RJC Academy Preparing to Go (When Requested)

Revised February, 2014

Course Description:

This four-week study program will help prepare you to go to Japan, and minister in a variety of ways. This is not meant to be a complete preparation kit, but rather to give basic information and tools to further prepare for specific ministries.

Format for Course:
Reading:

• RJC Materials for Preparing to Go class.
• Japan-Guide (http://www.japan-guide.com/) $0.00
• How to Share the Good News With Your Japanese Friend, Mark Reasoner. Available through RJC.
Operation Japan, the comprehensive information and prayer guide concerning Japan and the church in Japan. The CD version is available from Don Wright. Updated and linked with the internet–$5.

Video and Audio: On-line videos and audios.
Practical Application:

1. Interview: One interview with Japanese and one with foreigner concerning their experience in Japan.
If a Japanese person is not available, a contact will be provided.
2. Visit a Japanese Church, if possible.

Writing:

• Weekly Observation Report: Due every Saturday 11:59pm. “What I have learned.”
• Students will read reports from the other students weekly and make comments.

Four Conference Calls (weekly)

Relief Ministry Preparation

  • For those going to minister in the Tohoku area in relief work, please use the following material.
  • Japan Disaster Relief Web site
    Emotional Care Part 1 by Andy Meeko/
    Emotional Care Part 2
    Emotional Care Part 3, Part 4.
    Emotional Care Part 5

    Week 1 Introduction and Basic Orientation

    * RJC Introduction Video, Rick Chuman

    1. Basic Assignments:

  • a. Reading:
  • b. Video:
  • c. Praying for Japanese and Japan, using Operation Japan.
  • 2. Digging Deeper:

  • b. Read Newspaper:
  • 3. Japanese Learning:

    There are many on-line programs. Please use one that fits your level, and include your learning in your blog. Here are several:
    World Venture Language videos

  • Language Phrases #1
  • Language Alphabet #1
  • Additional Japanese Language Videos
  • 4. Writing: Weekly Observations

    There is no minimum or maximum amount here. Use this as an opportunity to reflect and apply what you have read.

    5. Read other students’ writings and comment on these.
    6. Conference Call: : Time to be decided. Skype Registration is required.

    Week 2 Practical Information

    * RJC Practical Information Video (Diane Date)

    1. Basic Assignments:

    a. Reading:

    • 3. Sample Documents:

    b. Video: Getting Around

      Videos available at this site.

    c. Pray

      for Japanese and Japan with Operation Japan.

    2. Digging Deeper:

      a. Do internet searches concerning the locations at which you will be serving.
      b. Find out specific information concerning your ministry.
      c. Read Yomiura Newspaper or Japan Today

    3. Japanese Learning : Continue to review and learn.

    Please use one that fits your level, and include your learning in your blog.

    4. Writing: Weekly Observations:
    5. Read other students’ writings and comment on these.
    6. Conference Call

    Week 3 Japanese Culture

    * RJC Video (David Mills)

    1. Basic Assignments:

    a. Reading:

    c. Interviewing: Interview a Japanese and non-Japanese concerning their experience in Japan.

    2. Digging Deeper

  • 2. Japan Cultural Tendencies
  • Optional:Shame, Man Dishonors God by Roland Muller.
  • 3. Japanese Learning : Continue to review and learn.

    Please use one that fits your level, and include your learning in your blog.

    4. Writing: Weekly Observations
    5. Read other students’ writings and comment on these.
    6. Conference Call

    Week 4 Sharing Jesus

    * RJC Video (Don Wright)

    1. Basic Assignments

    • a. Reading: How to Share the Good News With Your Japanese Friend by Mark Reasoner (“Being an Effective Christian Witness” through “Conserving the Fruit of a New Christian.”
    • b. Visiting a Japanese church (If that is not possible, interview someone who has attended a church.)

    2. Digging Deeper:

    3. Japanese Learning : Continue to review and learn.

    Please use one that fits your level, and include your learning in your blog.

    4. Writing: Weekly Observations
    5. Read other students’ writings and comment on these.
    6. Final Conference Call