Friday, August 15
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Rev. Yukiko Mikawa came as a young seminary graduate in 2011 to serve as chaplain for more than 500 teenagers and staff at Kwassui Girls’ School in Nagasaki. She is busy with responsibilities for daily chapel services, classes about Christianity, and extracurricular activities such as the Young Women’s Christian Association. For most pupils, Kwassui is the place where they first encounter the Bible and hear God’s word. She tells them, “The Bible contains the most important things for you to live,” and, “Prayer is wonderful.”
At each entrance ceremony, Rev. Mikawa tells the pupils that all of them are called by God, because of God’s love for them. Some, for whom Kwassui was not the first choice, listen to these words in tears at first. But every morning, as they hear the words of the Bible, they grow. After three years, they are sent out at the graduation ceremony with a blessing, smiling with confidence. Rev. Mikawa is planting seeds for Christ’s church that she believes will certainly bear fruit because God is faithful, even if the fruit is slow in developing.
Rev. Mikawa knows from her own experience that young people attending Christian schools will be influenced by what they hear and sing daily in chapel. Her hope comes from God’s presence with her, so she is eager to share God’s love with her pupils and colleagues. Christian schools throughout Japan are striving for this same purpose.
—Dr. Barbara Easton, PC(USA) mission coworker, Nagasaki
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
United Church of Christ in Japan (Kyodan): Dr. Barbara Easton, professor of English, Kwassui Women’s University, Nagasaki, Sanford Taborn, English professor, Kinjo Gakuin University, Emiko Taborn, team ministry • Reformed Church in Japan: Rev. William Moore, new church development, Ann Moore, team ministry • Hokusei Gakuen University, Sapporo: Rev. Thomas Goetz, professor of English
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Loving Creator, open the hearts of pupils in Christian schools, so that they can encounter you. Guide teachers by your Holy Spirit to work for this aim. Give them sincere joy in their work, according to your power and wisdom. Amen.