The seminary in Sannomiya (Kobe Theological Hall) has resumed classes. We recently had orientation for both students and teachers. This year, our registration list has about 20 students (with some students only taking online classes) and 6 teachers. Classes are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Our students are a mix of pastors continuing their studies and laypeople taking classes after the end of their workday.
Each of our congregations recently held Fall Fellowship and Discipleship meetings. One body, the Higashisuma congregation, hosted four separate lectures considering ‘faith and unity in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic‘. They also dedicated time to prayer and praise.
Meanwhile, the English-language Bible class-based at Kasumigaoka continues to meet in person and has a steady attendance of around 5 students (ages 50-60).
Our youth group, which includes all our congregations, continues to meet monthly to review the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Their next lesson will be over Westminster Shorter Catechism questions four, five, and six.
The spread of Coronavirus here in Japan seems to be going very slowly. New cases continue to decrease. New cases peaked at the end of July/start of August, and that tally has dropped significantly in September. Public transport is very crowded, but hand sanitizer can be found everyone, and the vast majority of people wear masks.
- Pray for the health of our elderly members—both physical and spiritual—due to Coronavirus and the way it can separate us from regular Christian fellowship.
- Pray for the students and teachers at Kobe Theological HAll as they get back into the routine of classes after a relatively long break.
- Pray for the English-language Bible Class. May its students come to know the Lord at this worrying time.
- Our youth group teachers need wisdom as they teach the youth group. Pray for wisdom and growth for students and teachers both.
- Praise the Lord for godly pastors and their willingness to serve joyfully. Pray for them, as some of them also have to work part-time jobs.