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...
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:
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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 which concluded recently. So sorry if you missed it, but please mark your diaries with the dates for next year which are 19th to 21st July 2019.
This year's main speaker 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 and are planning to make available audio files so you can listen in to what he had to share with us. Please contact us or revisit this page to download these files shortly.
Next year's conference will also take place at All Nations Christian College, near St. Margaret's in Hertfordshire. Once again it will be possible to join us for the whole weekend or just for the day on Saturday. Please contact us if you have any questions and/or would like to learn more.
Review of Past Events
Japan Weekend Conference - 21st to 23rd July 2017
Last year's Japan Weekend Conference took place between Friday 21st July and Sunday 23rd July 2017 at All Nations Christian College near St. Margaret's in Hertfordshire, UK. Unfortunately Rev. Akira Sato, pastor of Fukushima First Bible Baptist Church, formerly 3 miles from the now notorious nuclear power plant, who was due to be our speaker, was not able to join us following an accident. Our amended programme allowed us many opportunities to hear about other work among Japanese people in various different locations.
Returnees' Retreat - Shiga, Japan - 18th to 20th March 2017
A meeting of returnees took place from Saturday 18th March until Monday 20th March 2017 at Shigaraki Christ Church, Koka, near Kyoto. It was a great time of mutual encouragement, inspiring talks, relaxation and worship. Over 60 individuals joined local churches for a number of events and a good time was enjoyed by all who came, by all accounts.
Thanks to all those in Shigaraki who welcomed guests and were involved in organising the events.
Meeting with the Samurai in London - Autumn 2016
A number of us had the opportunity to meet three of the current members of the Samurai Project in Tokyo, who spoke in both English and Japanese at a meeting of the VIP Club in London in the evening of Wednesday, 26th October. It was great to hear their enthusiasm for the training which they are currently undertaking and to catch some of their vision for how the Lord will use them in speaking for him in Tokyo through church planting, in business and beyond. We are sorry if you missed this meeting, contact us to hear more about it and/or to subscribe to our periodic Japan News magazine, which will contain an article about this visit in a forthcoming edition.
Japan Meeting in London, Summer 2016
A rare opportunity to meet Thierry Richards, one of JCL's Mission Partners, during a visit to London took place on Wednesday, 10th August. Thierry shared a presentation on his ministry at Grace City Church, Tokyo and also provided an update on the Samurai Project, which is a ministry training initiative taking place in Tokyo.
If you are interested in what was discussed, please contact us and we would be happy to share with you a copy of the materials which were discussed at the meeting.
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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