I hope you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. We spent our holiday travelling to Florida where my wife and I spent a few days at Disneyland with my son and daughter-in-law, daughter, and two grandkids. It was crazy. CRAZY! There was so many people. But we had a good time.
I’m starting off 2016 doing a bit of travelling with TWR Canada. Most of this week, I’m visiting and doing ministry business in British Columbia and Alberta, so today’s post is a little shorter than normal.
My good friend Samuel Tan is TWR International Director for North East Asia
. Some of you may remember receiving or handing out Bible tracts. It’s not as popular as it used to be in Canada, but our partner TWR Asia is seeing great success with them in Japan.
Map highlights Tohoku region of Japan
They call them Donkey Tracts, because the donkey carried the Good News (Jesus) into the city just a few days before Christ’s death and resurrection. Volunteers from China and Singapore met with Japanese pastors and believers to hand deliver Bible tracts, copies of the Book of John, and flyers promoting TWR programs and schedules to homes in the Tohoku region (the area most affected by the 2011 tsunami — highlighted in light blue on the map). The Scripture distribution was done in partnership with The Gideons International in Canada.
“Japan is a spiritually hard ground. It’s a missionary graveyard.” Samuel Tan
Samuel told me that when Japanese people hear the gospel message through the radio they don’t take offense against a particular person and are more open to seeking out answers on their own.
TWR broadcasts four programs in the Tohoku region of Japan: Praise and Worship, Power of Gospel, Blessing Japan, and Season of Hope. Just a year ago, I reported here that TWR had begun broadcasting just two programs in Japanese. There has been a great response to this ministry.
In total, 9,700 Bible tracts, books of John, and radio program flyers each were distributed by volunteers in four cities where local churches had partnered with TWR. At times, the volunteers walked 17km per day over their 7-9 day mission trip.
“We focused this program on the Tohoku region of Japan which was the area most affected by the 2011 tsunami. People’s hearts are softening and they are more open to God’s word than ever before. We will continue to distribute the Donkey Tracts and Book of John in 2016 to those in Japan who have not heard of the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” said Samuel Tan.
Recently, I have been told a number of stories of people who have come to Christ as a result of receiving a tract. One story was a lady from Malaysia who received a tract when she was 9 years old. This tract changed her live and eventually the life of her family.As tracts are distributed in Japan, our prayer is that the same thing will happen. People will find Christ in a nation where there seems to be little interest as was the case in Malaysia.
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:15SaveSaveSave