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Missionary Spotlight-Japan Spiritual void
December 2000

Missionary Spotlight-Japan Spiritual void

As a newly arrived English teacher in Japan, I used to ask my students what religion they belonged to. I was surprised when the responses came, 'I am not religious'. At first I thought these young people were so absorbed in materialism that they no longer saw religion as relevant. But in time I…

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Missionary Spotlight-Japan Sowing in tears
December 2000

Missionary Spotlight-Japan Sowing in tears

Like thousands of other British teenagers called to do National Service in the early 1950s, I first arrived in Japan on a troopship. We docked at Kure, a few kilometres up the coast from Hiroshima. Since Japan opened its doors to foreigners in the mid-nineteenth century, Kure had become a major shipbuilding base. When…

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Missionary Spotlight-Japan
December 2000

Missionary Spotlight-Japan

Protestant churchesProtestant missionaries came to Japan from the United States and Britain during the later nineteenth century, with a clear understanding of the gospel and a zeal for evangelising the Japanese. They learnt the language and translated the Bible into Japanese, along with other Christian literature. Many people were converted to Christ. The first…

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Missionary Spotlight-Japan
December 2000

Missionary Spotlight-Japan

From Buddha to JesusI was born into a staunchly Buddhist and Shinto family. When I was three years old, my mother tried to teach me a long Buddhist prayer, but I made so many mistakes that she often scolded me and punished me by making me go without breakfast.Once a year in the winter…

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