JEMS Church planters in Iwate

2014 Summer VBS

This year we ran our second annual VBS at the church where we serve in Iwate. We saw a lot of new kids, as well as previous contacts we’ve made through mommy and me english programs, and other programs. It was great teaching the kids to sing songs like ‘peace like a river’, and seeing many of them listen intently during the messages of Jesus’ love for them. Here are a few photos from the five day event!

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Pastor Otsuka shared a message from the Bible each day. Many of the kids heard about Jesus for the first time!20140806_092844

We had nine summer workers from three different churches helping us, they were great!

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Summer VBS finished with a song recital during our Sunday morning church service that resulted in 92 people in attendance. A regular Sunday sees about 25 people in attendance, and we have 40 chairs available. A lot of people were sitting on the foor!

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After church we ate hot dogs!

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After VBS, one of our team members, a seminarian and prospective missionary, stayed a few extra days and we visited a temporary housing community center on the tsunami-struck coast. It has been three years since the tsunami, so some of the younger kids have spent half their lives in temporary housing.

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Me playing with the kids. Although you can’t see the kids in this picture, there were kids. I wasn’t just doing this by myself.

Thanks to everyone who gave, prayed, sent people, or came to Japan to help with VBS this Summer! The VBS continues to be a big outreach program for our church plant here in Iwate. Since the VBS we have seen one of the families returning to church, please pray that they would come to know the love of Christ!

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