07. Sea Glass

When the tsunami siren sounded, Hiroko tied her dog, Kai, to a tree and headed for the shelter. “I’ll be right back,” she said. Kai waved his tail in reply. Hiroko didn’t think there was any danger. Why would she? Her town was protected by 13-foot sea walls. And sirens often went off after earthquakes. Forty-five minutes later, she watched in horror as the tsunami surged over those walls and tore through her town. …

06. Taking A Pounding

There is so much brokenness in this world! Just by me speaking to you right now, it’s very likely that some of you are suffering, or someone you know is suffering. Especially now, during COVID-19. Life is hard, and we would be fools to think otherwise. It’s a terrible part of this world, and you know, frankly, it makes me a little bit angry. We want to protect the ones we love from suffering, but we can’t. So, where’s there hope in that? How can we keep on going? How do we overcome this? …

Love Bird

What a crazy year! There have been many jokes about 2020 giving us anything but a 2020 vision for the future. I am a musician and had a lot of plans for performing and recording that have not been able to happen. I could, of course, keep practicing, but music loses a lot of its appeal when there is no way to play for anyone. As a missionary, I constantly ask the question: What is most helpful for church-planting? How can I best use my creativity? …

キノコ式開拓伝道

2020年5月31日のペンテコステの日曜日にグレースシティチャーチ東京は10年記念日を迎えた。世界でも特にクリスチャンが少ない日本で教会開拓ムーブメントを起こすのは不可能なことだと言われていたが、この10年で開拓伝道により新たに10の教会もできた。…

Comparing Apples & Mushrooms

On Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020, Grace City Church Tokyo celebrates its tenth anniversary. From the beginning, the church planting team attempted the impossible, to encourage a church-planting movement in the most expensive place, in the second largest unreached people group in the world. We did not want to plant just one church. We wanted to encourage the growth of many churches. …