Video: A Christmas Carol From Japan

December 17, 2020 • Japanese

Most years, the annual Christmas gathering is a highlight for our staff and radio listeners in Japan. For many of the attendees, it's one of the few times each year that they can celebrate their love for Christ in community with one another. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic means that this...

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Making Church Home in Japan

July 07, 2020 • Japanese

For Sagi, attending church often feels like a burden. “On Sundays, after a long, stressful week, it’s hard to find the motivation to go to church,” Sagi said. “It’s not that I don’t like church or don’t believe in God, but work and day-to-day life make it hard.” Sagi lives...

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COVID-19 Lessons From Our International Ministries

April 15, 2020 • Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish

All of our international media ministries are seeing an increased number of followers during COVID-19. Read some of biblical teachings and how our ministry leaders are responding to COVID-19 in their unique contexts. Jump to a section: Chinese Ministry | English Ministry | French Ministry | Japanese Ministry | Portuguese Ministry | Spanish Ministry |

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Keeping Faith a Secret

August 01, 2019 • Japanese

In a collectivist culture like Japan, people pride themselves on blending in. Something as simple as dressing differently from the rest of your coworkers could cause anxiety. This is the dilemma that many Japanese seekers face when they explore the Christian faith. “In Japan, there is little opportunity to know...

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The Perfect Gift

December 07, 2018 • Japanese

The Christmas season often comes with feelings of warmth and comfort from being with family and loved ones. As Christians, we spend that time together in celebration of the birth of our Savior. But Christmas can also be an isolating and lonely time if you are the only one who...

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No Longer an Orphan

October 31, 2018 • Japanese

Mrs. Ohashi was discouraged, going through a difficult time with her daughter. One day, in her work of selling products door to door, she met Nanami (not her real name), a woman who understood Ohashi’s pain and invited her to church. Although she had never been in a church, the...

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Rooted in Faith, Despite Persecution

September 11, 2018 • Japanese

In 1991, a Japanese woman named Yuriko said she believed in Jesus. But it took her nearly 26 years to be baptized because of pressure from her family. “It may sound incredible to Western people that a grown adult needs permission from her parents, but it happens quite often in...

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The Church in My Town

January 04, 2018 • Japanese

Elichi and Kazuto* share more than friendship. They are on a journey together to learn about Jesus. The boys live in Kumamoto, Japan, the city that was nearly destroyed in the April 2016 earthquake. Nearly every citizen was affected in some way. During this time Elichi and Kazuto discovered a...

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A Christmas baptism

December 03, 2017 • Japanese

Mr. Yoshiichiro Tokuhara can recall the first time he heard about Jesus. It was December of 1983, a few weeks before Christmas. He was 12 years old, living in Japan and listening to a shortwave radio—a popular means of communication at the time. Listening to ReFrame Ministries’s Japanese program, Window...

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A Mother and Son are Baptized

May 25, 2017 • Japanese

“I was raised in a house where there are Shinto and Buddhist altars,” shares Yasuko Kikuchi, a member of the ReFrame Ministries staff in Japan. The majority of Japan’s population identify themselves as followers of the Buddhist or Shinto faith, whereas less than 1% claims Jesus as their Savior. “As...

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