What I Learned During My Time In Japan

What I Learned During My Time In Japan

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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.

About Japan:

  • 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.

About myself:

  • 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.

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