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Reaching Japanese for Christ (RJC) is a network of loving Christians, primarily in Norh America, who are helping Japanese who are here temporarily.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Ideas for Sharing Jesus

Recently some one wrote, asking for help about how to share with a Japanese that they would be having for a home stay.

Here are a few ideas that may be helpful:

1. Relax and share and show Jesus' love.
2. Ask questions, like: Have you ever read the Bible? Have you ever gone to a church? What do Japanese believe about God, etc. (Using a "what do Japanese believe" wording helps them to more easily answer).
3. If possible, bring them to your church.
4. If there is time, why don't you order Japanese New Testaments for them?
Check out http://www.multilanguage.com/catalog.htm
There are some good items at http://www.multilanguage.com/jap/Default.htm
The Digest Bible JPN-L22 is a good booklet for those who might not be ready to jump into the Bible itself.
It lists Bibles at: http://www.multilanguage.com/scripture2.htm: I would recommend the JPN-S25 New Testament (Living Japanese?Living English)
5. Ask them if they would be interested in trying out a church in Japan.
6. Be sure to get all their information, especially email addresses, so that you can stay in contact with them for at least 5 years.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Paul Godwin said...

Don,

Would an approach be useful that asks (and that hopefully leads to dialogue), What do you think about the far distant future, even into eternity? Will you keep or lose your Japanese identity? Will there one day be no Japanese identity if the demographic trend of less than replacement birth rate among Japanese doesn't change? This is a real problem that threatens the future of Japanese culture, therefore Japanese identity. What will be your place and your ancestors and descendents place in eternity if there ceases to be a strong, identifiable Japanese nation? Are you familiar with the Bible's teachings on identity and eternity?

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Paul Godwin said...

Don,

Is eternal life undesirable to many Japanese because it appears to them as a never ending drugery of duty to ancestors? Or as the endless wandering of lonely ghosts? If presented as a never ending opportunity to live in a new body that doesn't get sick or tired, to be creatively and joyfully doing things that God has planned for us and designed us for, with no more stress, no more shame, no more worries, no more competition, no more drudgery, etc., would eternity be viewed as a welcome and meaningful hope?

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Scott Howard said...

wow this is really interesting stuff. I don't know much about the Japanese but I am interested. What a great site.

2:45 PM  

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