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Music to our ears

Miki (a Christian returnee) came to faith in the UK. When she returned to Japan she was put in touch with our returnee network, but though I invited her to events and suggested meeting up, she didn’t respond. She also tried a few churches but didn’t settle. Eventually, when her British friend was visiting Tokyo I was able to meet with them together. Having a mutual friend who could introduce us in person made it very easy for us to become friends.

Soon after I took her to a Japanese Christian Fellowship Network (JCFN) small group for returnees, where I introduced her to a JCFN staff worker who told her about an international church near her home, which she started going to.

She’s a talented musician and through the church she was able to connect with other Christian musicians who encouraged her to see her musical talent as a gift from God to be used for his glory. She recently moved house and needs to find a new church near her new home, so she’s still not fully settled as a Christian in Japan, but she’s moving in the right direction. Her story illustrates how our ministry is just a very small part of what God is doing in the lives of returnees in Japan, and how important it is for us to partner with others – both those who are reaching out to Japanese overseas, and others here in Japan.

Yoshie Yokoyama

Will you pray for East Asia’s Diaspora?

  • Please pray for Miki, and others, like her that God will continue his work in their lives, provide the support and encouragement they need and help them settle in Japanese churches despite the challenges they face.
  • Pray that we in OMF and others will be faithful in playing the part the Lord has for us in supporting them.

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