JET Christian Fellowship Newsletter
March 2014
Edited by: Perlan Alatiit
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Announcements

GOLDEN WEEK RETREAT IN KOBE

REGISTRATION for the Golden Week Retreat in Kobe is still open!

Dates: May 3-6, 2014
Time: Check-in starts at 1:00 pm
Where: Big house on Mt. Rokko in Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken
Nearest train stations: Rokko (Hankyu line) or Rokkomichi (JR line)
Retreat fee: 12,000 yen

If you are interested in joining us, the retreat information can be found on the registration form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1B6z2blQRIllUhCni3D7oQsfzEzqSKeiHLrviKgOklZs/viewform

*JCF may be able to offer financial help to those coming from far away. Please email Chelsea at jcfretreat@gmail.com for more information.
 

PRAYER MEETING

THERE will be another prayer meeting for this month on Thursday, April 24th, from 21:00-22:00 pm. If you plan to join, please email Royal at areeee@comcast.net with your Skype name. If you would like to be involved with prayer outside of the prayer groups, please let him know and he can send you the prayer lists that we receive in an email.
 

PHILIPPINES MISSION TRIP 2014

WATCH out for more exciting reports and testimonies from the JCF missions team who went to Binan, Laguna and the islands of Leyte and Biliran on March 22-30. We have a missions trip special coming out soon!

The first part of the trip was a short visit to Binan, Laguna where a group of JCF volunteers served last year. Matthew Turner and Abigail Erickson conducted a small Vacation Bible School class for the kids in the village of Malaban. It was followed by the main part of the trip, serving the people of Leyte. The team adopted San Vicente Elementary School  in the town of Tolosa, one of the hardest hit places by the typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Aside from giving out school supplies, playing and teaching with the kids, the team also prepared refreshments for them, their parents and teachers after holding a mini variety show and a bingo game for the community. Prizes were grocery items, clothes, slippers, umbrellas and lots of other basic necessity goods! The final stop was Biliran Island, where JCF was originally invited since August last year. The team served a small church and the community in the village of Inasuyan.

The members of this year's team were Perlan Alatiit (Osaka), Joyanne Baab (Nagano), David Berg (Hyogo), Daniel Borca (California), Kimberlin Borca (Nagano), Abigail Erickson (Nagano), Patricia Jordan (Hyogo), John Langdon (Kyoto), Royal Langer (Aomori), Evelyn Onishi (Osaka), Emma Strode (Kyoto), Krista Townsley (Nagoya) and Matthew Turner (Nagano).

Photos By: Emma Strode, Kimberlin Borca and Johnny Langdon

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
- Acts 1:18
 

Book of the Month

WAITING ON GOD
by Francis Chan, John Ortberg, Bill Hybels, & James McDonald 

WAITING is one of the hardest things we will have to do in our life on earth. Some of us might be waiting for an illness to pass, companionship through marriage, or for the pain of personal loss to finally subside.

“Waiting on God” is a collection of sermons that provides encouragement and guidance on how to prayerfully wait on God throughout such seasons.  What should we do when we feel that God doesn’t hear our prayers? What if I don’t know how to pray? Do I struggle with being honest with God in prayer? Questions such as these tackled throughout the sermons. This book has been incredibly encouraging in my personal walk over this past winter and I encourage you to read it! 

~ Kimberlin Borca
Nagano

Please email Kimberlin, our librarian, at kimberborca@gmail.com if you would like this book sent to you! 

 

Meditations, Prayers and Prayer Requests

A YIELDED HEART

 
I'M sure most of us have gotten to that place (especially here in Japan, away from the home, community, and fellowship that we were used to) where we realize that we are weak. Despite our living situation in a highly developed country, our salaries, material wealth, etc., we cannot escape from the spiritual reality of our bodies, hearts, and spirits being frail. Read these words by Sarah Young, from her Devotional "Jesus Calling":
 
Grow strong in the Light of My Presence. Your weakness does not repel Me. On the contrary, it attracts My Power, which is always available to flow into a yielded heart. Do not condemn yourself for your constant need of help. Instead, come to Me with your gaping neediness; let the Light of My Love fill you.
 
A yielded heart. May our weakness lead us to this heart posture, where we are brought to our knees before God and thus empowered by Him because His grace is sufficient for us. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. So let's all the more boast in our weakness to bring about God's strength in us (2 Corinthians 12:9).

~ Royal Langer

Aomori

On a Higher View

TESTIMONY


"THE trip to the Philippines was an amazing time.  I had heard from people back home and in Japan that the Filipinos are very welcoming and friendly.  It was so nice to be able to experience first hand their warm smiles and joyful "hellos," even when just riding down the street. Being able to work with the children in Tacloban was definitely a blessing.  I think they blessed more way more than we were able to teach them.  Seeing their city and the devastation that it has been through and then being able to experience the children's laughter and joy in the midst of such sorrow, was an awesome thing.  Through this trip, my worldview has definitely been widened and I have realized that being able to help out in just a small way can bring not only yourself joy, but can also really bless others. Thank you JCF by letting this trip be possible and for putting so much time and effort into making it an awesome learning experience."
 
~ Krista Townsley
Nagoya
 

Charity Concerts

SHARE LOVE

FUKUSHIMAーJCF was invited to perform at the charity concert sponsored and organized by the Share Love Charity Association, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support the survivors of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Leyte, Philippines. The concert was held at the Fukushima Bunka Center on February 22.

Steven Woollaston (Nara), Adriana Avery (Kyoto) and Perlan Alatiit (Osaka) took God's message to the people of Fukushima who had also suffered triple catastrophic disasters in March 2011. JCF was the only Christian group who performed along with professional singers including recording artist Yousuke Takemoto.

 

AFTER THE STORM

OSAKAーFour months after typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) battered the central Philippines, JCF was successful in raising money for relief efforts.

Volunteer musicians who have participated to this laid-back acoustic concert were Caitlin Irvine (Shiga), David Berg (Hyogo), Tamara Sonntag (Hyogo) Patrcia Jordan and Shun (Hyogo), Raffy Pacifico, Kenji and Adrianna Avery (Kyoto), and Jermaine Johnson (Osaka).

The funds were used to buy school supplies for the children of Tolosa Elementary School in Leyte and help fund a small, struggling Baptist church in Biliran Island to build a Sunday School shelter for kids. Supplies and donations were personally handed by the JCF missions team who went to the Philippines on March 24-30.

 

SHOW FOR A CAUSE

KYOTOー"Show for a Cause," a joint project of JCF and FIGM (福知山国際音楽団), was a celebration of music while raising money for the cause of the typhoon victims in the Philippines. Performers were a mix of Japanese artists and JCF members including 高橋カツ, TOMOKO, Raffy Pacifico, 佐野正二,安倍健治, GEBOKIN, チキンズキッチン, Asuka & Gebo, 大西史一,衣川龍次, Patricia Jordan, Denise Sawyer and 橋下英樹.

Photos By: (Fukushima) Yumiko H. & Sam A.; (Osaka) Shoichi Sakaguchi; (Kyoto) Miki Kondo                                            

Bible Buzz

  • BEFORE his journey to Rome, Paul had undertaken 3 missionary journeys (Acts 13-14; Acts 15:36-18:22; Acts 18:23-20:38).

  • Paul took John Mark with him on his first missionary journey (Acts 12:25).

  • Paul preached on the island of Cyprus on his first missionary journey (Acts 13:4).

QUIZ: What was the name of the sorcerer Paul met on the island of Cyprus?
Email your wild guess to
jcfnewslet@gmail.com


The answer to last month's quiz is the book of Song of Solomon.
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