Japan remains one of the world’s least-reached nations. Fewer than 0.5% of Japanese are thought to be Christians. Japan Christian Link wants to help change that. Our goal is to help make a significant difference in the progress of the gospel among the Japanese people over the first half of this century. We seek to do this through educating, encouraging and equipping Christians so that, more and more, the good news of Jesus Christ will be proclaimed clearly, and disciples of Jesus Christ multiplied, among the Japanese people, for his glory (Matthew 28:19-20). Find out about our origins, our vision, who we are and what we do ..... and come and meet a few of our people. more...
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17th July 2020: We are living through challenging times as the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic affects day to day life in most of our communities. Thank you for standing with us in prayer as we hold out the hope of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to Japanese people everywhere.
While many will be dismayed and afraid in the face of this threat, we have the opportunity to hold out the hope which is in Jesus to all who will put their trust in him.
Please join us in giving thanks for answered prayers, as well as praying for the following matters:
- Our Mission Partners Richard and Yuko Brash and their family were able to travel to Japan from Edinburgh in early July. Praise God that this was possible because Richard's visa and other necessary paperwork were received.
Matters for Continuing Prayer
- There are still a number of Mission Partners who are hoping to travel to and from Japan in coming days. Disruption to flight schedules and government actions to restrict travel are affecting these plans. Please pray for the Lord’s will to be done and that alternative arrangements can be made, as necessary.
- Japan has experienced a significant number of infections and deaths to date. Please pray for the witness of the Christian church in local communities, towns and cities across the country. It would be good for Christians to use this opportunity to share hope and the peace which everyone can have in Christ.
- Many in the Japanese church are elderly and therefore quite vulnerable to the virus. Pray that they will rest in confidence in the hope of the gospel both for this life and the next. Pray for peace and faithful witness in the face of adversity.
- Outreach work in major cities, particularly Tokyo, has been affected by social distancing issues, increasing home working and the need to move many meetings to an online format. Please pray that hearts will be open and that relationships can be maintained and strengthened, despite the lack of physical presence.
Regular supporters of Japan Christian Link will be aware that the annual Japan Weekend Conference normally takes place in July. This will not be going ahead in its usual format, however we are working on holding a virtual conference, available by video conferencing. This is likely to take place during the last weekend in September (Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September) or the first weekend in October (Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October). Please pray for our management team as we plan and watch our Japan Weekend Conference page for developments.
Thank you very much for your continuous support for this ministry and for the proclamation of the gospel to Japanese everywhere. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like us to pray for you.
Kanji Materials - Free Download!
22nd May 2020: NEW! - We are pleased to share another very helpful resource prepared by Yuko Brash which uses Japanese kanji to share valuable and interesting truths about God and his nature, as well as the world around us and our daily experiences.
Heidi Book Club Resources
Following on from the Bird's eye view of the Bible resources which were prepared by Yuko Brash (see below), we are delighted to make available to everyone an additional resource in Japanese, English and bilingual formats a handbook for reading Heidi, the classic best-selling book written by Johanna Spyri in 1880. If you know of a book club or have a friend who is interested, why not download this and read through the heart-warming and instructive story of Heidi, set in the beautiful Swiss Alps. There is much to be learned about God from this lovely story.
We are also delighted to make available to everyone for free the Bird's eye views of the Bible, in both Japanese and English:
<--Japanese (with Shinkaiyaku version of the Bible)
English (with NET Bible)-->
Review of Past Events
Online Japanese Returnees Retreat - 12th to 14th June 2020
The Japanese Returnees Retreat which took take place online from Friday 12th June to Sunday 14th June 2020 was a very encouraging meeting. The purpose of the event was to prepare those who have become Christians during their time in the UK and/or to prepare those interested in attending church in Japan, for their return home. The event was organised by OMF Diaspora Returnee Ministries and supported by London JCF, South London Japanese Church, Friends International and Japan Christian Link.
There were four sessions at the event covering (1) Culture Shock and Reverse Culture Shock; (2) Bible Study; (3) Living as a Christian in Japan; and (4) Worship Service in Japanese.
Thanks to all involved in organising this event. Please do look out for future events and consider attending and/or sending your Japanese friends and colleagues along!
Japan Weekend Conference - 19th to 21st July 2019
The 2019 Japan Weekend Conference concluded on Sunday 21st July. Ourguest speaker was Akira Sato, pastor of Fukushima First Bible Baptist Church, formerly 3 miles from the now notorious nuclear power plant. Following the triple disaster in 2011, the congregation was forced to leave and many will never be able to return to their former homes. Although they now have a new church building in a safer location, about 70 of the members spent two ‘homeless’ years on the move together, without a church building or homes of their own.
On their journey however, they learned deep truths about ‘home’ and about being ‘church’ - being a community of believers. During the conference we learned about their experiences which were very moving and challenging. It was also a very useful time for us to gain a better understanding of the current spiritual climate and Christian scene in Japan.
Japan Weekend Conference - 20th to 22nd July 2018
It was great to be able to meet up with so many friends at the Japan Weekend Conference in July 2018.
The main speaker at that conference was Pastor Makoto Fukuda, from Grace City Church Tokyo. In addition to leading this church, Pastor Fukuda also runs the Grace Church Planting Network, which seeks to encourage and promote new church planting in Japan's big cities. We very much enjoyed three inspiring talks from Pastor Fukuda.
Other Notices & Information
London VIP Club - meetings are normally held during weekday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Miyama Japanese restaurant very near St Paul's Cathedral. Watch this space for details of the next meeting.
Social Media - Have you checked out our Facebook page or Twitter feed yet? Follow us!
"Returnees" Challenges and how to help them
To find out about some very real challenges faced by those returning to Japan and how to help them, read our Autumn-Winter 2012 JCL News magazine, here.
Prayer sheet - We produce periodic Japan Praise & Prayer sheets. Let us know if you would like a copy of our last one.
Japan Prayer Calendar - The Japan Prayer Calendar for 2016-2017 is available from JCL. It gives you key prayer points for the country of Japan as well as things that you can pray for specific people working among Japanese for the sake of the gospel. If you are not on our
mailing list and would like a copy just contact us to let us know.
Japan Prayer CD - We are now able to offer in CD form an updated version of the prayer handbook Operation Japan.
This is an excellent prayer resource which highlights key needs and
issues facing Japan as well as information on each prefecture there. See details of the CD in our bookshop and order a copy by clicking here.
Would you like to help make a difference that will last for eternity? By supporting JCL’s work you can help let more Japanese know about the hope that is available to them in Jesus, a hope they so desperately need. See our Giving page for more information.
Can we pray for you? If there is some work you are involved in or situation you would like prayer for do contact us and we will be pleased to pray for you.
Japanese language church services and Bible studies take place in several locations around the UK, including London, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Stockport, Wimbledon and Edinburgh. Please see our list of Japanese church services and Bible studies on our News & Events page for details.
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