Karen Goh, SCAC’s full-time missionary in Japan, shares her experience.

by James TC Wong

MIRI – At the invitation of GMC Small Groups, full-time SCAC (Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference) missionary Karen Goh presented an update of her work in Japan for the past 15 months during the Thursday Night Prayer Meeting at Grace Methodist Church on Jul 31.

Miri-born Goh is no stranger to cross-cultural mission fields having served on board the MV Doulos from 2006-2008. Supported by SCAC, Goh enrolled at Methodist Theological School in Sibu following her Doulos stint. She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Theology, majoring in Missiology.

Goh began her sharing by summarizing the religion facts in Japan. There are only 1.5 million Christians out of a population of 126.5 million. Religion is characterized by syncretism, meaning that most Japanese amalgamate different religions, cultures, or schools of thought.

The attendees were also told about the countless gods and different temples found in the country. “Therefore the Japanese people can be quite apprehensive if you try to evangelize to them. This is a natural reaction because there are so many gods and idols to choose from,” explained Goh.

Goh’s mission work is at Bunkyo Gospel Center, Fukui and One Touch Cafe in Mikuni. Twice a month, a Parents-Children Table Fellowship is held at the latter. She also focuses on Campus Ministry, Bible Study, Children’s Sunday School and Café Evangelism.

God opens the doors in Japan
Top LR clockwise: Goh and co-workers from other organizations, Youth Camp Outreach, Oil Painting Class Outreach, English Camp Outreach.

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.

“Bunkyo Gospel Center doubles up as a café venue, as well as providing the space for English and Art class catering to senior citizens, high school and campus students in the vicinity,” Goh added.

“I want to thank God for opening another door for us. Since June, we have a once-a-month meeting in a restaurant at Kaga, about 30 minutes drive from Mikuni. Naya-san, the owner of the eatery, is learning Chinese from my co-worker because of his business interest in China. For the past two months, we had fellowship ministry with about 20 employees at the eatery,” she said.

In summing up, Goh requested for prayers, support and encouragement. “We need more gifted workers to come and support our pastors in the Japanese churches. Pray for boldness and joy for Christians as we continue to witness and live faithfully for Jesus.”

In obedience to The Great Commission, SCAC has sent another full-time missionary Kathy Sia to Osaka last April.

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