Keeping Faith a Secret

Aug 01, 2019 • Japanese

In a collectivist culture like Japan, people pride themselves on blending in. Something as simple as dressing differently from the rest of your coworkers could cause anxiety. This is the dilemma that many Japanese seekers face when they explore the Christian faith. “In Japan, there is little opportunity to know...

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The Perfect Gift

Dec 07, 2018 • Japanese

The Christmas season often comes with feelings of warmth and comfort from being with family and loved ones. As Christians, we spend that time together in celebration of the birth of our Savior. But Christmas can also be an isolating and lonely time if you are the only one who...

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No Longer an Orphan

Oct 31, 2018 • Japanese

Mrs. Ohashi was discouraged, going through a difficult time with her daughter. One day, in her work of selling products door to door, she met Nanami (not her real name), a woman who understood Ohashi’s pain and invited her to church. Although she had never been in a church, the...

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Rooted in Faith, Despite Persecution

Sep 11, 2018 • Japanese

In 1991, a Japanese woman named Yuriko said she believed in Jesus. But it took her nearly 26 years to be baptized because of pressure from her family. “It may sound incredible to Western people that a grown adult needs permission from her parents, but it happens quite often in...

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The Church in My Town

Jan 04, 2018 • Japanese

Elichi and Kazuto* share more than friendship. They are on a journey together to learn about Jesus. The boys live in Kumamoto, Japan, the city that was nearly destroyed in the April 2016 earthquake. Nearly every citizen was affected in some way. During this time Elichi and Kazuto discovered a...

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A Christmas baptism

Dec 03, 2017 • Japanese

Mr. Yoshiichiro Tokuhara can recall the first time he heard about Jesus. It was December of 1983, a few weeks before Christmas. He was 12 years old, living in Japan and listening to a shortwave radio—a popular means of communication at the time. Listening to Back to God Ministries International’s...

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A Mother and Son are Baptized

May 25, 2017 • Japanese

“I was raised in a house where there are Shinto and Buddhist altars,” shares Yasuko Kikuchi, a member of the Back to God Ministries International staff in Japan. The majority of Japan’s population identify themselves as followers of the Buddhist or Shinto faith, whereas less than 1% claims Jesus as...

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A Media Ministry in Japan

Jan 02, 2017 • Japanese

In an historic move, the Reformed Church of Japan (RCJ), Christian Reformed World Missions-Japan (CRJM), and Back to God Ministries International (BTGMI) signed an agreement to strengthen media missions in Japan, where less than 2% of the population openly professes faith in Christ.   On October 12, 2016, two hundred...

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Christmas Around the World

Dec 06, 2016 • All, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian

What does Christmas mean to people in other countries? Back to God Ministries International serves a widely diverse cultural audience. Our indigenous ministry leaders shared some of the traditions and challenges of celebrating Christ’s birth in the places they serve. In China, Christmas is about the magical power of love...

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The Lonely Road to Acceptance

Oct 20, 2015 • Japanese

Because of Takahiro’s mental disability, his engagement with people was sometimes awkward. He’s never really had a sense of belonging—until now. Takahiro was baptized in the Catholic Church, but not raised in a Christian home. In his early thirties, he became a frequent listener of Morning Word and Let’s Open...

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