let’s be expectant❤

This year’s EC is also the 30th anniversary of JCFN. I am so excited for God to do only what He can do. So please pray with us for this year’s EC~☺✨

 

Central Conference ONLINEver. preparation underway!

It is such an unpredictable time, but the CC preparation team will continue our discussion with anticipation, excitement, and hope in the Lord! 

Here are some announcements about CC20 that have been decided at this point.

 

1.CC20 participation is FREE!(with an option to give)

We are taking advantage of the fact that this year’s CC will be online, and decided to offer the conference for no charge. We hope to see God’s Word being delivered to wider recipients through the speaker Rev. Mao Shimizu, and for the Lord’s heart to be revealed to each participant. We’d appreciate it if you could remember in your prayer that CC will be blessed and utilized ever more for the fellowship of Japanese Christians beyond the bound the Midwest. 

 

We are accepting optional donations online for the operation of CC next year on. 

Offering and T-shirt payment link (Please select Central Conference Donation for your offering, and Central Conference T-shirts for T-shirt payment)

 

 

2.If you wish to participate, please register!(Dead line 5/16

Register from here

Once you are registered, you will have an option to join a small group via Zoom after the main session, and also to participate in workshops. We strongly encourage registering so that you can be assigned to a small group. Main session will be broadcasted on JCFN’s Facebook Live page. Main session can be viewed without registration, but in order to enjoy the full benefit of the conference, please register! We will announce the URL for the broadcasting as soon as it is ready. 

 

3.T-shirts are on sale!

Anyone can purchase the T-shirts, even without CC registration!

It’s a super cute design with the bear embodying the hope to bear the “fruit of the Spirit”, which is given in our walk with the Holy Spirit. It’s a must-have! There are limited numbers available in each size, so please don’t wait to order! Part of the proceeds will be used for CC support fund. ($20/shirt, including shipping to the U.S). *If you are buying more than 2 shirts, we may be able to apply some discounts. We will let you know the detail later. CC20 T-shirts ordering form

4.Program

We have a full program on offer for CC, even with the online version! Such as a total of 3 main sessions, small groups afterwards, workshop, and prayer meeting are scheduled. It will be via Zoom, and it is our heartfelt hope that each program will provide the participants blessings, encouragement, and aid for growth to be a fruit bearing believer. You can view the overall timeline for the conference from the URL below. (It is in CST) (Schedule may change).  CC20 schedule  (Japanese Only)

 

Previous CC Announcements can be viewed from the link below

CC20 ONLINE Announcement 1

Central Conference(CC20) is held online!

【Important Announcement】

CC20 will be held online!

For Those of You Who Are Considering To Attend CC20: We praise the name of the Lord.
 Currently, various measures are being implemented world wide to contain the spread of novel Corona Virus. Stay-at-home order has been in effect in Chicago since 3/20, and many people are having to change their schedules. CC is no exception to this. It is still a little ways off, but the preparation team pondered together on whether it is in line with God’s will to gather face to face in one place on 5/23 to 5/25, to deepen our fellowship and encourage one another.
  We discussed various factors such as that the United States has yet to see the peak of the spread of infection, there will still be a risk of mass-infection in May, even if the peak has passed by then, and for considerations for those who will be traveling a long distance. With all this in mind, we regretfully came to the conclusion that it would be prudent to give up getting together at the Chicago venue for this year’s CC. This was not an easy decision. At the same time, we have conviction that CC is still relevant for encouragement and fellowship of Japanese people living in the U.S., and for those who have heart for ministering to Japanese.
Hence, we came to decide that we won’t just cancel getting together at the Chicago venue, but also to build a new CC this year to please the Lord, using the Internet.
 At this point, we are considering broadcasting worship by a team in Chicago and the main session by the speaker, and also more interactive elements like small group fellowship via ZOOM. The preparation team will be working out the detail, so we’d appreciate it if you could remember in your prayers that we can offer the very best. It is our sincere hope that you can join in this fellowship.
This change of direction does not stem from the fear of virus, but to express our love for God, and for our neighbors. (Matthew 23:37 to 39, 1 John 5:18). I was able to come to peace that under the circumstance, this is the best method of worshipping and glorifying God as a community. And especially in the time such as this, I feel the need to learn CC20’s theme, how to live a life of walking with the Holy Spirit.
  The preparation team will be hashing out the details for schedules, etc. We are still feeling things out in a sudden directional shift, but hope to go forward together and take this as an opportunity to build something new. Please support us in your prayers that we can serve the Lord faithfully, and work in one accord.
 Please check the website as we will be releasing updates on details!
With thanksgiving,
3/23/2020
CC20 Preparation Committee Chair: Yuki Hata
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