The Bicycle

On April 25, Yu Shibuya led a discussion right after the worship service at Grace City Church on his film "Jitensha - A Bicycle Dismantled...A Life Retrieved." Mr. Shibuya is an active and successful artist in Tokyo, who also happens to be a Christian. This film, only 22 minutes in length, does a great job of presenting a story in an artistic manner while showing the power of God's ability to transform lives. The film has won many international awards outside of Christian circles. The event proved to be a great way to bring Christians and non-Christians together to talk about matters of faith.

Despite my focus on language school right now, I couldn't help giving one concert at Inage Kaigan Church on April 24 along with Abi and Yoshimi Hirota. It was good to be able to play the organ again! Twenty people came in from the community who had never been in a church before. The congregation was very excited about the opportunities to build new relationships. I also gave a 15 minute lecture on how I've seen the gospel in Japanese art. It had a very good reception, and the pastor invited me to come back and give a sermon sometime!