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A Brief Update on GCL: Japan


Screen shot 2013-12-17 at 11.36.05 AMI’ve not been blogging on this platform since about 2 weeks ago.  Among many other things, I’ve been working on a mini-project, “The Gospel-Centered Life: Japan.”  GCL:JAPAN is an extension project of Outside The Camp blog

  • that seeks to foster Gospel-centered discipleship content for Japan’s context in an easy to understand English & Japanese.
  • Our aim is to serve both Japanese speakers/Japanese English-speakers,  and the international diaspora community.
  • The contents will be made free to be used by any Christian community that seeks to live out the truths of the Gospel in the family, workplace,  community, the church and the world.

I’ve been waiting for quite a long time to follow up on this project since the idea first got conceived in my heart.  As you know, most of the contents of OTC blog are in English, while some sermons and a few articles here and there have been bilingual (Japanese/English).   Gospel contextualization is not less but more than learning language.  But language is such an intrinsic part of contextualization so I’ve been seeing the need to saturate the internet through Gospel-centered Japanese content.  I know there are a few good ones that provide theological in-depth training with Greek and Hebrew studies and so on, but there hasn’t been much content that is connecting the transforming power of the Gospel to daily life in Japan’s context (if you know at least one, please send the link to me so that I can add them on GCL:JAPAN).

Also, if you’re reading this and you know some Japanese living in America or elsewhere that you know might be interested please refer the link to them.  Lastly, but not the least, please please pray for this small project.  Pray for more translators.  Currently, there are only two of us heading this project.  We need a team of translators.  Also pray for more writers who can contribute to this project.  We need more contributors who not only understand the Gospel but have been long-term missionaries in Japan and understand the culture well.  Pray also for me, as I have other writing responsibilities at Living Life (A Journal For Spiritual Formation and Reflection).  Thank you for reading.

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