Recently, we, along with some friends and a couple of students, went down to CBI (Christ Bible Institute) for their Heart & Soul Cafe event. We heard an incredible story from a former Yakuza gang member (sans pinky included) describe how the grace of God invaded his life and caused him to become a new man. It was such a beautiful story. It was also awesome to be able to join in with hundreds of other Japanese Christians, missionaries and skeptical people and enjoy one another and sing together.
Heart & Soul (Event)は、東海地区における神の御国の前進を願いつつ企画された、若いクリスチャンが自分たちの言葉で、自分たちの音楽で、自分たちの世代と一緒に主を礼拝し、お互いに関係を深め、励まし合うことを目的とした集会です。また、クリスチャンでない方も気軽に来ることができるような開かれた集会を目指しています。プログラムは英語と日本語のバイリンガルで行なわれます。Heart & Soulは教会活動ではありません。むしろ、若い世代を各地方教会に結びつける助けとなることを望んでいます。
CBI is doing a lot of great things in the center of Nagoya and all throughout Japan as they train new leaders to serve and love the church and this great country! Thankful to God for their presence in this city.
Just a few more on Flickr.
© photos by Jake Gee