Reaching Japanese

A pastor in Brazil asked me today about how best to reach Japanese for Jesus. Here are a few things I sent out.  What would you have said?

  1. Pray much. Trust Jesus to guide.
  2. Find out where Japanese are. Are they in schools, businesses, tourist locations?
  3. Establish good personal contacts.   Some times language classes, cultural events, home stays help.  Find out how you can be of help to them.
  4. Have fun.
  5. Share Jesus.

    1. Take your time and explain the gospel over a number of times.
    2. Since Japan is a group society, it is often good to meet in groups, especially with Japanese Christians.
    3. Ask questions about what the person believes.
  6. When they make a decision:

    1. Celebrate.
    2. Encourage them.
    3. Be sure to check concerning what kind of a decision they have made, and help them to make the right decision.
    4. If they will recturn to Japan make sure that you prepare them to return, and help them to make good connections in Japan.
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3 Responses to Reaching Japanese

  1. Daniel says:

    Great points, Don. I would clarify to explain the gospel in a way that acknowledges and makes sense through their cultural filters. Something what requires some thinking/studying. What’s your view on immediate vs. delayed baptism?

  2. Don Wright says:

    Thanks for the points. Concerning immediate or delayed baptism I continue to go back and forth. When I was in Japan, I was pretty strong on waiting until they get back to Japan for baptism. That allowed them to more easily find a church home.
    After seeing how many never connect back in Japan, I am more open to having the new believer be baptized here. Perhaps the big factor is whether or not they have had ample opportunity to hear and understand the gospel in their own language.

  3. J says:

    A succinct and valuable list!

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