Important Information from Japanese Government
Monday, July 06, 2009
Missionaries are in Japan for different reasons:
Some, they have signed up with missions organizations, and there is an opening in Japan.
Some, they think the people and the culture is distinct and amazing.
Some, they felt awkwardly sorry for Japan because Japan is lack of attention in the spotlight of missions sending.
Some, they understood there is a need to have Jesus in urban cities .
Some, they felt that they could possibly contribute their gifts into the untapped area in Japan.
Some, they think this is a good place to live in.
Glen told me when he first set his heart on Japan was when he encountered a Japanese Christian girl that was also his teammate while he went for a mission trip in South East Asia. The Japanese girl seemed to have made a mess in boy-girl relationship and was depressed. The girl committed suicide after she returned from the mission trip. So he came to Japan hoping to build up the youths, to disciple them, and to equip them to win and disciple others.
How about me? I first set my heart on Japan because I felt His sorrow for Japan, a Father's
heart, that touched me deeply that I took the initiative to respond. Now there are many miserable people in Japan, whether in the mainstream culture where people are moving tiredly/aimlessly along the social norms, or self-absorbed of subculture (harajuku, otaku, hikikomori, goths etc.), I see a "lost identity". People who are aware of the emptiness in their lives began to fill their lives with cultic believes, some see small revival in shrines and temples, all of these are most probably efforts to find meaning in life. My heart cries out for them as I see souls lost in transition.
How about you? What is your mission? What is the reason that you go/planning to go to Japan?