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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
In fact it had been true that Japan has a high suicide rate. One hundred people kill themselves by their own choices, perhaps perceiving death as the only solution to their circumstance. Yet, if we based our assumptions on what we thought is true/classical novels/legends, then our work will always fall in deception.
In Japan, the reasons to suicide had been classified as follow: Some, due to mistakes that they had made that would eventually lead to shame. Some because of being badly bullied perhaps including physical assult and rape. Some because of financial difficulties involved loan sharks. Most ended their lives because of a huge health burden. (Health burden = "cost for treatment" as well. )
For more detailed graphs and info, http://rose-risk.blogspot.com/2008/11/suicide-rate.html
There are so many things that we could discuss and drill further into. As our initial interest focus on Japan, the conclusions that we could obtain from this graph are:
1. "Japan's culture is uniquely associated to suicide" is a myth. (we will discuss this further in next article, you are welcome to contact me personally in this matter.)
2. "Japan has the highest suicide rate in the world" is a myth.
3. "Japan has the highes suicide rate in Asia" is a myth.
4. "Japanese people is suicidal people while compare to others" is a myth.
There are many reasons that tie to suicide. We should not neglect the very foundation issues of bread and life. Prof. Hedley sounded us that "Poverty is the greatest disease". In a movie production by Akira Kurosawa, Akahige 赤鬚, had said the samething.
Poverty in physical or spiritual, are equally deadly factors!!!
Another point taken home for my dear Heart4Japan people, Japan being NOT the nation with highest suicide rate does not hold you from responding to the Lord about the needs of Gospel and Salvation in this land.
We, as a responder to His heart, should had been responded by having sensed His heartbeat, His strong desire to see His people in this land to be saved!
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Over here, we are expecting three new people to join us this Friday, and we might have Yu to join us. Please pray for all these people, especially Yu. He had a lot of experience in the field, dealing with a lot of people who had went through ups and downs in life, and witnessed changes of waves in ministry. I am hoping that the other youth workers who joined the Global Summit will join us too, but the notice was just too short and the conference had been just too exhausting. Nevertheless, please, pray for these people! I can't name all of them, but they are great people who are ploughing the ground. Japanese and non-Japanese had dedicated their lives to Japan.
Let's pray that the research that I done on Hikikomori and the data that I collected on Suicide will help us to understand a little bit more about the phenomenon and getting closer to the truth!
May the SPIRTI moves!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The Prison Outreach last Saturday was really rewarding. I had 15 students, ranged from 20 to 60 years old who were so eager to learn and so responsive. My wish is that they will be able to communicate and serve Japanese customer if they ever have a chance to take up waitress jobs once they immerse into the society.
There are limitations such as I am not allow to give them any of my personal contact info, and I shall not serve a counseling role in the class. Yet I pray that His love will shine through me, and I will be able to share His love with them, and make Jesus known.
The schedule for the classes would be: Oct 25, Nov 8, Nov 29, Dec 6. The whole journey takes around six hours, but I have only one and a half hour with the students. The inmates have very tight schedule on Saturday evening, therefore I am hoping to change the later schedule to Nov 23, Nov 30, so that I can have more time with the students.
Let's pray about this! Please pray that His strength and mercy will comfort us and lead us on!
Mandarin Bible Interest Group
The Mandarin Bible Interest Group seemed to be a little too deep for the seekers. In the midst of the busy schedule of exams and presentations in the school, please pray that He will give Paula (the group leader) wisdom and strength to move on with His good work!
Pray for New Believers/Seekers
Eva and Pearl (2 mainland Chinese students) will visit church for the first time this Sunday, please pray for their salvation!
I am also inviting Chee Won (Korean exchange student) and Leo Vu Manh Tuan(Vietnamese MPH student) to the evangelistic dinner on Nov 29 organized by Elim Church.
There is a need to find a good Mandarin speaking church for the mainland students, so that they can grow stronger in fellowship of people who speaks the same tongue.
I am also planning to take a few students with me to Nick Vujicic's talk in November.
The treasure that the students can find in the relationship with Jesus is just far too amazing! Just keep this in prayers! ^^
Releasing the Research Findings
To release the research findings through my own post could incur some ethical issues. If I can purchase ISBN, or get the results published into book, then it will be much easier and convenience for distribution.
The printing cost for 300 copies will cost HKD15,000 in Hong Kong. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will lead us into the best presentation of His work. I will try to speak to the University Press to see if there are academic interest in getting the result publish. Chances are slim in human understanding, but in Him, there are always indefinite opportunities! ^^
Joining the Global Summit!
I will be able to join the Global Summit in the evening after the Asia Pacific Suicide Prevention Conference in the morning. We thank for the open doors for the connection of Heart4Japan and Hikikomori Concern. Let's pray that the interviews with the Hikikomori not to clash with the conferences and meetings!
Due to the finishing the term of postgraduate student in HKU, I might need to move out from the dormitory in December. If that happens, I will need to have a place to stay from December till March end, for there are still plenty of work to be done until the stated date. It will be unrealistic to rent a place, for the rental out there is just far too expensive, and the term is too short to rent. The best of course is to continue to stay in Starr Hall, so I can still follow up with the students, and continue main bulk with what I am doing now. We need God's wisdom to deal with this, and I trust that we fall into His good plans.
Shalom! Peace be unto you! Thank you for praying with me! :-)
After four prayer meetings, I find that not many people are able to sustain for overnight prayer. Yet, meanwhile, in Hong Kong, it seems to be the only available time and resource that we could have at present, until His people are revived and begin to take up their responsibility to take up the watchmen positions in their own respective areas!
I am planning to divide the overnight prayer into three sessions,
9.30pm-11.30pm (pre-meeting worship, preparing and sanctifying);
12am-2am (understanding Japan from what is happening in real),
2am-5am (sharing of a specific topic);
5am-7am (worship and sing praise to the Lord).
People who attend this meeting will take turns to host different sessions. May the Lord lead us in this meeting, and the preparation to it!Let's share more later!
Meanwhile, do schedule and plan for your own area meeting, and keep us update with what is happening!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Elim church had agreed to cover us in their prayers and also set a time for corporate prayer for Japan and India during their prayer service prior to our prayer meeting.
I would like you to join us in praying for these following items:
1. Peace and love in India.
2. Strength for our bodies to live, and get over it (the persecution) quick.
3. The persecutors to meet Christ.
4. Funds and people to rebuild.
Ask God for your position in Heart4Japan.
Ask God why He had brought you to this group.
Ask God is He bringing you to Japan? or is He bringing you to serve Him through this group? through this ministry?
Ask God for His heart for Japan.
Ask God to reveal His will for Japan, as well as His will in you in this ministry.
1. The relationship of Japan with neighboring countries.
2. Wisdom and mercy for the Japan new president
3. The financial crisis in Japan may cause results in upsurge of suicide and crime.
4. Worsening society illness (hikikomori, NEET, depression, mental illness) because of the financial crisis.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I am planning to call for a special prayer for India next Friday (Oct 3, 2008) evening, for our brothers and sisters who are suffering in persecutions, and also uplifting the relief efforts that is ongoing.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The Korean church had covered us with their corporate prayers before we started our prayer meeting. Michael Karpf came over from Tokyo to join us in meeting, we were given the chance to share about the needs in Japan and the ministry of Heart4Japan. Phoebe and Tim Wan joined us in the meeting, we made it till 7am the next day.
The meeting was a combination of sharing of field needs, worship, scriptures and praying. Our prayers were in different languages including tongues. Guess I was the only one who pray in tongues that night, yet God is definitely amazing, and allow His Holy Spirit to tear down the walls between denominations.We had prayed for a certain things, including: the missionaries' need and corporation with local church; the suicides and homicides; sexual industry, elderly, quakes, ijime and school system. Few scriptures came to us: John 4: 1-38; Rev 7 :9-12
As approaching the end, Scott called us from California through skype and we prayed for each other, the Lord gave us a scripture through Scott's sharing: Romans 8: 18-25
I called Chauncey earlier before we started, and we believed that Brownwood, Calgary were praying before and after us at the stated time. I'll update more to the group by end of this week. I'm still waiting for the feedback from the other centers. :-) Several updates and notes had been posted by the participants in either Heart4Japan group wall, or the prayer meeting wall. Please feel free to look at it.
pic: (from left) Michael, Tim, Roseline, Phoebe
Friday, September 05, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
While compare to the 27 cases (29 victims) last year, the number had speedily increased due to the widespread of "suicide techniques" via internet.
What could we do? 3 options: 1) Go out there, bring love and hope to people! 2) Intercede for them! 3) Give money to support people who are willling to go!
[Warning to Israel] At the end of seven days the word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to a wicked man, 'You will surely die,' and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. (Ezekiel 3:16-18)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
My recent schedule is like working for 18 hours, sleeping for 2 hours, and then working for 9 hours, sleeping for 12 hours, working for 12 hours, sleeping for 12 hours, then working for 12 hours, sleeping for 4 hours, then working for 12 hours, sleeping for 12 hours, then working for 2 hours, sleeping for 3 hours.......
I get all these flu symptoms :-) Diarrhea, nausea, headache, chilling, coughing, running nose, tiredness, weak. I guess the funny schedule is really because of the flu and tiredness with the thesis. I often have this nausea feeling when I look at my thesis too long.... To be frank, I guess stress had pull me down.....
yet, having say so.... I still often feel a sense of happiness through all these discomfort, especially if I manage to watch a Japanese video, and when I am able to catch a phrase or two, and as I turn my head and realize how kind and linear that God had been with me, and as I see the effort in the essay is coming to fruit, I just feel "God, You are just so near to me!"
Yeah, I need a lot of prayers! Perhaps, prayers in such:
1. Lord, give Roseline co-workers in Heart4Japan.
2. Lord, speak to Roseline directly and clearly, so that she knows where to go, what to do next.
3. Lord, give Roseline prayer warriors/intercessors for overnight prayer ministry.
4. Lord, grant Roseline watchmen for her and Japan.
5. Lord, take Roseline's hand and write the whole thesis.
6. Lord, let Your wisdom/discernment flow to Roseline, so that she will know what is real, what is not. What deserves your attention, what not.
7. Lord, give Roseline good health and strength to fight the fight easily and healthily!
8. Lord, let's prepare the ground in Japan! and bless everyone who is going in, and who is in the field! Bless them with resource, finance and discernment!
Don't worry too much about me. I just didn't really have strength to sit up and write much these days......
I call what I am having now a "summer hit", and guess this is the first time I really became sick after 2 years in HK. My first real summer in Hong Kong (June - Sep). Sigh.....
I have plenty in my mind, some discipleships are soon to begin in Heart4Japan. I appreciate your prayers! Thank you, my friends!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
9pm - 10pm (before meeting) - Declaring His Presence
Intercessory worship, praying for His Holy Spirit to fill the place, and to prepare our hearts. Ask for His Kingdom to come and His heart to be reviewed to us and bring in the right people into His work and this gathering.
10pm - 11pm - Praise and Worship
Getting ourselves into His rest and getting ready for the spiritual battle.
11pm - 5am - Updates, Sharing and Prayers/Intercessions
Sharing + praying + sharing + praying + sharing + praying (includes news in the field, hikikomori, missionaries' needs)
5am - 6am - Intercessory warfare
Oneness in Him, engagement in intense spiritual battle. Daybreak intercession! Across the Jordan River!
6am - 7am - Give thanks and ministering for each other.
Wrap up in thanks giving, pray for each other in spirit and love. Finalizing the schedule for next meeting.
The Lord had given me a few songs last night for my own preparation to the meeting, I am releasing the list and hoping that this might speak to some of you who may need a little bit guidance in this area. These are just guides, please feel free to use your own songs and flow with the lead of the Holy Spirit. :-)
Declaration - Pre-worship
You Are Awesome In This Place -
To declare His Glory and His presence in this place/(location that you are praying)/Japan
and/or songs that ask the Holy Spirit to fill this place!
No Other Name
Mighty Is Our Lord
To Keep Your Lovely Face
Deeper In Love
Declaration - Warfare
We Speak To Nation/向列国宣告
Touching Heaven and Changing Earth
Let's get two to three or more together to pray together for Japan! Praise God，Hallelujah! Amen.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Just submitted my second draft, hopefully will gain my supervisor's feedback soon! Keeping busy now... some friends came and some were going away, and I remain here.
Just now when I was on the bus, I had so many plans for Heart4Japan, including promoting Hikikomori and fund raising to set up a proper functional network to push further the Kingdom of God.
As I was back to my office in Baptist this afternoon, I recalled the conversation I had with the grassroot people recently, and the social workers that I'm in touch with, I began to realize that there were so many unjustice issues at the social level of the common people, and in the social welfare system of the elderly and poor people in Hong Kong which had long been swept under carpet. Yet, there were so many Christians/Catholics in the Hong Kong government, who had appeared on the stage of revival meetings and shouted for His Kingdom to be established in Hong Kong, almost once or twice each year.
The church that I attend now shared with me their burdens about Macau, hoping that I could pray in agreement with them, and perhaps hoping that if there would be a slight chance that I will take up the missionary position to Macau - another place that fills with spiritual darkness and evil doings!
There are so many things to do, so many things that is happening today tell us that we are just so far from heaven! His Kingdom is long to due! As I thought about all these, my heart ached and cried, why aren't His people doing anything? Sometimes all our fight were just so vague, and as we were building the wall of Jerusalem by adding souls into churches, we had forgotten the commission of Jesus to love our neighbors as ourselves! What is about the Kingdom that we are eagerly looking for? Is Kingdom a building? a gathering of 10,000 people at a revival meeting? number of souls added in church? or maybe just a simple story of Good Samaritan.... a manifestation of Heaven on earth. To care and love the poor and needy! Perhaps it's really time to examine our hearts and our deeds.
My heart burns for the needs of the poor and weak, the one who are being persecuted, the cry for Japan and Heart4Japan had not weakened. In this case, the vision is clear. But then, there are so many things to do, sooooooooooooooo many things to do in each country, each land, each nation!
My heart is in great pain! May His people rise up in His righteousness! Hear our cry, Lord! Forgive us, Father, for being ignorance and being partial! Help us to see you! Help us to seek your face! In Jesus name, Amen.
Re: Matthew 5: 3-10James 2:1- 4Luke 10: 30 - 36
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
At the last part of her paper, she wrote, "What Can the Japanese Do?"
"Japan's accoplishments of the last century have been remarkable. From the abyss at the end of WW2 to the hieghts of the success and self-confidence during the period of the 'bubble economy' the people of Japan had worked very hard to achieve their dreams but they might have done so much too quickly.
Many japanese wanted to erase the past from their memory without fully recovering from the war's traumas. The focus was on tangible achievements such as economic growth and material gain, not on such sentiments as individual sense of well-being. It might simply have taken a while, maybe three generations, for the psychological consequences of these too-rapid social changes to surface.
What was happening at home was pushed aside as something too personal or private to discuss. But the social cost of denying the personal has become too big to ignore any longer. It is time to confront domestic problems, becuase the quality of the home is after all crucially linked to the social and political success of any society. For that so happen, the silent voices of children need to be heard. Family relationships need to be worked on rather than taken for granted. The question is: can the Japanese do it?"
Re: Yuko Kawanishi. Japanese Youth: The other half of the crisis? Asian Affairs. vo;. XXXV, no.1. March 2004.
The reason to put this article forward to you is a hope to challenge our view and thoughts about the observation and opinion which had written by Miss Yuko. With this, I hope to open a floor for discussion.
(I'm afraid we still have to use this site and the facebook column for a while until our net builder, Mr. Justin is more settle after he gets marry tomorrow. :-) Congratulations to your wedding with Miss Izumi! お結婚をおめでとう！）
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Hanging in the rafters are clanging bells whose long ropes teenagers and aging grandparents, one by one, grab and tug to gain the gods' full attention. Then, bowing their heads, squeezing their eyes shut, they whisper silent prayers - for wealth and happiness, for a new bank loan perhaps, or for a passing grade on a fiendishly competitive college entrance exam - before solemly clapping their hands three times. Before departing, they may buy a colorful good-luck amulet, and omamori, to protect them against evil. " -- cited from 'The Cult of the Brand - Shutting Out The Sun' by Michael Zielenziger
Beautiful and well written description of what takes place in Meiji Shrine during O-shogatsu.
Perhaps something for us, as mediators, to carefully examine the hearts of people, and hear their cry.
Japanese could be seen as not religious at all. But at the same time, there are several things that people would really like to hold on. Omamori - the lucky charm, you might find at least one in everyone's pocket. In Japan, omamori represents a meaningful friendship gift to many people, including young and old. They might seemed to be not holding religions as serious as others, nor they have a solid belief system, yet certain practices had also reflected the emptiness and longing in life.
Check our hearts, see if we are making full use of this information! :-) Bless you.
I had introduced to you once, about Ramone's artwork for Jesus. Now, I will still introduce to you the site for Art-for-Jesus.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
My heart is in great pain as the record of suicide mixing stored-bought detergent and chemical had reached 145 just within last few months. At the same time, there were still others in Japan continue to use all means to die.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
For the rescue team to Myanmar and Sichuan Province, please pray for them, be their watchman!
1. Spiritually and Physically Fit.
2. Emotionally Stable.
3. Connecting to Jesus.
4. Protection and Covering of the blood of Jesus.
5. Trust and open communication in the team.
6. Smooth cooperation among team members.
7. Communication with the locals and international board.
8. Wisdom in decision making.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I had called for intercession for the Unreached nations, Japan, in particular, for the specific stir that He had put in my heart. I was unsure about many things, and I'm still unsure. Yet, there is one thing that I know, it is the love and trust that I have in my Lord. And it is this love that drew me to love Japan, one in His heart. Love became so strong, that Japan became a part of me, just as I'm in Jesus.
In response to all disasters that is striking the earth today, Myanmar, Sichuan, unpredictable movement of tropical cyclone, quakes, typhoon, flood, Tsunami...... causing speedy destruction, and we could only response one by one as they come.
There are destructions by man, too, if not more, equal. Human factors that had caused self-destruction or destroying others, a huge population. In Japan, people needs to be alleviate from the state of depressed. It is the time to either feed them with Good News or they will be fed by all other spiritual forces. （It's time to act, you can do something!)
As in other places, humanitarian aids and cry for social justice is needed to alleviate the situation.
This is the DAY that the nations are at our door step. Reaching out to the nation had been more practical and easier these days. Social justice and human rights of migrant workers had often been neglected in most countries.
The land that breed me and groomed me needs Jesus too. If the Lord had called you to Malaysia, please come. When you come, get in touch with people on the field. Be aware of the news, the needs of foreign and local ministries. The same thing that we should do for any nation that we are going to, be alert, have all the latest developments on your fingertips, move with the time, and train you sensitiveness with the Holy Spirit, so that you know what to do, how to pray, where to move.
Jessica sent me a note earlier, saying that she felt "God's urgency". Yes, there are NEEDS all around us.
"The leech has two daughters.
'Give! Give!' they cry.
"There are three things that are never satisfied,
four that never say, 'Enough!':
the grave, the barren womb,
land, which is never satisfied with water,
and fire, which never says, 'Enough!'
How do we response then? Where should we go?
Let's quiet ourselves, seek Him, and learn His direction in our lives. Let's not settle in our comfort zone, let's not be complacent about what we see. Rise up, at least in your community! Reach out! We need to be sensitive and proactive to lift them out of the trash and ashes!
Move on earnestly, praising Him for the work that God had done and is doing. Move on fast! For the time is near.
I love you. Let's work and gather workers around us to work together to the Harvest! to the END TIME.
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