This past Friday, December 7, 2012 was National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.   71 years have passed since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

My family and I served in Japan for nine years as missionaries of the Presbyterian Church. Today, our two countries are wedded together through business, politics, military alliances and many, many intercultural marriages and families. Forgiveness is hard but in the past 71 years, America and Japan have moved from international enemies to become global partners.

“Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Col. 3:13

This week I spent time here in Black Mountain, North Carolina at the Community of the Cross, the home base of GLD’s partner ministry PRMI, with my dear friend Andy Game who leads a ministry in Japan  that is using the internet to reach thousands for Christ. We spent the day in conversation, strategic discussion and prayer for this new movement of internet evangelism and discipleship in Japan.

The Day for Japan to know Christ is now and new media is one of the most effective tools being used to share the Gospel.  Take a look at this video of a yakuza gangster living near Fukushima who turned his heart to Christ.   Click on My Hope Story at the top of the page.
“Father God, we lift up the families of all those who died in the Pearl Harbor attack 71 years ago. We pray you give them comfort and peace. We also pray that thousands in Japan will come to know Christ as Savior and Lord in 2013 and beyond. We pray for the people of Japan as they continue to recover from the three disasters of March, 11, 2011: earthquake, tsunami, nuclear incident. May people of both our nations know that our hope is only in You.”  Amen