Why Japanese?

The Largest Unreached People Group (Joshua Project, 2005)

Only 0.04% Christians!

Annual Suicide Rate: >30,000

100-300 new religion registered each year (Operation World, 2000)

The battle is fierce, Time is SHORT! Please RESPONSE, Please PRAY!!!



Sunday, April 27, 2008

What is Urgent?

Japan needs Jesus. And Japan needs experts in web-base technologies, social science people, medical people, teachers, businessmen, artists who are Christians, to be there in their societies. I always believe that the Kingdom is about "life impacting life". 

The story that Shane picked up at CNN news report on April 24, last Thursday, had been a disturbing one.

A 14 years old girl killed herself by mixing detergent and cleanser. And it seems to be another one encouraged by internet sites. It is not that we were not aware of the high number of suicides in Japan, but it is the extend of the internet suicide influence had gone far worse these days. The international art-festival celebration had highlighted and celebrated the production of people like Ryo Nakajima and Shunji Iwai, where some of their productions had been hard to swallow. "This World of Ours" and "The Story of Lily Chow" will perhaps lead you to a fantasy of hidden dreams and sadness of hidden reality in this society.

Please, seriously think this over. If you have the talent, if you have the skill, if you like to be a tentmaker, please consider Japan. If you are thinking of supporting the mission field, please consider Japan. Japan had always been left out from the 10/40 windows for reasons, either intentional or unintentional. Many had been set back because of the high cost, and low response rate. Perhaps, it could be the feeling of the "proud and ego" needs no healing. Perhaps it could be "hatred". Perhaps, it was BLINDNESS.

If you think there are more "urgent place" than Japan, I'm not sure about this. I had never see the Kingdom is "urgent" at one place, and "no urgent" in another place. 

But I do agree that there are many urgent needs of healthcare aids and human rights aids. And we feel good, because we fulfilled a good Samaritan duty. People feel good when they have something to give! Honestly, we might not be be proud or sensing urgent to tell people about Jesus, but we are good in giving money to the poor and needy. 

I just wish to make these facts clear to you: 

Japan has 128 million people, and you probably have more than 30% of them are above 50s. We have around 100 people suicide in a day. The common suicide group was the middle age group, but now we observe school children. Violence and crimes, homicides by children or teenagers. The economic setback had not turned well. A report of 1 million of missing youths. People are dying because of aging, or suicide, or living in grief because of lost of someone. We are losing this group of people! 

If you need to feel good in missions, you can give Japan something too. Give them your love, your thoughts, your prayers! Give them friendship, tell them about Jesus, tell them how to live! Give money to the one who is going to Japan to be a missionary. Don't just hang on to your tithe, or established mission organizations. There are many places where people are dying, and there is not a single church or a single presence of mission organizations!

Pray, and ask God to lead you to this person!
Pray, and ask God to show you this place, and the needs of this people!

Do not brush off Japan from your mind, because it appeared to be "rich", and not as "urgent"as other lands! I don't think this is what the Lord has in His mind. 

Be sure, be encouraged! The Lord had called a team! You are not the only one, if you had been yearning for the Salvation in Japan for long. Take courage! 



Spiritual poverty is no better than physical poverty. I know every place is sick, but be clear about this: JAPAN  is sick,  too. 

Bless you!


Roseline

1 comment:

Daybreak said...

Daybreak from Taiwan CCC had translated the article to Chinese:

日本需要耶穌。日本需要在各行各業當中真心跟隨耶穌的人,無論是網路工程師、社會學者、醫護人員、教師、商人、藝術家…,因為我相信神的國是一個「以生命影響生命」的地方。日本需要福音!

這是一則上週四(4/24)從CNN上摘錄下來的新聞,令人十分憂心:

一名14歲的少女在家中以清潔劑混合所產生的毒氣自殺。這名少女也是被網際網路上的自殺言論所影響的一員。我們並不是沒有注意到日本的高自殺率,而是這些日子以來網路對自殺的影響已經比我們想像的更糟了。中島良與岩井俊二等人的作品頻頻引起國際電影節的注意。這些作品當中有寫實的,也有天馬行空的,但是也有一些特別讓人難以接受的;"The World of Ours" i 以及"All About Lily Chou-Chou" ii 這兩部電影或許能讓我們一窺日本社會中不為人知的夢想以及現實中隱藏的悲哀。

懇請您認真地來思考這些事。如果您有才幹、能力,如果您想成為一位織帳篷者iii,請考慮日本。如果你正計劃支持某個宣教工場,請考慮日本。由於某些原因(無論是有意還是無意),日本總是被排除在宣教北緯10~40度之窗以外。有許多是因為日本的高消費和低福音果效而退卻。對於日本的宣教工作,更多的,也許是我們潛意識裡覺得「驕傲且自我」的民族不需要醫治。也許,我們從許多的歷史傷痕中不知不覺對日本生了仇恨。更也許,是因為我們對宣教需要和神的國度的盲目!

如果您認為,有其他的地區比日本「更迫切」需要福音,那麼,我對這樣的想法存疑。我從不曉得神的國度會在某一個地區特別緊急,又或在哪個地方特別不緊急。然而我同意,這個世界有許多關於衛生和人權的迫切需要!當我們回應那些需要的時候,我們內心較容易升起良好的感覺,因為我們似乎有盡到一個「好撒馬利亞人」iv的責任。當我們有什麼能夠給別人時,那種感覺總是很好的!我們擅長把錢和物資提供給窮人和需要的人,但是,我們似乎沒有擅長與他人分享基督,不以之引以為榮,也不覺得這是「緊急且重要」的事。

我想在此明確地與您分享一些事實:

日本有一億兩千八百萬左右的人口,其中有30%以上高於50歲。每天,大約有100人以自殺的方式結束自己的生命。自殺的人口以中年族群為主,但是,近來我們也發現中、小學生的自殺事件。兒童與青少年的暴力、犯罪、兇殺事件正在頻頻發生;經濟衰退尚未好轉。報告指出,現今日本社會有100萬名遺失的青少年。日本人正死於衰老和自殺,活著的卻處在失去親人的痛苦中!神的國度正喪失這個族群!他們已經不懂得如何活下去了!只有神能夠給他們醫治!

如果你需要在宣教裡面「感覺好」,你可以給日本的東西很多!給日本人你的愛、你的體貼、你的禱告!與他們建立友情、告訴他們耶穌基督的福音、告訴他們如何能夠活下去!把金錢用來支持要去日本作宣教士的弟兄姊妹。不要滿足於單單的十一奉獻,或者只支持一些你所知道的宣教機構!日本有很多地方沒有一間教會,也沒有任何宣教機構,而每一天都有人在這些地方死去!

讓我們一起來禱告吧!願主引領您遇到對日本有負擔的弟兄姊妹。

讓我們一起來禱告吧!求主讓您看到這塊失土和靈魂的需要!

請不要因為日本是個「富裕」的國家,看起來並不「急迫」,就把日本從您的心中抺去!神的心意絕非如此。讓我們在主裡更穩妥、更勇敢!我相信神已經呼召了一個為日本奉獻的團隊。如果您一直渴望看見日本經歷到神的救恩,那我要告訴您,您絕對不是孤單的。

心靈的貧乏跟物質的貧窮一樣迫切,我知道每個地方都病了,但是要知道--日本也在生病。

願神祝福您!

Roseline

Heart4Japan Ministry



i The World of Ours臺灣區尚未播映
ii 臺灣區中譯「青春電幻物語」
iii 參使徒行傳18:3
iv 參路加福音10:25~37