Mar 30, 2012

Rapping up the trip

So, I've totally missed the timing of this post.......

here is my excuse:
I have been super busy since the last three days in Sendai. Very hectic time!!

But finally I have sometime to blog now. Here is quick update of my life.

Tohoku Celebration of Hope was totally blessed by our Great God.
First day, the attendance was very small due to heavy snow and the day being normal day. Frankly speaking, it was kinda disappointing. But, we saw people coming to Christ, which gives great excitement regardless of the number.
Saturday morning was so cool. One of our friend, who is on staff of the crusade graciously invited us to their morning devotion. There, Franklin Graham made very good comment on last night. He said something like, "it can be seen as small, but regardless the heavy snow, hundreds of people came and heard message. Moreover, we witnessed people coming to faith in Christ. And it was already second largest Christian event in Sendai, what more can we expect next two days.".
I know Franklin had been on stage before thousands or ten-thousands of people, yet he thanked and gave glory to God for the night. It was very humbling to me.
Franklin Graham greeting attendees 
I also got to meet Bill Batstone, the legend of CCM!!!
God poured great blessing upon the next two days. We had seen hundreds of people responding to the invitation, lives being changed and smiles on their faces.

Oh, what did I do??
We were assigned to security, which means that we made sure no one without permission gets in regulated area and the guests are safe.
That also meant that we don't get to see the show on stage a lot since we are to be in back stage or ailes. But we had fun doing it and most importantly, it was simply blessing to just be albe to serve.
Kirk Franklin being interviewed
 Gospel presentation by Franklin Graham
 The bus driver of the PR bus came to received Christ!!
Our friend Yumi is interviewing him. 
 this is what we did...
this is what we saw....
Over 13,000 people attended the event and more than 400 people committed their lives to Christ over the weekend. WOW!
We had fantastic experience in Sendai. The team from Virginia did great job serving the people there. They represented Christ in the way only God can take its glory.

What I thought after this weekend event was this,
This is just a starting point. I don't think the number is big enough in a sense. 
We will see more and more come to Christ after this. This is just the igniter, the starting fire or the fuse for the larger fire that is about to come to the place. 
Please pray for Tohoku and Japan.
They are planning to hold crusades in other major cities in Japan including Hiroshima and Tokyo. 
I can't help expecting revival to happen in this nation. 

Would you join me in prayer for Japan?

Mar 3, 2012

Battery is being charged

I finally missed the blog update yesterday.........

It's already late at night. So I'll let the photos and description do the telling.

Yesterday was preparation day for Hope of Celebration. We got there early in the morning and helped setting things up. The team worked hard and at the end of the day, most of us were wiped out........

started the work with prayer

getting protection for the floor

protection done.

lights and sounds being installed

chairs are done



Today, Friday was the first day of the event. We are assigned to do security. So, it was very fun to be in behind the stage(I meant not in terms of location but our situation) . We didn't get to see what was going on in the arena, but we were just happy to be able to serve there.


show time!!!

behind the stage, outside

cars for VIP

Please keep this crusade in prayer that more people will come next two days.

PS: It snowed so hard today that car's battery actually stopped working for a while and needed to be charged as our spiritual energy was being charged.

Mar 1, 2012

slow but fruitful

I feel today went slowly fast. Yep, I am aware of the contradiction of it  but it's how I feel. We didn't do much but I felt the day went so fast.

First we did laundries in the morning. It was just on right timing we needed. But other than putting clothes in the washing machine and drying machine, we didn't have much to do, so we just hang out at McDonalds and Mosburgers.
It was nice fellowship time. (I did not take any pictures during this time...)

After the laundries, we went to Higashimatsushima to pick up a stuff at Robbs. They are a couple who moved there from Okinawa to minister people there. They weren't there but it was nice to see their house and how the area looked like. It was heavily damaged area. We got to pray for the area and Robbs. Please keep them in your prayer.

Then we headed to Ishinomaki and did some works that was left to be done from yesterday. While guys were working on building, ladies prepared the meal to serve at Bible study at temporary housing. Guys did really nice job and ladies cooked very delicious bean soup.
one thing I like this team for is that they are putting up with conbini foods everyday.
If I were them, I could have been stressed!!

So, we went to Bible study at temporary housing. This study has been held for half year so far. I think I remember this is the only temporary housing that has consistant Bible study.
We served food and shared music. Pastor Rick taught the word. It was very special night.

So it was another blessed day. Please keep this group in your prayer that they will come to know Jesus personally and be His disciples.