2017/07/10

Japan Mission trip 2017










 
We recently had Japan mission trip. We visited two churches in Yamanashi and one church in Hamamatsu.  We also had IJCS reunion with returnees. We have close relations with Japanese churches in Japan.


IJCS (International Japanese Church of Singapore) occasionally have BBQ fellowship.
Feel Free to join us!  Next BBQ fellowship plan on 2 September.



We worship here every Sunday 4:00 pm.  Japanese to English sumultaneous interpretation provided.  You can bring your Japanese frineds anytime.
We have free Japanese Bible for you to take home.

2017/05/14

Baptism Celebration

IJCS was blessed with a mother and a daughter's baptism on Mother's Day.
 




 
Many Friends from ICS came and celebrated their very special day!
 
Confession of Faith  by the daughter M.I
I believe that I am a sinner.
I believe that God sent his only Son to die on the cross to pay for my sin.
   I can talk to Him.  He makes me Happy. Jesus rose from the dead.
He lives with us. I want to go to the Church.
Thank you Jesus for my family.
Confession of Faith by the mother M.I
The beginning of knowing Christ was when my family moved to Singapore about 2 years ago and my 3 daughters started attending Christian school, International Community School (ICS).  In ICS, teachers, school staff and many of families are Christian. They have very warm heart to reach out and help people in need, and the encounter with them has made good changes in my heart day by day.
The Bible my daughters brought back from school was the first bible I read, though it didn't sink in my heart at all.
Around the same time, I was invited to bible study for parents and started attending to make friends. Through the bible study, I have been blessed with many Christian friends who are always supportive. Their kindness naturally coming from their hearts and their actions with consideration are what I always respect. I met Ms. K in IJCS through ICS too.
Last summer, the condition of my mother, who had been fighting against cancer for two years, worsened and I went back to Japan. At that time, many Christian friends prayed for me, encouraged and supported me. My mother passed away later, but through her death, I started contemplating life, death, and religion. Then the teaching in Christianity naturally sank in my heart. After 49-day memorial service after her death, I sorted out my feeling and came back to Singapore. Around that time, I was invited by Ms. K to small bible study group, and got to know Pastor I and other members of IJCS through the group. As studying bible in Japanese, I realized the depth of the Bible. I felt the Bible was speaking to my current situation and wanted know more about Jesus.
I wondered what "sinner" means in the Bible. Sinner sounds like a criminal who commits heavy crime. However, sinner in the Bible means unfaithful person. Since the moment Adam and Eve did not follow the promise with God, unfaithfulness have resided in every human's heart and we are born with unfaithfulness in our nature.
I have always felt something is missing in my heart. I assume many people feel in the same way. According to the Bible, we are losing "refuge" of heart due to the sin of unfaithfulness. I was indeed a sinner without faith for 44 years. 
I have been blessed many things since small, I have grown up with everything I needed and now I'm blessed with beloved husband and children, but I have failed to see those blessings because of busy life. I realized that I should not take any small blessing for granted. Because I now know Jesus, I can have appreciation to all circumstances I'm placed, even if it is hardship.
Within a year after mother's death, in March 2017, I confronted harsh reality again. My father, who was always healthy, visited hospital for just short consultation and found out he actually had last stage cancer. As there was no cure, he was told to go home and prepare himself. Not only him but all family were shaken by this sudden notice.
Same as the time for mother, I sometimes felt like being crushed by helplessness. However, I could still stand strong thanks to the support and prayer from family, friends from ICS and IJCS. The Bible spoke to me in many ways especially in this period.
In the Bible, it is promised that God gives us challenges to grow, so I also took that this hardship was given by God to grow. Jacob 1:2-4 says "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." This verse supported my heart.
On April 13, father passed away. Through my parents' death, I started thinking about the meaning of death - which comes to me someday as well, on the day only God knows. 
I used to have so much fear to death by thinking that everything ends when I die. But the Bible told me something good is waiting after death if we follow God and live with faith. It is the eternal life in which we live with God in heaven with peace. This gives me hope. Sometimes grief suddenly attacks me, but I leave my parents to God, who surely takes care of my parents.
It was very hard for me as a child to see my parents suffer. However, I take the hard time as blessing from God, and it is also blessing that my parents showed me how to live until the last moment. I give thanks to God for all the blessings and declare that I take a firm step every day even when I face to difficulties, trusting that Jesus is always with me.
I could reach this day because of my family's deep understanding and support, guidance by Pastor I  and all Christian friends. I appreciate all of you here. Jesus was crucified for us and resurrected, and I believe Jesus is still living in our hearts as a savior.
 


2017/04/28

Confession of Faith and Baptism service on Easter


 
Confession of Faith    16 April, 2017    by Y. Y.
I’m grateful that I have made it this far being supported by many prayers.
In God's Plan, past 57 years of my life was just a prologue before starting new life. I have deep emotion while feeling strange to be baptized, but "Let us go over to the other side (Mark 4:35)," Jesus is standing beside me and accompanying me to the other side no matter how big storm comes. 
Once I saw the verse from bible in TV drama: "he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear (1 Cor 10:13)," and it was my first encounter with bible. I was introduced IJCS by God's arrangement and attended Sunday service for  the first time on 1st June 2014. However, I regretted coming soon after the service started because I felt I was out of place. I missed my chance to escape while sitting and standing during the service, then sermon on Genesis by Pastor Ito had started. Genesis Chapter 1 says, "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good" - I got to know the magnificent story of God's creation and God created us and saw that we were good. I was encouraged by this story and I wanted to enrich my life by knowing more about bible. Therefore, I started attending IJCS's Sunday service and found comfortableness in worship songs, as if I'm floating in the ocean gracefully. 
As studying bible, I have realized that the desire to know God's Words only to enrich my own life is selfish thought. Rather, I noticed that God let us live rich life by teaching His Words. 
Sometimes I found it difficult to accept certain verses in bible: "You shall not commit adultery" for instance. In New Testament, having mere lust without any action is already considered as sin, however, it is natural for Adam to have affection towards women who are Eva's descendants, so as to have desire to them. I felt this covenant is impossible for me to keep.
Also, we Japanese have rich spiritual culture based on the spirit to worship nature, which was nurtured by accepting Buddhism, Confucianism and other cultures. Though we seem atheist, faith in spiritual culture has become part of our custom through the history. I felt I could not just renounce this culture and could not believe in God in Trinity as only God to become Christian. Meanwhile, I was also aware that my life had been certainly enriched than before, so I was content to stay as just one of "fans" of Jesus without becoming a part of flock of His lamb.

Then, one day, the encounter with this verse suddenly opened my eyes: "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (1 John 4:10)" 
What was I waiting for? God loves us, He loves us as much as He sent His only Son to wash away our sins. This is everything, there is nothing more to ask for.

"You shall not commit adultery" - no human being can keep this stringent "regulation" and only God can make it. This mere fact already tells us we are all sinners before Lord.

I can still cherish the heart of Japanese while believing in God as our only God. What is more important and necessary for us is to respond to God's love, as He loved us first, He created us and saw good.

As I decided to accept God's unconditional love and I was forgiven, I hereby declare that  I walk together with Jesus Christ, the savior.

Lord, please bless all people and family here today.
Lord, please encourage us not to be afraid when we hesitate to take a brave step.
Lord, please discipline us when our faith is shaken.
Lord, let us rest beside you when we are hurt and weary.
I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.


2017/04/17

Happy Easter !



We had very blessed Easter Worship Service to have Japanese Missionaries to Cambodia as a guest speaker.  IJCS Youth led the worship. We are blessed to have a baptism service at Easter Worship.

2017/04/04

Happy Easter!

Easter Worship Service invitation:

International Japanese Church of Singapore (IJCS) will have
Easter Worship Service  16 April, 4:00pm
at Kay Poh Road Baptist Church  7 Kay Poh Road

Good Friday Worship Service
14 April 4:00 pm
at the same venue.

Simultaneous interpretation Japanese to English will be provided
You are more than welcome!

イースター礼拝とグッドフライデー礼拝のご案内です。
どちらも午後4時から。
Kay Poh Road Baptist Church 2階の礼拝堂です。
子どもプログラムもあります。
初めての方も、お気軽にお出かけください。
英語の同時通訳があります。

4月14日(金)はグッドフライデー礼拝です。午後4時から。
イエス・キリストの十字架を思い起こす礼拝をします。
心を静めて、賛美と聖書からのメッセージを聞きませんか?
4月16日(日)はイースター礼拝です。午後4時から。
イエス・キリストの復活の喜びをあらわしましょう。
礼拝の中で、バプテスマ(洗礼)式も行われます。
どなたでも、ご参加いただけます。
日本語から英語への同時通訳もあります。