Park Joo Hyun

Recent Ministry

 I wish to share more of the history of Kashiba Grace church. In the earliest stages of the church plant, there were many challenges in finding a property. The first location was excellent since it had a great parking area near the building, but when the deal had almost been finalized, the seller abruptly changed his mind. The second option was near to our current location, but the seller would not sell to us when he learned we were a Christian group planning to open a church. He did not seem to want to offend the locals and now that spot is a liquor shop.  God provided and has blessed our current location and we are thankful to own the church land and building.

In my previous report, I shared the effects of the recent Typhoon on the life of one of our church members, Ryota. He is a college student who had been attending twice a month, but he has missed a few services recently. We are also praying for Mrs. Yoneshima to come to service again as well. I shared about her husband not being supportive of her attending the church.  She often said that she wanted to be a Christian.

  • Pray for Ryota’s faith to be protected and for him to be able to attend service again regularly.
  • Pray for God to change the heart of Mrs. Yoneshima’s husband and for her to attend the service.
  • Pray for Mrs. Yoneshima to surrender her life to Jesus Christ and accept Him as her Lord and Savior.

 As I shared last month, we have more youth coming regularly to the church and because of the influence of Ibuki and Himika, two other youth, Miyuh and Kosuke have started attending the church. We had a special event for the girls at the church, a mini-retreat and over-night stay. We are excited that Himika’s mother has gradually changed to be more supportive of her coming to church events. We are praying for her sister, Juno, to also come to the church.

  • Pray for the whole youth group to have a welcoming atmosphere to the local youth are attracted to coming and joining the group.
  • Pray for the influence of the youth on their friends to draw more young people to faith in God.

We had four people who came to our Korean cooking class. We are hoping this outreach will strength the sense of fellowship among the participants and open opportunities to witness to new people.

  • Pray for the Korean Cooking class and the participants.

My son and daughter, Ye Shin and Ye Ji, are in their third month of the fall term. We appreciate your prayers. Ye Shin is preparing for the entrance exam to the upper school. Ye Ji is playing the Koto, Japanese harp, and did great in a recent recital. My wife is continuing to rejoice in serving the Lord despite her health condition.

  • Pray for Pastor Park Joo Hyun’s family to stay healthy and for his children to study hard and do well in school.

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 an explicit faith.

As an adult, I felt the call to church plant, 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.