Kiyohito Kubo

Recent Ministry

Hiroshi comes for a single Sunday worship, every three months or so, with his wife and son. Hiroshi has a Buddhist background and was a staunch Buddhist. He studied in the States during high school, and his Christian host family was the first to reach out to him with the gospel. At first, Hirhosi shared with us that he rejected believing in God. Still, after he returned to Japan, he visited churches for several years despite not yet understanding the gospel. Later, he was saved and baptized along with his wife at a church affiliated with the Holiness Church group. Hiroshi was eager in his spiritual growth but seemed to have only been making a human effort at serving and ended up leaving that church. Unfortunately, he has not been attending any church regularly for a while now. We did learn that Hiroshi is reading his Bible every day. We speak about the Bible each time we see each other. He has not come back to the Sunday church fellowship yet. I desire to help Hiroshi comprehend church and the importance of fellowship with other believers.

  • Pray for Hiroshi so that he understands the importance of connecting and serving in a local church.
  • Pray that I would have discernment in sharing appropriate advice to Hiroshi to encourage him to have a healthy Christian walk.

My wife, Yuriko, has been working part-time as a Registered Dietician to help with our finances. Recently, the hospital she works for asked her to work full-time. We spent time in prayer to evaluate the pros and cons, especially with regards to the potential effects on our family if she increases her hours. After our prayer, we decided it would work for her to go full-time at the hospital. Her boss is understanding of her need to take Sundays off because of church activities. Yuriko is working Monday through Friday and sometimes on Saturdays. It has been ten years since she last worked full-time, and I see her exhaustion after work. Her lower back has been tight and sore.

  • Pray for Yuriko’s physical strength at work and for witnessing opportunities at the hospital.

This month, a typhoon affected the Chiba area. At the church building, our water was cut off for several days, and at our residence, we were out of power for twelve days. Even despite the disaster and inconveniences, we were able to hold worship services. We are thankful for the chance to fellowship together. We sense God working in this country and have been very encouraged. Thank you all for your prayers.

  • Pray for the church members to have safety and protection despite the typhoon.
  • Pray for God to draw people to Him through these events.

Testimony

I was born in Okinawa Japan. I was born and raised in a Christian Family. I attended church with my parents, but at the time I didn’t have my own independent faith.  I continued to go to church until I was 18 years old when I moved to Tokyo and enrolled in the University.  At the time I studied and worked as a paperboy. I was too busy, so I quit going to church.

During this time I kept thinking, how I could live on my own without needing anyone else.  I was trying to work more and make more money, so I quit the University and move to Nagoya, Japan to get a new job. When I arrived at my new job, I discovered that it was not what I expected. So, it was tough during this time, and I felt like a failure, and I was very disappointed.

On a visit home I spoke with my parents and I thought, “I need to go to church, and I wanted to come back to God.”  My parents started sending me their recorded sermons, and I began reading the bible and watched a Christian movie they sent me. All those things caused me to decide that I needed to go back to my hometown of Okinawa.

Once I arrived, I started studying the bible with my pastor.  That is when I dedicated my life to God and believed in Jesus.  I decided to get baptized after three months—it was May 2, 2004.  I was very happy, and I had an expression of joy and felt that I had come back to my Father, just like the prodigal son in Luke 15.

Now I began thinking, how I could spend the rest of my life? I talked to the pastor for counsel and at the same time, our church started a Bible School. I enrolled and studied the bible for two years.  Afterward, I talked to the pastor and told him I felt that I needed to learn more about the bible. It was during this time that I met my wife and we began to get to know one another.

We were married and moved to Chiba in Japan, and we both enrolled in seminary and studied for three years. I started attending Japan Alliance Christ Church, which is a large church that was part of the Alliance Denomination that had two hundred and forty churches in Japan.  They sent me to start a church plant in Chiba, my wife and daughter (my daughter was only 2 years old).  I started church planting in April 2011. The very first service I did, I only had my wife and daughter as attendees.  We are blessed by how God has brought us into a partnership with White Fields and together with our denomination support; God has used us to bring people into a relationship with Jesus Christ.

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