Park Joo Hyun

Recent Ministry

Ririka and her mother Mrs. Yoneshima came to the Sunday service last month. Every Wednesday we are doing the baptism prep course with Mrs. Yoneshima. Mr. Yoneshima is gradually starting to show more understanding of Christians and church but is still not happy about his wife and daughter attending regularly.

  • Pray for God to open the door and protect this family so they may be able to attend the church more regularly.
  • Pray for Mr. Yoneshima to become interested in the gospel and willing to allow his wife and daughter to be a part of the church.

Meguru is in fifth grade and has been attending Sunday school every week. We are teaching him how to pray. Often his mother brings him to church. Riru and Ai both attended church this past month. We are praying that they may come more often. We had a Sunday field trip to a nearby farm and planted sweet potatoes. We are looking forward to the harvest in the fall. Our Summer Bible Camp will be held this month at Nara Prefecture Outdoor Recreational Activity Center. We are expecting non-believing kids and parents to attend this event.

  • Pray for Meguru to grow in his knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.
  • Pray for Riru and Ai.
  • Pray for our youth to feel at home and comfortable in Sunday school.
  • Pray for the witnessing opportunities at the Summer Bible Camp.

We continue to reach our community through the Kashiba Grace Café. We are thankful God is touching the hearts of the people. We have full reservations of twenty-five people and sense that God is using this outreach program as an effective way to evangelize in the community.

  • Pray for the participants of the Kashiba Grace Café to understand God’s grace and love for them.
  • Pray for opportunities to witness to our neighbors.
  • Pray for open hearts to hear the good news.

Pray for the pastor’s family. Y Shin is studying for the entrance exam to the university. Ye Ji recently started sixth grade. Hyeon I is teaching the Korean language at the International Center in the local community.

  • Pray for opportunities to witness to the people she meets.

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.