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CAJ

JONATHAN SIMS

Report

CHRIST'S AMBASSADOR TO JAPAN

And the things you haveheard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrusted

to reliable men who will also be qualified to

teach others.

II Timothy 2:2

II Timothy 2:2

VOLUME

2

EIRST QUARTER 1982

 

NUMBER

1

 

CONTINUING

STUDY

 
 

The

major

project

of

this

new

year

Is

the

attempt

to^ finish

 

the

course

of

studying

Japanese

at

Tanguage

school.

The

work

has

become

tedious

and

sometimes

one

might

easily

be

tempted

to

quit.

 

My

class

has

been

covering

the

material

at

a

quicker

pace

than

other

classes,

which

has

seemed

to

add

to

the

pressure

that

is

al

ready

almost

unbearable

through

studying

five

days

a

week,

being

 

in

strain

a

class

a

four

little

hours

by

a

day.

new

adding

The

types

teachers

of

have

learning

helped

experiences,

to

ease

es

the

pecially

as

we

are

getting

up

into

more

advanced

levels

of

study.

For

example,

part

of

the

class

period

each

week

is

allotted

for

giving

a

short

talk

about

our

hobbies

and

things

that

we

are

in

terested

several

in.

times

continues

study.

to

Each

student

also

has

the

chance

a

be

year.

I

a

source

spoke

in

February

of

comfort

during

on

the

to

the

speak

23rd

in

chapel

Psalm,

which

strain

of

language

ing

Tests

are

weaknesses

continually

in

language

making

ability.

every

As

student

one

seems

humble

by

to

feel

reveal

good

in

finishing

a

new

lesson,

the

test

always

proves

he

has

not

really

mastered

the

material

as

he

might

have

thought.

In

any

case,

my

test

scores

have

been

lower

this

term

than

I

would

have

preferred,

but

my

teacher

has

allowed

me

to

stay

with

the

class

and

proceed

into

level

four.

I

am

learning

to

adapt

to

more

difficult

tests

which

now

include

such

assignments

as

defining

new

words

in

Japanese,

explaining

the

meaning

of

some

sentences

in

the

lesson

and

 

making

sentences

using

particular

expressions

in

addition

to

what

we

have

done

before.

 

PRACTICAL

APPLICATION

Leading

in

Sunday Worship

Helping

congregation

proves

be

to

with

here

a

the

in

local

Mejirodai

wonderful

oppor

tunity to apply my language learning to practical situat

ions.

I

tunities

have

been

to

preach

given

oppor

in

addition

to

the

weekly

chance

to

lead

the

song

service,

the

respon

sive

reading

and

reading

the

scripture text during the Sunday AM Worship Service. I preached

on

and

the

the

fifth

Sunday

of

January

members

expressed

their

thankfulness

for

the

message

as

well

as

praise

for

my

in

language

ability.

progress

each

This

week

widespread

the

was

class

unsure

year,

on

two

occasions,

the

Sunday

School

was

not

able

this

year.

to

As

attend

because

a

consequence,

of

around

thirty-five

4,

5

and

of

the

it was

flu,

left

6th

graders.

of

myself

as

far

as

controlling

the

noisy

teacher

I

assist

which

to

me

Both

bunch,

has

to

been

teach

times

and

I

was

tongue-tied

trying

each

experience

I

to

felt

explain

like

I

the

had

meaning

of

the

lesson,

accomplished

something.

but

after

Having

observed

new

the

teacher

of

and

helping

the

each

experience

teaching

class

week

solo

by

asking

seems

not

questions,

really

as

de

the

manding

as

it might have been months earlier.

NEW

ENGAGEMENTS

An Engagement Service

uni,

Another Engaged Couple

One

possible

of

for

the

difficulties

young

Christians

of

to

the

find

work

in

other

Japan

is

Christians

making

it

to

marry.

When

the

Churches

are

small

and

few

people

attend

potential

quence

cases

is

vice

partner,

it becomes quite frustrating.

that

Christian

girls

marry

non-Christian

versa.

That

has

been

the

case

for

the

pictures

abo.ve^

The _gi rls.

have .become

Ch.r.Tstians ,

who

The

would

major

be

a

conse

boys

or

couples

but

not

in

in

a

the

few

fi ndingL

Christians

to

marry

are

now engaged

to

non-Christians.

Engagements

in

Japan

are

formal,

being

conducted

officially

as

an

"engagement

conducted

here

at

ceremony".

the

Church

The

and

services

it was

the

for

both

couples

first

time

for

were

many,

not

the

all,

of

fiances

the

will

relatives

and

friends

become

Christians

is

to

yet

be

to

in

be

a

Church.

seen.

Whether

if

I

am very

me

it

grateful

on

for

my

of

your

prayers

here

and

in

hearing

Japan.

me

of additional

The

Lord

healthy

has

work

and

com

Without your

in

a diffi

support being designated for

answered your

through the full

my work

behalf

prayers

through

study

keeping

and

schedule

language

times

in

think

of

Church

study.

forting

prayers

during

might

frustrating

be easy

to

language

giving

up working

cult

field

where

the

easy

me

to

here

understand.

to

lead

the

language,

even

for

a

"missionary

I

the

know

the

Gospel

But with your

Japanese

to

prayers,

to

respond

kid"

is

not

Lord can

use

of Jesus

Christ

Field Address

Jonathan

Sims

3-33-7 Mejirodai Hachioji-Shi

Tokyo,

Japan 193

Forwarding Agent

Jesse

Inge

909

Va.

Neptune Avenue

Beach,

Va.

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420-6028

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A.

J.

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P.O.

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JONATHAN

CAJ

SIMS

REPORT

CHRIST♦S AMBASSADOR

TO

JAPAN

-'I'L 22

1982

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrusted

to reliable m^ who will also be qualified to teach others.

Voltane 2

Second Quarter 1982

II Timothy 2:2

Number 2

Perseverance positive results.

In the

MOVING

study of

RIGHT

the

ALONG

Japanese

One week

of

the

summer

term

language

over

Is

has brought and my class

has finished

level four of the course at the Japan Missionary Lang-^

uage Institut^e. ~Iin.s exciting to~eirteRP^the fifth andr hlg^hest 1ev^

of

study at

the

school.

At

the

completion of this

level five,

we

will be able to

cation of our learning.

of

the

been

The

graduate from full

I

but

have

It

time

study to

full

time

appli

I

strain

Is primarily through strength that

stronger through the

become

language

Lord

able

goal

has

to

acquisition,

provided

continue

In answer to

In my study.

prayer

Thank

on my behalf,

you

all

for

becoming

that

have

your

prayers.

seen

as

of graduation on December 17 Is

clearly

possible.

Level

five

has

until

now

consisted

of

a

book

of

nine

long

lessons mainly for

the many characters

formal

the

As

acquiring

In the

of new vocabulary,

writing

of

Japanese

learning more of

and

study of

In the book.

used

language.

former

students have

seen weakness

It Is In the process of being revised.

My

class

will

be

the

first

to

It promises to be a challenge, but at the same time directly appli

test a new revision of the

contents

of the material

In level five.

cable

to

and

proclaiming

the

Gospel

of

Jesus

than

Christ

from

to

Christian news

Japanese

paper

school materials.

for

Christian jnaga7.1nes rather

The

definitions

With

the

new nine

of words

other

secular

lessons

on

our

we

will provide us with

own,

will

skills

Japanese

finding

using

be

standard

dictionaries.

skills

learning,

preparing

sermons

and

such

In

Japanese

will be

smoother

and

meanings

of

our

messages

will be more

readily

understood.

 
 

THE

WORK

PROGRESSES

In

addition

to

helping

In Sunday School and

leading

In

the

Sunday A.M.

Worship

service

every week,

I

have

the

opportunity to

preach

on

special

occasions.

On May

2,

Dad

and Mom were

at

a

camp,

so I preached.

Dad usually preaches forty minutes each Sunday, while my sermons have been just twenty minutes or so. On the 30th, my message took

Again

on

the

30th

of May

I

delivered

the

message.

the

normal

time

for

Dad*s

messages.

The

difference

basically

be

tween

Dad*s

sermons

and

mine

Is

that

Dad

writes

an

outline

In

English and freely

I

spend almost

all

communicates

the

message

of

the

preparation time

I

manuscript

in

Japanese.

Because

of

the

time

In

Japanese.

have

writing

In my case,

out

a

demand

of

full

time

language

school,

as

well

as

preparation

for

the

Sunday School

 

lessons,

there

is

limited

time

for

me

to

rehearse

the

delivery

of

the sermon.

"Reading

any material

is

not

a

good

way

to

communicate

a

message"

was

one

of

the

principles

I

learned

In

preaching

class

at

Bible

College,

but

that

Is

about

all

I

can

do

right

now.

In

time,

I

will be much more freely

able

to

communicate

a

message

with

out

having

to

keep

looking

at my notes

all

of

the

time.

As

It

Is,

my.ability

study.

to

communicate

Is

getting

iiEHK

WISDOM

FROM

GOD

better because

of my language

 

Every fifth

Sunday,

our

congregations

in

Tokyo

gather

for

fellow

ship

and mutual

encouragement

ill the

work

of

communicating

the

Gospel

of Jesus Christ. On May 30th, we had the largest gathering that I know about- ninety people total from about ten congregations. The

James Dobson films "Focus on the Family" have been adapted and trans

lated into Japanese. We saw these films, which are really appre ciated here in Japan. Families are drawn apart because of stress on

loyalty

generation

standards

to

company

where

held

by

and

falling

tend

to

apart

rebel

from

once

held

values

by

a

new

and

so

many

against

values

of morality

is

needed

previous

generations.

Much

prayer

that

Christian

principles

of

a

new

lifestyle

in

Christ

can

be

seen

through

strong

Christian

families

before

there

is

no

time

left.

A

BUSY

SUMMER

AHEAD

 

On

July

23,

the

last

day

of

the

summer

term

of

language

school.

Dad

and

Mom will

be

leaving

for

the

States

for

about

six

weeks.

During

odai.

their

absence,

Vacation from

I

will be maintaining

the

work

language

school will

allow full

here

time

in Mejir-.

to

prepare

for camp, VBS, preaching and attending the ALL Japan Convention of our Churches of Christ (Christian Churches). At the missionary

gathering, I am scheduled to deliver a message in English for a

change. The Monday after Dad and Mom arrive back in Tokyo on Septem

ber I will resume language study for the last leg before complet

ing

the

course

of

study

at

school.

I am very grateful for the support which you have been providing

financially

and

especially

through

prayer.

There

is

no

better

source

of

strength than that which comes through our Lord and Saviour Jesus

Christ.

He

has

and

is

providing

all

that

I

need

to

do

His Will.

 

Let

us

continue

in

our

efforts

to

proclaim

the

Gospel

of

Jesus

Christ

as

time

pond

to

is

running

that

Gospel

out,

praying

before

it

is

that all may be

too

late.

able

to

hear

and

Field Address;

Jonathan Sims

Mejlrodal, Hachioji-Shi

Tokyo,

Japan 193

Laurel Avenue

Church of

Christ

Jonathan Sims (Ambassador to Japan)

P.O.

Box 13277

Chesapeake,

Va.

23325

Missions

Box

177

Kempton,

Forwyding Agent:

909 Neptune Avenue

Virginia Beach, Va.

(804) 420-6028

Jesse Inge

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OCT

VOLUME 2

4 1982

CAJ

Report

JONATHAN SIMS

CHRIST'S AMBASSADOR TO JAPAN

And the things you haveheardmesay in the presence ofmany witnesses entrustedto reliable

men who will also bequalified to teach others.

// Timothy 2:2

THIRD QUARTER

1982

NUMBER

3

THE

SPEEDY

SUMMER

The

six weeks

in which dad and mom were in America and I was maintaining the work here

in Japan seemed to pass before

I

could catch my breath.

It seemed that no sooner had I

returned from the airport to see them off,

than

I had to drive out to welcome them back

home from

a good visit with

supporting churches and family.

During the so called "vacation"

from

going

language school,

the work of preaching

to

the

Convention,

kept me quite

busy.

in Japanese,

helping

a

little with VBS and

During

this

summer,

I

to read my sermon as

such,

tried for the first

as

I

had been doing

time while

preaching in Japanese,

not just

so

I

wouldn't make mistakes

in

grammar and

such,

but to

preach

a

little

more

freely

by referring

to

notes

once

in

a while when de

livering the message.

Everybody commented right away in

that through "seeing my face"

they could tell

that

I

was

sincere

in my message.

paused at several

places when I

knew what

I wanted

I

knew I

to say,

made grammatical

but was at

a

loss

mistakes

and

of knowing

how to

say it,

especially for a Japanese person to understand.

Quite a few people in the congregation and

neighborhood wondered

how

I

would

be able

to manage without mother's cooking when I was by myself. As the Lord is always alert in providing for the needs of those who are doing His will, I didn't ever have a real deep feeling of loneliness, even though it is tending to be more and more discomforting to

remain a bachelor.

It was not really difficult to make my own meals and to

everybody's

wonder,

I

didn't lose any weight.

I

did accept a

number

of invitations

to

talk and eat

with

people in

the congregation and

in

were away,

I spoke Japanese almost all

the neighborhood.

During

the six weeks

the folks

the time,

except when with other missionaries.

Some

of the neighbors were amazed at the improvement in my conversational

ability in Japanese.

VACATION

BIBLE

SCHOOL

The

less

attendance

than

half

at VBS this year

the

normal

to stay

out to

a

be

in

lake

was

cause of our decision

.town,

rather

than

ride

in the mountains and

stay

in

a rent

ed

ing seems

place.

A VBS

in

the

to children to

church

be

build

too much

like regular Sunday School.

Those

who came,

however,

seemed

to

enjoy

the

bers

activities

and

lessons.

The

mem

of the congregation

really help

ed

though

to make the VBS run smoothly,

the attendance was

a

al

little

lower than expected.

One

VBS Class

THE

CONVENTION

IN

KOCHI

The convention of the Churches of Christ (Christian) was held

in the largest city

in the island of Shikoku.

Because of the expense to travel

to the island and the season,

the attendance was not quite up to what was expected. Of the four main islands of Japan, Shikoku is the smallest. Compared with Tokyo the city of Kochi (pronounced like coach)

seems like a town,

but the convention hotel was of the best qualtiy.

It was

very en

joyable to eat the special Japanese meals. The fellowship was quite warm among the two

hundred to two-hundred-fifty who attended. During one part of the program, the group

who came from each respective congregation sang either a special number or gave a testi

mony.

(continued on

back)

fact'thatseemed'eWdentat'thecon-

vention was

that it is

getting

time

for some of the missionaries to re-

tire,

although

few want to

the work

that needs

to

be

because of

done,

and

Morning Devotions at the Japenese Convention

there are not very many new missionaries coming.

an impact on the

Japanese society.

Christianity still

has not made much of

One of

the major highlights of the

convention was the celebration of the eightieth

Vivian Lemmon came to Japan to work

birthday of one of our single lady missionaries.

in the 1930's, so has worked in Japan for almost fifty years.

States during WWII, but is still active in the work

She had

to

return to

It becomes very difficult for

the

missionaries to "retire"

to America when they have lived the major part of their lives

here in Japan working to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Japanese,

The

Missionary Convention

FIELD ADDRESS:

Jonathan Sims,

3-33-7 Mejirodai,

FORWARDING AGENT:

Jesse

Inge,

909 Neptune Ave.

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LAUREL

AVENUE

CHURCH

OF CHRIST

Jonathan Sims (Ambassador to Japan)

P.O.

Box

13277

Chesapeake,

Virginia

23325

Vivian

Lemmon

Hachioji-Shi, Tokyo, Japan 193

Virginia Beach, Va.

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A.

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REPORT

/ 9-

CHRIST'S AMBASSADOR TO JAPAN

JAN

7 J9SS

And the things you hccoe heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust'

ed to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others,

VOLUME 2

FOURTH QUARTER 1982

CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

II Timothy 2:2

NUMBER 4

The time for the special rememhrsuice of the birth of our Lord and Saviour

Jesus Christ has arrived.

dule of activities to celebrate the season.

Here at Mejirodai we are having the usual full sche

Even though this report is late,

hope that it will help to keep the mood joyful for a little

longer.

I

On the nineteenth we had a noimial Sunday School,

after which we remembered

Clirist's birth through a Worship Service and an afternoon musical program in

which everyone participated.

Groups and individuals sang, played various musical

instruments and acted in skits.

The program closed with a gift exchange in which

each age group gave presents to others in their same age group.

The room was

filled to capacity with 56 adults (junior high included) and 14 children (up

through 6th grade included).

As soon as I finish this report, I must resume preparation for the upcoming

events.

After the Christmas Eve Service on the 24th,

the Sunday School program

will be held on Christmas Day.

As Japanese school children begin their winter

vacation on that day, the program will help to set the mood for the season. As we give attendance awards at that time, children will attend in anxious e3q)ecta-

tion.

GRADUATION FROM LANGUAGE SCHOOL

The main reason that this report is late is that the pressure of language

study put on by the teachers did not stop until after the last class session was

over,

I have been set for the proper joyfulness of this season in that I have

been enabled to coii5)lete the course of study at the Japan Missionary Language

Institute.

Through the grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and the

strength He has provided, I have been able to persevere through the struggle of

intensive Japanese language study.

Now I

can direct my efforts toward direct

contact and comimmication of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

This Autumn term of study has been my best.

Ufy classmate and I

have fin

ished reading a book written by a Japanese as m introduction to Christianity

for other Japanese people. Being a graduate of Bible college, much of the mater

ial is not new, although it is interesting to note how the author expressed his viewpoints of "Japanese" Christianity. In addition to reading the book, we also

read selected articles from one of the three major national Japanese newspapers.

It is a good feeling to be able to more and more understand how the Japanese feel

about various things and how they, express themselves in their own special un

assertive way (excepting the overly aggressive newspaper reporters and sales

men).

The teachers were more lenient during this

Autumn term, than they have

been.in previous terms.

Maybe it s6emed that \ray because the grading this,term

was based not on regular tests as we have had previously, but ofi essays we have

written in class on various assigned topics.

it was easy to feel inadequate in e3£preSsitig myself.

Even so,

after every class session

Members of the local con

gregation here have .continued to remark on my progress in communication ability.

But it takes a lifetime to really leam all of the Ins and outs of a language. I am grateful for this painful experience of formal classroom study, without

which I

feel nobody can really get a grasp of the foundation necessary to

communicate adequately any important message, especially the Gospel of Jesus

Christ.

May everyone continue to remember the joys of this season,

and have a

Happy New Year.

Ihank you all for your continued prayers and support through

which the Iiord has

sustained me in thi^~year7

^

~~

* - - —

Field Address

Jonathan Sims

3-33-7 Mejirodai

Hachioji-Shi

Tokyo,

Japan 193

Laurel Avenue Church of Christ

C. A.

J.

-

Jonathan Sims

P.O.

Box 13277

Chesapeake, Virginia 23325

(•

Missions

Services

Asso.

Box

2427

Knoxville,

TN

37901

Forwarding Agent

Jesse Inge

909 Neptune Avenue

Va.

(804) 420-6028

Beach,

Va.

23464

Permit #48

Non-Profit Org.

Postage Paid Chesapeake, Va.