I would like to thank all the people involved with the JCFN and the conference director, Mrs. Yu Okaya, for asking me to share my testimony for the Central Conference 2022 – Reconnect – afterwards! I am grateful for this precious opportunity, and I will give my testimony while praying that all the glory will go to God alone.
Finally, this is my first in-person JCFN conference, and I have been preparing for it as a committee member with my beloved brothers and sisters, and I will be allowed to serve as a small group director. I was really looking forward to the opportunity to finally meet those brothers and sisters face-to-face, whom I had only met on Zoom, and to hear Pastor Seki’s message in the audience. When I found out that I was Corona positive and that I would not be able to attend the event at the same venue as everyone else, I was just so bitter, sad, and frustrated that I cried so hard I didn’t know how much tears could come out. I even felt anger toward God in my heart. It was not the way I had expected, but I was able to participate through the live streaming, and the kind God, who is the One of love, was with me throughout the three days and spoke to me a lot. I am now convinced that each and every Bible verse that Pastor Seki spoke on the theme of “Reconnect” was necessary for me to hear in that place because I was in that situation at that time. I was filled with an inexpressible peace, especially as I slowly chewed over again the story of the prodigal son, a story I had read and heard so many times before. When I pictured in my mind’s eye the scene of the son who had gone away, lost everything, and returned home at his wits’ end, and the father who had waited for his beloved son all these years, it made me think again of the overwhelming love of our Heavenly Father, how immeasurable His love is. At the same time, he said to his angry brother, “Child, you are always with me. All that is mine is yours.” Again I was filled with an inexpressible peace, as if God was gently saying to me, “I have always been with you, and I am with you now. I realized how many good things God had already given me that I did not deserve.
God poured out more blessings than I could have ever expected at CC22, which I attended in a very special way. I had been dead in darkness, separated from my Creator, not knowing the truth, but He appeared to me as light and brought me back to life as a new person, the same God whose love is exactly the same as when we first met, and who loves me completely, no matter what my circumstances. That He searches my thoughts and knows my feelings and sees me. And that He is holding my hand. The more I think back on my experience at CC22, the more I feel grateful to my living Heavenly Father, my Lord and my God, who is truly good in every situation. I want to give thanks to God who is still living in me today, who strengthens my faith in ways that I cannot imagine, sometimes in unexpected ways, and who allows me to encounter God’s love more and more and reconnect with that love.
What month is July?
It is the month when JCFN begins its new fiscal year.
It is the beginning of the new year…which means it is time to renew your supporting membership.
For those who have not yet become a supporting member, it is the time to sign up.
So, here is the information on instructions for renewal of and signing up supporting membership.
Praise the name of the Lord! Thank you for always supporting and praying for JCFN; we sincerely appreciate that our ministry has been continued in blessings throughout JCFN’s fiscal year from July 2021 to June 2022. A big thank you recently is the installation of new staff members, Shiori Kisangala (nee Furuya) in April of last year and Daisuke Tsuchida in December whose family came to North America to move to Atlanta, GA this May. Hallelujah! Please pray that the Tsuchida family’s life will be quickly settled and that their ministry in this area will get on track.
Positive Impact in Negative Times
While online meetings continue in Japan, in North America we have been switching back various events to face-to-face meetings since the EC Youth Camp last December. This past June, the Central Conference was held in-person in the Midwest, and the Leadership Camp WIT was held in-person in Southern California as well. During the post-WIT testimonial meeting, one participant shared:
“I can’t thank JCFN enough for the work they have done in these negative times when everything was shut down due pandemic the past two years. They have had a positive impact on us through online EC, online WIT, Central Conference, Worship Night, and many other online programs. Now, it’s a real pleasure to finally meet face-to-face with all the different people I met online…”
It was a rewarding comment for all the work we have put into the various events, not giving up because we can’t meet face-to-face, but doing what we can do online, and what we can do BECAUSE we are online.
Of course, not everything is switching to face-to-face meetings all at once, and many meetings are still being held online. And especially in Japan, gatherings with participants from a wide area, such as the Chugoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu, will continue in this form in the future. We sincerely thank the Lord for the many good things He has done even during this pandemic. And we sincerely look forward to seeing many times more blessings and progress in ministry than before the pandemic when the COVID subsides and we are able to meet more freely in the future. Please pray for the future ministry of JCFN. It is still difficult for returnees to establish themselves in local churches, especially in Japan, and much prayer and support is needed. Please sign up as a supporting member to support this ministry.
JCFN Supporting Members are members who support the JCFN ministry with an annual donation of $30 (¥3,000). Please register and/or renew your membership here. Please contact us at email@example.com for any questions.
◎Difference between a Regular Member and a Supporting Member is…
A Regular Member receives various information, uses different ministries, and prays for JCFN. A Supporting Member supports JCFN with an annual donation of $30 (3,000 Yen) in addition to their regular membership activities.
◎How to set up a recurring supporting donation.
Due to database restructuring, you can now set up recurring supporting donation (only for dollar based credit card payments). The recurring payment occurs annually in the month of the initial set up month.) If you have already set up last year, you do not have to do anything.
◎Term for a Supporting Member is…
The term is same as JCFN’s fiscal year, July to June.
It is with your prayers and support that the JCFN ministry has continued for 30+ years. Thank you so much! Please continue to pray for each of the returnees to be further equipped by the Lord to build up His kingdom wherever they go, and to advance the ministry.
We pray that God’s rich grace and blessing would be on you.
Setsu Shimizu, JCFN North America Director
Chihiro Okada, Japan Director
Visit here for renewing and signing up for supporting membership.
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