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FORWARDING

Maxine Seyb

AGENT:

1800 W.

43rd Place

MISSION

TO

JAPAN

NEWSLETTER

SPRING

1970

JULIUS

JULIUS

&

& VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA

FLEENOR

FLEENOR

1-5-15 Naka Ochiai

1-5-15

Naka

Ochiai

Shinjuku, Shinjuku,

Tokyo Tokyo

161 161

Los

Angeles,

Calif.

90062

Dear

Friends:

Since a

picture

is worth a million words,

we

have

decided to make

this

a

visual

letter and ask you to pray for

is

a

self-addressed envelope.

each

phase

of

the work as

you

see

the

pictures.

If you are not a regular supporter of our work,

Also

enclosed

please use this

to let us know you still have a prayer interest in our work. Mailing is expensive and we want only interested people to get our newsletter.

GOD

OPENS

NEW

OPPORTUNITIES

FOR

EVANGELISM

FACTORY EVANGELISM: Through contact with a man Julius teaches English, he has been invited to a large steel company in Kawasaki City near Tokyo to show Moody Science Films in English and Japanese and use tracts explaining facts about the Creator God. Mostly heads of depart ments and executives attend. These men would never likely enter a church to hear the gospel.

As

you know,

these

films

have

a

short

gospel

presentation

at

the

end of

each

film.

PRISON EVANGELISM The pastor of the Umeda Church and Julius contacted the head of the Tokyo Prisons early in the year and as a result each Sunday morning at the regular film showing time in one of the largest prisons, the Moody Science films are being shown. ENGLI5H SPEAKING SOCIETIES OF UNIVERSITIES are being contacted now to show these films in

English and Japanese and use the bi-lingual

tracts with them to contact another group in

Japanese

society who

do

not

go

to

Church.

Also

the

Cathedral

Life

of

Christ

films

are

used.

At

BEAUTY PARLOR OPERATORS

one Group of

present

one University contacted for

is

viewing them weekly.

Christ.

Our neighborhood Beauty Parlor

owner

asked

for English Conversation Lessons.

Julia agreed to teach them each Friday night

from 8:30 p.m.

to 9:30 p.m.

All

beauty shops are

open

on Sunday in Japan

and closed Tuesdays.

After the

English lesson for which they pay Julia a small sum, Julius asked if they would like to see a film in Japanese. The group of 8 agreed heartily. Each week they stay after their lesson and see these Moody Science films with a gospel message and we give them a tract which goes with it. They appreciated this so much they will not take money for Julia's or Virginia's

hairdressing.

EXECUTIVE OF CANDY FACTORY ASKS FOR LESSONS.

Nearby there

is a large candy,

cookie and

bread factory.

The

Secretary

of the Company asked us to

teach him Business English.

Julius

said,

will

a

"I am too busy

you

let

me

just to teach English,

another

Films

is

but

to

if

your

show my Bible Science

door

voluntary basis?" Thus

opened to

I

make

time

to teach

you an

hour a week,

employees

bring

during their

lunch

hour

to those

on

the message

of Christ

who

would not

enter

a

church

building.

VIRGINIA ASIJID TO APPEAR ON TELEVISION MORNING SHOW.

A year

ago Julius,

Julia,

and Virginia

appeared on Fujii Television and were enterviewed concerning adopting our boys.

we

got

many

letters

from

all

over Japan.

Early in

March

through Japanese

friends

As

a

who

result

know

of us

Show.

through

taking the boys,

Virginia was asked to appear on the

"Good Morning Mothers"

They wanted

someone

fluent

in

Japanese

to

speak

as

an

American

Christian

Mother

h ir rri.

VIRGINIA APPEARS ON N.H.K. (NATIONAL NETWORK) T. V. MARCH 6 ON DISCUSSION TYPE PRCGRAI'I SHOWN NATIONALLY GIVING HER OPINIONS A3 AN AMERICAN CHRISTIAN MOTHER

with

a

group

of Japanese mothers

and educators

and

one

German

woman

who

is married to

a

Japanese newspaperman.

Virginia

was

able

to

say

on T.

V.

to millions

of

listeners

on

the

largest network in Japan that the basic principal in teaching children to contribute to their society is contained in two teachings of Jesus Christ "LOVE GOD AND YOUR KEIGHEOS AS SELF" and "DO TO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE OTHERS DO UNTO YOU." Virginia explained that even a small child can understand what it likes and dislikes and can key its actions towards others on this basis. This is a new principle in Japanese thinking. As a result we got several new

registrations

in

our

kindergarten

and Virginia's

Saturday English and Bible

classes

for

Grade

School

children after mothers

saw the

T.V.

would ask

her

to appear again.

How strange

at

Although

outside

no

charge

they

the

to

us

has

take more

Home.

come

indirectly

of Virginia's

by

time

program.

The Director

the workings

of God.

of the program said they

This

opportunity to

witness

our

in

obedience

the Home,

to God in taking they also have

our

two Japanese

sons.

increased her witness

"M.K."

(Missionary Kids)

YOUTH CAMP WILL ^

CONDUCTED ^

KARUIZAWA March

31

^

April

3

Church of Christ missionary Youth from Kyushu, Osaka, and Tokyo will gather for Inspiration, Fun, and Recreation under the sponsorship of the Likins, Pratts, Buttrays, and Fleenors. ADOPTION PROCEEDINGS BEGUN FOR OUR SONS Yukio (John) age 6 and Ma Chan (Joey) age 5. We have

release

papers

from

have

everything done

both

sets

of

by May 1st,

parents

and the

Court

is most helpful and it

Lord willing.

KEEP PRAYING GOD USE OUR SONS

seems

FOR HIS

we

shall

GLORY.

BOYS- HAVE

PLASTIC-SURGERY ON- MARCH

20

.

Both

boys

had plastic

surgery-to

repair

scars

and-

deformities

about

the

face

and ears

from

beatings

and

cuts,Dr.

Shioya,

one

of

the most

outstanding plastic

surgeons

in Japan,

did the work.

There are

to be two more operations,

one

in June and one

in

December.

THE TORII

OASIS SHRINE

CLUB in

Japan

is

paying

JULIA

west

NADINE GRADUATES

in

June

from

the

Christian Academy

Christian

College and the University

of Oregon

taking

in Japan and plans

to

Bible

and Education.

all

go

She will

the

to

bills.

North

stay with

paration

our

son

Stephen

and his

wife

Carol

who

are

for missionary

service

in Japan.

She will

finishing

up

stay

in Japan

their

education

for

the

summer

in

pre

helping

Camp

and

fly

STEPHEN

AND

to the

states

CAROL

FLEENOR

in

late August.

now have

the

Youth Ministries

at

the

Creswell,

Oregon

Church

as

well

as

their

schooling to

NEW

help them prepare

BUILDING

OF

UMEDA

for

sailing

to

Japan

CHURCH

DEDICATED

ON

about

MARCH

Spring

30th

1972.

in

As

a

than

in

a

tures

result

enough

better

show

of

to

the

buy

City of

land

Hours

Tokyo

taking

our

leased land and buildings,

two

story

church

used

brick

in

this

over

the

we

received more

with

and

roof

now

outright

of

and build a

have

of

been

tile

and parsonage

last

garden

pic

location.

the

Church

time

front

business

year

building

ferro-concrete

building.

Picture top right shows Pastor Takamura preaching at

the Dedication,

The

lower picture

shows

Julius

with

charter members

and the

Building.

Outdoor

Christian movies

two

and

sons

of Missionary Harold Sims

"Sings"

will

take

place

on

the

on

roof

roof

of

during

Church

this

summer.

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STATE

OF

THE

SHIMCOCH.IAI

Tokyo,

Japan

CHURCH

1970

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Big Highway put in just in front of Church. Area is sprouting tall

apartments

like

spiral bldg.

next

door.

For

the

past

five

years

Miss

Kikkawa

has

been

our

head Kindergarten

teacher

at

in

for

Shimoochiai,

She

March

and plans

to

at

least

another

became

Mrs.

Kuwata

continue

teaching

year.

Land was

Section

SHIJOOCHIAI

CHURCH 18

donated

of Tokyo.

to

us

18

years

We built

our

years-old this

year.

ago

in

the

Shinjuku

Mission House

in

the

rear

Home,

Miss Kikkawa came to Sunday School through a tract which was handed to her 12 years ago. She became a Christian, altho her Buddhist family opposed her. Now

our

and after

we

built

establishing a

the

church

in

which met

in

building shown

the above picture.

as

Mrs.

Kuwata

she

will

continue

to

Head

our

Life

School

Kindergarten

6oro

Kuwabara

was

of

30

Stephen

children.

Fleenor's

first

friend

Shimoochiai

and

he

attended Sunday School

from

age

14.

7.

He

At

the Karuizawa

graduates

from

Camp

he

accepted Christ

Cincinnati

Bible Seminary

at

when

this

June

Church

and has

to

BIBLE

accepted the

and

OF

call

the

of

the

Church.

Shimoochiai

up

return

SCHOOL

pastor

PRAYER

THE

AND EVANGELISM made

8

University

students

who

of

the

Shimoochiai

Church

live

on

do much

the

second

evangelism.

floor

One

of

student graduated

from

University

this

March

and

is

entering Osaka

Bible Seminary to

prepare

for

full

time

SHALL

service.

REAP

IN

Psa.

126:5

THEY THAT

SOW

IN

JOY.

Sincerely,

Julius

and Virginia

Fleenor

'

TEARS

''

Stephen Fleenors To Serve

v

in Japan

Stephen Fleenor

will receive the B.

Th.

March 25,

1970)

degree from Northwest Christian College,

Eugene, Ore, in June 1970, and continue study^during the 1970-%971 school yea:^planning to

enter Japan for mission work in late 1971.

He said that they plan to

in the work of

his parents while they are on furlough before starting work of their own.

Carol,

Mrs.

Fleenor,

is continuing her education toward the B.

A.

degree in Christian

Education, and plans to teach kindergarten during the 1970-^971 school year in Creswell,

Ore.

They have a daughter,

Rebekah, who was

year^old Apr.

7,

Address is: Creswell Church of Christ,

3rd and Oregon Ave. ,

19'^SL.

Creswell,

OR 97426.

JULIUS AND VIRGINIA

Dear Friends:

MISSION

TO

JAPAN

Julius and Virginia Flecnor

1-5-15 Naka Ochiai

Shinjuku, Tokyo

161

Forwarding agent:

Maxine Seyb.

1800 West 43rd Place

Los Angeles, California 90062

Summer Camp Address to

August 24:

1073 Karuizawa, Nagano Ken

JAPAN

FAYE TANIGAWA

July 8, 1970

When you receive this letter we will have begun our summer camp work in Karuizawa. We are asking

That you remember us in prayer for the following schedule:

July 20- 22

Kindergarten children and mothers

July

23

-

26

Hibiya High School English Bible Camp

July 28- 31

Arawkawa and Umeda Nishi Arai Children's Camp

Aug.

3

-

6

Yokosuka Church Camp

Aug.

6

-

9

Tamagawa University Bible Study Camp with Shimoochiai Y. P.

Aug. 10- 16

Karuizawa Festival Evangelism and Camp for Christian workers

Aug. 17- 19

Kamata High School Girls' Camp

Aug. 21

-

24

Kokusai International College and Kamata Nite Ed. Eng. Bible Camp

Aug. 27- 29

High

School

camp

for

All

Christian

Churches

of

the

Tokyo

area,

sponsored by Pastor lljima of the Minato Church.

Most of the campers will be young people who have never heard the Gospel before, so pray we may

be used for God's purposes in these young lives.

his studies at Cincinnati

Church welcomes him as pastor. He will also help in some of the camps.

Goro

Kuwabara

arrived

back

from

Bible

Seminary.

The Shimoochiai

Julia graduated from high school, but will stay and help with the camp work; fly to the states August 27; spend a week with her grandmother; then on to Eugene, where she will talk over her school

plans with Stephen and Carol Fleenor; then go to Los Angeles to meet with the Fleenor Support Group.

Dear friends of ours, George and Georgia Crawford, of Utah, formerly of the Gardena Church of

Christ in California, and faithful supporters of the work here in Japan, arrived June 16, and are helping us for the summer. They will drive Julia back from Cahfornia to Utah and put her on a plane for Eugene on September 20, after visiting them.

M

Ok

&

J

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Julius and Virginia seen with the officers of the Foreign Teachers' Ass'n. Next to Julius is Mrs. Kurusu, wife of late Ambassador Saburo Kurusu, and next to her, in the front row, Is the Emperor's youngest brother.

Prince Mikasa, with Princess Mikasa.

Virginia and Daughters, taken on Julia's Graduation Day. JuLia,

18; Dana Lee, 16; Grace, 9; Laurie, 2.

Early this year the pastor of the Palola Church of Christ in Hawaii, Bro. Luttrell,

wrote asking us if we would be interested

in

having

a

nice

Japanese

American girl

(3rd generation) come to help us in camp,

as she wanted to learn Japanese, and would

work in exchange for room and board.

Faye arrived June 3rd, and is truly a missionary in her own right, doing willingly any task at hand. We do invite any young

people who want to see missionary work first hand, and work with us for a summer,

to write.

The Crawfords, who came as visitors, are

helping

in every

way

also.

They plan to

assist

us

in

teaching English at

camp,

in

cooking,

showing

films,

and

in

preparing

the building.

As you know, we have often asked you to pray for the Imperial Household in Japan. In recent months, we

have had the joy of meeting several members of the Emperor's family. Do continue praying for these wonderful, educated people, who read the Bible and are interested in social improvement for their country

in every way.

In April, Julius had the joy of baptizing six people. Three were from the Sakai work in the country. Three others were from the Umeda Nishi Arai Church. It was a special joy for Julius to baptize the son of the very first convert of the work. Mrs. Tamamura was expecting a child when she was baptized, and did not know it

at the time. Later, we prayed this child might become a Christian one day. They named him "Mitsugi" which means "Minister Unto God." Now, twelve years later, we see the fruits of prayer and of a Christian

home.

Latest news: Virginia appeared on a panel before the Japan Chamber of Commerce, with about 150 present, in a four-hour program, discussing child rearing and training. Virginia spoke clearly how she had used all the basic principles which Jesus taught in training her children, using the motive for action as love,

not fear. It was interesting that most of the questions were directed to her, and the remark was made that it

was clear how important a sound, religious teaching was for good child training.

The boys, John and Joe, are having surgery as we write this. Also, we are caring for an expectant Japanese

mother, who will soon give birth to a child. She was deserted by a negro G. 1. Now, we are seeking a negro Christian couple to adopt the baby. We will help to rehabilitate this young girl, and trust that she will find

Christ as her Saviour.

One of our great needs is to build on a room to our mission house as our family grows, and as God often guides people in trouble to our door. Will you remember this financial need in your prayers, and bring it to

notice in your mission meetings?

IN CLOSING-PLEASE NOTE-

Carol Fleenor plan to come to Japan in October, 1971, as

missionaries. The enclosed sheet tells of their plans.

PLEASE HELP THEM ON THEIR WAY!

Sincerely in Christ,

(

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'

LATE

WORD

FROM

TUB

OUR MISSIONARIES

Dear

Friends

at Michigan City,

FUENORS

IN

JAPAN

SEPTEMBER

I,

I97O

This

WORD

has

to

been

one

of

the

fullest

ano

happiest

summers

in

Japan,

and

it

is

time

to

send

keep

rou

informed

of

our

blessings.

[3ur summer guest-helpers have left for

the States, The Crawforos,

friends

AND

IrEAL

faithful

Christians,

whose

son

is

married

to Virginia's

niece,

had

[helped in every way possible. FAYE TaNNEGAWA, third GENERATiON AMERICAN [Japanese from the Hawaii Paola Church of Christ, had paid her own fare to

[and FROM Japan and helped jn every way possible. It made our

summer a

joy to have them,

and we felt LONELY WHEN THEY LEFT.

[then our Julia left August 27 by Jumbo jet for Seattle to visit first her

¥

•V grandmother

HER

She

things

WILL

Fleenor Wolverton

with

HER

TALK

OVER

BROTHER

in

Yakima,

AND

then

CaROL

to

AND

STEPHEN

HER SCHOOL SCHEDULE WITH THEM,

Eugene,

Oregon

OUR

GRANDaABY

AS CAROL WILL

to

leave

REBECCA.

BE

FINISH

ING

HER

DEGREE

thf:

THE

AT

NORTHWEST

CHRISTIAN

drive

a

SUPPORT

COLLEGE

ANO

STEPHEN

bus

and

WILL

speak

BE

in

TAKING

the

ANOTHER

DE

Ore

GREE AT

gon

OVER

University

weekends,

of Oregon,

GAINING

school

FOR

THEIR

churches

WORK

IN

in

INTENDED

MISSIONARY

JAPAN.

They will

WHILE ^

come

to

Japan

£0 ON furlough

late

in

197'

and

FROM JUNE

197-»

become

oriented,

and then

(eMPHASIS OURS, EAW)

take

over

cur

work

Those

gelism

who

have

given

WILL

WANT

TO

for

know

summer

camp

THE

RESULTS.

work

ano

our

ALSO

THOSE

summer

OF

YOU

Festival

WHO

HAVE

Street Meeting

PRAYED

FOR

THIS

evan

WORK

OVER

THE

YEARS:

During our nine

camps

from July to August

we housed a

total of

185 people

including

TEACHERS,

missionaries,

AND

FROM

Cincinnati

Bible

Seminary

THE OHIO SiNGERS,

and

Ozark

Bible

A GROUP

College

OF

who

FOR Christ.

As a result

of teaching and preaching 8 days

II

BIBLE

came

to

COLLEGE

sing

and

STUDENTS

witness

in

the street meeting,ten

THOUSAND

tracts

WERE

DISTRIBUTED,

ADULT

EVENING

AND

AFTERNOON

CHILDREN

MEETINGS

WERE

HELD,

ANO

229

31

PEOPLE

STATED,

SIGNED

"I

WANT

WANT

48 STATED, "I

CARDS:

TO BECOME

A CHRISTIAN"

MORE TEACHING ABOUT CHRISTIANITY"

16 SIGNED

UP

TO

RECEIVE

A 8IBLE

CORRESPONDENCE COURSE

2

MADE

CLEAR

DECISIONS

TO

RECEIVE

CHRIST

AS

SAVIOUR

ANO

WERE

BAPTIZED

IN

THE

CAMP

STONE

BAPTISTRY.

98 MENTIONED OTHER PROBLEMS AND QUESTIONS.

MISSIONARY Paul Pratt is doing the follow-up, directing them to the nearest church or

MISSIONARY,

TEACHING.

AND WRITING THE CHURCH AND GIVING THE PERSON'S NAME WHO WANTS FURTHER

It

was

THROUGH

GOOD

THE

CHiAi

Church

BAPTIZED

the

TO HAVE

YEARS

TO

GORO

PREACH

KuWABARA

AND

ANO

TEACH.

JOHN MOROHASHI,

GORO

HAD

BAPTIZED

YOUNG

MEN

JULIUS

A

YOUNG

WOMAN

AT

HAS

THE

TRAINED

ShIMOO-

just before

two

MEN

AT

coming

CAMP.

up,

ThE

and

then

ScRIPTURE

John

Morohashi

did the

"COMMIT

TO

FAITHFUL

MEN

personal work and

THE

WORD

WHO

WILL

IN

TURN TEACH

I97O

OTHERS," HAS

will

mark 20

THAT

are

ANO

THE

BECOME

years

MORE

since

AND MORE

our

TOKYO

has

A REALITY TO US.

in

October,

BY GoRO

arrival

ARE

sent

Japan, and we

A SPECIAL

and

have

been

TO

to

informed

HONOR

US,

minister

MADE

THIS

of

Ja

SEP

KuwABARA

wr

years,

our

sing

THROUGH

CHURCHES

that

HAS

IN

PLANNING

us

to

SERVICE

us

HAVE

Continually,

THESE 20

POSSIBLE

Remember

panese

TEMBER

TO

thankful

KNOW IT

God

BEEN

STREET

Japan

enabled

WHO

taking

PLAZA

FAITHFUL

CHRISTIANS

We

WHO

AT HOME

will

CROSS

to:

be

THIS

special GINZA PLAZA

and

witness

to

November,

the

THE

MEETING WORK.

OF

PEOPLE

yet.

We

teams

DAILY,

MILLIONS

is

weather

warm

hope

1.

Distribute

tracts

offering

Bible

correspondence

course,

2. Preach the Gospel

3. Sing and

in

5

minute

short

ano walk

lead

"Sing Alongs"

testimonies.

among

the

people

doing

personal work.

Our adopted sons John-7 and Joseph Paul-6 will

begin at the Christian Academy with our

OLDER CHILDREN. LAURIE WILL CONTINUE IN OUR CHURCH KINDERGARTEN. VIRGINIA HAS RE CEIVED ANOTHER CALL TO SPEAK TO 250 WOMEN OF THE ShINJUKU CIVIC WOMEN'S GROUP IN OCTO

BER ON THE

SUBJECT

OF CHRISTIAN

ChILO

TRAINING,

ALSO

SHE WILL

BE

OPENING

AN

INTERNA

TIONAL Women's Bible Study

in

downtown

Tokyo

as

a

means

of

reaching

highly

educated

WOMEN

Sincerely,

Julius

ano

Virginia

Fleenor

'

News

of His.

.

.

, r—<^8,V 211370 "

Nov

3,

1970

. .

Julius and Mrs.

Virginia Fleenor celebrated their 20th year of missionary service

in Japan Oct. 18, 1970, according to Forwarding Agent Maxine Seyb, who also reported

that Dale and Mrs. Peggy Wilkinson an^ children, Mark and Betl^departed for Japan

Nov. 5, 1970 where they will work with the Fleenors and the Robert Warrlicks.

.

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