2017年10月01日

Thanks from our brother

This is the farewell greetings from our brother before going back to his home country.
We also appreciate him from our heart.   We were happy with him and blessed by him, too.

【Farewell greetings】
As for our church, Matsuyama Fukuin Cernter, I just want to say I feel back home in Jesus Christ whenever I come into the family of our church.   And I want to give great thanks to everyone in the big family.

As I mentioned many times, I am a very shy and weak person, so it is always hard for me to get into a new society.  What I can do is to keep friendly and quiet among people, as our country's saying "being Silent majority ".   But wherever I go, God helps me make new friends beside me and makes them accept me proactively.

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When I came into our church, I was so nervous and alone.   While, the Lord sent pastor Ono to invite me into our church.   Fukiko san was so friendly.   She gave me a brief introduction.   And brother Bernard told me more information about Praise Fellowship.   And Aki san gave me her bike without any hesitation.   I found a group of friends whom I can trust and share experiences with immediately.   At that time, my mother was still worrying about my life here, she was full of horrible images about Japan such as earthquakes.
I told her I have already found my church, what's more do I need?   Then she noticed she has been the one of little faith and doesn't worry about my life in Japan any more.(the same thing happened in 2008, when I entered university which is about 2000km away from my hometown.  As I told her I found a church there, she was so happy and got rid of all the worries)

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The first church event I attended was sports meeting.   Thanks to very patient organizers, everyone was enjoying the sunshine and friendly atmosphere of church.   From that time my feeling toward church in Japan has become really different.   Everyone is enjoying the day with God, has no need to worry about or to be frightened with each other.   After I participated in various activities in the church, I could share the happiness with you.   There is no exaggeration that except my study, I enjoyed all my days with our church.   In order to respond to everyone's kindness and the happiness you gave me, I tried my best to do something.   Such as trying to make moon cake at church bazzar or preparing some food for bible study.   Actually before that, I didn't know how to cook.  However, as Bernard always said "God is good", God made everything good.   Though I know not everyone really liked my food, every one of you was so gentle that nobody ever showed any upset to me.

At last, I must say thank you everyone in our church.   You showed me consideration for me all the time, shared the words and love from God with me who was just a stranger, even unable to talk with you.   Although the Babel tower separates us, the love of God makes us connect each other.   I hope it will not be the last words from me; I am willing to keep in touch with you in Christ.

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