Despite being a technologically advanced country with many opportunities for people to hear the Gospel, Japan remains one of the hardest-to-reach places. So many have their hearts closed to the Gospel, which is why we are so delighted to receive some heartwarming feedback from two listeners.
“Years ago, I was tired of living and wanted to kill myself. I had started to drink and was becoming an alcoholic. But one day, I remembered the FEBC broadcasts that saved me in junior high school. I gave my life to Christ then, and in my moments of darkness recently, I tuned back in.
“Because I’m totally blind, my family didn’t want me to go to church, [because of how difficult it was to get there] but one day I just said, “That’s it, I’m going to go to church!” When I first started attending, someone came with me to guide me, until I got used to the layout and could get around myself. I gave my life to Christ then, and was baptized. It’s been 14 years since I started to go to church every week, and I’m still impressed by God’s amazing work.
“Despite this though, I still sometimes ask, “Why am I here?” I heard some sad news recently that a junior high classmate of mine at the school for the blind died of heart disease, caused by alcoholism. She would wander around town in the middle of the night because of problems at home. I used to be very close to her, but after graduating, we lost touch with one another. We were in the same pain of drowning our problems away with alcohol, but I was able to know Jesus and was ultimately freed from my suffering. It’s heartbreaking to think she did not know this truth, which could also have set her free.”
“I would be grateful if you pray with me as I mourn the loss of my friend and for God to draw near to me, and help strengthen my faith.”
“Today, I wanted to tell you about my past. I had excellent grades up to junior high school and was generally happy. I graduated top of my class, but as I started high school I started to struggle with mental health issues.
“Around this time my parents got in a huge fight and my mother left home. I had to live with my dad, who I hated, and my mental health got even worse. It got so bad that I was admitted to a mental hospital once. It seemed to help, but once I left, I still couldn’t keep up with my studies and I stopped going to school. Months later, my dad saw how little I was going to school and scolded me heavily. I told him I was leaving and would go to school while I lived with my mother instead of him.
“But even then, after only one month of living with my mother, I developed problematic behavior there and I was admitted to a mental hospital again.
“While all this was going on, my mother started listening to FEBC broadcasts and the programs opened her eyes to the truth of Christianity. She started attending church and she would bring my younger brother and me with her. My mom gave me a Bible and I started to read it, little by little. On Christmas day, in my third year of high school, I got baptized and accepted Christ as my savior, because I wanted to be saved like my mother. I am really grateful to her.
“Unfortunately, now it is my mother who suffers from mental illness and who is now taken care of by me. She is going to be discharged from the mental hospital soon. I will continue to take good care of her, and show her the love she showed me by bringing me to Christ.”