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.

Thank you for your prayers and your support of MTW. Your prayers and donations help enable our missionaries to disciple young believers, deepen their faith, and help them live out their true identity in Christ. 

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Staff in Tokyo Japan on Apr 10, 2018

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Pray today for those serving in the arts. Pray that God would use their unique gifts and talents to build His kingdom!

Pray for those in MTW's Tokyo Gospel Choir, comprised of both believers and non-believers. Pray that many would come to faith through the music.

Pray for youth around the world to come to faith, and pray for missionaries who minister to the next generation. Young people often impact their whole familes for Christ.

Pray for those who are coming to faith in Japan. Pray that they would find their identity in Christ and grow strong in Him. 

Pray for those in ministry trained by Christ Bible Institute in Nagoya, Japan. Pray that they would live and proclaim the gospel.

Pray for Japanese pastor Nozomu and family as they grow a church plant in one of the least-reached prefectures in Japan. 

Pray for the Japanese men and women impacted by the gospel during recent homestays in the U.S. to continue in faith as they return to Japan.

Pray for the church-planting efforts of the Nagoya, Japan, team to be effective and that God would grow the Church in Japan.

Pray for the relationships missionaries are developing with Japanese men and women. Pray for common interests and connections to be a bridge to the gospel.

Pray for the men and women in Japan who have been attending church to make a public commitment to Christ and to express their faith through baptism.