2015 Japan – Luna Oh

Growing in Love for Japan

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities- his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. –Romans 1:20

The first time I went to Japan was 20 years ago. I was an elementary school student and didn’t know much about the country. I was a child, so the memory of this trip to Japan is quite blurry. But, even as a kid, I learned what developed countries like by looking at their streets, and people’s polite behavior. I think I understood for sure that this nation was very wealthy and seemed better country than my own country, Korea.

20 years have passed and I visited my neighbor country again. This time, I was with a team of 12 ministers sent by church to do Kingdom works. I had changed a lot over the last 20 years. I grew up, met God personally and most of all, I was no longer a kid. I was going to Japan with a mission this time! I was called to bring God’s Kingdom to this nation. It was my desire therefore to witness many salvations, healings, miracles, and revival! I dreamed big and expected to see the result on the spot. But this trip didn’t go according to what I had hoped. Rather, it went according to God’s greater plan.

Japan was still good looking: super clean, gorgeous skyscrapers, and kind people. I couldn’t find any lack in her appearance. Our team danced and sang in the streets. We did a fantastic job but many of Japanese people were not interested in our awesome performance. I imagined people gathering around us and asking questions. I imagined us introducing Jesus very naturally, sharing our testimonies, the people getting touched, and receiving Jesus as their savior! What a perfect scenario this was, it but it didn’t happen. It was hard because there was no reaction. But I still saw hope and was amazed by God’s love and His faithful work in other ways that I did not expect.

It was Baptism Sunday at Fuse Community Church and I saw 5 beautiful brothers and sisters in Christ baptized with water and the Holy Spirit. Each of their testimonies was so powerful! But two people were especially highlighted to me. The first person was a funny middle-aged man. Even though he was not trying, when he spoke, people would laugh out of joy. This man had met a very friendly foreigner (a missionary at Fuse Church) at the dental clinic. And it was basically through that foreigner that he got to know Jesus and received Him as his savior! When the man shared the theme verse of his testimony, I started to cry because I had never felt that verse so strongly before. John 10:10 reads, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” When the man recited his Bible verse, I knew that it was a true life story for him. When he used to worship many idols including Jesus as just one of the saints, he was not living abundantly. But it is only through Jesus Christ that he finally had true freedom and joy in his life! Witnessing his confession was so touching!

The other person who was highlighted to me was Daichi. He is young college student, speaking English fluently, so he serves Fuse Church as a translator. He was so bright and energetic whenever we saw him, so I thought he was just a very sanguine and outgoing guy. But hearing his intense story as he was getting baptized made me think again and repent of my quick assumption. If we met Christ personally in our lives, we should have 180 degree lifestyle change just like Daichi! He is not lukewarm Christian. He is on fire of God! His vision for the next generation of Japan and the youth for this nation are so big and full of passion! I am so excited for what the Lord has in store for him, and how He will use Daichi for His glory in Japan!

God was truly doing an amazing work amongst his chosen people in Japan. I no longer see this nation as a beautiful but hopeless, forgotten, abandoned nation any more. I have witnessed God’s people, Kingdom culture, and His steady works! Now I can pray for my neighbor country with zeal and expectation! Through this trip I have finally started to grow in love for this nation. Japan is marked by God’s excellence and grace. Many Japanese people may not understand our God as our creator yet, but through everything the Lord has made in this developed nation, they can clearly see His invisible qualities- his eternal power and divine nature. God loves Japan!

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