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Seeking the Servanthood of Christ in Japan

The image of Christ kneeling before His disciples to wash their feet is a timeless picture of true servanthood. His sacrifice on the cross was love on display, and it is the privilege of believers to carry out acts of servanthood and love according to the many examples Christ has set for us.

A team of young sisters from various American congregations served in Shioda and Tokyo in July, helping to organize and run VBS for both churches. The children who attended the VBS sessions, which were taught in English, were eager to learn the gospel and refine their English-speaking skills. At the end of both Shioda and Tokyo’s VBS weeks, when the VBS teachers and volunteers asked the children who the one true God is and what He has done to forgive our sins, they enthusiastically responded that Jesus is Lord, and He died on the cross and rose again so that we can be forgiven. Amid the colorful crafts, joyful songs, and laughter-filled games, the children were given the opportunity to learn about the God who dearly loves them.

Members of the Shioda and Tokyo congregations opened their homes and their hearts to the VBS team, completing the picture of Christ’s kindness and His welcoming heart. During those weeks, both the Japanese churches and the sisters from America learned the beauty of how believers from vastly different walks of life can, together, seek the servanthood of Christ. From the young children to their parents, from the seasoned believers to those who have never before heard the gospel, God has shown Himself faithful through His tender, gracious love. It is an honor to serve others, emulating, in however small a fashion, His willingness to open His arms to whomever calls upon His Name.

We know there are many prayers offered for the welfare of our churches and our deep appreciation and thanks extends to our precious brotherhood through HarvestCall and other avenues who give us their support.

Please pray that the seeds sown through VBS and other times of outreach may grow and prosper. Specifically, pray that souls would see the need to continue learning more about the Christ who died to save us and that they would have a desire to join our Sunday worship times and consider it a priority in their lives. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11