Most of the attention recently paid to the Japanese has focused on their economic might. But for a small group of Christian leaders, it is the spiritual need of Japanese living in the U.S. and Japanese Americans that has captured their interest. “Over 95 percent of this community still do not know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. And only 185 Japanese-American churches and a handful of Asian-American churches exist nationwide,” says Stan Inouye, president of Iwa (Japanese for “rock”).
To promote leadership development within the Japanese-American church community, Inouye huddled with a select group of 84 other evangelical Japanese-American pastors and leaders last March in San Bernardino, California. Most came from the West Coast, but conferees also came from Chicago, New York, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. Leaders from parachurch organizations such as InterVarsity, Navigators, Campus Crusade for Christ, and Asian-American Christian Fellowship also took part in learning new strategies and connecting with others in ministry to Japanese Americans.
“There’s never been a conference like this before for Asian Americans,” said Wayne Ogimachi, pastor of Christian Layman Church in Berkeley, California. “We’ll all go away with a broader understanding of how God is working with Asian Americans across the country.”
Aboriginal Christians gathered recently near Santa Fe, New Mexico, to challenge themselves—and others—to a bigger, clearer view of the needs of native Americans. Some 500 North American Indian leaders gathered in mid-March for SONRISE ’92, an “International Native American Congress on Evangelism, Discipleship and Church Growth” sponsored by CHIEF (Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship) of Phoenix. ...1
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