Ministry Spotlight: Friday~ Japanese Outreach

Hiroki Sano(APU Friday Leader)

May Jesus Christ bless you with Grace and Mercy and Peace!

There may be many who are meeting us for the first time, but we extend our love in Jesus’ Name!  Today, I would like to share the blessings we have received through the Japanese ministry in South California called

“Friday~”.

Friday~ is a student-founded ministry that started in 1994.I can, with great certainty say, that this ministry, started by students who were inspired by the Lord, are truly in His hands!  Even now, students are being inspired and blessed every semester.

Currently, this ministry runs every Friday at 7PM in a classroom that we use at Azusa Pacific University (APU).  Friday~ is loved by the APU staff as well as the students, and we have received much prayer and support.  Our thanks to the Lord truly overflows with all that He has done for this ministry.

Through this ministry, many have been connected to churches, and become saved.  I myself came to know the Lord through the Friday~ ministry.  Now, we have those who were Saved at Friday~ becoming the next leaders and staff within the ministry.  There are many brothers and sisters in the Lord who strongly care and love for it, and they are in turn blessed greatly.

One of the characteristics of Friday~ is the Testimonies of our students.  The Lord has taught us that there is true power in Testimony.

The Lord has truly planted seeds through Friday~; it is evident through scripture passages that the students experience, the unique way that exchange students are Saved, and even His Hand upon the the non-believers.

 

I believe another one of Friday~’s biggest “selling points” is the delicious food!

They serve Japanese food that is hard for exchange students to find overseas, as well as their now-famous “Friday~Curry”, which we believe has more servings of the Love of Christ than the average curry!

Right next to APU, there is a 2-year university called Citrus College.  There are many Japanese exchange students there, and the Lord (in His mysterious Ways) leads them to Friday~!  Many non-believers who attend tell us that they are able to feel “something that is different from that of this world”.  The friendships and relationships in Christ become deeper and stronger within our staff, and it teaches us the Love in Jesus!

I believe the friendship between our staff members is also one of our unique points at Friday~, and I think that’s why many people are able to experience the Love of Jesus Christ.

All of what we do is ministry done by the students: the groceries for the food and the materials for the ministry are all paid for and supplied by the students themselves.  Within that, the Lord has supported us all, and we strongly feel that Christ stands at the head of the operation, guiding us!

 

What I’d like to ask for the most is prayer!  I believe there is nothing more powerful than prayer.  So, our brothers and sisters in Christ; if you remember and pray for us even once, I believe from the bottom of my heart that the Lord will truly be pleased.

Thank you for your prayers.

 

Introducing Ministry:Living Water in Pasadena, CA

Hello everyone. I’m Yoshino, director of Living Water.

This gathering focuses on Japanese people and has been held in an American church in Pasadena, California on the 4th Friday of every month since October 2013.  Living Water was born from the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman in John chapter 4. It is my utmost wish that souls that don’t know God, souls that are thirsting would meet the real God, it is my wish that these souls would receive that which they have really desired, to be filled with and satisfied by the love that comes from God, to be made new. Here, in America.

 

This place where Living Water is held, Victory Bible Church, is known for its powerful music. One can definitely feel the presence of God through African-American gospel, and because we want people to be filled with and feel the undeniable love of God, worship time is particularly important to us. Also, every month we invite a guest speaker who shares about how they met God, about how their life is being changed, and how their soul is being satisfied. We are very thankful that the Spirit of the Lord works abundantly here every month.

 

 

First we eat dinner together, we welcome all newcomers, and then we worship, listen to a message, and finally have time for some fun fellowship. In April, Shogo Hisa from Gospel Siloam Church shared a testimony. He shared it in a very easy-to-understand way for both Americans and non-Christians, and introduced Jesus Christ in a super great way. This became a time for us to praise God. I was very thankful for his faith, for his humble attitude of serving God and others, and for his way of life.

 

Every month, the worship team from Victory Church participates and shows strong support for us and for Japan’s salvation through their music and praises. I am very thankful for the love that God shows us through them. Every month, we upload pictures to Facebook. If you’re interested, please search LivingWater Pasadena on Facebook. I’m thankful that we get strength through the joy found in God. I pray that through this ministry that God started, I myself would be able to meet God daily, have fellowship with Him, and through this joy and power share how the Lord Jesus isn’t just someone who appeared in some story but that He really lived and worked in peoples’ lives. And most of all, I want to be able to share how God loves us unconditionally, how He does a great work in us, and share my faith that is built upon God and the hope and true love that He gives me.

Thank you everyone for your prayers, monetary support, spiritual support, and support in other areas.

May God give you peace, comfort, grace, and encouragement.

 

Yoshino Ushijima

 

 

Introducing J x J Ministry

Hello Everyone! This is Mizuno Yui, this year’s JxJ leader.

Thanks to the large amount of support and prayers, JxJ has now reached its 13th year.  This is quite sudden, but do you know what our ministry’s name, “JxJ” comes from?

JxJ stands for our hope and prayer that “The Japanese (J) who come to Jesus (J) will multiply (x),” which means that “many Japanese people will meet Jesus.”

Many Japanese students and exchange students lives in Seattle, where JxJ is held every month.  We plan JxJ program with hope so that we can reach out to them and share about God and His love.

 

 

JxJ features praise, games, food, and testimonies, and values the fellowship time of each attendee.

The delicious food is provided monthly by the surrounding Japanese churches, and our “Now-Famous JxJ Cake” has been made by a Japanese Patisserie since our early days.

JxJ is put together as a ministry by both the planners and volunteers each month, as well as the large amount of support that is offered.

In addition to monthly programs, our REACH!! (Praise Meeting) events and JxJ Camps give us added opportunities to plant seeds within the community through the Grace of God.

This year, we will held REACH!! in May, and JxJ Camp in September.

We would appreciate prayers for JxJ, in that more students will come to know God in Seattle, and that each individual volunteer’s Spiritual Gifts will be used in a great way for the Glory of The Lord.

Yui Mizuno

JxJ 2019 Leader

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