What I Learned During My Time In Japan
I'd like to thank Redeemer Fellowship and it's people for sending me on this trip. It was challenging (physically and spiritually) as well as eye-opening.
- Only 0.02% of the population identify themselves as Christians.
- Tokyo is one of the cleanest cities I've ever been in.
- Tokyo's public transportation system is as amazing as it is efficient; moving over a million people around the city each day (... and very confusing at the same time).
- The Japanese culture has very little personal space issues.
- There are vending machines everywhere. They are more frequent than McDonald's are in the U.S.
- While the Japanese desperately desire community, they usually seek it in ways where they don't have to be real or vulnerable.
- When a Japanese person is converted, they take that commitment seriously. They are all-in, 100%. They take commitments (any commitment) very seriously, more seriously than most Americans do. We could learn from that.
- The Japanese culture is built on shame, and not bringing it upon yourself in any way.
- Most church planters in Japan are trying to do 1st world missionary work with 3rd world moneys and salaries.
- What most church planters need is money and laborers.
- I'm not a fan of 19 hours of travel (including layovers).
- I'm way too out of shape for all the walking we did.
- I don't speak Japanese very well (mostly got funny looks and laughs when I tried).
- I got better at eating with chop sticks (... had to if I wanted to eat).
- I haven't spent enough time praying for Japan.
- I didn't need to be as worried about this trip as I was before it started.
- I can't wait to go back.