Park Joo Hyun

Recent Ministry

Pray for the salvation of Ms. Sasaki, in her fifties, who has been regularly attending the Sunday service. She seems to enjoy coming to church to be with friends but appears to be having difficulty in understanding that Christ is the only way to salvation.

  • Pray for her to gain clarity concerning the gospel message.
  • Mrs. Yasui has been absent from church. Pray for her to be able to come to church again.

Ms. Yonishima has also been absent recently due to hospitalization for an injury on her foot.

  • Pray for her family to come to know the Lord.
  • Pray for the believers to be able to attend church and be encouraged by the faith of each other.
  • Pray for those who are not saved, to fully understand their need for a Savior and have faith in Jesus Christ.

Our Sunday school attendance has varied. The sisters Seria and Serika, and their relative, Ryo, have not been at Sunday school this past month. Pray for them to return. Sayumi, a girl in the sixth grade, has been coming back.

  • Pray for the salvation of the youth and their families.
  • Pray for the young people to feel comfortable and welcomed in our Sunday school.
  • Pray for my family.

For my son Ye Shin, to pass his entrance exams for the university and the tuition.

  • Pray for my daughter, Ye Ji, in her studies for the remainder of her term at elementary school.
  • Pray for my wife Hyeon I as she teaches the Korean language at two locations.

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.