Park Joo Hyun

Recent Ministry

Chisako, a friend of Tomoko’s, came to visit the church for a Sunday worship service. In the past, when she was studying abroad in Australia, she attended a church but had not been to church since she returned to Japan. Kudo, the daughter of Yamazaki, also visited us recently. We are praying for her to come more often and to grow in her faith. Yoneshima is still having difficulty being able to freely attend church activities because her husband is not supportive or her coming to the church. Pray for Yoneshima’s husband to understand and allow her to participate.

  • Pray for Chisako to come again to church.
  • Pray for Kudo to grow in her faith and attend more regularly.
  • Pray for Yoneshima to have perseverance, staying firm in her faith and personal studies, and for her husband to be willing for her to join us more regularly.

We were thrilled to welcome more youth to the Sunday school program. Two sisters, Riru and Runa, were at the camp this summer. Two more girls, Yuzuki and Yuina, and two boys, Meguru and Fuuki, also joined us. It was a merry gathering. Takuro is in eleventh grade and a friend of my son Ye Shin. Takuro recently dropped out of school after causing some trouble at the school; he is studying by himself at home. We are encouraging him to continue coming to the church.

  • Pray for the youth to feel welcomed and comfortable in Sunday school.
  • Pray for their faith to grow as they learn from God’s Word and for those who are still uncertain about salvation. Pray that their questions will be answered and their doubts will decrease and be saved.

Thirty people attended our Family Christmas celebration including the mothers of the previously mentioned youth and many newcomers. We celebrated Jesus’ birth with a Christmas play and storytelling. We had a great time with music by the piano and Japanese string instrument koto and singing worship songs. We heard testimonies of God’s grace in the lives of our members.

  • Pray for evangelism to the local community and for more individuals to be willing to listen to God’s Word.

In past reports, I shared some history of our church plant location. We moved to this spot in the fall of 2014. As the building was not brand new, we did some renovation work. We were thrilled to have a contractor did a superb job on the complete interior renovation for a reasonable amount. When we first moved in, we informed the neighborhood resident’s association about our plan to have a church in the building. Our immediate next-door neighbor, the N. family, was entirely opposed to the church and went to all the other neighbors with their complaints. It was all way beyond the typical response. The leader of the resident’s association visited us, and we offered to have an informative session for the neighborhood. Some of the other families were so shocked and bothered by N.’s unreasonable response that they resisted his viewpoint, everything temporarily was settled, and no explanation session was required. We always sincerely greet our neighbors and sends out gifts regularly. Sadly, the N. family does not accept our gifts, nor does their attitude change. They either ignore us or show an expression of distaste whenever we meet.

  • Pray for the N. family and the other neighbors surrounding the church to be more open to listen and not create more issues in the future.
  • Pray for the neighbors to come to salvation through the persistent witness of the church members.
  • Pray for the Pastor’s family. Ye Shin and Ye Ji are studying hard. Ye Shin is preparing for entrance exams.
  • Pray for the Pastor’s wife Hyeon-I, for her health to be sustained and for her to have energy and continue to rejoice in serving the Lord.

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.