CHOIR 88: GOODBYE JAPAN (Week 18 highlights)

What do you see when you turn back and look at your foot prints?
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We all start somewhere in life, and we all are somewhere from the start now, but what does our walkway look like?

Japan
It’s been 50 days since we made our first foot print in this land on the 9th of January 2018. From that day, everyday was a race and we have run it to the end and not just to the end but as victors.

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You might have a question what has their race been like?

Well, happy is your soul because your eyes are on it. Japan is a land with people with warm hearts as said by our team leader Ivan Byarugaba.

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Ivan: Choir 88 Team leader

This is not just his statement, but choir 88 statement.
I believe you already know what warm hearts can bring to a person trodding a journey we are on. We have found comfort, love, care, family, fellowship, generosity, friends and most of it all, home away from home. They have been a river with gentle waters and winds that have sailed us through it all to the other shore.

I believe you have travelled before and you will be our witness that this brings wonders to your eyes and ears. We have seen and heard mysteries of wonders, indeed God will reveal unto us what no eye or ear has seen or heard if we seek Him.

“But just as it is written [in Scripture], “THINGS WHICH THE EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND THE EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND WHICH HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed].” ‭‭1 CORINTHIANS‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭AMP‬‬

New culture and transitions that are full of so much humility and respect. We have been humbled by the excellence and kindness that Japan people carry in their hearts. Not only humbled but we have learnt a lot. “What leaves a mark in somebody’s life are not the words we say but the actions behind the great words. “ Actions speak louder than words. We are glad that this lesson has yielded us great testimonies in Japan.

The most important thing, this land has a void that is so ripe and can only be filled with God. So many beliefs and faiths are held by the souls here which is a sign of people searching for a supreme intervention in their lives. People can’t satisfy their void and this is why we are glad that we carried our story of love, light, hope and transformation to these souls. It has touched so many souls in a very incredible way and we thank God for this.
Japan has less than 1% Christians hence the biggest percentage is thirsty and hungry for the truth.

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is [indeed] plentiful, but the workers are few.”
‭‭MATTHEW‬ ‭9:37‬ ‭AMP‬‬

We as choir 88 have echoed signs and wonders of God’s love in this land. Many have heard and we believe they have been touched. Today we encourage every voice that has experienced the love of God to share it to those that are lost because their hearts are ready or support those that have openly chosen to carry this message of good news.

Pastor Sunny (Country Director Watoto Asia) ounce said, “ If the people around us are lost and suffering and we Christians are not responding, then it means we are not being practical but just theoretical about God’s love. (Faith with actions).”

We have treasured so much that unwrapping it will take you nights and days to listen or read. We would say that our experience in Japan is as good as an adventure of the beauty of this world. If you missed our experiences and where in Japan we were in the past weeks, please find our full stories in our blogs at watotochoirs.wordpress.com.

Last days in Japan

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Our last two weeks in Japan have been spent in Tokyo at Midorino Christ Church which is our home here in Japan. We already shared our experiences of week seventeen and here we will share our experiences of week eighteen.

“Capturing moments of life is one of the greatest things one can do to create a good memory lane. “ Do you treasure moments?
There is no moment that ever happens by mistake in our lives, every moment is a spark of how we chose to walk the journeys that God has set before us. Whether good or bad to you, it’s all good according to God’s plans for your life. So treasure every moment for you will never have it again.

“~‘For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the LORD, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.” JEREMIAH‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Every moment to us is a great testimony because of what God keeps unfolding for us.

On Tuesday 20th February, the Midorino Christ Church helped us celebrate the birthdays of our very own Auntie Leticia, Tabitha and Charity. This is when we say we have found family.

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Birthday babies

Friday 23rd February, we had a day out at the field where we had soccer games with the Midorino Christ Church family. We had a record but these people were not sympathetic at all as they defeated our winning record. Well, next time we won’t lose because we learnt our lesson, hahahaha.

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Besides the fun, our story still rang through so many hearts as we did our last concerts in Japan. We are glad that we were able to proclaim this unfailing love of God. What we speak is not our own, but of God. We believe and we are confident that our story has impacted so many and shall bare fruit.

“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Saying goodbye has been so nice mostly when you’re saying it to the people that have walked with you and held you together when it was hard.
On Sunday after the last concert we had to say farewell to this technical team of great gentlemen. Not only have they been helping us but they have been brothers and fathers to all of us. Such people only remind us of God’s love for us. As Watoto, we are grateful to God for such hearts that join us on this journey as we share our story to the world. It was tears of mixed feelings.

One of our greatest highlights in these last days, has been the fellowship we have had together with Midorino Christ Church family. We have had so many moments of worship and prayer together with them. These moments not only do they bond us together but also cause such a tremendous joy and fulfillment to our spirit. Each day of fellowship together was better than 1000 days out in the world because this is where life streams from, the tangible presence of God.

Pastor Nozomi and Marie have been the reason we had such an organised journey in Japan. They have been there and have stood for us in so many areas that we can’t explain. They are a great blessing to the Watoto family.
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Them, together with the Midorino Christ Church family have fully taken care of us so well and we leave Japan knowing we have a home to always come back to.
“God gives us the vision and he is the one that feeds it. “
All the resources or people that you need to walk that vision should never be your worry, all that you have to do is to run your race and watch God open doors you never expected in life.

He has done it for us and we have the testimony and it is the story that we share with you today.

To all the churches, host families, pastors, teachers, companies, sponsors, partners, and everyone that has supported us on this journey, we want to let you know that you have been a vessel of love to the world and count your good work blessed.
“To those who by persistence in doing good seek [unseen but certain heavenly] glory, honour, and immortality, [He will give the gift of] eternal life.”
‭‭ROMANS‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Our next stop shall be Singapore and the journey can only get better. We are excited about this and we can’t wait to share the story of signs and wonders.
Tell a friend who knows a friend to tell all their friends to tell everyone not to miss out on the sound of hope and joy that will be echoing in the walls of Singapore. Find our schedule in Singapore at Watoto.asia and share it with friends.

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Goodbye Japan

God bless you.

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