The event? “Under the Lord’s Blessing, Youth Mission 2008,” was successfully
held July 31-Aug. 8 by Kyodan’s Committee on Edudation. There was good
fellowship between the seven young people from the Presbyterian Church in
Taiwan and the Japanese youth who participated.
The program began with a reception on July 31, and the next day, on Aug. 1,
we had the opening service. Afterwards we strolled through Harajuku, the
youth district of Tokyo. It was fun making gyoza (Chinese dumplings) for
dinner with young people who are members of the Student Christian
Fellowship. An evening lecture was given on “Japan’s Christianity and
Yokohama” as preparation for the following day’s study trip to Yokohama.
After a meditation session, everyone enjoyed a dance party. SCF members
presented yukata (a kind of summer kimono) to the visitors. On Aug. 2, we
visited the Yokohama churches referred to in the lecture given the previous
night. That evening, the youth from Taiwan headed to the churches assigned
to be their hosts, where they observed Sunday morning worship on Aug. 3.
On Aug. 4, we traveled to Osaka via the Shinkansen (bullet train) in the
morning, and spent the day sightseeing in Osaka. We moved on to the Mt.
Rokko YMCA, where the conference was held, Aug. 5-7. Under the theme of
“Walking Together with Our Lord,” we talked about God and about ourselves.
At the end of the conference, we prepared a candlelight service using our
own forms of worship, including holding hands in a circle, sharing
testimonies, and engaging in a drama based on the Bible-all to the praise of
God. At the end of the conference on Aug. 7 we went to Nara, where we
enjoyed the sights of this traditional city. The closing worship of Youth
Mission 2008 was held at Nara Takabatake Church. We had a good time with the
youth from Osaka District. We all enjoyed Nara cuisine. Then, on Aug. 8, we
sent off the visitors to Taiwan from Kansai International Airport.
Although only five Japanese youth participated in the whole schedule of the
event, the group from Taiwan had many encounters with Japanese young people.
We also received a warm welcome from a great many others. The Japanese youth
were impressed by the faith of the youth from Taiwan, and the nine-day
program was a precious and memorable event for them. We experienced the fact
that we are brothers/sisters sharing a common faith in our Lord Jesus
Christ. I would like to report with much gratitude that our Lord was with
us, protecting our health and encouraging our fellowship throughout those
The next session of the Youth Mission of the Kyodan and the Presbyterian
Church in Taiwan is scheduled to taken place in Taiwan in 2010. May God
continue to bless our Youth Mission program in the future. (Tr. HL)
?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Sato Tomoko, member
?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Youth Mission 2008 Committee