It has been well over a year since Rev. Makoto Fukuda, his wife Michiru, and Dutch missionary family Geert and Eline de Boo began the process of networking, preparing, planning and organizing Grace City Church Tokyo, a new church plant in the heart of Tokyo's Ginza district.
Tokyo is one of the largest, most expensive, and most secular cities in the world. Grace City Church has begun meeting in a central shopping district in walking distance of Tokyo station, lowering the threshold for newcomers to attend. They have begun monthly worship services and weekly "simple worship" which consists of teaching about the core values of the church.
They have also held several outreach events, including talks on "art and the city (church)" with acclaimed Japanese artist Makoto Fujimura, movie scenario writer Yu Shibuya, and (former) urban designer Geert de Boo; as well as a Christmas music concert in the financial district of Marunouchi.
Many of the guests were drawn to the warm and relaxed atmosphere in the midst of the never seizing pressures of life in Tokyo for many young professionals. Through the various events we seek to serve the city and have an increasing number of Tokyoites experience a warm community, introducing them to the Gospel of Grace.
On Easter Sunday, not a holiday familiar to most Japanese, 80 people attended the worship service including 14 non-believers of whom several were visiting a church for the very first time.
Please thank God with us for:
+ a growing number of people attending the worship services and increasing evangelistic momentum also in community groups;
Please pray with us for:
+ sufficient momentum to start weekly worship from May;
+ many to attend the new series of CROSSROAD evangelistic Bible studies;
+ for several upcoming outreach events and a church retreat;
+ urgent financial needs;
+ Rev. Seima Aoyagi and his family who are raising funds to join the team in August;
+ Thierry and Antonia Richards who were just accepted to join the team as candidate-staff in January next year.
To support this very strategic ministry in a very costly city, you can send a tax-deductible contribution to Redeemer City to City, Tokyo Project Acct. #23617, 1359 Broadway #1102, New York NY 10018.
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