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VOLUME 4
CAJ Report
JONATHAN SIMS CHRIST'S AMBASSADOR TO JAPAN
And the things you have heard me say in the presence ofmany witnesses entrusted to reliable
men who will also be qualified to teach others. II Timothy 2:2
FIRST QUARTER 1984 NUMBER 1
THE YEAR OF THE RAT
The New Year is well under way with many various traditions being continued from sea-
Son to season and being transmitted from generation to generation. Japanese traditions
have been imported mainly from China with revisions being made along the way. Some which
haven't changed much through time are the intricate details dealing with the character
istics of people born in a given year of the twelve year cycle of the old Chinese calen
dar. There are also new traditions being started with what is commonly called "scienti
fic" studies of character and personality through analysis of blood types correlated with
various behaviour patterns. In other words, if I was born in such and such a year, under
such and such a sign and have a certain blood type, it can be expected that I will have
a predetermined character. "Surely, with all this data 'scientifically' studied and
computer analyzed, these expectations can't be far from the truth," is the statement
that many people make. In my opinion, a superstition is still a superstition, whether in
putted into a computer or not. I have no interest in studying the basic tenets which give
rise to horoscopes and related artificial truths, which lead people away from the truth,
which we know revealed to us directly from the Creator of the universe through His Only
Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as written without error in the Word of God, the
Bible, our standard for living. In Christ, we are not bound to man-made traditions, but
free to live in a new, close relationship with our Creator and our brethren in Christ.
SNOW IN VOKOSUKA
This winter has been severe all
around the globe, as all of you can
affirm, especially in Northern States.
In Japan, we watched television re
ports of severe winter storms in the
U.S. which seemed too far away to
affect Japan. That was in December,
when relatively mild was the order
of the day. I caught a common cold
at the time of Christmas activities
which continued for three weeks. When
the unusual coldness struck and the
snow came, the Lord had restored me
to about normal health (probably so
that I could help dig neighbors out
of the snow). "It usually doesn't
snow in Yokosuka," people told me
when I moved here, but this year has
proved otherwise. It has snowed al
most at record levels. Five times
snow fell, two times about three
inches and three times about eight inches. The cold which accompanied the snow caused
quite a bit of damage. The water pipes in more than three thousand homes in the Tokyo
area burst because of lack of proper protection against freezing temperatures. Yokosuka
temperatures were just a few degrees warmer than Tokyo, just enough to keep most pipes
from breaking. Insulation in Japanese homes, apartments and buildings is far inferior to
anything allowed to be constructed in the U.S. (at least according to standards, that is).
But a problem almost as bad, if not worse, is the failure of a number of automobile and
motorbike drivers to take extra precautions when attempting to drive on ice and snow
covered streets. As cities in this part of Japan are not equipped for heavy snowfall,
traffic became almost impossible to maneuver. Even the railroad systems were affected,
with some services canceled temporarily. On the toll roads, only cars equipped with
chains, those notorious studded tires, or four-wheel drive vehicles, were permitted through
the gates. It would have been much easier with the heavy equipment and training of people
Snow in Yokosiika
in northern and along the west coast of Japan, but those areas had more snow than usual
and were especially burdened, even with their equipment and training. Anyway, the
severest is over and Spring is around the corner.
NEW CLASS OPPORTUNITIES
People are interesting and
sometimes funny when you get to
know them a little. For example,
people in the community seem to
have an interest in learning
English. They want to learn how
to communicate freely in English
with Americans or Britains, but
do not want to take the extra
effort needed to try to think in
English. They can easily memor
ize a sentence and fairly well
determine a time to use the sent
ence, but rather than letting a
phrase sink in and become a nat-
they insist upon
of what the Japan-
the phrase would
that students in
ural response,
an explanation
ese meaning of
be. It seems
"so as not to
classes should
in Japanese. Maybe
have an interest in English,
An English Class Student
my classes want to say everything
"the Japanese way" but by using English words and phrases. Americans don't say things in
the same way that Japanese do. There are also words and phrases that don't translate
smoothly, word for word. The thought behind an expression (i.e., thank you for...) may
be the same, but the way of saying it may differ. At times, it is frustrating, but to
hear the various interpretations of what is being said makes teaching enjoyable.
At the present moment, I am teaching four classes. One is directly from the Bible
in English, and the others are basically English conversation. The first class is free
(but with any donations to the Church welcomed) and the others I charge a very modest fee,
bUraen tTie~CTiLirch~for any extra utility costs and such". I think that four
be the limit for English, as my main ambition is to communicate the Gospel
the classes will bring fruit, but the majority of Japanese, who don't
need to be reached somehow with the Gospel.
I had a cold for three weeks, but the Lord continues to provide opportunities to meet
people and use all kinds of situations so that His Name can be honored. Pray that the
newly started English classes can bring fruit. Pray that I can continue to make contacts,
some to respond favorably when conversation turns toward things related to the Church of
Christ and to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Pray that I can be as effective as possi
ble in my present situation, and no less so when the Lord provides that special one to be
by my side in the work here in Japan. Even though I am single, the Lord is close by at all
times to comfort and strengthen me in the task. Letters from you all as well as the know
ledge of your prayers and support, goes far in lifting me up for the work. I am grateful
for your faithfulness and am confident that all prayers on my behalf will be answered in
the best way. The Lord knows all our deepest yearnings even before we mention them in our
prayers.
Laurel Avenue Church of Christ
C.A.J. - JONATHAN SIMS
P.O. Box 13277
Chesapeake, Virginia 23325
FIELD ADDRESS
Jonathan Sims
3-6 Kugo Cho Yokosuka-Ski
Kanagawa-Ken, Japan 238
FORWARDING AGENT
Jesse Inge
909 Neptune Ave. Va. Beach
(804) 420-6028
Va. 23464
Permit #48
Non-Profit Org.
Postage Paid
Chesapeake, Va.
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Dear Friends in Christ:
C.A.J. - JOMTiiAl\I SE.S ^ J9B:
P.O. Box 13277 \ •
Chesapeake, Virginia 23325
January 20, 1984
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ from the forwarding agent of Christ's
Ambassador to Japan - Jonathan Sims.
Still another year has passed since we wrote to you. We wish there was a new
way to say thanks to each of you for your expression of Christian love to Jonathan.
Your continued support of Jonathan has certainly helped immensely to encoizrage him.
As you know from his newsletters, the Lord has truly blessed Jonathan this past
year. His health has been very good and he has been quite busy with the LDrd's
work. He moved to Yokosuka last Ivlay to become the regular minister of the Yokosuka
Church of Christ. He moved from his parent's home and now lives in a second floor
apartment above the meeting room and classroom. He has had to do his own cooking,
cleaning and laundry which he has managed without too much difficulty. He is
preaching and teaching and working toward an increase in new members. The church
has a history of ups and downs with only one lady who could really be classified as
a member. Continue to pray that as Jonathan labors he will see an increase of
precious souls into His church.
In his last letter he was eagerly anticipating Christmas, as he had received
packages from some of you and could hardly wait to open them. He was to spend
Christmas with his parents.
It will soon be three years since Jonathan left for Japan and he is still
living and working with only $800.00 per month. In view of the fact that he is no
longer living with his parents and the state of the economy, I'm sure his living
expenses have increased but he is managing on the same amount. Actual committed
support for the past year was $776.66 monthly. Thanks to the regular supporters who
sent a little extra at times and to those who sent only occasionally, we have
managed to keep things in balance. Jonathan always says he knows the Lord will
supply all his needs.
If you are not one of the regular contributors, we ask that you consider
Jonathan in your budget for the coming year. And for those who can send only occas •
ionally, please continue. All support serves to greatly encourage the missionary
in his work.
We thank each of the churches, groups and individuals who are sharing their
material blessings and prayers with Jonathan. Msy God bless each of you.
Yours in Christ,
Jesse and Ella Inge
Forwarding Agents
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CAJ Report
JUL 2 1984
VOLUME 4
JONATHAN SIMS CHRIST'S AMBASSADOR TO JAPAN
And the. thingsyou have heard me say in the presence ofmany witnesses entrusted to reliable
men who willalso be qualifiedto teach others. II Timothy 2:2
SECOND QUARTER 1984
NUMBER 2
GOLDEN WEEK CAMP
The first week of May in Japan is filled with holidays, so is called "golden weekv"
Miany Japanese will arrange to have the entire week off from work to visit relatives or
go on scenic tours. Others will take one of the holidays to go for a "drive" into the
mountains to get away from hectic city life and for a hreath of fresh air. A few of us
missionaries and Japanese Christians gathered at our Shinshu Bible camp for a time of
study, fellowship and refreshment.
The camp was a wonderful change of pace from the normal schedule of activities.
The weather was good, although slightly cool, and the scenery was beautiful. The at
tendance was less than hoped for, but enough for interesting discussion. The theme
"Marriage and Family Life (Christian Home)" didn't exactly fit my situation, but I
learned a number of things. One of the main items that came up during discussion times
was the relationship between a Christian and his or her non-Christian spouse. It is
common in Japan for such to take place, although prayer is fervent for more people to
respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that more truly Christian homes can be estab
lished. I am amazed to hear of situations where after ten years of zealous prayer and
faithfulness the wife of a Christian accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. I had
always thought that if a husband were a Christian, the wife would soon follow, but I
guess the pressures of Japanese society against people becoming Christian (and thus
violating the status quo) is as equally great on wives as it is on husbands.
Golden Week Camp
A HOSPITAL CALL
A Discussion Period
A few weeks ago, a man called, wanting to know the telephone number of the
previous missionary at Yokosuka. I explained the situation that the missionary
who had been at Yokosuka is now working at our Bible can^) in the mountains (in the
footsteps of yet another missionary —who had retired last year) and that I am now
working at Yokosuka. The man is in the hospital for problems following a lifetime
of excessive drinking, but has recently developed an interest in the Bible and
wanted someone to talk to, as his wife and children have abandoned him as well as
other relatives. Ichinose san and I went to see him and talk with him a while.
The local "hospital" he is in is a miserable place, but being on welfare and more or
less neglected by family can't afford a better facility. He has an interest in
Christianity, having attended services for a while at Yokosuica (before I arrived),
but does not want to commit himself yet. Pray that Uchida san can be restored to
health and will accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and become obedient.
ASSORTED GLEANINGS
Dear Diary,
I heard something today that people in the States would find hard to imagine.
Two of the girls that are most regular in their Sunday school attendance stop by the
Buddhist temple on the way to Church. When leaving home they say "we are going to the
temple, then to our friends' house." After saying a Buddhist prayer at the temple and
leaving a few coins for an offering, they come to Sunday school to be with a few of
their friends. After Sunday school they play at their friends house.
Dear Diary,
I don't know what to think. What do I do when the mother of one of our Sunday
school girls destroys a Bible we had sent as a present? When the mother lets her
daughter go to Sunday school, but won't let the daughter bring the textbook home,
what can we do, except pray for hearts to be softened?
Dear Diary,
I had a wonderful day today. I did Mark (Maxey, one of our fellow missionaries
in Southern Japan) a favor by escorting his grand-niece from the New International
Airport to Tokyo station and sending her on the way to Southern Japan by the "Bullet
Train." It brightened up my day. It's not every day I meet a twenty year old
Canadian blonde from Ozark Bible College. The hours it takes to get from Yokosuka to
the new airport and back seemed like minutes. Oh, if I just had a little more time
to continue our conversation.
Dear Diary,
I am still thinking about the conversation with Lisa, in which she had said that
I should be more active in my search for that special person. She said that she knew
someone who might be right for me. But what can I do without a name or address?
If I knew who she is I would not hesitate in the least to correspond.
Dear Diary,
Dad said something today which really surprised me. If mom had said it, I
would have fainted in shock. He asked me what my impressions of Hosokawa san are.
I never thought the day would come when dad would mention the name of a young lady.
It has been the policy to leave that up to me, so today was startling. Surely the
end of the world must be drawing near.
I am grateful for your continuing prayers and support. Pray that Uchida san
can be restored to health and will accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Pray
that in all situations I can bring glory and honor to our Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ. Pray that it will be soon when I meet that special helpmeet. I will be
sure to communicate developments.
Laurel Avenue Church of Christ
C.A.J. - JONATHAN SIMS
P.O. Box 13277
Chesapeake, Virginia 23325
FIELD ADDRESS
Jonathan Sims
3-6 Kugo Cho Yokosuka-Ski
Kanagawa-Ken, Japan 238
FORWARDING AGENT
Jesse Inge
909 Neptune Ave. Va. Beach, Va. 23464-
(804) 420-6028
Permit
Non-Profit Org.
Postage Paid
Chesapeake, Va.
Missions Sarvioes
Box 2427 y,goi
Knoxville»
A.SSOC-
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CAJ Report
JONATHAN SIMS CHRIST'S AMBASSADOR TO JAPAN
And the. things you have heard me say in the presence ofmany witnesses entrusted to reliable
men who will also be qualified to teachothers. U Timothy2:2
VOLUME 4
THIRD QUARTER 1984
NUMBER 3
A HOT AND HUMID SUMMER
According to the weather forecasts in the early part of the year, summer was to be
short and mild. But in contrast there have been a number of days where new record high
temperatures were measured and the humidity so high a towel was needed to wipe off the
perspiration resulting from even a minor bit of activity. Besides using air condition
ers to the fullest, going into the mountains is a way to escape from the Intense heat.
Since we have a camp in the mountains, motivation to go was high.
This year our annual missionary convention was held at the camp. It was a wonder
ful time of fellowship and mutual encouragement. The cleaness and relative coolness of
the mountain air within the wonderful and beautiful scenery God has created for man to
appreciate made the time especially refreshing. The messages were quite upbuilding and
brought out some lively discussion at times. I was also asked to lead in one of the
Bible studies. Being given liberty to select any text of the writings of John, I chose
Revelation chapters two and three. From the seven letters to the seven churches I spoke
on seven "Characteristics of a Mature Christian" which seemed clearly evident to me.
1. His/her first love is Jesus Christ (Rev. 2:4,5). 2. He/she remains true to Jesus
Christ, no matter what the cost may be (2:13). 3. He aims to obey all that Jesus
commanded (3:2,3). 4. He seeks foremost, heavenly treasures (3:18). 5. He perse
veres (2:3). 6. He tests to see what is right or wrong, true or false, avoiding the
wrong and false things (2:2). 7. He does not tolerate any kind of wickedness (2:6).
The Ohio Singers III The Missionary Convention
To supplement all of the good things of the convention, we were blessed to have a
men^s quartet from the Cincinnati Bible Seminary come and sing for us. We put them to
work for all of the time that they were in Japan, arranging for them to sing at a
number of places throughout the country. It is the third time a music group has come
from the U.S. and each time many Japanese youth are able to be reached with the Gospel
through good music.
THE JAPANESE CONVENTION
Immediately following the missionary convention about four hundred of our Japanese
brethren gathered for an annual convention. They met in the city of Yokohama,
which is next door to Tokyo on the South side. Just a little farther South, still
continuing along the edge of the "Tokyo bay" you will reach Yokosuka, where I am
working. Yokohama is now the second in population (just behind Tokyo and ahead of
Osaka) in Japan. But due to inadequate city planning there are limited facilities
for convention type activities. In spite of the various handicaps that the convent
ion preparation committee faced, the Lord blessed the efforts.
The Japanese Convention A Session of the Japanese Convention
Because of the season when tourism is high and a lot of small hotels put emphasis
on elaborate wedding ceremonies where relatives from all over gather for a day or
two of costly celebration, the convention had to make the best use of space allowed.
A public hall meeting room was rented for several sessions and spaces for out of town
convention attenders were rented in two large nearby hotels. Attenders from Tokyo
commuted, and I commuted from Yokosuka. Anyway, there was good fellowship and edi
fication, regardless of the limitations.
Dear Diary,
I have put my foot in my mouth again, by mentioning the name of a young Japanese
lady. I have already apologized to mom and dad for my jumping to wrong conclusions
and misunderstandings of the conversation with them. Dad was only wanting to see my
reaction and understand my viewpoint on some things. Incidentally, the person ment
ioned, according to what has been brought to my attention, has a suitor in whom she is
interested. My time has not yet come.
The VBS at Yokosuka this year was enjoyed by the children who came, but the attend
ance was less than normal Sunday School attendance because of the number of families
who make trips to visit relatives and home towns during August, the vacation time for
public schools in Japan.
Thank you for your continuing prayers and support. I am confident that the Lord
will provide the best at the appropriate time in His schedule.
LAUREL AVENUE CHURCH OF CHRIST
C.A.J. - JONATHAN SIMS
P.O. Box 13277
Chesapeake, Virginia 23325
FIELD ADDRESS
Jonathan Sims
3-6 Kugo Cho, Yokosuka-Shi
Kanagawa Ken, Japan 238
FORWARDING AGENT
Jesse Inge
909 Neptune Ave., Va. Beach, Va. 23464
(804)420-6028
Permit No. 48
Non-Profit Org.
Postage Paid
Chesapeake, Va.
msslps Services Assoo
Knoxville, Tn. 37901
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Dear Brethren in Christ, ^iugust 28, 19^^
I arrived in Japan to begin ray first tei'm as a
career missionary in May of 198I. Following the advice
of many preceeding me on the field, I promptly began
formal Japanese language study at the Japan Missionary
Language Institute in Tokyo. Even though a second gen
eration missionary, I had never really studied the lan
guage as such. In a land where more than 99% are literate
it is essential to be able to read, v/rite and speak to
effectively communicate the vital Gospel of Jesus Christ
in a way that the Japanese will understand. I graduated
from J.k'.L.I. in December of I982.
During school I had stayed^v/ith my parents living
in the V/estern part of Tokyo in jdnc city (Hachioji) in a
greater city. Greater Tokyo consists of 23 "wards" and
a number of smaller cities- In XXJf April of I983 I moved
from Hachioji to the city of lokosuka, which is South and
slightly East of Tokyo-
My present work is j^inistpring at the Tokosuka
Church of Christ. There have been a number of missionaries
and Japanese preachers v/ho have served for short periods
of time in the work in the community, each being able to
give some sort of analysis of the situation. The community
seems to be a difficult placeto work by most any standard.
V/ith a !?avy base nearby a number of our servicemen have
been able to come and fellowship, at least when in port,
but more often than not the Japanese coraraunity as a whole
is antagonised by the majority 01 servicemen who are not
Christian. Being young, single and American makes my task
quite difficult, even though I communicate in Japanese.
Besides tke socialists and Japanese comuiunists in the area
(there are also a number of right-wing nationalists to
k ep matters hjt) there are a number of zealous Buddhists
as well as the majority of Japanese who do not claim to
be """"c1igious" yet without fa.il maxnts-in traditxons ana
customs deeply rooted in Shinto and Buddhism. The local
congregation has never real .y had a change to gain a solid
core of members. V.'hcn the previous preacher's left for
"ftore rerponsive" soil, the new converts stopped coming,
leaving each new preacher about nothing to start v/ith.
With all this bac':ground, I arrive on tlie scene, with
numbers of faithful Christians in America supporting me
with high expectations of immediate fruit because of ray
bacl:ground as a second generation missionary, having been
born and raised in Japan.
As far as being able to report nunbers of immersions
into Christ, I am limited, but I can report what I am tiy ing
to do. There is one lady faithful eacl week in attendance.
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She was the first to become a Christian and has been faith
ful every week in spite of the turmoil that the work ha s
been through. There is a young man from the congregation
v;ho is a student at our Bible college in Osaka, who is
training to be a preacher. There are a number who at one
time came, but haven't been faithful. So in my consider
ation, the work is just like a new work, beginning from
very little, if anything to make a new start. There is
a building which has been around for a while, and v/hich
was rebuilt a few years ago.
My present work consists basically of preaching
each week for the Sunday services and teaching some of
the child-en who are coming for Sunday school. !!y out
reach at the present time is through a few Znglish Bible
classes, where a few people in the community have come
to learn English from an American lira very modest fee.
Standard English Conversation classes would cost five times
as much. The people in my classes haven't shovm any interest
in Christianity as such, but hopefully I will be able to
sow somet seeds that vrill later bring fruit- Also to con
tinue the Sunday school should bring more positive fruit
in time.
Near future goals are to get a number of Bible studies
started in the homes of people, where people who would be
reluctant to darken the door of a Church building v/ould
feel more at home to talk about spiritual matters. My
present goals are to try to make contacts and meet people
through normal routine activities, such as getting to know
local grocery shop people and such. Long range goals are
to get established a core of Japanese who will assume lead
ership responsibility.
Prayer requests:
— In all things Glory and honor may be brought to
onr Lo'^d a^id Soviouir Jesus Christ.
— That-tW^the Lord's leading, I can make new con
tacts and be able to communicate the Gospel effectively
through ray actions as well as v>;ords.
That the Lord will provide that special helpmeet
at the best time and in the best way. In Japanese society
I r-L-iPinjli r- rmarrio.ge is
sUll^considered a norm, ocpooiallT,- putting prooouro an
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CAJ Report
JONATHAN SIMS CHRIST'S AMBASSADOR TO JAPAN
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrusted to reliable
men who willalso be qualified to teach others. II Timothy 2:2
FOURTH QUARTER 1984
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1984
NUMBER 4
A NEW ENDEAVOR
For some time I have had an Interest in the many Chinese pictographs used^n the
Japanese written language. At language school I learned numbers of these pictographs, but
not how to write them with a brush. One day I decided to inquire at one classroom in the
area about learning Japanese calligraphy. I began shortly afterward to study the art of
writing with a brush. The teacher was hesitant at first, since I was a "foreigner," but
when realizing that I can converse in Japanese and read a number of characters, she became
more at ease. The first day consisted of learning how to hold the brush and make dots and
lines that are basic elements of characters. At the end of the session I made an attempt
at drawing a character or so, which she had drawn as a model. In seeing my work, she said
I could start right away in the adult course.
The text consists of four characters in Chinese word order (incidentally, Chinese is
closer grammatically to English than is Japanese) and having some sort of meaning, which
few people in Japan seem clearly to grasp. Chinese itself is precise with each pictograph
having a specific pronunciation and meaning, but when the Japanese imported the characters,
pronunciation was changed and varying meanings were applied resulting in ambiguity hard
for "foreigners" learning Japanese to appreciate. The four characters differ each month.
When the main style is mastered with all
of the various techniques of holding the
brush, applying and releasing pressure,
turning and twisting the brush without
significant wrist movement, attempts are
then made at other styles, each with
their own peculiar techniques. What is
interesting is that the most distorted
cursive styles are popular, but ironi
cally, only a handful of specialists can
read or write them.
This year dad's birthday present
was special. I conferred with my calli
graphy teacher and decided to write sim
ply "thank you dad" on a special paper
and frame it. After practicing quite a
bit to duplicate the model she wrote, I
wrote the characters and gave dad the
unexpected present for his sixtieth
birthday (for which Japanese custom demands special kinds of gifts and celebration.) Dad
was very grateful and encouraged me to continue study of the art of Japanese calligraphy.
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Some Japanese Calligraphy Styles
FRIENDSHIP DAY
As there is a U.S.N. base in Yokosuka, I have offered the right hand of fellowship
to sailors from our Churches. Usually the ships are out, but when in port I have had an
occasional visitor. In October the base Chaplain extended an invitation to Japanese
preachers and missionaries from all denominational groups to go to the base to see the work
of the Chaplain staff. The program consisted of a "briefing" of the various duties keeping
the chaplains and their assistants ("Religious Program Specialists") loaded down, a lunch
eon at the Officers' Club (on chapel expense) and a brief tour of the base facilities. The
turnout was not very good because of strong local anti- U.S. military sentiment incited
(contd. back page)
partly by paranoia (Hiroshima will never
be forgotten nor the U.S. ever forgiven
for dropping the atomic bombs on Hiro
shima and Nagasaki) and partly by commu
nist propaganda funded by the USSR. Most
of the Japanese preachers and mission
aries who came were from out of town.
Anyway, the tour was interesting and the
"Navy Clergy Friendship Day" is likely
to become an annual event.
MY SCHEDULE
My various activities are continu
ing as normal with Sunday AM Worship and
Sunday School Classes. I made another
effort to start again the class for Jun
ior High students, but to no avail. The
Ministry of Education puts a heavy load on students, so Church activity ends up being put
low on the priority list. Sunday PM is for preachers' meetings once a month (usually
after which I visit mom and dad for a day or two) or occasional calling on a man in the
hospital who has some interest in Christianity but not yet willing to accept Jesus Christ
as Lord and Saviour and obey Him in all things. Monday is free for yard work, hobbies or
other things that need to be done. English classes are Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM and PM
and Thursday AM and Saturday AM. Thursday PM is calligraphy. Friday I usually schedule
for bank business as I am bookkeeper for a loan fund started by one of our early mission
aries to help new congregations. Between classes is sermon and lesson preparation. Sat
urday PM is for tying up loose ends as far as Sunday preparation is concerned.
A VISITOR IN TOWN
The Friendship Day Tour Group
On a recent visit with dad and mom in Hachioji, I had occasion to be the tour guide
for Dr. Floyd Clark as he wanted to see some places in Tokyo and dad and mom had pre
viously sch^ul.ed activities to keep them busy on that Monday. (He staye"d~"w±th~dad arrd~
mom Saturday night thru Tuesday AM.) We had a good talk about a number of things. He
brought encouraging word about prayers on my behalf, which I already know, but it is still
wonderful to hear him tell of things.
Thank you for your continuing prayers and support. The Lord is sustaining me each
day. Learning Japanese calligraphy will be a real advantage when making posters and ad
vertisement about upcoming Church activities. It may attract attention in a way other
methods don't. Pray that in every situation and activity I can say and do things that will
lead Japanese to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and obey Him in all things.
A
Laurel Avenue Church of Christ
C.A.J. - JONATHAN SIMS
P.O. Box 13277
Chesapeake, Virginia 23325
FIELD ADDRESS
Jonathan Sims
3-6 Kugo Cho Yokosuka-Shi
Kanagawa-Ken, Japan 238
FORWARDING AGENT
Jesse Inge
909 Neptune Ave. Va. Beach, Va, 23464
(804)420-6028
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
Non Profit Org,
U.S. Postage
PAID
Chesapeake, Va,
Permit No. 48
Missions Services Assoc.
Box 2427
Knoxville, TN 37901