JCL's vision 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 will seek to do this through educating, encouraging and equipping the Body of Christ so that, more and more, through an expanding network of relationships, 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)
is “To help….” because we are aware that
JCL will be playing just one part in what God wants to do among Japanese people.
is to “make a significant difference …”
because that is what we believe God can bring about. The gospel probably first reached Japan in
1549, but estimates today of the number of true disciples of Jesus Christ in
Japan vary between around 0.1% and 0.5% of Japan’s population of 127
million. We long to see a significant increase
in the proportion of Japanese who worship God.
is on “… the progress of the gospel …” that we want to
focus. We are also aware of and
concerned for the many emerging social problems and needs of the Japanese
people and we value work done to meet them.
But, because we believe that only as individuals respond to the gospel
and begin to grow as disciples will the totality of their needs begin to be
met, our primary aim will be to
bring the good news of the gospel to Japanese people and help them grow as
disciples of Jesus Christ.
all the spiritually needy people of this world, we believe simply that God has
called JCL to work “… among the
Japanese people …”.
are praying that the difference will be made “… over the first half of this century” because we believe
this is realistic. We can pray this in
faith and doing so motivates us to act now.
In order to realise this vision, we have adopted some key Aims, summarised here.
As we plan and work, there are also some Values we will hold in JCL. They will help define who we are, what we do, and how we work. They are summarised here.