One of the joys of pastors in Every Nation Japan is to plant thriving churches. Churches that reach out to a different community other than their own. It’s been years of dreaming and now Yokohama Grace Bible church has planted two churches. Yokosuka Grace Bible Church to the south of Yokohama started in 2006 and Grace Tokyo planted in January 2008, headed by Glen and Linda Nabarrete.
11 people joined Glen, Linda, Kara, Maiken and Chase on a cold January Sunday to celebrate God’s faithfulness to Japan and has grown to around 60 faithful people. Japanese, Filipino, American, make up this international church in this international city situated in Shibuya which is one of the 23 wards, that make Tokyo one of the biggest cities in the world. They meet in a ‘live house’, which most people would know as a bar/restaurant. They are growing slowly with young people who are excited about making disciples, excited about prayer, and excited about engaging people. Students are reaching out in Sophia and Tokyo University. There is a greater stirring in the people of Grace Tokyo. Something is in the air and it smells like discipleship. It smells like revival.
In the summer the Christian Broadcasting Network News came and did a piece on Grace Tokyo. Have a look and see what your EN family is doing in Japan. http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2011/July/An-Awakening-Youth-Revive-Japans-Dying-Church/