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LR Anny Goh, Ps Karen Goh, DS Rev. Esther Law, Back row – Aaron Hii, Rev. Lisa Ting

by James TC Wong

Mar 4, Miri – To wish Pastor Karen Goh well in her posting to Japan, a private dinner was hosted in her honor last night by Aaron Hii, the Chairman of the Miri Methodist District Missions Board.

Also present were Rev. Esther Law, the District Superintendent of Miri District Methodist Churches and Rev. Lisa Ting, the pastor-in-charge of Grace Methodist Church and member of the Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference (SCAC) Missions Board.

Having served on board the Doulos from 2006-2008, Miri-born Pastor Karen is no stranger to cross-cultural missions fields.

“After 35 ports of call in 17 countries during the two-year stint, the Lord has shown me that the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few,” said Pastor Karen. “It was then that I received my calling to be a full-time missionary and realized the joy of bringing the Good News to people. On hindsight, it was God’s plan to prepare me for my destiny.”

Supported by SCAC, Pastor Karen enrolled at Methodist Theological School in Sibu following her Doulos stint. She graduated last November with a Bachelor of Theology, majoring in Missiology.

Despite the difficulties in bringing the gospel to the Japanese people, Pastor Karen has set her sight on the Land of the Rising Sun for the next 4 years.

Less than one percent of affluent Japan’s population is Christian even though the religion was brought to the country over 150 years ago.

Pastor Karen will be based at Bunkyo Gospel Centre (BGC) in Fukui. As the pioneering SCAC missionary in Japan, the good shepherd will focus on campus ministry and leading bible study for youths in small groups. She will also teach in the Children’s Sunday School and help in Café Evangelism.

Café Evangelism is a common form of outreach ministry in Japan. A venue is created to provide unique opportunities to share the gospel and build relationships with the people in the community.

“BGC doubles up as a café venue, as well as providing the space for English, Art and Choir classes catering to senior citizens, high school and campus students in the vicinity,” Pastor Karen explained.

“Do remember me in your prayers and we welcome your presence should you decide to come to help us in Fukui,” she summed up.

Pastor Karen (karen.gohts79@gmail.com) can be contacted at Bunkyo Gospel Center, Tawara 2-25-22, Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture, 910-0018 Japan.