Christians are a small minority in Japan, constituting less than 1% of the population. Material prosperity, the lures of this world, and peer and family pressure are challenges to their faith.
KGK Japan is underpinned by faithful graduates and strong support from churches. It is an active movement, one which was very involved in relief work following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Challenges facing KGK students include materialism, liberal theology and a lack of time to stop and reflect.
View from the inside
Ryuichi Yamazaki, the General Secretary of KGK Japan, says that what excites him about student ministry is the ‘hope of laying foundations for a better future in Japan and the world through the church.’
One of his challenges comes from Acts 9:15: ‘But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.”’ He comments, ‘The scope of this verse has given me a heart for ministry to people from every nation and tongue. We are hoping to start up a ministry to international students next April.’
- for students to ‘live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God’ (Colossians 1:10);
- for financial provision for the movement;
- for the new ministry to international students.