2015 Missions Report

JCF has just released its 2015 Missions Report. Included are highlights from the Philippines, Iwate, and a new connection with SMILE Japan, a center for deaf-blind and mute people in Osaka. You can also read about possible mission trips coming up in 2016. Those on our newsletter mailing list should have received the report by email already. If you aren’t on our mailing list, you can read it using the link above. “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13

Iwate Missions Report

JCF sent a mission team to Iwate in Tohoku this summer to help with outreach efforts in a number of communities. If you aren’t on our newsletter mailing list, you can take a look at our special missions update. Special thanks to Dawn Birkner! It was an honor working with you. “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9

Iwate Volunteer Opportunities

The JCF Missions Team is looking for volunteers to help rehabilitate and spread the Gospel to the people of Iwate in Tohoku. Date: August 4-7 (Batch 1) August 7-10 (Batch 2) Mission Fields: 3/11 Tsunami-affected areas (5 different locations) Activities: English classes Tracting (flyer distribution) Light construction Packing/Unpacking (moving assistance related to relocation) Outdoor events for kids and elderly Sunday school kid’s events (Batch 2) Crafts and café for adults in temporary shelters Events similar to worship services Cost: Volunteers need to cover all expenses. Be a part of God’s work! Email us for more information. It would help us a lot if you could also provide us the following […]

Heart to Heart: A Valentines Charity for the Philippines

You are cordially invited to a charity dessert party to be held this Valentine’s Day. In March, the JET Christian Fellowship will have another opportunity to serve the storm-devastated communities of Tacloban and Biliran in the Philippines. All funds from this charity event will directly serve the people of these communities. The charity event will take place on February 14 at Osaka Seventh Day Adventist Church in the 4th floor meeting room. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day (and slightly contrary to tradition), the men will be serving the women with a dessert party and some live entertainment. A brief presentation about the JCF Philippines Mission trip will be included. […]

Overcomers Overcoming

THE week before the most recent JCF retreat in Kobe, three separate people emailed me reminding me to be aware of spiritual resistance in Japan. At the same time, Ive been reading a book that a friend randomly gave me: Warfare Prayer by C. Peter Wagner. Not surprisingly, the theme of the JCF retreat this past weekend just so happened to be “Overcomers Overcoming”. In my small group we discussed a feeling of spiritual “disconnectedness” from the reality of God, which all three of us have encountered over the past year. Not only was it encouraging simply to hear that others are encountering similar challenges, but I felt convinced that God […]

The Glass Man

Sitting by the lake cabin, staring Sounds of a craftsman working at his bench… echoing Smells of sawdust, rubber, plastic closeby… floating But I could only vaguely make out the vast, “Phthalo-green” curtains in the distance Contrasted against an even more vast, folly-colored wall Small blurry ants in the sky What was I here for again? What was I here to do? to see? And why are there ants in the sky? Then someone gave me a pair of glasses And everything became clear Sounds of the lake, rippling Smells of the breeze, cleansing Took over the clanging, ringing cacophony The stuffy, smothering “cacophonous” odors The curtains were “Pakistan green” […]

Spending Time with God

IN THE midst of the colder weather, we can easily forget how blessed we are by God. God has chosen to give us breath in our lungs, food to eat, money to buy it with, employment and relationships with other people. We can not only forget to count our blessings (God didn’t give us enough appendages to count them!), but we can also forget to ask for more. As children of God, we have the blessings of heaven at our disposal. We can also pray these blessings into other people’s lives as well. God is our Father, and like a good Father, He wants to give us good things. He just […]

Being a Messenger of Jesus

THERE is no doubt about it, Christmas is a season of wonder. Even people who don’t have a relationship with Jesus easily get into the Christmas spirit. People are more generous during this time, more joyful and even sing Christmas carols and songs of worship about a Savior! There is just something special about Christmas that people who aren’t even saved and don’t even understand, know there is something about it that is special. As Christians, we know that it is because of Jesus Christ, the greatest gift of love ever given. This is a beautiful season for Christians although we don’t really believe it is on December 25th,  it is a great opportunity to […]

Adventures and Wonderlands

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger people. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your task. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle. ~ Phillips Brooks THERE was one chance I didn’t take. But I’m not going to talk about it now because I don’t believe that God has called us to live a boring, “cotton-candy” Christian life. I believe God wants us to experience life for ourselves and live it to the full (John 10:10). At the beginning of this year, I have already “made up my mind” to […]

Blessings and Guardrails

In November 2013 I attended my third JCF Retreat. When I first came to Japan in August 2012, I was really excited about practicing my Christian faith in Japan. My relationship with God was the most important thing in my life and I intended to take every opportunity to share His love with others. Over time, my zeal cooled a bit, especially as the novelty and challenge of living in Japan wore off. More and more, I became busily occupied with an exhausting social schedule. I found that my interest in prayer waned as I became increasingly tired and distracted by “fun”. A few times throughout the year, I vaguely […]