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Konnichiwa, Sisters!

Me in my Japanese Kimono. :)

Me in my Japanese Kimono. 🙂

こんにちは ! Kegan desu. Amerika kara desu. Watashi wa gakusei desu. Hajimemashite!  O-genki desu ka? Anata wa eigo wo hanashimasu ka? Watashi wa nihongo ga suki desu! Ituka nihon wo otozure tai…

My beloved sisters in Japan, I am doing you a special article for being so faithful to read my blog! On an average day, 70-90% of my views are from Japan. So, now, I am going to return the favor. ^~^ Arigatō gozaimasu! ❤

Some info about Japan:

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Christianity in Japan has historically been rather small. It is now estimated that less than 1% of Japan’s population claims Christianity as its religious affiliation. Of those, the majority are Catholic. I have even heard that the Japanese are the second largest unreached people group in the world! Christian symbolism is fairly common in Japan. However, it is just that: a symbol. There has been a rather recent obsession with the nun figure in video games, anime, manga, etc. but it has no bearing on the individual’s religious beliefs. Japan is largely industrialized and westernized. Matter of fact, many Japanese teens are obsessed with making themselves look western, even going as far as to use sticky tape or surgery to give them our “double eyelid” effect.

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Most in Japan are very lost. O how they need the Gospel! How they need faithful brothers and sisters willing to proclaim Jesus to them! With a language composed of so many characters, it is hard for english-speaking people to learn the language and minister to the Japanese. It is much easier for the Japanese Christians, because they not only can speak the language already but also understand the people’s needs, desires, dreams, problems, and more. So, sisters, please share Jesus with those you know! And try to make new friends to share Jesus with! Be a faithful worker for our ever-faithful Creator…

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Despite the spiritual setbacks and secularness of Japan, God is still moving mightily in the Japanese people. There are many dedicating their lives to serve the people of Japan. There are many coming to the knowledge of Jesus for the first time. The number of Christians in Japan has been slowly rising since World War II. Even so, this is only a small steppingstone compared to the population. Remember that it is still estimated that less than 1% of the Japanese claim Christ. But I believe and have faith that a new revival can be seen in Japan through willing workers for Jesus!

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There are many in Japan that I now know who are some of the most faithful Christians and dedicated to Christ! But the question now stands as this: Are you willing? Because of the culture, many are shy and afraid to tell others about their faith. They feel much stress to blend in and have a good reputation. Perhaps you are one of those. Let me encourage you, please, my sisters! Which is more important: your reputation or people’s souls? Your blending in or Jesus Christ? Be strong, my sisters!  Spread the Gospel without fear and know that God will open to you a far more free and refreshing life in Him!

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If you ever feel discouraged, our sister Kinuko-san understands. She has both an english and a Japanese blog that you can go to for encouragement.

English: japanesebiblewoman.blogspot.com/

Japanese: christiantestimonies.blog.fc2.com/blog-date-201503.html

I know that many of you, if not all of you, probably know of my blog from her’s. Thank you, Kinuko-san, for your faithfulness!

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Now, I want to close this with a few verses:

{Hebrews 13:20-21}

(20) Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, (21) Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

(KJV)

{Psalm 19:7-10}

(7) The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul:

the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

(8) The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart:

the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

(9) The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever:

the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

(10) More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold:

sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

(KJV)

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The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all!

Yoi ichinichi o! Kami no gokago ha arimasu youni! ❤

Your little chan,

Kegan Cook

{Or Kay-chan. 🙂 }

RESOURCES:

—Picture of sad face with verse: http://www.21st-century-christianity.com/Help_Japan.html

—Survey picture from: http://www.japan-guide.com/topic/0002.html

—”Impact Japan For Jesus” pic from: http://messenburg.org/news/files/category-evangelize.html

—Photo of people praying on the floor is a part of this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kunUaifOY4

—”To me Jesus Christ is my everything” picture: http://messenburg.org/news/index.html

*Much of my information about Japan came from wikipedia’s page: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_in_Japan , but I got my info from many different sources.

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8 thoughts on “Konnichiwa, Sisters!

  1. Oh, Kay chan! (It’s a lovely name), you did a great great job. Today, I was sick on bed but your message stirred up my spirit and body.

    God has rised a dedicated maiden like you in order to encourage countless young Christians in all parts of Japan.

    This is my sincere prayer that the holy fire which is in you begets another fire in the hearts of Japanese maidens.

    Yes, God is working. And as you said, He is asking each one of us; Are you willing?

    arigato gozaimasu.
    Kinuko

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    • Dearest Kinuko-san,

      Arigatō gozaimasu! >//<

      What a priviledge!
      I am so touched! :')'''''''' I pray that many are encouraged by this. My views skyrocketed to 57 after I posted this article! But, oddly, mainly from the US! Crazy. But Japan is still faithful. 🙂 May God move mightily in Japan!

      Yours ever in the love of Christ,
      Kay-chan

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      • Dearest Kegan, I want to encourage you that the numbers are not so important in our spiritual garden. If one Japanese soul read this post and decided to dedicate herself to the full-time service in the Church, your holy mission was completed! And I have seen that often times God is working in a most mysterious way. We can keep sowing the seeds joyously and He shall take the result in His time.

        We cheer you up, Kay-chan!
        Kinuko

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  2. Sanae.T says:

    Hi,Kegan! Your Japanese in Roman alphabets is so easy to understand,that many Japanese(especially young ones who just started English studying) can read it.And accurate. Thank you for your heart and love to our country.Yes,for most of Japanese,christianity is not familier,even often they have good impression on it.
    It is rare for us Japanese christians to encounter other Christian outside churches.
    And many of us are only one believer in our family.But many of Japanese believers also seek truth,I think.We may be minority ,but I know still there are true people of God in our country.Please pray for us,and if you have opportunity,please share your christian people about our situation.May God bless my dearest Kay Chan!

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  3. Kegan, I love the post. You know when I was 16, I went to Japan, I visited Hokkaido, Otaru and Sapporo. It’s an amazing country. You have to visit it in order to feel it truly. Last month our church had a conference about Asian outreach. We had our missionaries on home assignment from Japan. They did amazing presentation! I have a prayer guide for Japan.
    Happy Easter!
    In Christ, your older Christian sister Irina

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    • Dearest Sister Irina,

      Really? That’s awesome! I wish so badly that I could go! >//< I have a heavy heart for Asia. There is much need there. Thank you for your comment! Happy Easter!

      Your little sister,
      Kegan Cook

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