Park Joo Hyun

Recent Ministry

Mrs. Sasaki and Mr. Takahashi, who I mentioned in the previous reports, have been faithfully attending the Sunday service. We have, on average, nine people at worship, seven in the Sunday school, and four at the prayer meeting.

  • Pray for our group to grow and for new people to be led to the church.
  • Pray for those who recently started to attend our church to be faithful in attending and grow in their knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.

Due to the faith of a wife and daughter, one family is experiencing tension in the marriage because the husband/father is not a believer.  I have shared their struggles before in previous reports, and the pressure is getting worse. Now, the father is pushing the five-year-old daughter to enter an elementary school with a strong Buddhist influence run by a new sect of Buddhism called Bentenshu.

  • Pray for the faith of the mom and daughter to be courageous as they navigate this trial.
  • Pray for the entire situation, especially for the husband to come to faith in Jesus Christ.

Yasui, a woman in her seventies, came for the Sunday service after coming to the Megumi Café. She is retired and used to work as a public administrator. The Kashiba Megumi Café had fifteen people this month and is an outreach opportunity to the community.

  • Pray for Yasui to continue to attend the church.
  • Pray for the other people who have come to the café, we hope they also visit the Bible study and the Sunday services.

We had a special outing with the youth and went to a local spa for fun and fellowship.

  • Pray for the salvation of the children who attend Sunday school each week.
  • Pray for them to feel comfortable during Sunday school.
  • Pray for their families as none are believers yet.

Continue to pray for my family. My son, Ye Shin, with his preparation for the college entrance exam and my daughter, Ye Ji, to be protected at school. Pray for my wife Hyeon I as she teaches the Korean Language at the International Cross-Cultural Center in Kashihara.

  • Pray for witnessing opportunities.

Pastor Park Joo Hyun Testimony 

My name is Park, and I was born in the town of Daegu; located in the middle of South Korea between Seoul and Busan. I began to go to church when I was in the fifth grade of elementary school. I attended the summer program for elementary school students, and it was at this time that I began to go to church.

When I was a freshman in junior high school, I accepted Jesus as my Savior. It was at the church summer camp on the last night that the evangelist was preaching about Jesus and the Cross. At the end of the sermon, an invitation was given to us to pray and become a believer in Jesus. Everyone was praying desperately. However, I did not know how to pray since I went to church to have fun with my friends. I was troubling to me when the preacher said, “If you do not know how to pray, call on the name of Jesus and just say, “Please Jesus help me.”

At that time I decided I would like to believe in Jesus sincerely. I called on the name of Jesus three times in my heart. At that moment, my heart became hot, and my tears stopped. All of the sins I committed until that time projected as a panorama in front of my eyes. Then for three hours, I prayed a prayer of repentance, and the tears did not stop. I believed in Jesus, and He heard me. On the way back from camp, it looked like a beautiful new world. In my second year of senior high school, I got baptized in the Korean Jesus Christian Presbyterian Church. After receiving baptism, my faith gradually grew strong, and God has given me explicit faith.

As an adult, I felt the call to the church, and after several years of study, my wife and I began serving in Japan. We are eager for the Lord to use us and for many people to become disciples of Jesus.

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The Nara Prefecture is located at the very center inland of Kansai region, surrounded by Osaka, Kyoto, Mie, and Wakayama regions. Nara is known as an area with a long history. It used to be called Yamato which goes back to the 6th and 7th century and was the center of culture and politics and was also the state capitol. Around that time Buddhism was brought in to Japan, and with its creation, the first-generation Buddhist temples and sculptures were built in the region. There are quite a few archaeological sites in town that are all Buddhist related. Later Kyoto was set as the capital in the middle ages, Nara was no longer as influential as it was and Kyoto became what Nara was. Yet influences by Buddhism in the community are still evident in local customs and traditional performances. People still hold on to these Japanese traditions.