A Japanese Harpist Finds Her True Identity

A Japanese woman and her husband recently moved back from England, where they’d moved for work. While there she’d become a Christian through the kindness of a local church. She is a gifted player of the koto (Japanese harp), which has always been her status symbol and identity. When she became a Christian, she instead found identity in Christ and considered giving up music completely. A Tokyo church plant hired her to play for the Good Friday service, and she discovered that her skill could be used in praise of God instead of a substitute for God.

Over the following months, MTW’s Community Arts Tokyo team involved her many events that brought her deeper into Christian community. This year she played for the Good Friday service again. She no longer wants to give up music, but is instead beginning to write Japanese worship songs and become more deeply involved in serving the church through worship.

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Staff in Tokyo Japan on Apr 10, 2018

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