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"Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" Mark i6.*i5
Volume 72

February 1973

The Bank Of Hiroshima


October 12 - 15 I preached an evan

gelistic meeting in the 12'x 18 chapel


pictured here. This was built and paid for by Mr. and \h:s. Etsuzo Kishi (the
name means 'bank," as of a river) when

there. In private talks late at night after all the others had gone home they ex

pressed wide and deep concern about various problems facing our churches
and individual Christians here in Japan. I believe they said it has been eight

they built a liome on this lot several years ago. This .is in the outskirts of the city of Hiroshima (about 500 miles southwest of Tokyo) which became
famous around the world because of the

A.tomic Bomb.

Mr. Kishi is a profes

sor of accounting at the University of Commerce in the city. His wife (for merly Lydia Shigenobu) studied at the
Cincinnati Bible Seminary some years ago. They have four lively children. The peak attendance at our meeting was ten, but almost thirty different people
attended at least one of the five services.

years since they started a BibleStudy in their home, and about eight have been baptized since that time. These"laymen" have the hearts of true pastors, and have been able to arrange marriages for the young people in their small group of
believers so that there arc two other fami

lies besides them making the nucleus of the litde church there. They are also interested and involved in the jobs, ca reers and marriages of an increasing number of the university young people
it in their individual style. It was won derful to hear his reasoning with the
who find in their home the warmth and

There were no baptisms, but iVIr. and


.\D:s. Kishi were thrilled that some of

the local people and also some of his students at the College came and heard the gospel for the first time. I received much encouragement from the fellowship with the Kishis. They have
a solid faith in Christ and Cod's Word,

young university men about the things of God in long discussions after the preaching meetings. She is the chairman of the local kindergarten P.T.A., which gives her an influential position in the community, and she arranged for me to

strength and ideals they admire and respect. So they have an increasing influence for Christ, and are responsibly and humbly conscious of it.
\Miat we need, and ask you to pray for, is hundreds and then thousands of

speak to more than 200 of the mothers


at a special meeting during my stay

couples like this scattered like leaven and salt throughout all of Japan and the
world. Harold Sims

and are actively living and proclaiming

Alfred Elmore Sims Finishes The Course


My father died very suddenly, pain lessly and peacefully while dozing in his chair in Claxton, Tennessee during the early afternoon of last October 12. He was a little over eighty-two and a half years of age, and prepared to meet his Lord and Savior. Perhaps partly because of my distance from the scene, but I think more because of my respect for his faith and personality and way of living, I have felt no sadness or grief, but a kind of joy. I feel very thankful for his long, useful and beautiful life of ministry to Christ and His church; and for his example and encouragement to me in my calling here. We do miss those weekly air-letters, with the large, round, clear handwriting, though. In his earlier years my father had the vision of becoming a missionary. He corresponded with W. H. Book about going to Africa, but that didn't work out. Wlien he was a young graduate of Bethany College and preaching in Cali fornia, Pennsylvania (Mr. Cunningham's boyhood church) he was in correspon dence with the Yotsuya ^Dssion in Tokyo about prospects for coming here as a missionary. Mr.Cunningham was happy at the prospect, but wanted him to wait
until he was married. Then after he was

of his life not only the family but most


friends and church folks called him this

married my mother didn't want to go,


because she was expecting me. So as

ver}' short name with warm Always true to his Scotch he never could stand to see wasted. For the last ten years
a 1949 model car.

affection. ancestry, anything he drove

On our last visit

things turned out he was never able to fulfill his youthful ambition to become a missionary, and in fact never traveled
outside of the eastern one-half of the U.S.

home in July 1971 we spent most of a


day helping him pick up early plums tliat
had fallen from his beloved trees and

My decision to become a missionary to Japan was to him the answer to over twenty years of prayer and hope, and was greeted with quiet joy and thank fulness - - followed up by over twenty years of persevering prayer, constant interest, financial support and strong en couragement. For a period of about eight years he served as editor of the Tokyo Christian, and was also my for warding agent for almost ten years. When I was just learning to talk they tried to teach me to say 'Father,'but I could only come up with "Fa." Some how that name stuck, and through most

then peeling them, cutting out the spots, and cooking them up into "some deli
cious blum buttah." He liked all foods - - never had to be called twice for din

ner, and had a life-long habit of cleaning up left-overs rather than enduring the pain of seeing good food being thrown out. Typically, the undertaker found only a few things in his pockets. One of the objects was a one and a half inch pencil which he always carried. These are all small things, but they express his attitude toward things, and life. In
other words, life, either. he didn't waste his

(Continued on page 4)

Tokvo Christian

Vol. 72
the

Feb. 1973
of the

No. 1
Church of

'fatten
Our working in three different places and with various groups caused us to
have a number of different Christmas

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programs in December. The first one was at Vachiyodai in Chiba where we have a group which meets in a private home for Bible Study and worship. That program consisted of the reading of Old and New Testament passages related to the birtli of Christ with appropriate com ments and the singing of carols related to the Scriptures read. Later one of the ladies in the group asked whotheprophet Alicah was and what a prophet was. The discussion of the (Hiristmas story helped the group, which as a rule has little knowledge of the Bible, to better under stand the real meaning of Christmas as over against the per\'erted ideas and practices related to Christmas in Japan.
The Arakawa Church had their

On Christmas Day the Tokyo mis sionaries gatliered at the home of the Paul
Pratts at Isehara for our annual Christ

mas meal and fellowship togedier. As usual, there was plenty of food and fel lowship and it was fairly late at night
when we arrived back home.

Betty continues to teach a ladies class at home on Thursdays. She teaches an hour of English and an hour of Bible. They are studying the life of Moses and the Exodus and many lively discussions take place. Though they have gained a great deal of knowledge of the Bible,
most of these ladies still went with their husbands to the shrines at New Years

rine Offerings
According to the Japan Times news paper, the counting of tlie money offered at the Atsuta Jingu Shrine near Nagoya during New Years began on January 9. The money was gathered up into 250 straw bags, fourteen more bags than that for last year. The offerings were esti mated to be about nineteen million yen (about $63,333). The money was re ceived from about 2,500,000 persons who visited that one shrine during the holidays.
This Shinto shrine is one of the best known of the thousands of shrines

Christmas program preceded by a meal togedier on Saturday, December 23, and the Sakurayama Church had their "sukiyaki" meal and Christmas program on December 24. I spoke to the latter group on the visit of the wisemen. A joint program for the Sunday Schools
of the two churches was held at the Ara kawa Church on December 24. The

to pray for the success of their husbands in business during this year. It takes a great deal of time and fortitude for Japa
nese wives to make a break with their

old religions. They often secretly believe


in the Lord, but hesitate to confess that
faith for fear of their husbands and rel
atives.

children's program was well attended but


those for the adults were not. So the

We thank all of you for your Christ mas cards and gifts, and for your pray ers and offerings. We look forward to another year of work for the I^rd in Tokyo.

throughout Japan. A staggering amount of money must have been received from these shrines during this most important religious holiday in Japan.
It is evident from this that the tradi

tional religions of Japan (Buddhism and Shintoisni) have not appreciably lost their hold on the lives of the Japanese people, though with a large portion of them their religions are a matter of form and tradition. The increased offerings at the shrines each year reflect an increased prosperity. Usually visitors offer a ten yen coin (3 cents) at tlie shrine, but when this small offering is added to that of many other millions of people, it amounts to a large offering. Unfortunately, in most cases a simi lar attitude is taken toward stewardship in the Christian Churches in Japan. Though the number of Christians is
small and most of the members are not

Those who met at the Pratt home for Christmas dinner and fel lowship.

J\lenpi f^oieA^
Mrs. Ediel Lutton (LoisSims'mother) suffered a slight stroke early in Decem ber at her home in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Since then she has moved to the home

the wage earners of their families, the Japanese Christians must manifest a greater degree of dedication when it comes to stewardship of time, talent, and monev, \Mien that takes place, the Chris tian faith will spread and Christians will
be edified.

the Sims family over the week-end of January 7 and preached at Mejirodai
Church.

of her daughter in Stevensville, Maryland.

All of our missionaries now in the

Mark Ma.\ey, from Kyushu, visited

Tokyo area met at the Paul Pratt home in Isehara on Christmas Day for a tur key dinner and fellowship.

Mejirodai Church News


so far. But we were very thankful for the wonderful results. On the final night two young people who had been attend ing for most of the year and had been considering their decision for a long time
came forward and made their confession

and were baptized into Christ amid tears of joy and praise. The young man is employed in the Toshiba Electric Com pany, and is a good singer and capable. He received much opposition from his
Buddhist mother with whom he lives,

and requested prayers that she might


understand. Two of the ladies of the church have visited her several times

After baptisms on November 5, 1912: left to right: Harold Sims, Hiroo Saito, liikari Shibuya, Nick
Saito.

1. Evangelistic iVfeeting

We had the first service at Mejirodai


on November 1, 1970, so November

1 - 5 we had a Second Anniversary Evangelistic iVfeeling. The evangelistwas Brother Nick Saito, who is teaching Homiletics and other subjects in Osaka Bible Seminary and preaching ai the
Rokko church in Kobe.

since then, and we believe progress is being made in this direction. The young lady is the daughter of a zealous Chris tian mother who belongs to a denomi national church but attends here regu larly. Her non-Christian father attended the baptism, and is happy about her decision. She is a kindergarten teacher. Her younger sister and another Junior High School girl who attends a Chris tian School were baptized on Septem ber 17 - - see picture. It was also during that meeting tliat a seventy-two year old lady who had been attending worship servicesregularly
since last summer resolved to become a

Sunday School Christinas playlet.


husbands had never been to a church

before, but all seemed to enjoy the long, varied program. We began with a short worship ser vice at six p.m., which included the light ing of candles and singing ofjoy to the World" by candlelight. Then we all ate a meal which had been prepared by the
ladies of the church from 6:30 to 7:30. Some weeks earlier we had decided to

Christian.

But she waited a while, and

Frankly, we were very disappointed in the attendance. Perhaps being a holi day weekend had a lot of effect, but after distributing over 3,000 handbills to every home in the area we had less than twenty in attendance every night. This was the
smallest turnout of both members and

was baptized on January 10. She set this date, because some years ago her daughter had died on that date, and she wanted to have tliat day mean new life for her as well as hoping that in some way Cod would also look with mercy on her daughter who never knew the gospel.
2. Christmas

have a program entirely of local talent, and asked each family toplansomediing.
There was a lot of hesitation and reser

vation, in the Japanese manner; but it ended up that we had a very good vari ety show in which all participated and which everyone enjoyed. We had ballet
dances, various musical numbers, includ

Our Sunday School program was

visitors of any of the three meetings held

Saturday night December 23. This was the most convenient time for mostparents
to attend, and we had a good group. We counted 110 pairs of shoes and boots (it was raining) in the entrance. This is well over the capacity of our building, but they were all inside. We give little coloring books (from Standard Pubhshing in America) to all who attended at least twenty-five times

ing a first class rendition of a classical Hyden string number by a cello and two violins and organ, a puppet show, Japanese folk songs, an original Japa nese poem, etc. The program ended shortly after nine p.m. with a gift ex change. Following this thii'teen of us went caroling to various homes in the neigh
borhood. Harold Sims

during the year. The number receiving these was approximately our average at tendance for the year - - forty-five. This is about double the average attendance
for 1971.

Our Church program was Sunday night December 24. We had a total attendance of forty-six people, including five complete families. Two of these

"rind this gospel of the king'


doni shall be prcnchcd in all the
Baptized September 17, 1972: Iztimi Shibuya and Fiimiko Kuivabara.

world
coinc."

for

witness

unto

all

nations; and then shall the end


Matt. 24:14

Sunday School Beginners "Welcome.'

twenty-fifth AnniveRsapy
On January 7, 1973 I celebrated my 25th anniversary as a missionary to Japan. Fresh out of Bible College, after eleven months of missionary work in Hawaii, and after a twenty-one day voy age from Hawaii on an old converted troopship named General Meigs, I was met in 1948 at Yokohama port by mis
sionaries Owen Still and Harold Sims.

Seminary and a number of ministers


and other Christian workers were trained in this school. In 1958 this school was

closed, however, and since tlien we have concentrated our efforts in church plant ing and evangelism.

Air. and Mrs. Tetsuro Domen and

children. They are helping the ^arricks establish a Church in Sayama.

Had 1 known the hardships involved in living in this country at that time and the things which lay ahead of us in our efforts to preach Christ to the Japanese,
I wonder if I would have been as enthu

While working with the Seminary, I established the Nishiogikubo Church and helped to establish the Kamiuma Church in Tokyo. Since 1960 Betty and I have estab lished the Sakurayama and Arakawa
Churches to which we are now minister

siastic on my arrival in Yokohama as


I was then.

ing. In 1972 we started a 'home meet ing" in Yachiyodai of Chiba Prefecture which we hope develops Into a new con
gregation.

Stephen Patton on his twelfth birthday on January 5, 1973.


ALFRED ELMORE SIMS FINISHES THE COURSE

That was only about two years after the war, and it is difficult for a person living in prosperous Japan today to even imagine the privations that had to be endured by the people then. There were no jobs, little money, and food could not be bought even if one had the money. Squatters living in makeshift huts built from scrap were present everywhere in Tokyo. Transportation facilities were very scarce and unbelievably crowded. Living for the Japanese was a burden
then, and there was little with which to

On December 20, 1972 Betty and I celebrated our twentieth wedding anni versary. Sharon, our daughter, is a freshman at Cincinnati Bible Seminary. Stephen celebrated his twelfth birthday on January 5, and Noel and Piiilip their sixteenth and fourteenth birthdays on December 22 and July 8 respectively. Though we wish we had been able to accomplish far more during the past twenty-five years, we thank God for the
souls that have been won, the ministers trained, the churches established, the Christians that have been edified, and

fill their empty hearts and to give hope


for the future.

(Continued from page 1) I gol the message that he had passed away just after I had started an evan gelistic meeting in Hiroshima, Japan. I decided immediately that he would not have wanted me to stop what I wasdoing and go back to the U. S. for the funeral. Anyway, my presence there was not at all necessary, because my brothers took care of everything very well. So I re
mained over here more than ever con

Because of these sufferings and dis appointments the people gave the Chris tian gospel such a favorable hearing that many oi us began to wonder if the whole
nation could not be won in a short time.

the progress diat has been realized dur ing that time. We thank God who has given us life and breath and all things, and who has enabled us to begin another year. \^e would appreciate your prayers
for us. Andrew Patton

scious of the wonderful callings and works of God - - the eternally living one. Shortly after the funeral my mother moved into the Appalacian Christian Vil lage in Johnson City, Tennessee. Here she will be living just across the street
from the new First Christian Church

In 1951 Japan and America signed a peace treaty, and following that the live lihood of the Japanese people was gradu ally improving. Due to this and tiiemisunderstanding of the nature of the (Hiristian gospel by many, large numbers of people lost inter est in the true riches, concentrating their efforts rather toward life in this present
world.

Sato Baby Arrives

Just a few days after my arrival in Japan we missionaries in Tokyo


launched Tokyo Bible Seminary to train
Christian ministers. Most of our efTorts

there, where my brother Ralph is the


minister. Harold Sims

in the ensuing ten years were with the

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M/kako-chan,

the new daughter

of S\r. and Mrs. Uiroaki Sato.


Hiroaki and Mitsuko Sato are now

the proud parents of a daughter, whom they have named Mikako. The Satos are ministering to the Sakurayama and
Arakawa Churches. Mikako was born

on December 8, and we rejoice that both mother and daughter are doing very well. This is the lirst grandchild for Mr.
Sato's father, Fumio Sato, who minis

ters to the Kamiochiai Church in Tokyo.

Christian
"Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" Mark 16:15
Volume 72

May 1973

Number 2

THE DOLLAR DEVALUATION


Some people have written asking for an explanation of how the recent devalu
ation of the dollar affects us. Well, we are not economists, but are forced to be

During this same period the price of milk has risen from 105 yen per liter to 140 yen per liter. In yen alone this price rise is bad enough, but coupled with
the dollar devaluation it means we now

our best to accomplish the purpose for


which we have been sent here. I know

economizers. Devaluation has just doubled the financial squeeze that was already on because of constantly rising prices. We don't want to brag about It, but the cost of living in Tokyo now is certainly the highest in the world. I will just give you a couple of illustrations
from real life.

pay fifty-two cents per liter. Eighteen months ago we could buy hamburger for about twenty-two cents for 100 grams (454 grams is one pound, so this comes to ninety-nine cents per pound). Now the price has gone up to forty-five cents per 100 grams, or $2.03 per pound. The
same thing applies right across the board

that all of the missionaries are feeling the financial pinch, but I haven't heard anyone talk of giving up and going home because of it. It is part of our adven
ture as Christians to ride out these waves

Back in the good old days (twoyears ago) when we took a dollar to the bank we got 360 yen minus a small exchang

to gasohne at $1 per gallon, all clothing,


etc.

ing fee. At that time a liter (slighdy more than a quart - - we use only the
metric system of weights and measure

ments here) of milk could be bought for


105 yen or twenty-nine cents. After the "Nixon Shock"speech of August 15,1971 and the currency conferences that fall, the yen was officially revalued at 308 to $1. It held at around 300 to one actually delivered to our hands duringallofl972. Then, as you know, the dollar was deval ued by ten percent early this year, and the yen was allowed to float in relation to it - - leaving us with an exchange rate

Early in March one of our Navy friends came through Tokyo on his way back to "the world" as the military denotes Travis Air Force base and beyond iteastward. On the way home from meeting
him at the air-base we stopped by a supermarket to get some groceries. He is from a catde growing farm in Kansas, and was interested in the prices of the

of inflation and valleys ofdepression with a steady trust in God who will provide, and not to let the waves engulf us in depression, despair and defeat. Most of us missionaries are already supple menting our living-link income to some extent by part - time English Conversa tion teaching. There is a demand for this here, and the people are willing and able to pay. And besides providing some side income it also gives us some contact with people we might not reach in any odier way. We plan to continue
tills.

I have felt for some time that sooner or later all Americans would have to

prime steaks displayed there. We figured up the weight in pounds and the cost in
dollars for him, and found out it came

pay the cost of the past forty years of national deficit budgeting and of the ex
cessive increases in labor costs that have

priced us out of the markets of the world,


and I think that time is now here. But

to about $10 a pound. He could hardly


believe it, but we double-checked and it

of 263 yen for each dollar today and


uncertain what it might be tomorrow.

Within the past eighteen months, then,


we have seen the cash we can take home

from a $100 check evaporate from near


36,000 yen to around 26,000 yen.

was correct. Needless to say we never eat this grade of Kobe marbleized meat. Someone says, "My goodness! What are you going to do?" My answer is that we plan to continue living modesdy as we have in the past and to continue doing

I have some hope. If America can exer cise the self-discipline that is required on a national scale to hold down prices and wages whilethey continue to riseinjapan and other countries we will very soon be back in business in a big way.
Harold Sims

we66inQ Bells
Takaji, the second son of Mrs. Yaeno

Suzuki (her death is reported in this is sue of Tokyo Christian),became engaged


to a girl named Mieko Takahashi sever

Church. This marriage was truly a co operative affair. Betty Patton played the organ, prepared the refreshments,
decorated the tables, and baked the cake. Lois Sims decorated the cake, Andrew

al months ago. According to Japanese custom, they should have postponed their wedding indefinitely due to his mother's
iUness. But she did not want them to

Patton performed the ceremony, and Katsuya, Takaji'.s elder brother, was the master of ceremonies at the reception.
Takaji and Meko have setded down in an apartment in Nakano and are attending the Sakurayama Church regu larly. Mleko is not yet a Christian, but
Takaji and Mieko Suzuki on their wedding day, March 10, 1973.

forego their happiness because of her ill ness. She insisted that they be married
in spite of her illness and the fact that
she would not be able to attend the cere
mony.

The couple was united in marriage on March 10, 1973 at the Sakurayama

it is hoped that she will soon accept the Lord and unite their family in Him.

Tokyo Christian

Vol. 72
the

May 1973
of the

No. 2
Church of

BUTTRAYS RETURN TO TOKYO

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missionaries

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Stanley and Mabel Buttray on their way back to


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NEWS
Cherry blossoms are in full bloom at this writing and spring has finally
arrived. Warm weather increases our

As we leftCalifornia for Japan March 22, we brought to a close a very plea sant nine and a half months furlough in the States of visiting "Living Link" as
well as new Churches, our families, and

opportunities for evangelism. We began the season by going on a picnic to the Tama Zoo with our Sunday School and Church people. Then we had the evan gelistic meeting at Sakurayma and the

friends. Though we u.sually stay a litde over a year in the States, we feel that we accomplished during the nine and a half months all our goals, except the failure to visit two of our supporting Churches. This we should expect to happen during a short furlough, buteven so we regret it so very much. We arrived back in Tokyo on March 26 after enjoying a three day stop-over in In March our Toyopet station wagon
broke down. Unknown to me, the head

Hawaii. Those three days were spent with our long-time missionary friends Don and Jo Rotli. They proved to be an effective "breathing spelPin the day to night time change which takes placewhen air transportation suddenly delivers you
from one side of the world to the other in a few hours.
Now that we are back in our home

at 2 - 26 - 4 Kamiochiai, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, we once again will be waiting to hear from all of our friends.
If it is the Lord's Will, we will return

^larch meeting at Yachiyodai. In May


we plan to attend the Japanese and Alissionary Conventions which will be held on Shikoku this year. A special evan gelistic meeting at Arakawa is coming up soon and we have begun our prepar
ations for that. The Arakawa Church had their Eas

to the States in the spring of 1976 when our son, David, will expect to graduate from college. During the next three years we are planning on continuing to
assist both the Kamiochiai and Yoko-

ter program early this year - March 8. During the program the Bible School children presented a play on Easter which was well done. Also during the program certificates were presented to the students
of the Bible School who were promoted to higher classes. Easter celebration at the Sakurayama Church will take place on April 22.
Brother Tamaki from Okinawa who

gasket went bad and the water leaked into the oil and vaporized. The motor finally overheated and stopped, burning out two pistons. The repair bill was estimated by a garage at about 160,000 yen. A friend introduced us to his mech
anic who found us another motor and

repaired the car for 60,000 yen, which


was quite a savings.

A meeting welcoming the Stanley Buttrays back to Japan was held at the Patton home two days after their arrival in Tokyo. On March 14 the wife of Meiji Sudo who attends tlie meetings at Sakurayama and Yachiyodai, passed away. Mr. Sudo

suka Churches for they are still rather weak. But our main goal will be to broaden our evangelistic outreach in the coming months by promoting a new allyear-round Christian Camp to reach a larger number of the reachable. Remembering Jesus command to Peter to launch out into the deep, and its results! We are encouraged! Won't you join us in prayer for this KEY 73 Camp Evangelism Program as welaunch out among the multitudes! We wish to express our thanks and appreciation to our "living link"Churches for their faithful continued support for the Work of Our Lord through your
servants.

has been doing graduate study in Ore gon, passed through Japan on his way home in March and spent a few days
with us. We have known him for several

years and it was good to renew our acquaintance with him. He is a public school teacher and helps a great deal
in the mission work of Harlan Woodruff there.

is eighty-two years of age and his wife was seventy-three. He has been a Chris tian for many years and graduated from Tokyo Bible Seminary when he was sixty-three years old. He lives with his
son and helps out in the Lord's work
as he can.

Stanley and Mabel Buttray

May God make you fruitful in all of your endeavors for Him.
Andrew Patton

Robert Joel Sims Graduates From High School


On June 8 Robert Joel Sims will

graduate from Christian Academy in Japan. Five children of our missionaries in Japan will reach this important mile
stone this spring.

on which he has been riding around and tinkering witli quite a lot.
He seems to have inherited his mater

nal grandfather's interest in mechanical things and working with his hands. So
in line with his interests and natural

During his high school years Bobby has been on the wrestling team one sea son and the cross-country running team one season. Uke many other boys of his age, he is very interested in motor cycles. Last summer he worked parttime in a nearby Honda Service Factory, and along with getting some valuable experience and picking up some rough Japanese language he saved enough money to buy a second-hand set of wheels

abilities he has decided to study Elec

tronic Engineering at theCincinnati Tech nical College, a two year Junior College with a work-study program that fits in with our financial situation. We are glad he will be located in the same city with
his older brother and sister, uncle, aunt

and cousins, and we expect him to take

an active part in one of our many


churches there.

Lois is going to accompany him to

A "PROMISING CEREMONY"
One of the young ladies in Mejirodal cluirch, Hikari Shibuya, is going to be married later this spring. The young
man i.s a candidate for the doctoral de

the United States in late summer to make

necessary arrangements about housing


and other matters connected with his

gree in immunology, and hopes to be


an educator, .\ccording to tlie Japanese custom diey had their formal engageuient.-- or promising ceremony, in the church on Sunday afternoon Miirch 11. .\t that time he gave her a diamond ring and she gave him a watch. They also exchanged pictures of each other and tiie church gave diem a Bible to read as man and wife together. The ladies of the church also prepared refreshments to serve after the simple but meaningful
ceremony.

entering college and also to visit her mother who suffered a slight stroke some months ago and the rest of our family and as many friends as possible in the few available days. Harold and Danny will remain in japan to keep the church services going, cut the grass, attend camp
etc.

Robert Sims

Harold Sims

"Don'tjusi pretend that you love others: really love tlieiii. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the ^lood." Romans 12:9 (l,B)

Pnto
Our sister in the Lord, .Mrs. Yaeno

Her mother was planning to make the wedding dress, but broke her leg in a skiing fall in February, and has been in the hospital for over six weeks. So Lois is helping her with that. It is one of our pleasures to become involved in
the lives of some of the folks here in a

Suzuki, passed from this life into the presence of our Lord on April 13, 1973. She died at the age of fifty-seven and had walked with the Lord for many years. We have known her for about twenty years and have learned to love and respect her for her faith and dedication
to God.

bedfast pain washerconstantcompanion. But she found comfort in prayer and the reading of God's Word.
The funeral services were conducted at tlie Suzuki home and at the Sakura-

really deep way.

Her

husband

died of tuberculosis

yama Church by the minister, Hiroaki Sato. During the service at the Church Harold Sims brought a short message, summing up Mrs. Suzuki's life with three Japanese words - "binbo,""shinbo," and
"kibo," which mean poverty, endurance, and hope respectively. lie slated that

about fourteen years ago and her young est son was hospitalized with the same
disease for a time but recovered com

her greatest possession was her faith.


Mrs. Suzuki was a very unassuming person and was little known outside tlie little circle of her relatives, friends, and
Christian brothers and sisters. But a

pletely. After her husband's death Mrs.


Suzuki raised her children by herself,

depending on God to supply all their


needs.

Aldiough they are yet young, her children are now old enough to take care
of themselves. She was ill with cancer

for almost a year, but the disease was in too advanced a stage when it was dis covered for medical treatment to help.

During her illness, Mrs. Suzukithought


Ifetrold Sims is handing the Bible
to Air. Ho.

deeply about the future of her children and prayed for them. \\'hile she was

crowd of above sixty people, besides her family and relatives, gathered at the church to pay their final respects. She will long be remembered as a Christian who served the Ix)rd in the face of great odds. Like Abel, she "being dead yet speaketh."
Andrew Patton

SAKURAYAMA
EVANGELISTIC
MEETING

yachiyo^Ai news
Recently some setbacks have occur
red in the new work that has been started

these have caused the interest and atten


dance to decrease.

at Yachiyodai in Chiba Prefecture. The

work was begun by a Christian woman named Mrs. lhara. In early April she and her family moved back to Hiro shima. This has been a big loss and a shock to the litde group. Then another disturbing incident which has happened to the group came
to our attention. One of the most zeal

A Christian woman named Mrs. Saito

who is a medical doctor participates in the Bible study. She owns her own home
and is not subject to "danchi" rules, which generally discourages religious gather ings in the complex. Fven though her
husband is not a Christian, he allows

ous members of the group, ^hs. Furukawa, has had the group in her home several times. She lives in a "danchi," an apartment complex where many other
The Sctto family - piiviio (center), the father and minister of the Kamiochiai Church, Uiroaki (left), first son

her to have the meetings in their home once a month. Formerly the group met twice a month, but due to these changes, we can now only meet once a month.
At present we meet on the fourth Thurs

families live. Some of these neighbors began to oppose the Bible study meetings and to persecute the Furukawa family,
especially the children. This forced Mrs. Furukawa to discontinue havingthemeet-

day of each month. On those days we drive to Yachiyodai and call on people during the morning and have the Bible
study in the afternoon. Then in the even ing we drive to the Arakawa Church for

and minister of Sakurayama and Arakawa Churches, and Yoshiaki, the


younger son.

ings in her home. Among other things.

Bible study. At the March meeting Broth er Fumio Sato brought a special message
on the Christian home.

The calendar for the Sakurayama


Church activities calls for a revival meet

Close fellowship in a home atmos

ing three times a year.


Brother
ist.

One of these
Mrs.

VISITORS
Hazel Crouch, of Columbus,

phere is a blessing received from meeting


in privite homes. But in Japan such meetings are hampered for lack of a suit able place to meet. It is hard to find a family that is able and willing to open their home for gospel meetings. Never theless we intend to persevere In the good
work until a better solution is found. Andrew Patton

meetings was held on March 23 - 24.


Morohashi, minister of the

Church at Vokosuka, served as evangel


Ill spite of a disappointing attendance during the meeting, the good results real ized were encouraging. A ^body Science

film was shown preceding the message


each night. The evangelist preached the gospel convincingly and on a level which was easily understood by unbelievers. Altliough there were no definite deci sions to accept Christ duringtliis meeting, two young people did indicate by raising

their hands that they were very interested in (-hrist and that diey wished to study
the gospel further. One of them is con tinuing to attend the church services re gularly and to learn of Christ.
Andrew Patton

Indiana, and Mrs. Gladys Crouch, of Nashville, Tennessee, known to many old-timers as'The Payne Sisters "recently visited Tokyo as one of the ports of call for the S.S. Kungsholm's Pacific Cruise. They arrived on Sunday March 18, and were able to visit our Mejirodai church for the evening service. They brought greetings and sang for oursmall group, and were very much appreciated. The following Wednesday Ix)is and I cele brated our twaaty-sixth wedding anniver sary, and they helped to make it a redletter day for us again. They entertained us for lunch in the Imperial Hotel, and then we went together to an afternoon performance of the classical Japanese
Kabuki Drama.

FORM 3579 REQUESTED BOX 177, KEMPTON, IN 46049

Preacher Sato and Ale/// Sudo in front of the apartment houses where the liihle study has been held at y achiyodai.

Christian
'Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" Mark J6:i5
Volume 72

July, 1973

Number 3

1973

CONVENTION

f
I fr'
The yearly convention of our Christians from 50 churches throughout Japan was held May 3, 4, and 5, this year in Kochi prefecture on the Pacific
Coast of Shikoku Island. There are three churches in this area ministered to

by Mr. and Mrs. Don Burney and two


Japanese ministers. We met in a modest-

priced hotel owned by a local newspaper company with a beautiful Japanese scene of blue ocean, curving coast line and pine-covered mountains rising steeply trom the sea to add to our pleasure as
we looked out the windows.

each other as well as giving us insight Into the Christian lives and struggles of others and encouragement in the victor ies being won. The missionaries and families (more than 50 people when all got there) stayed at the same hotel for two days after the Japanese convention to have a conven tion of our own in English language. This year's program was outstanding tor two things. We had Bro. Rex Ellis from Kenmore, Australia with us, who brought very stimulating messages on various themes. It is a treat to hear good preach-

Ing In English language. Then we had several very good Bible studies from Old Testament, Gospels and Epistles on the general theme of preaching Ae gospel in resistant fields, coupled with stimulat ing discussion periods following each >aper. These papers were all brought >y the younger set of missionaries. It was a very encouraging and refreshing week, and we are glad our whole family
wa-s able to attend.

Next year's convention will be held in Tokyo.


Harold Sims

The total attendance was something


over 140, which was very good consider ing the distance most had to travel. Six teen of us went down by plane in a group flight from Tokyo, and a few others
drove; so we had about 20 from our

KAMIUMA CHURCH
The Kamiuma Church invited me to

area, and there were good delegations from all other areas of Japan. The theme, which can be seen above, our heads in the group picture was "Out of the \Wderness." I brought one of the

preach to them and baptize a girl who is a student of Waseda University on


June 10. I ministered to that church

about 16 years ago during a time when


they were without a minister. Because of duties with other churches, I had not been able to keep in close touch with

messages on Friday morning which

Christian and church life in the present


age. They wanted to publish a booklet containing all of the messages, so I had
to write out my sermon in Japanese

applied some of the lessons from the wilderness journey of the Israelites to our

that church. Therefore, It gave me a great deal of joy to see them again, and
especially to see a few faces that had

become very familiar to me during my


ministry there.

language, and that required a lot of time in profitable use of a dictionary. We had some very good group discus sions, and also each person present gave a short testimony during one of the four special sessions alloted to that purpose. This helped us all to get acquainted with

The worship service was not very well attended, but there was a goodgroup
of children for the Bible School. Brother
Harold and Lois Sims with Hikari

Sahara, the minister, Is on leave from


the church and is now in the United States as a student. One of the members

Shibuya at her wedding on May 21. Lois helped to make her dress after the mother fell and broke her leg see previous Tokyo Christian.

of the church is doing the work of minis


try during the absence of the minister.
- Andrew Patton

Tokyo Christian

Vol. 72 July, 1973 No. 3 Published four times a year In January, April, July and November for
the missionaries of the Church of

MEJIRODAI CHURCH PAYING THE PREACHER


The first congregational business meeting of Mqlrodai Church of Christ w^ held on June 17, 1973. Eight of the 11 members were present. We began with a fellowship dinner after the morning worship service, and it was the unanimous opinion that we hope this will become a regular part of all our business meetings. We had the usual treasurer's report,
and discussed various things that I need not list here. But I think mere was one

Christ Cijftningham Mission, Tokyo, Japan by Mission Services, Box 177, Kempton, Indiana 46049. Second class
postage paid at Kempton, Indiarra.

for this as an evidence of Christian

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Buttray, 2-26-4 Kamiochiai, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo IGl Japan. Forwarding Agent: Mrs. Homer Anderson, 622 Cullum Street,
Meadville, Pa. 16335.

growth, maturity and generosity. This is the first time we have received a salary from a Japanese church, and as far as I know It is rare for missionaries any

where, but both we and they look upon


this as nothing more than what is normal, Scriptural and right. This is very far removed from the attitude of

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Patton, 3-7-8 Higashinakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164 Japan. Forwarding A^ent: Mr. and Mrs. G. Wade Fletcher, R.R. 7, Rushville,
Ind. 46173.

"rice-Christians" "paternalism" "depen


dence" that has characterized missions

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sims, 3-33-7 Mejirodai, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo 193 Japan. Forwarding Agent: FirstChurch of Christ, Orange at Center St., Eustis,
Fla. 32726.

Item that is worthy of mention. The people proposed to pay me 10,000 yen a month (about $38.00) for my services

Two-year subscription

$ .50

Subscription and Flaming Torc^bSl.OO

PATTON NEWS
In the first week In May our whole family made the trip to Shikoku to the convention. We all enjoyed the trip, the fellowship, and the program, and came
back refreshed.

as their minister. This Is not enough to live on, of course, but in these days of dollar devaluations and rising prices it Is much appreciated on a very practical level. In addition there is a muA deeper meaning and encouragement for us in this decision. We rejoice and thank God

during much of the past 100 years, and we all think it is progress In the right direction. The budget commits each' member to offerings of over $6.00 a month, and I think this might compare

favorably

with

the average giving

in many of our American churches. I

think our supporting churches ought to know this and take encouragementfrom
it.

- Harold Sims

VACATION
"For God hath not given us the spine of fear; but of power,
and of love, and of a sound mind.* 11 Timothy 1:7

BIBLE

I am continuing to make the trip to


Yachiyodai in Chiba once a montn the oniy time that we can find a place

SCHOOL
The Sakurayama and Arakawa Churches are planning something differ
ent for their Vacation Bible School this

to study the Bible there. We hope to do some calling in private homes there, but
the distance we have to travel to the

year. They have set aside July 23 - 26 for their joint V.B.S. It will be sort of
camp style, with the children remaining at Isehara, where it will be held, untfl
the end of the school.

place, and the feeling among some of them that the space for the meeting is too cramped to enlarge the group, have prevented much calling from being done. We plan to continue our callingprogram, however, and try to gain new members. We shall continue to plant the gospel seed, and expect the Lord to give the
increase.

Already the children have worked up a lot of enthusiasm for this V.B.S.,

and we expect a large group to be enrol


led. Hiroshi Saito, a student of Osaka

Bible Seminary and a member of the


Arakawa Church, Mr. and Mrs. Sato,

The Sakurayama Church had a twoday evangelistic meeting in June with

Brother Fumio Sato as the evangelist. Attendance was fairly good, but no one has accepted Christ as a resuh of the
meetings. In September the Arakawa

The Bible Study Group meeting in a private home in Yachiyodai.

and the remainder of the regular Sunday School teachers, will teacn during the
V.B.S.

- Andrew Patton

Church will have a meeting and Brother Hattori of Shikoku will be the speaker. The Patton family Is spending the
month of July at Karuizawa. 1 am driving back and forth, spending four days a week In Tokyo to carry on my
work, and the rest of the time with the

Sharon is spending the summer with her roommate at school, Lynn Chesnut, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Chesnut of Boca Ratan, Florida. She

tiiat time, and we expect to draw some of

the people to an outdoor gospel meeting and talk to them about the Lord. Every
year several people are won to Christ

has a job for the summer In a restau rant and is enjoying her stay in Florida. We appreciate the kindness of the Chesnuts to Sharon and to us, and we thank

family in Karuizawa. Philip observed his 15th birthday on July 8 (Sunday), but the festivities took place on July 6, due to the fact that I had to be In Tokyo on Sunday. He is now taller than I and weighs almost as much. Betty will observe her birthday

God for them. richly.

May God reward them

during the meetings, and many others are favorably Influenced for the gospel. Betty will play the piano during the week and I will help counsel with those who come. May the Lord touch many hearts with the gospel during this week of meet
ings.

on July 20 and Sharon hers 6n July 30.

We have been invited to participate in a week of evangelism in Karuizawa, beginning on August 13. Brother Steph en Fleenor is sponsoring the campaign which is called "Omatsuri Dendo''( Festi val Eviingelism). An important Shinto festival is held in the town each year at

All of us are grateful that you remem ber us in your prayers and for your liberal giving and fellowship in the preaching of the gospel of Christ. May the blessing of God be upon you all.
- Andrew Patton

RECENT GUESTS

WAkaBA ChuRch CeiemMes

70th AnniveRsapy
On July 1, the church at Wakabacho celebrated the seventieth anniversary of its beginning. This was the first work

Itsuro Haruyama, a 1953 graduate of the Tokyo Bible Seminary, has been there for fifteen years; and it was
remarked that his is the longest ministry in the history of the congregation.

begun by the Cunninghams after their

arrival in Japan, and grew out of an earlier "Charity School" which had been started there by Miss Alice Miller of the
non-instrumental churches of Christ to

The Faber and Jones children be

ing entertained by the Patton children


at the Patton home.

serve some of the poor people who lived in a valley nearby. The Cunninghams always referred to it as "First Church."
After the war the name of the district

Someone pointed out that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of IVfrs. Cunningham, who gave approxi mately 50 years of her life in loving ser vice to this congregation. She lived next
door. Pictures of and Mrs. Cunning

In the first week in June our mis sionaries located in other areas of Japan

converged on Tokyo in fairly large num


bers. Their purposes in coming were to

of the city was changed, and we and the Japanese began calling it Wakaba (young leaves) just as we called all the other congregations by the name of the
area around the church.

ham are displayed on the wall at the


back of the church, and the people are

attend the graduation exercises of the Christian Academy where they have chil
dren enrolled and, for most of them,

The church is well located on a cor

very grateful even 20 years after Mrs. Cunningham's passing for the part she had in the establishing of the church, principally in teaching an adult English Bible Class for many yeiirs.
In 1955 the local church received

ner of two narrow, quiet streets right


near the Crown Prince's Palace and one

to leave for the Stales for furlough.


The Ernest Fabers of Hokkaido and

of the best elementary schools of the city


where the Crown Prince's children at

the Claire Boletons of Okinawa were entertained at the Patton home and the

tend. The second building was wrecked for a fire break during the Pacific War,

incorporation from the Japanese govern ment as an independent local Church of Christ, and the Mission turned over to the trustees the deeds to the property and

Robert Warricks and Milton Joneses were guests of the Buttrays. The Don Burneys were also scheduled to stay with us but found lodging instead in die dormitory
of the Christian Academy.

so they are now using the third building


to be erected on the site this one com

pleted in 1948. There were about 40 peopleattending the afternoon program, including quite a
few who have been members for over 20

It was a huge crowd and both adults and childrenenjoyed the fellowship. The Paul Pratts also left that week to spend
the summer in the States. We will wel

come the Pratts, the Boletons, and the

ministers

years and one (Mrs. Cunningham's for mer housekeeper) who has been a mem ber for nearly 50 years. Several other

were there and brought

Joneses back to Japan at the end of August, but the Fabers and Warricks
will remain in the States until August,
1974. Andrew Patton

speeches of congratulation. The present minister of the church.

building. This was a great forward step for the people, and they have long been self-supporting, with a yearly budget at present in excess of $4,000. Therehave been many changes in Japan and in the congregation over this period of an aver age life-time, but the church goes on holding forth the word of life. Certainly this good lasting result is the best memo rial to die work the Cunninghams began at the turn of the century. May all of the churches go on to celebrate their
70th anniversaries 70 times.
- Harold Sims

MOTOSU CAMP
The Christian Service Camp at Lake Motosu will be held this year on August 6 - 10. The theme "Victory Over the World," based on I John 5:4, has been chosen. This is a very timely theme,
we feel. The Book of Luke will be studied ers and two missionaries wUl be able to

teach and lead in the camp.

But the

Short Trip
To The U.S.
Lois and Robert Sims left Tokyo on July 19 for the U.S. The main purpose of the trip is to get Bobby setded in Cin cinnati and ready for the school term in September. Lois will also be visiting our three other children Jonnie and Hope in Cincinnati and Sylvia in Shelby, Ohio and her sister in Pittsburg and her other sister and motlier in Maryland and my mother in Johnson City, Tenn. She plans to visit as many of our supporting churches as possible along the way, of course. Danny and I remain here in Japan and will be attending camp, con ducting a Vacation Bible School and keeping up the activities at M^irodai church and awaiting the return of Lois
on August 31.
- Harold Sims

program has been outlined, the helpers


chosen, and the work assigned. We hope to have a good attendance and an inspir

during the class periods. This year only threejapanesepreach-

ing program. May God bless thecamp and use it to his glory
- Andrew Patton

Patton, Sims and Buttray at Convention.

SALE OF LAND IN ABIKO


Twenty years ago the preacher of the small church at Abiko in Chiba pre
fecture, Kdji Inoue, T.B.S. '52, started

paid any rent. In the intervening years


that town has become one of the most

a kindergarten in the litde church-par sonage building which the Mission had erected for the work there. Several years later the churcli was incorporated and
the Mission turned over to the local

popular bed-towns for Tokyo (it is about one hour out of the city by electric com muter train) and the population contin ues to mushroom. This spring theenroUment of the kindergarten passed 500 pupils.
The kindergarten has now become so

Group from Tokyo that attended


Com^ention in Kochi,

group the deeds to the building and the land around the building. The lot as a whole was slightly less
than one acre in area, on the side of a

well-establishea financially and otherwise that they have asked to buy the
land from the Mission for the kinder

wooded hill, and the Mission kept some

kamiochiAi chuRch news


The minister of the Kamiochial

thing less than 2/3 of the land in the

garten use. We have recendy completed negotiations. We will sell the remainder

Church, IVfr. Sato, was married the second time on Nfey 28 to a young
woman from his home town of Tanabe

in Wakayama Ken.

Sato's first wife passed away from can


cer.

It is now just two years since Mi.


So, many of his friends felt it was

hope of establishing a Christian cemetery there later on. But this plan never did work out as hoped. The kindergarten continued to grow, and in order to fulfillgovemmentrequirements (so many square feet of play ground for each pupil) Mr. Inoue asked the Mission to sign a paper saying that we were renting our portion of the land to the kindergarten, although he never dulum seems to be swinging back the other direction, for just since the first of the year six persons have been added
to the church. Praise God! The atten

of the land at less than half the going


price of land in that area for the sake of the church. The money realized from this sale will be used for Buttrays reloca tion project. They are making definite plans for moving away from Kamio chiai where they have lived since they arrived in Japan and where there is a
Japanese church and minister and start

ing another new work in a differentplace.

as Lord and Saviour will be strength


ened daily, and that each will become a personal witness for Him! Stanley Buttray

time he found another wife since it isn't

good for <1 mmister to be very long with out a wife. Many Christian women near his age were suggested, but he turned them all down for a "country" woman
from his home town!

The new N-frs. Sato is literally lacing


a "whole new world" as she comes to the

big city of Tokyo to live, marrying a 57 year old preacher, and entering the
before her wedding! Therefore, I ask you to pray just now for both Mr. and the
new Mrs. Sato in their new life together,

dance is now averaging about 22. Just a few days ago on Sunday, July 15, a girl from Okinawa that had been attending off and on for the past two years was baptized before her nonChristian boyfriend and two or three
others from Okinawa. This was the re

GRADUATIONS!
Paul Burney, Charles Faber, and Bobby Sims all graduated from the Christian Academy on June 8. We con gratulate them and especially Charles
Faber, who was salutatorian of the class.
Charles will enter Cincinnati Bible Semi

Christian life by baptism just two days

even though it appears she is already adjusting quite well in her new situa
tion.

This is certainly a crucial moment in the history of the church at Kamiochiai. In spite of everything during the last seven years, the church membership fell until finally reaching its lowest number since I started it in 1959. But the penFORM 3579 REQUESTED BOX 177, KEMPTON, IN 46049

sult of a personal testimony given to her by one of the new members ofthe Church which took place after a Wednesdaynigh prayer service had ended. The problems of these young (.O-id old) Japanese Christians are quickly multiplied because they must continue to live in a society that demands loyalty to its age-old customs and systems that continue diametrically in opposition to Christianity. Pray for these young Christians that their "new-found" faith in God and Jesus

nary in September, Paul has been admit ted to Georgia Tech in Adanta, and Bobby Sims has enrolled in Cincinnati Technical College. The Elementary School graduation exercises of the Academy were held on June 7. Danny Sims and Stephen Patton received their diplomas and were

promoted to the 7th grade. Congratu


lations to them too! Andrew Patton

^opiin, i.o 64b0l

Ko.^Bof

^ OBc;
Stephen Patton upon his gradua tion from primary school on June 7,
1973.

Tokyo
Volume 72

Christian
October, 1973
Number 4

*Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" Mark 16:15

SUPERSTITIO
LIVES ON
By Harold Sims

NEW CHRISTIAN CAMP SITE


Search for an adequate pieceof land as a new Christian Camp site for the promotion of a greater evangelistic out reach by New Testament missionaries is still continuing. Finding an available satisfactory piece of land here in Japan for such a Christian Camp has proven a little more difficult than was thought. Though it is more than a year and a half since I first began looking for land, it is only sincereturning to Japan March
have been made to find land.

The other Sunday, before the wor ship service started, one of the ladies
asked me if I had heard that Mr. Na-

diagonally across from Nakayamas. Now Mr. Nakayama is dead at 51 with


terrible stomach cancer, and wouldn't

kayama had died. I hadn't heard about it or noticed the large funeral. She then gave me the biasic facts about his age, cause of death, etc. They live on the corner just 4 short blocks north of our house, but had never shown any interest

you know they are just at the stage of setting up the framework on another
new house next door on the east side of

26th of'^ this year that intensive efforts


Thus far all effortshave proven fruit
less in the search of available land.

Nakayama's house.

in xhurch, so I didn't know the family at all. Then she said I would probably be
interested in what was talked about

W^at is the meaning and conclusion


to be drawn from all these "coincidences?

among the neighbors at the funeral, and I thought it was interesting enough that I would share it briefly with you.

The neighbors are very seriously look ing for someone who lived in that place before the Keio Railway bought up these acres and began bulldozing the land for streets, sewers, lots, etc. They want to
find out where the ancient Shrine was

Many have been the disappointments, but prospects of finding land in the near future I believe are good.
Satan is well aware of the tremen

Slightly less than 2 years ago Mr.


N.'s mother had died in that same house.

It was the fkst funeral to be held in our

section of this new housing development. She died of old age, and there was noth ing unusual about it, but some people remembered that just at that time they were setting up the framework of a new
house across the street to the south of

located and who is the local god of this place, because they are sure he is oflFended and sending a curse on that area. They think he must be propitiated with a sizeable offering.

dous potential for the Kingdom of our Lord mat such a Christian Camp would be, in the present, as well as the future. He is therefore exploiting to the fullest all cultural and religious differences, and anti-American feelings that may exist at
this present time.

We are not dismayed! Nor are we discouraged! For our faith rests in God
who is Almighty! And our trust is ii: Jesus Christ who has All Power (even today) in Heaven, on the Earth, and
under the Earth. He is more anxious to

Nakayamas. Last fall the man who had

lived in that new house just a few weeks


was accidently shot by his friend while they were hunting up in the woods,
bringing a shock to the whole commun ity. Now, come to think of it, just at the

time of his funeral they wereerectingthe


framework of a new Doctor's house and

This kind of thinking is not being done by savages in the wild mountains of New Guinea but by people who are college-educated and work in first class companies and various professions in modernized Japan. And besides all this, almost all of these people, Including the Nakayamas, paid a Shinto priest to come and purify their land from all such evils by prayers and waving a branch of the sacred tree over the property, before they started building.

save the multitudes of Japanese people than we are. Therefore, our hopes have not dimmed in getting something started before winter begins.
For the completion of this all-yearround Christian Camp by July 1974 is our goal! Your continued prayers for us and this project are still necessary, and greatly appreciated.
Stanley Buttray

office right across the street to the west-

ToAycj Christian Vol. 72 October,1973 No.4 Published four times a year in January, April, July and November for
ttie missionaries of the Church of

MOTOSU CAMP

Christ Cijftningham Mission, Tokyo, Japan by Mission Services, Box 177,


Kemp Ion, Indiana 46049. Second ci ass postage paid at Kempton, Indiana. Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Buttray, 2-26-4 Kamiochiai.Shinjuku-ku.Tokyo IGl Japan. Forwarding Agent; Mrs. Homer Anderson, 622 Cullum Street,
Meadville, Pa. 16335. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Patton, 3-7-8

Hrgashinakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164 Japan. Forwarding A^ent: Mr. and Mrs. G.Wade Fletcher, R.R. 7. Rushville,
Ind. 46173.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sims, 3-33-7

Mejirodai, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo 193 Japan. Forwarding Agent: FirstChurch of Christ, Orange at Center St., Eustis,
Fla. 32726.

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Morohashi San reading scripturu- in preparation of baptizing the last convert of the Omatsuri evangelism this past-summer. Takahashi San was the 5th baptism of this eight nights of evangelism. These baptisms are at the outdoors baptistry at the Fleenor Camp just a few minutes away. Takahashi San came during'six of the eight nights, but did not yield until two days after the meeting ended

PATTON NEWS
The past summer was a busy time

The Motosu Christian Camp was held as scheduled on August 6-10. For several months preceding this we feared that the camp would be poorly attended.
It turned out, however, that our fears were unfounded, and we did have a very

in much fruit being borne during and after the camp. The climax of the camp was reached when 8 young people accepted Christ as Saviour and were baptized in the lake facing the camp. We took advantage of the holiday on September 15th to have a camp "Echo Meeting" at the Sakurayama Xhur'chr This meeting is an annual affair to keep up interest in the camp. Though some or the campers were too busy to attend the metting, a good number of the group came and enjoyed the meeting. The genral feeling among those who attended the camp was that they hoped to attend the camp next year too. Tnat was just the way we had hoped that they would feel.
Andrew Patton

for our whole family. This wasespecially true in August. A lot of work was in volved in the holding of the summer
camp at Lake Motosu on August 6-iO. But we were bountifully paid in the won derful spiritual fruits reaped as a resuU of the camp. On August 13, we moved to Karuizawa to help in the "Matsuri Dendo" (Festival Evangelism), where we enjoyed another spiritual feast. The evangelistic
wok done there is described in another

good attendance after all. Some people were only able to attend a part of the camp, but there was an av erage.o_about,XO. peopjethroughput !^e_ camp. 39 of these were junior high
school students. The campers were a well-behaved and enjoyable group to
work with.

The Teaching and leadership staff was short-handed this year, with only 2 missionaries and 3 Japanese ministers being able to attend. Responsibilities
were distributed to all of them and the

camp was run in a smoothe manner. A good spiritual atmosphere was maintain ed to the end of the camp, which resulted
very fortunate, but still trying to recover from the accident. His right leg was chipped at the knee, his ankle bone was cracked and some sharp object pierced his shin to the bone, leaving a bad wound. He is now able to use the leg enough to get to school and back. We thank die Lord for sparing both the boys, for through his grace were they
spared. The Sakurayama Church is plan ning an evangelistic meeting on Novem ber 2-3. Brother Saito, [jrofessor at -Osaka Bible Seminary, will serve as evangelist. The Conley Silsbys wiil^ be our guest.s while assisting in the meetijig. Nfr. Sato, his father, and I again met with the Bible Study Croup at Yachiyodai on Sc[)tnieber 27. .Vh. Fumio Sato spoke to the group. One lady was there
for tlie first time and showed much in

place in this issue of Tokyo Christian. At the beginning ofSeptember our re gular schedule resumed in Tokyo. Noel, Philip, and Stephen began a new school
year at the Christian Academy. Noel is a senior, Philip is in the 9th grade, and Stephen is in the 7th. This year our school bill, including tuition, food, and transportation, for the 3 boys at the Academy will be about $3000. We would be grateful if you could help us pay it. It is rumored that the Japanese tax
authorities now intend to assess taxes

concerning the gospel on our next visit


there on October 25.

Sharon is now enjoying her life and studies at Ozark Bible College. She transferred to that school in September. She and her friend, Lynn Chesnut, had
their clothes stolen in Cincinnati on the

way to Joplin. She got a job in a res

taurant in Joplin, butpeopiemadeherso


miserable by their foul moutns and wick ed ways that shequitworkingthere. The spiritual guidance and kindness from
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Chesnut and

on the monej- spent for our children's .education. If so, this new development will further compound oirr school ex

pense troubles. Please pray about this. On September 13 Noel, while riding

family, with whom Sharon spentthesum mer, have helped Sharon greatly. We
tliank the Lord for the Chesnuts.

a motorcycle, was struck by a dump


truck and pushed into a ditch.
was behind Noel on

Philip

We thank you for your fellowship In the gospel of Christ. \Iay God bless you
for it.

the same motor

cycle, but fortunately escaped injury, ex cept for a cracked heel bone and multiple
scratches and bruises. Noel also was

terest. Vi'e hope to talk with her firrther

Andrew Patton

COFFEE HOUSE" EVANGELISM

MISSIONARY
PRAYER

MEETINGS
BEGUN
Morohasi Son, preacher of the Yo/zo suka Church preaching at the eight night Omatsuri Dendo held every
'This is the Meidiya restaurant in Karuiza wa where the first 'Cofjee House' evangel^
summer in the mountain resort toum

Tsm began this pasfsummer.

/4j a result

of Karuizawa. Hundreds of people were witnessed to those nights.

of these meetings one young girl was bap

tized after about three days. She desired to help and stayed for about tivo weeks, taking part in the Omatsuri evangelism
also.

ARAKAWA EVANGELISTIC MEETING


The fall evangelistic meeting of the Arakawa Church was held on September
26-27. Brother Minoru Hattori, a min ister of the Shikoku Christian Mission,

A burden of prayer among some of


our missionaries these past two years has been to find new ways to reach the

On September 24 the missonaries in the Tokyo area met at the home of Stan ley and Mabel Buttray. This was the first of a series of planning meetings for the annual missionary convention which is to be held in Tokyo in May of 1974. It was decided at this meetingto hold the missionary convention on May 1-3, 1974, immediately preceding the AllJapan Convention of the Japanese
brethren, which will also Tokyo on May 3-5. be held in

multitudes of vacationers, sightseers, and pleasureseekers that flack every summer

served as evangelist.
Brother Iliroaki Sato, the minister and the members of the church did an
It was also decided not to invite a

to the popular mountain resort town of


Karuizawa.

God answered our prayers! A chain of events which began early in June this year and culminated in mid-July with

effective job of advertising and this re sulted in a good attendance. About


8,000 handbills were distributed by hand on the streets and a larger number was Inserted in newspapers and delivered to the homes in the neighborhood of the
churxh.

special speaker from outside the mission ary group becauseof the expense involv
ed. The missionaries from outside the

Tokyo area who attend the convention


will be accommodated in the homes of

permission to use the second floor of IVfeldiya (Snack) Restaurant for two nights a week for what we called "Coffee
H ouse" evangelism.
There were five missionaries and an

the Tokyo missionaries, rath.. than in


a hotel, to further reduce expenses to

guests at the convention.


Committees were appointed to plan various activities of the missionary con vention. Also various suggestions were
made for the convention theme, but the
definite choice of theme was left to a

equal number of Japanese Christian workers that cooperated in this initial en deavor that began the last week of June. So we were privileged to use theseexcel lent facilities during the very peak of the
summer season.

The messages were easily understood by even those who were attending Church for the first time. Each night after the message a chance was given to discuss the principles of the gospel and
counsel the unbelievers in the audience.

During that month in this "Coffee House" evangelism alone, God gave us the opportunity to be a witness to over a hundred persons. And almost every one of them hearing the Gospel in song
and word for the first time in their lives,

Strong interest continued to be shown to the end and two persons have begun to attend the regular meetingsofthe Church as a result of this meeting.
Andrew Patton

future meeting.
The missionaries also decided at this

meeting to have regular prayer meetings once a month. Due to the press of the
various activities in which we have been

and we pray that it won't be the last time. For one young woman (from a broken home) it wasn't the last time! Re turning a number of nights, she became the first and only convert through this first "Coffee House" evangelistic effort. Viith the thrill of reaching more than a hundred persons during those eight nights, and one of them responding to faithful witnessing, most e\ eryone agreed that the ventirrc was succe.ssful. So plants to continue (Ix)rd williiig) next summer look good! And we are hoping that a greater numba* of Cliristian workers and
missionaries will want to become involv

involved recently, regular prayer meet ings have not been held. Until the con vention these meetings will be devoted both to the planning for the convention and to prayer. We will take turns in hosting the prayer meetings and a meal will be en joyed together at each meeting. The November meeting at the Fleenors and the December meeting at
the Pattons will also serve as a time for

the celebration of Thanksgiving and Christmas respectively.


Stanley Buttray, one of the cooperat ing missionaries handing out tracts to the multitudes during the last night of the Omatsuri evangelism.

ed in order that greater things will be ac complished for the Lord.


Stanley Buttray

".More things are wrought by prayer


than this world dreamed ol."
Andrew Paiton

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

of "The Church"

The materials made

AT MEJIRODAI

'M
rAirffj

it easy for the teachers and gave them added confidence and a lot ofjoy. The main publicity was done by the children themselves. During the Sunday School hour on July 29 everyone made a poster. They drew a picture of our church building and wrote in the V.B.S. dates. The best posters were put on the
bulletin board in front of the church.

NEWS NOTES
Harold Sims made atrip to Kyushu Sept. 14-17, and preached 5 times at the yearly convention of the Churches of
Christ in that area and 3 of the local
churches.

For attendance booster we drew a large


map of our area and had each student build a 5-piece paper house at the place

and Mrs. Tibbs Maxey visited Tokyo and other parts of Japan during
August as the first stop on a world tour
of mission fields.

where he lived.

This gave us a good

idea of where the chilOTen came from, and really drew the huerest and regular
attendance of the children.

IVfrs. Nellie Leigh Brown, widow of Hal Brown who was a long-time minis
ter of First Clrristian Church in Charlot

tesville, Va. and a dedicated, faitliful

VaretvU to Robert Sims at Mejirociai. This year Mrs. Sims, our unofficial but efficient Bible School Superintendent, was going to be absent on a trip to the United States during the summer vaca
tion; so the first reaction of most of the
church members was that we would be

There were 20 children enrolled for

supporter of our work here for many


years, and her sister Mrs. Martha

the morning sessions and 27 for the evening, which around our average Sun day School attendance. They came from
33 different homes, and 21 of these are

unable to have a V.B.S. tliis year. But


at our urging they decided to go along

in the immediate neighborhood of the church. All agreed that we had a very good V.B.S. this year, and joined in thanks for God's blessings.
Harold Sims

Bradley of Johnson City, Tennesseevisit ed in the Sims home and the Mejlrodai church the week-end of July 15 during a short group tour of the orient in which they were participating.

TRAVELING BIBLE COLLEGE

with the attempt to liave one anyway, and after that decision in late June there
was a very good spirit of willing-work,
cooperation and initiative.

LOIS RETURNS FROM TRIP


Lois Sims returned to Tokyo on the missionary charter flight August 31 after a 43 day trip to tlie United States. The main purpose of the trip was to accom
pany our fourth child Robert to Cincinn

The dates chosen wae Aug. 20-24,


wliich was after most families had made

their vacation trips and children were

searching for some new and interesting


thing to do.

Because
rooms

of our lack of meeting


divide into 2 ses

we decided to

sions eacli day-pre-schoolers 9:30-11:30


AM and 1-9 CTaders 6:30-8:30 PM iVfrs.

ati, Ohio and help him get settled into -College. We are thankful to report that by God's providence and help he is now
living in the same room on E^ice Hill

Nakagawa, the regular beginner teacher, and a High School and Jr. High School

with his older brother, Jonathan, and is


enrolled in the Cincinnati Technical Col

helper came each morning. Not one of


the teachers for the evening sessions could come every day, but tliey divided
up tlie days and the classes between 2 young salary-men and 2 housewives. Of course Danny and I lielped with music, refreshments, short talks, etc. every time. We used Japanese materials produc

lege for 2 years of study in Electronics.


She was also able to visit all of our im

Kathleen and Paul Pratt

mediate family and churches in Napa, California, Shelby and Cincinnati (Clo-

A fairly new idea in Bible College


work is being put into practice by Mr. and Mrs. Conley Silsby of Puget Sound Bible College and a traveling BibleCol lege froup. They have been in Japan and Korea and are presently in Japan at Osaka Bible Seminary.

\ernook) Ohio, turtle Creek and Mon-

roe\'ille, Pennsylvania,

Charlottesville

ed by the Japan Sunday School Union here iia Japan, which were quite wellplanned and centered around tlie theme

and Newport News, Virginia and John son City, Tennessee. The trip seems to have done her a lot of good, and we are sure that she spread a little joy around in the U.S. But we are mighty glad to have her back home in Tokyo.

The purpose of this group is to study


in the Bible Colleges along their route, while observing evangelistic methods

and results in the various fields they


visit. They will be in Tokyo on October

rORM 3579 REQUESTED BOX 177, KEMPTON, IN 46049

19-22. they night of the 19th will be


with the missionaries at the

spent in a Japanese inn at Isehara near

the Pratts' home. On the 20th they will


meet

Sakurayama Church to discuss prob


lems and principles related to mission work. Each missionary couple is to speak on some phase of mission work in which he is vitally interested at that time. On Sunday evening there will be a joint worship service to which the public is in
vited at the Kamiochiai Church, with Brother Silsby as the guest speaker.

AfiUL 71

'.Che Lord^s Heaper /& OBC


POf Box 51b

JopiiDj i-.04 64b01

We expect to receive a blessing in our sharing with this group of youth and
their sponsors.
Andrew Patton