Author Archive: Gavin Kajikawa

One Speaker, Two Cities, and Three Thoughts

One Speaker, Two Cities, and Three Thoughts

Two months have passed since Paul Tripp, a Christian pastor, author and conference speaker stood before our brothers and sisters located in Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan. Christ Bible Institute (CBI) invited Paul and his wife, Luella to speak on behalf of God to two main groups, the church leaders and to the people who make [...]   Continue Reading
  October 5, 2018
Growing Unthankful Hearts

Growing Unthankful Hearts

By Gavin Kajikawa A recent grad, eager to make his lasting mark on the world, walked into the Regional Planning Center. The office was buzzing with conversations about marketing strategies, expectations for different demographics, and target groups, and he breezed through the office until he finally arrived at his new supervisor’s desk. “So! You’re the [...]   Continue Reading
  November 13, 2017
Kim, Gavin, and Hide in Japan: Nozomi Means Hope

Kim, Gavin, and Hide in Japan: Nozomi Means Hope

This morning we woke up to dark skies and drops of rain, but amidst the dreary backdrop we entered a bright and hope-filled place called Café Mon Ami (My Friend). We were greeted by Cynthia Ruble, the founder of Life Hope Network. In her South Carolinian accent, she poured out her heart regarding why she started [...]   Continue Reading
  April 26, 2017
Kim, Gavin, and Hide in Japan: Raising, Equipping, and Sending

Kim, Gavin, and Hide in Japan: Raising, Equipping, and Sending

"Jesus said, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest'"(Lk. 10:2). This verse is probably found on every prayer letter for every missionary, but unfortunately, Jesus’ words still ring true today as it did over 2,000 years ago. We [...]   Continue Reading
  April 25, 2017
Kim, Gavin, and Hide in Japan: Living a Life of Faith

Kim, Gavin, and Hide in Japan: Living a Life of Faith

The Palos Verdes Starbucks overlooking the Pacific is thought by many to offer the best view of any of the chain’s shops. Well, we found a contender on the 15th floor of the newly built JR Gate Tower in Nagoya. Overlooking the downtown area, we met with Brett Rayl and Gary Watanabe over coffee to talk [...]   Continue Reading
  April 25, 2017
Kim, Gavin, and Hide in Japan: Nagoya Bashing and Nagoya Loving

Kim, Gavin, and Hide in Japan: Nagoya Bashing and Nagoya Loving

We are now in Nagoya, the third largest metropolitan area of Japan, home of 9.1 million people. We found out that Nagoya gets bashed by others in Japan as the most boring city in the country. Fortunately, we’re not here for sightseeing. On the other hand, Nagoya is known for their miso katsu and that cannot [...]   Continue Reading
  April 24, 2017
Kim, Gavin, and Hide in Japan: Off and Running

Kim, Gavin, and Hide in Japan: Off and Running

After an 11 hour and 15 minute flight and crossing the International date line, Pastor Kim, pastoral intern Hide Kawai, and I landed in Tokyo on the afternoon of Friday, April 21. Kim and I have both visited Japan five or more times, but this trip marks Hide's first ever visit to Japan (t’s not [...]   Continue Reading
  April 23, 2017
Digging Deep: Gospel Authority (2 Corinthians 10:1-11)

Digging Deep: Gospel Authority (2 Corinthians 10:1-11)

Psalm 1 describes the blessed person as one who has dug deep into God’s Word, making it the source of his daily meditation. In pursuit of this kind of blessed life, we briefly review the sermon from the previous Sunday. May you be like a tree planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in its season (Psalm […]

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  November 18, 2015
A Reflection on Feed My Starving Children

A Reflection on Feed My Starving Children

Hearts touched by Jesus Christ should always ask, “How can I serve others?” In the gospels, we see Jesus as the ultimate servant. He wanted to change the lives of others at his expense. On Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, our church family had the opportunity to serve children who are hungry around […]

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  October 30, 2015