Since we are presently living near the headquarters of our mission agency, we have access to a lot of good magazines and books. The other day, to my delight I was handed two giant binders filled with old and recent issues of Japan Harvest magazines – what a gold mine!
In case you are not familiar with Japan Harvest, it is “is the official publication of JEMA. It covers topics of interest to Christians in Japan, those working with Japanese outside of Japan, and all who are praying for the Japanese.” If you are a missionary in Japan, I would highly recommend that you subscribe to Japan Harvest. The articles deal with Japanese culture, language acquisition, church planting, as well as reports and reflections from other missionaries in Japan.
What is JEMA? JEMA is the Japan Evangelical Missionary Association, a group that exists to network and equip missionaries who are serving in Japan. You can become a member of JEMA by filling out an application online and paying a fee. JEMA also sponsors a bilingual CPI Conference (Church Planting Institute) which is enjoyed by many missionaries and Japanese church leaders. JEMA has also published Operation Japan, an excellent comprehensive prayer guide for Japan by prefecture, as well as a directory of Protestant missionaries in Japan which is updated each year.
If you live in Tokyo, the JEMA office is located inside the Ochanomizu Christian Center Building. Do stop by and say hello – I’ve done that before and really enjoyed meeting the staff.