With a new installment posted each week, the videos first aired Mar. 2-4 before a crowd of nearly 12,000 at the Grande 21 Arena in Sendai. The audience also heard messages from evangelist Franklin Graham and music by such groups as Korea’s 3rd Wave. In a city with just 83 churches and 25 members in the average congregation, the event saw more than 400 people make first-time commitments to follow Jesus. Area pastors cooperated to sponsor Celebration of Hope, which provided them with an opportunity to refresh after nearly a year of ministering to disaster victims.
In addition, Jesus.net Japan supported the Mar. 7-11 northern Japan speaking tour of bestselling author Philip Yancey and will be involved with four BGEA events in 2013. Its partners in Japan include Campus Crusade for Christ and CRASH Japan.
Part of an Internet evangelism effort to reach millions shaken by the March 2011 disasters, Jesus.net Japan’s initial “Hope for Living” web site has generated considerable online traffic. It introduces visitors to survivors of earlier earthquakes and other traumatic experiences. Their stories illustrate how, in the midst of great turmoil, their faith in God strengthened them or the pressure inspired them to come to know Christ.
Jesus.net Japan recently rolled out a second, complementary site, “Knowing God,” (www.knowinggod.jp)
“A year after the disasters, we are more encouraged than ever,” says Andy Game, director of Jeus.net Japan. “With only a fraction of our nation expressing belief in Christ, the response to Franklin Graham’s messages will dramatically increase the church’s presence in Sendai and beyond. Add to that our continuing efforts to connect seekers with churches, and we see bright days ahead. “
““The work of Hope for Living is increasing in importance, as much of the world moves on to other concerns while the Japanese try to make sense of their future,” said Yukio Konishi, the Japanese Coordinator. “People appreciate us being there for them to respond to their questions and concerns. Our availability online plugs a gap that many spiritual seekers cannot fill elsewhere.”
Jesus.net Japan is a part of Jesus.net (www.Jesus.net)