Heart4Japan Network Ministry started in 2005 November, aiming to connect resources and raising watchmen in the field!
127 MILLION SOULS, THE LARGEST UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP ON EARTH! Is Japan a land of foreign to Christianity?
Is Japan a land of cold and darkness?
Or is Japan, as St. France Xavier had said,
" the country in the Orient most suited to Christianity"?
An Original Art done by Y-kun, a hikikomori now coming to his 40. His mom died of cancer few years back, he stayed alone with his dad and his sister. He never made eye-contact when he talked. I thought he was probably mentally challenged at the first glance. YET.....
H said, 違うよ、Y君は優しいよ。絵うまいし〜
Then the Lord led me to the inner world of this man, by showing me his piece of art.
This piece of art always strikes me when I look at it.
The art itself speaks about the life in a rural small town in Japan. The drawing is about 6 ft long, hung on a wall of the house of an artist who volunteers himself in the hikikomori outreached. He certainly admires it, yet undervalued it. (This piece of art could make a huge impact in at least 2 fields, one in the support of disable/underprivileged, another one is perhaps the school.) Imagine if Y is channeled probably to the right KEY person, he could have live a different life.
It maybe difficult for you to imagine,
the damage that a long withstand isolation brought along to the victim.
Someone may like to think that hikikomori could be a golden period of reflecting self, yet when it gets longer, you stuck with the stagnancy!
Without the right RESOURCE,
there is no way out!
If only I have the RIGHT contact,
if only I have the hikikomori FUND,
if only I have the full support from PEOPLE,
I could build a house,
I could build an exhibition hall,
I could build an office,
to work out a PLACE for the hikikomori,
a place called HOME,
a place that can allow them to try and error of their potentials
Need your prayersfor those who are concerns about the work with hikikomori! 2 things going on at present:
1. thehikiya 光希屋 project, a project that hopes to get the social withdrawn youths to "initiate" something on their own, to experience challenges that require them to be on their feet. (will explain more later hopefully by Sep)
We will need:-
i) a place to do that, please pray for sponsors!
ii) the social withdrawn youths who are involve will be lifted up by the Holy Spirit, as there will be physical and psychological barriers where the enemy is definitely using those as schemes against them.
It is amazing that there are some people who are willing to "dream", I need your prayers to uphold them! "Openness" and "Trust" are the keys, which are coming forth, but still far to go.
2. I have sent a paper to Qualitative Health Research on July 17, and they are slow in responding. The report is a result of the effort in these 5 - 6 years working with hikikomori. I owe them this. Their voices need to be heard. There are many more reasons that the paper need to be published, including if I can continue to be of a position to work with these people in the way that I am working now.
The study attained a lot of attention of peers in the field, some senior editors, but the paper never went through the junior editors on the reasons that the focus of the topic was not of their interest. Most feed back that they were hoping that I could revised it in a way that fits the current theory. But that is not my intention in this study. I figured out the response was out of poor understanding and misconception of this topic. The rejection may due to 3 main reasons: i.) my poor presentation, ii.) the bias of the editor, iii.) my reluctance to appeal.
Would this also be the devil scheme? I don't know. I see a lot of obstacles and hindrances these years while working in this area, sometimes it nearly kills me, sometimes it makes me depressed. But at the same time, the Lord opens doors and enables me to due with the impossibles. I am also getting a bit anxious, as my study visa is coming to an end by next March. Where should I go, and how should I work with the Japanese will become an issue. While continue to have faith in God is one point, having at least some assurance of being able to continue to work in the field is another point. Without published papers, it is difficult to get a teaching nor research position in the institutions.
Please pray with me. Please share with me if the Lord tells you something. Sometimes, I might miss out what He says. Thank you, and lots of love.