I am a sansei (3rd generation Japanese-American) born in San Francisco, California, USA. After reading David Wilkerson’s “The Cross & The Switchblade,” I joined the Good News Gathering at Lowell High School. The leader, Jeff, presented the Four Spiritual Laws and led me to Christ.
I studied Japanese at Lowell and Mission College in Santa Clara. I took Japanese histoy at City College of San Francisco. Currently, I am using the interactive 100% audio Pimsleur Language System to learn how to speak and understand Nihon Go.
I am enjoying the English translation of Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami.
I went to Urbana–the largest student missions conference in the US– with 18,000 others at the University of Illinois. When challenged, I was stood up with thousands expressing my willingness to explore missions. Several years later, I went to Argentina with Harvest Evangelism. I joined over 300 short-term missionaries from 31 nations. We split up in teams to pray with marketplace & church believers in every province of this beautiful and facinating country.
Through the American Medical Writer’s Association, I developed friendships with two Japanese. I hope to join my AMWA friend from Osaka and my AMWA friend from Tokushima for a trip to Mt. Fuji, this year. I don’t think either is saved yet.
I have sent Christian worship video clips from local churches in Japan, and books (Cross and the Swithchblade, Run Baby Run, Chasing the Dragon, More Than a Carpenter, and Safely Home) to them in an effort to share the Gospel.
I have encountered a cloud over the minds of my Japanese collegues. I posit that it may be partially due to a cultural gap. One friend, Uchimi, emailed that he has trouble understanding Bible versus as well as concepts of Christianity. My other friend Tami, admits to being a luke warm Buddhist. For both, I sense that something invisible is preventing their hearts, minds, and spirits from knowing Jesus.
My lack of understanding of Japanese culture is not helping things. I have a veil over my mind as to how Japanese people think. I have much to discover. I look forward to unlocking some of these mysteries with you all. I hope each of us can have at least one epiphany–a new perspective,a new insight– so we can be more effective evangelists; and more helpful to the Holy Spirit in His work. May the veil over the hearts and minds of precious Japanese souls bel lifted.
May the Kingdom of God come to Japan!