by Hosoda Joy, member
Higashi Nakano Church, West Tokyo District
I was given the opportunity to attend the “I Love Taiwan Mission Camp” as a Japanese participant from June 26 to July 12. A total of 155 people from 23 countries around the world participated in this event, which included 50 staff members, 4 volunteers, 32 local youths, and 69 overseas participants. Unfortunately, due to my own university schedule, I had to arrive in Taiwan two days late, almost at the end of the three-day orientation. As a participant from Japan, I was a rarity, and so was given a very warm welcome. After the three-day-orientation, we were separated into groups and sent out to 19 different churches to serve the local communities.
I was sent to the Tek-Tung Church together with one
Attendees at the 3-day orientation
participant each from Hong Kong, Malaysia, and South Korea, and two from both Hungary and Taiwan. Our main The second point involves my participation as a activity during the stay was to help at a summer camp for representative from Japan. One of the purposes of this ILTelementary students led by the youth of the church. I was program is summed up in the theme of the conference, surprised by the number of both the youth and children, “Embrace Taiwan with Love,” and this included learning with 25 youth leading activities for 100 children. Each of about the history of Taiwan. Japan has had a strong us used our talents to make this a very successful summer influence on Taiwan, and although we now have a friendly camp. We had a fun-filled ten days together at the Tek-relationship, it is a difficult thing for Taiwanese to forgive Tung Church, and then we headed to Tainan, where all of easily what Japan did during the World War II years, the groups gathered together again to share our stories. when they oppressed the native populations. Although it is
impossible for us to change history, we can still learn from There are two things I learned from my experience that I it. I feel strongly that Japanese education must include this would like to share. The first point is about the youth of point. The Taiwanese have studied this history and yet they Taiwan. The youth I met in Taiwan were so passionate. still love the Japanese. I hope to give back even more love They organized all the activities during the summer to Taiwan. camp as well as other activities for our enjoyment. It was obvious that they had themselves grown up in these The churches in Taiwan were filled with love and faith. summer camps and the church. I was deeply impressed by I received love from the Taiwanese as well as from the the words the pastor of Tek-Tung Church shared with us overseas participants who gathered in Taiwan. I would when he said that these children and youth are so important like to end this report with warm thanks to the United for the future. He said that it is because they are children of Church of Christ in Japan for sending me to Taiwan, to the God that they are precious right now at this moment. The members of the Student Christian Fellowship for choosing children know that they are cherished by the adults in the me, and to my own family and the participants of ILT 2014 church, and this will help them to remain in the Tek-Tung for their support. Most of all, of course, I want to thank Church in the future. God for being with me the whole way.
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