Tuesday, November 9, 2010

October 2010: Missions Month

AKC International Ministry Spearheads Missions Month

Each year is different, but October has become a de facto tradition as AKC’s missions-emphasis month. Since 2008, we’ve done several initiatives to inculcate into the hearts and minds of our congregants the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ. We’ve also provided opportunities for hands-on outreach-related activities.

Although it rained both Sundays on October 3 and 24, a squad of committed people from AKC went out and about near Hankyu Saiin and Kyoto Stations. They were armed with umbrellas, copies of the Book of Hope and assorted church materials to distribute to passersby. Thirty-three people volunteered in the distributions, reaching some 100 people in the process and multiplying the blessings to everyone.

In the home front, we also raised funds by serving two sacrificial meals as people gave voluntarily towards the project. Proceeds are earmarked for causes and ministries to be decided soon.

The Gideons International ministry in Japan also received a considerable support from our group. We invited Dr. Toyoyuki Nishi, the Bible distributor’s Kyoto representative, who testified about God’s amazing work through their ministry.

Another significant event we held was the seminar by Dr. Kunio Sakurai on the “Biblical and Legal Study on Immigration and Labor in Japan” catering mainly to the foreign audience on October 3rd.

The month’s activities were capped by a film showing on the situation of Christians in a restricted country in the Middle East. It was disturbing, to put it mildly, but totally engaging and challenging our notions of our version of Christianity in a free country like Japan.

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