Our students are learning!

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Our students are learning about God and His world! One of Kim’s 11th grade students shared, “The main message of Christianity—forgiveness—is backwards in The Scarlet Letter. If someone repents, the Christian community is supposed to forgive them.”

Please continue to pray:

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

Michael and Kim

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Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan

Michael and Kim
P.S. Later month, we’ll be transitioning to a different e-newsletter service. We want to make sure to stay connected, so for a bit, we will probably send you a copy through this service and a copy through the new service. That way, if you don’t receive a copy through the new service, you could let us know!

Please continue to pray

We enjoy hearing the testimonies of Japanese Christians. So, we thought we’d share this video in which Eri shares how she came to know Jesus following an accident.

Please continue to pray:

In March, we’ll be transitioning to a new e-newsletter service. We want to make sure to stay connected with you, so for a bit, we will send you a copy through this service and a copy through the new service. That way, if you don’t receive a copy through the new service, you could let us know.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

Michael & Kim

Our students are learning!

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During first semester, our students learned about God, His world, and their place in it! For example, one of Kim’s 10th graders wrote in an analysis of song lyrics: “Our view and God’s view of beauty is different. As Peter 3:3-4 says, ‘Your beauty should not come from outward adornment…. Rather, it should be that of your inner self…which is of great worth in God’s sight.’”

Thanks for praying for God’s work in Japan:

  • Praise God that our students learned about Him during first semester.
  • Ask God to use OCSI (and other Christian schools in Japan) to reach Japan for Jesus.
  • Praise God for providing elementary and secondary teachers for OCSI for next school year.
  • Ask God to provide a full staff for Christian schools in Japan: Christian Academy in Japan (high school principal), Kansai Christian (elementary teacher, principal), and Kyoto International University Academy (secondary science teacher).

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

Michael & Kim

Hope your 2019 is off to a good start

We hope your 2019 is off to a good start! Our is, and during 2019 we will continue using Christian education to reach Japan for Jesus. Please watch this video in which 3 Japanese Christians share their testimonies and emphasize the importance of reaching children:

https://player.vimeo.com/api/player.js 4/14 Window Movement Japan National Conference Film from 7MEDIA on Vimeo.

Please continue to pray:

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Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!
Michael & Kim
P.S. Don’t forget to check out the video!

Sharing the good news of Jesus at Christmas

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In Japan, Christmas is a great time to share the real meaning of Christmas!

  • Japanese are interested in Christmas, and OCSI held its Christmas programs on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7.
  • Students performed well, and those who attended heard the Gospel.

OCSI December program

Please continue to pray for God’s work in Japan:

  • Praise God that 2 OCSI students recently became Christians.
  • Ask God to use Christmas outreaches to draw Japanese non-Christians to Himself.
  • Ask God to provide staff for next school year for OCSI. We need  teachers (elementary, middle).

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

Michael & Kim

Keep praying for my students!

Screen Shot 2018-11-01 at 3.00.04 PMKim reflects on using Christian education to reach Japan for Jesus. Few Japanese know Jesus, and many of her OCSI students are Japanese.

They trickle into my classroom on a rainy Wednesday morning, these 11th graders of mine. It’s early yet, so some of them put their heads on their desk to catch a few more minutes of sleep before the day truly starts. Some are quietly discussing a math problem. Others are getting out the Chromebooks I’ve checked out from the computer lab for the day’s writing. As more students come into my classroom, I greet them and think of the ways they analyzed their struggles in their recent essays on The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.

For their essays, students wrote an original letter in the same style of The Screwtape Letters, and they critiqued a foible of human nature they notice as a teen at OCSI. They did such an excellent job!

  • One student wrote of the temptation to look good rather than actually be good.
  • Other students wrote about issues particular to Christian schools: questioning what it means when Christians behave badly, or the way familiarity with the Bible can make think you know it all.
  • Most of them wrote insightfully about core issues of adolescence: low self-esteem, focus on image, lying to avoid conflict and confrontation rather than actually solving problems, and the fear of big changes coming when they graduate.

I pray for each of them—they all know their struggles, and some of them know the God who will help them through, while others don’t. But I pray that God will use each of their struggles to create faith or to mature faith in Him. Please keep praying for my students and for Japan!

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Kim talks with a 10th grader about his essay on Biblical peace and justice. The essay is in response to a study of Cry, the Beloved Country.

First quarter went well!

Our first quarter at OCSI went well!

  • Elementary teachers used new science materials to help students learn about God’s world.
  • Students and parents attended Bible studies.
  • Kim’s students improved their writing skills and learned about a biblical perspective.
  • High schoolers made decisions for Jesus.
  • Though we missed 5 days of school due to typhoons, we were all safe.

Please continue to pray:

  • Praise God for a good first quarter at OCSI.
  • Ask God to draw parents (who attend OCSI’s weekly Bible study) to Himself.
  • Ask God to provide a full staff for next school year. OCSI needs teachers (elementary, middle, high), a head of school, and a maintenance coordinator.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

Michael and Kim
P.S. To learn more, check out OCSI on Facebook and Instagram!

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Kim is pumped about what her students learned

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Kim is pumped about what her students learned about a biblical perspective, after reflecting on Cry, the Beloved Country. Here are some essay excerpts:
  • “Love for God should come first, and when it does, your love for His creation, other people, and yourself should follow suit.”
  • “God created the world. If you disrespect his creation, that means that same thing as disrespecting God.”
  • “Through all the pain and sufferings, it is for us to stand firm with faith and to always go to God in times of need.”
Thanks for praying:
  • Praise God for what students are learning about a biblical perspective.
  • Praise God for safety during recent typhoons.
  • Praise God for the 17 OCSI parents who are attending an English/Bible class.
  • Ask God to provide a full staff for next school year.
Michael & Kim
P.S. You my recall that this is our final year at OCSI, after which we are going on home assignment for a year. In November, we are going to visit 2 international Christian schools as we consider future ministry possibilities. Should be a good trip!