There is so much that I would like to write about last weekends SEEK09 outreach to Japanese international students. In general I felt that it was a great success. The event was hosted at SaRang Community Church, a Korean church in Anaheim California and there where about 500 in attendance up 250 people from last years SEEK08. Things got kicked off at 2pm and ended at about 9:30-10pm, it was a full day of sporting events, meals, stages performances, prizes, gospel choirs, and so much more.
For me, the highlight of the evening was hearing (via translation) a messaged given by Mr. Nakashima Takashi Bum. He is a Japanese pastor at Love Joy Peach Church in New Jersey and shared with us an amazing story of how his Dad, who was one of the top leaders of the Japanese mafia, became a Christian. That God’s love is freely given to even the most deplorable of people. His key verse was Isaiah 43:4…
“Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you…”
He briefly touched on Japan having over 8,000,000 gods, beliefs about evolution, suicide issues, and then brought it all together with the gospel. That there is only one God he demonstrates his love by bearing our sins on the cross, so that even guy like Mr. Nakashima Dad can experience the love of God.
As far as I am aware of, 10 Japanese students became Christian and I am sure that through all of the events and experiencing Japanese Christian community many others will begin to seek the truth… lets pray that those who heard would seek after the Lord. Jesus says “seek, and you will find.”
I was blessed to be able to attend and volunteer at this event and help labor to reach Japanese with the gospel. Seeing the gospel spread to Japan is very near to my heart.
SEEK09 Eve, the night before
The night before the main SEEK09 event was to begin a worship session was held for the staff, volunteers, and those attending who were Christian. It was really encouraging to start things off, connecting with each other, praising the Lord, and praying for those who had never heard the gospel and experienced the love of Christ.
Everyone attending was divided into regional teams for sports competition, it was the kick off of SEEK09. I missed most of this as I was volunteering with things elsewhere, but i had a friend take some pictures for me. The sports activities included jump roping, relay races, and tug-of-war.
The Main Event
It began with a fashion show in which those attending competed for first prizes. Then a group of college students who are members at SaRang church performed the Lifehouse’s Everything skit that has gained tremendous popularity the past year or so. There where also musical performances from Asiah, A Japanese praise team from Hokkaido Japan, Cornerstone Gospel Choir from Long Beach, and Victory Bible Church’s gospel choir from Pasadena. Gospel music is very popular in Japan but many do not know the real heart behind it being the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Wrapping Things Up
Everything came to a close on a very up beat note with a final raffle and then goodbyes.