I started living by myself after college and had a pretty wild life with many relationships. But it could never really satisfy my heart and I always felt an emptiness I couldn’t fill it. So I decided to try something new and went to the States
Life in Los Angeles though was still just as crazy… Then a friend of mine randomly invited me to go to church where a lot of different kinds of people attended. She really liked it and told me it was like a MTV live concert. I was really open to trying new things so I decided to visit, “I liked live music so why not?” But I was totally shocked with the atmosphere, it was really different from my image of churches in Japan which seemed old and dark. Soon I began to enjoy attending that church! A lot of people I met there were really nice and I had never felt so much love. As I made more friends they were so kind to me, tried hard to listen to my English, respected and loved me just the way I was, and that was when I first felt that I was accepted just for being myself. The more time I spent with them, the more I wanted to be like them and was curious to know where their love came from.
The answer was God. I had never been to church before, never thought of believing any religion… I thought that religion was so geeky, nerdy, and not cool at all. But I discovered that what they believed was not “religion” but simply accepting God’s love into their hearts and loving Him who created us from our mother’s womb. It was natural to accept that Love into my heart not so long later from then.
However, my life didn’t totally change at that time. My life was still crazy… And after I came back to Japan I had many trials and hard times. There were times when it felt like my life had completely fallen apart. Those hard times made me realized that I should return to the LOVE I experienced in the States, what I once thought was the most important thing in my life… That’s when my life truly began to change in amazing ways! Of course I still have problems and obstacles, but through the hard times I found the meaning and purpose of life and now live with a hope that is eternal! I first experienced Jesus’ love in LA, but I hope and pray that everyone here in the big city where I now live would come to know this LOVE!