It seems like just last week I was sharing with you about an opportunity that we have of providing the training classes for a Bible Training Conference in Japan. Much prayer and preparation has gone into this work and now we are just 5 days from leaving for Japan. Here is where we stand at this time.
The conference is being hosted by a pastor and church in Japan and is called the Olivet Conference. Its purpose is for Bible Training and the theme of the conference is Walking by Faith. The reason for this theme is that the Scripture states in Romans 14:26 that whatsoever is not of Faith is Sin; and in Hebrews 11:6 it states that without faith it is impossible to please Him (God). Putting these two verses together it is clear that one of the most important things that a Christian needs to learn is walking by faith; yet, I have never know a church to make this important enough to warrant a class just on living by faith.
After I wrote my book, The Mystery of Faith, I made a trip to Japan to visit my son who lives there and met a Christian pastor that became a close friend and co-laborer in the Lord’s work, who lives there in Japan. He has made two trips to the US and we have been praying for the Lord to lead us in His will. The last trip was to meet with our church and to plan for this conference. He pastors a small church in Japan yet still has made multiple trips into China to train new pastors. That training is not available in China. When I went to China last year, I witnessed personally the need for training and it is simply not available there.
My burden for the church is to provide such training and Pastor T shares that same burden. We are praying for direction beyond this conference. Right now we have a few of the pieces that could become a training center there in Japan and are simply taking one faith step at a time. We would covet you prayers and ask that you share with us whatever you believe that the Lord has given you to be a part of this endeavor.
Right now there are over 30 church leaders from China that plan to attend this conference as well as over 20 from Japan and a few from other countries. It will be a tri-language conference (that is it will be done in three languages). It will be taught in English as several will be able to understand it in English. It will also be translated into Chinese and Japanese so that it will be heard in their own language. Materials are also being printed in all three languages as well. The need is there, the hunger is there, the opportunity is there and in less than one week we will be there. Our church is sending over a team of 4 to conduct this meeting. I am one of three who will be speaking twice each.
One of the things that we are doing is that after each session of a lesson, there will be a time for those attending the conference to discuss the material amongst themselves and/or ask us questions that they may have. One person has even voiced a request about specific problems they are having with the current persecution of the government. Please pray for us that we can properly represent Christ in our responses and that we can hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
My wife and I are leaving on October 1 and we will not return until October 13. We will get to spend a few days with our son and his family before returning here. Then I will be going to visit another of our sons for about 3 days, returning on the 17th of October. Then my wife is scheduled to have a knee replacement on the 25th of October. There are two reasons that I am sharing this with you and that is to request your prayers and also to let you know that I will not be able to posts for a few weeks. At my first opportunity, I will share some of our mission trip upon my return and then continue posting on this website.
I would like to hear from you as well. Do not be concerned about sending me a response in another language as I have a translator on my computer and will post my response to you. I will avoid sharing things like cities, names and identifying pictures so as to protect those attending the conference. I will share all I can to answer your questions so that you can be a part of the experience. I sense that some of you have found this site and are following along on My Journey. I want you to be as much a part of it as you can be.