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Mr James Taylor

Cox 1064

Tokyo K Christian
'Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature"
Eimberlin Heights, Tennessee

Roswall, N.

Mark 16:15

Volume 62

Spring, 1963, No. 1

Minato Church Relocates

financial problem. The 14 year old building was in need of major repairs in several dif ferent places, a retaining wall had to be built, there was stili a small debt to be paid
on the extensive repairs made several years The Minato congregation was facing a
was sold to a large art studio and gallery, who will use the old church building for
storage purposes.

was cheaper to buy a 75c bucket and put it up on the ceiling under the leaking spot
than to have the roof repaired, so there

sury. For months the roof had leaked. It

ago, and there was no money in the trea

On April 21 the final service was held in the old building. Work on the new build ing will begin early in July, and the build ing is expected to be completed by the end
of November. Temporarily the congrega

tion is meeting in the employees dining

room of a bank near the famous Shibuya
railroad station.

were 7 or 8 buckets permanently stationed

evaporating by the natural process during the hot dry days. Stephen lijima, the preacher, told how one day as they were

up in the atticfilling up during rains and

Here is a brief summary of the fin^n*

cial facts of the deal:

preparing for a wedding and he was already

dressed in his swallow-taOed coat he notic

Sale of the former property


ed that big heavy drops were falling from the ceiling at just the spot where the groom would be standing. So just minutes before the organ music began he changed clothes, crawled up between the ceiling and roof and put in an old wash-tub to stop the
leak and then returned to nuptials dryly. perform the
Old Minato Church Building

($8.68 per Sq. Ft.) Purchase of new land $18,000 ($6.16 per Sq. Ft.) Cost of new building - - $20,000

Renting an apartment for the pastor and family the 8 month interim $1,600
Of course a relocation of this nature

is nothing new or strange to many of our

churchos in the U. S. but this is the first instance of this kind in our work in

Furthermore there was a health prob

lem. The neighbors had built a 2 story

Japan, Five or six years ago the Yotsuya

Mission turned over title to the land and
a new location that was considered suit

house right on the property line, which

shaded the church building and parsonage on the south side and made the lijima's

living quarters too dark, cold, damp and


The members were all polled on their opinions about changing the location. In Japan the accessibility to public trans portation is one of the key factors in deter mining prices of land, locations of busi
ness etc. The folks were unanimous in say

able in every respect was found. It was only about 4 minutes walk from an interurban electric train station, just in the edge of the prefecture that borders Tokyo. The community is rapidly growing, with a promisii'g future. A se.tion of one of the large private universities is located there, as well as several modern factories, but there are very few churches. And in addition the
subdivision has almost the same name as

building to the local group when they be came legally incorporated. This whole busi
ness was handled entirely by the officers of the local church, and 'We believe they have been good, faithful, wise and re sponsible stewards and that it is a forward
and courageous move.
Harold Sims

ing that, if they moved, any place near

a train station would be all right. They just didn't want to walk for 10 minutes

the former ward of Tokyo, so they will

continue to use the same name for the

Recent Visil-ors To Tokyo

ilr. Harold Weaver is a tenor soloisit and a member of the First Christian Church

or more as they had been in the habit of doing at the present place.
After much discussion it was decided that it would be the wisest course to sell

The lot was smaller than the old one,

and rather high in price, because of the good location, but they decided to buy it. Next they had to sell the former build
ing and land. It was harder to sell than

in Chicago, 111. During the second World

War he toured all over the world with a

the present location and move into one of the growing suburban areas of the

city, since hardly any of the now active members live in the present neighborhood anyiway. The old property could be sold for more than the price of the newer land,
and the difference could be used for a

they had figured, because the entrance to the property was not wide enough for cars and trucks to enter, the land is on 2
levels and the building encumbered the land for prospective buyers.

USO troup. He is presently on a trip around the world with concerts scheduled in several countries. He sang at our Eng

lish worship service on Sunday morning April 28. Then after more than a month
of concerts and various appearances in
Korea he returned to Japan and gave a concert at the Nakano church on Sunday evening June 16. Lois Sims also sang sev

new building which would not need any

extensive repairs for perhaps 10 years or

There was a lot of praying for God's guidance and "working all things out to

It took a lot of searching, but finally

gether," and on the very day that the option on the new land at Hiyoshi expired a buyer for the old land appeared. It

eral numbers in the program and Harold

Sims served as accompanist.


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sion. Tokyo, Japan, for the information and in^iration of every Christian whose

heart is open to the call of Christ, and who

is willing to help in the supreme task of
carrying out the Great :Cominission of

Christ: Matthew 28:19, 20.

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jVIissionarles at Sendai

Missionaries Meet
At Sendai
The annual get-together of our Japan missionary family was held this year from
June 18-21 in Sendaiabout 230 miles

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north of Tokyo. The Baptist-owned Morigo Christian Camp ground was rented for our use, and proved very reasonable in price, with comfortable and adequate accomodations.

ed Japanese trains. Also we thought U would be an adventure to try out the na tional highway No. 4 which we had heard was greatly improved. The smoothness, openness and beauty of the new highway was a most agreeable surprise to us oldtimers who had traveled on the forn^f-^ dusty, narrow and bumpy one. It was really exciting to the boys of all ages to let the cars out of the Tokyo traffic stampede and give them the rein for a few hours.
The pleasure of auto travel in the new motor age Japan was enhanced by our sudden decison to go in a 5 car caravan.

The program was planned by the 3

"up-north" families: The Fabers of Obihiro,

The Wesley Walkers of Sapporo, and the

Perhaps the people in the country town of Korkiyama are still talking about that
strange "visitation" in June when 5 cars

Sakurayama Meeting
A four-day evangelistic meeting was held at the Sakurayama Church on June 6-9. Nowadays it is amazing how few per sons can attend such a meeting in Tokyo,
in spite of all the handbills distributed

Nielsens of Sendai. There were separate isessions for children, teen-agers and adults. Total attendance was 63, and there were Btill 30 more of the "family" who could not
make it for various reasons.

full of foreigners suddenly stopped in their little city park and 33 people of all sizes and colors of hair jumped out and spread a noisy feast and then packed up and and
went on their way.

Most of us

from Tokyo decided to

and the signs displayed advertising the

meeting. There is an astonishing amount of

drive our cars up in order to save some expense and the strain of taking all of the children and luggage on the over-crowd-

Missionaries, in their odd way, have a

lot of fun. Harold Sims

interest and activity here in connection with the things of this world. But any mention of religion, especially Christianity, marks a proposed meeting in its behalf as some thing to be avoided! The god of this world seems to have done an excellent job here
in blinding the minds of the unbelieving to the truth.

In most of our former meetings the greater part of the attendants returned
home as soon as the sermon was delivered.
In this one most of those who came re

at all. Patience, diligence, and faithfulness, though, do bring fruit, though perhaps not so quickly as we may have hoped. On the
other hand, one would think that if it re

mained for the discussions and fellowship

which followed. These informal discussions

Fortunately, however, there are always some who are exceptions to this rule Though the meeting at Sakurayama was not marked by a large attendance, many of those iwho did come put in their ap
pearance every night and showed a remark able interest in the "true riches." More

seem to do as much good as a sermon in enlightening the heart and turning the
affections of sinners toward the Lord.

quires such agonizing labor to bring forth fruit that perhaps it would not rot so easily! But the ease is different here. It is no easy task to keep the saved on the straight and
narrow path in this country.

We often get impatient and our hearts are often filled with the fervent wish that we may see a more immediate fruit for

over, they continue to come to the regular meetings of the church.

our labors. But in this country the ground is hard and it is only with great difficulty that the gospel seed is able to penetrate it

Toshihiko Shimada, the evangelist, did a good job during the meeting. He came for the meeting from the Osaka area where he has been serving as an interpreter for Continued Next Page



the Osaka Bible Seminary. Before the meet ing we had carried on a correspondence
with him relative to his becoming a minister of the Kakurayama Church. During the evangelistic meeting the church members
met and extended a call to him. He intends

to move to Tokyo in the latter part of


Since April the morning services at Sakurayama have enjoyed a gradual in

crease in attendance. The missionary has

been leaching some English at the YMCA

and most of this increase in attendance
can be attributed to contacts made in these

English classes. The Sunday evening serv

ices were changed to an English Bible in

Japanese. We are pleased with the result

of this change and we believe that a number of persons will come to know
the Lord thi'ough^hese classes^-Butas

Rome was not built in a day, neither is a

church in Japan.
Andrew Patton

One Of The Tokyo

Christians You Should Know
In connection with the story about the
Minato church I must introduce you to

Mr. Kozo Kobayashi, the long-time trea

surer and recently appointed elder of this


Mr. Kobayashi's younger brother (now a deacon) became a Christian about the

Kozo Kobayashi and Family

of Minato church would not have been done.

time Minato was becoming a church, and

the older brother was brought to Christ some months later. The family consists of 6 brothers, all of whom went to the war and came back unscratched. The youngest

the land for the church. When he and the

One incident in that connection gives us a good insight into his character. At the time the church bought the

preacher got home from closing the deal

and the next morning it was sold. Of course

a prospective buyer had been to the church,

everything ended all right, all loans are

one is a doctor, another is employed at the Uraga Drydock company and the other four manage a brass foundry making all kinds of water valves, cocks, spigots, pump parts
etc. Their small factory is very prosperous

new piece of land there was a little dif ficulty in the timing. First a deposit of 1 million yen (about $2800) had to be made
to seal the promise to buy the land at

paid back and everyone is humbly thankful

to God.

and well-managed, with peaceful union re lations, steady sales and good credit be
cause of the influence of these 2 unasham

Hiyoshi for 30 days until they could sell the old building and raise the rest of the
agreed purchase price. If they didn't go

Mr. Kobayashi is very modest about all of this, but we can be thankful both
that there was a man able to raise that

edly Christian business-men brothers. They are true "sons of Edo" (which
is the old name for Tokyo). Such men

ahead and pay the remainder at the end of the 30 day period they would forfeit one million yen. Of course the church didn't have that kind of money, so Mr. Kobayashi
advanced it personally. Then to their surprise and increasing

many thousands of dollars and millions of yen and stand for it personally, and also that he was willing to do that for the
church. It shows where his loyalty is.
^Harold Sims

born from 3 generations back in the city have a reputation for being strong in a

fight or argument, honest and restless and

rambunctious. They have a lively sense of
humor and much energy.

dismay the 2 prospective buyers who had inquired about buying the church previous ly didn't follow through with any concrete
offer. Days went by. People began to worry

Mr. Harold R. Robbins, a retired preach er of the Churches of Christ living near

Melbourne Australia, and his wife Nell were in Tokyo for 3 days in April while
their cruise ship stopped here. We were

It would be easy for you business-men ito picture him in your imagination, because he is of the new generation who drives his
own small car and lives in a modern home

a little, but Mr. Kobayashi told all to be calmsomething would turn up. Extensive advertising produced many inquiries but
no buyers.

privileged to uave him bring us an inspir

ing sermon on April 21, and it was inter esting to hear a first-hand report of the
Churches "down under."

with his wife and 3 children. Like others in his position he plays golf, but he has a bad case of athletes foot, so when he gets back from the course he soaks his feet in a
medicinal solution and uses that time to

To make a long story short, the 30th day came and the church land was still not
sold. So Mr. iKobayashi took all of his per

Mr. Leonard Johnston, a very zealous

Christian business-man from San Jose, Calf., is now in Japan for about 3 months in con nection with his work of building and

sonal savings and stock, borrowed as much as he could from company and family funds,
and then borrowing the remainder from the manufacturing association bank on his

read the Bible and various commentaries

in which he has much interest.

Without his faith and courage perhaps the whole selling and relocating project

face, 'Without collateral (unheard of in banking circles) went down and bought

inspecting food-processing machinery. This is his second visit to Japan, and we enjoy
his followship very much.

TOKYO CHRISTIAN in the gospel. There is an element of truth and some force in each of these arguments.
But 1 think ithat the benefits to be derived

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16, these men each spoke to two different churches in Tokyo as representatives of

from our using English as a means for

gaining greater access to people for the

Lord far outweigh the demerits of the case. Frankly, empty churches, few con verts, chur:ihes struggling to exist much less make any iprogress, sinful souls without any tcwntact with Christian witness or in fluence these and other like discouraging things must ibe faced by the messenger of the cross in Japan. There is no quick remedy for this. But, in my opinion, ithe missionary who teaches English here has a far greater accesis to the public, 'giving him an opport unity to speak for ;the Lord by word or deed to people who^m he would never know or reach otherwise, than the person who

the Seminary. On December 19 they ac companied A1 Hammond to Tanegashima, south of Kyushu to spend the year-end in helping in the work there and in represent ing the Osaka Seminary.
Andrew Patton

Stephen Mayfield
Stephen Mayfield recently returned to the States after serving 18 months in
the U. S. Air Force Fuchu Air Base on the

Lois at Front Door.

outskirts of Tokyo. Many of the Japanese Christians remember his father (a mission ary to Italy for a number of years) who often visited us during his tour of duty in Japan as an Air Force ChapUin about
10 years ago.

Pickling Bamboo Shoot-s

Some days ago some of the ladies from Nakano church came to the house, and I taught them how to make and can bamboo

To the argument that there is little opportunity for ithe teacher of English to bring influences to bear for Christ we
would answer !\vhait we have found it to

Every week-end Stephen came in to

attend our English language worship, and then usually went on to one of the Japanese
church meetings. With his cameras always at the ready he recorded the missionaries at work and many of the church activities assembling an interesting set of slides for the Missions Services library, by the way. He took an interest in meeting the Japanese young people and learning some of their language, and had Bible Classes etc. with them. One of the highlights of year

be otherwise. Through his constant conitHct with the students the teacher has

shoot pickles. This may seem a strange thing for an American to be teaching Jap anese, but I found the receipe in a mis

sionary cook-book for pickling the soft new bamboo with vinegar, sugar and cloves in the same way we of[en pickle peaches
pears etc. at home. It was popular in our

family last year, and I made some again

ithis year in the spring when fresh bamboo
shoots were in season.

unlimited opportunity to invite them to (the c,hurch meetings. We have contact with nearly 350 students by teaching Eng lish at YMCA every week. We hand out bills advertising the churdi meetings or evangelistic meetings. We speak up in
class on moral issues. At recess or lunch

When my Bible Class met at the home

time, or in walking to or from .school we have opportunity to talk with the students
and get acquainted with them.

of one of our members in April I took alang a pint jar of the pickles as a little gift for
them remarked about the unusual taste.

her. She opened it immediately and all of

honorable pickles" anyway, since they

enliven their rather plain style of cooking.

The Japanese traditionally emphasize "the

An invitation has been given me by iihe YMiC^A to teaoh a Bible class in English for two hours on Saturdays. Later we plan to have a special meeting at Sakurayama Church for our YMCA students. A

was the week of camp at Lake Motosu and the close fellowship there. Eight of his Japanese friends arranged a farewell sukiyaki party for him at our house at which they gave him a small parting gift

Baptism At Sakurayama
Kenji Shimada, a student of Tokyo University, was baptized in November. He had attended the Sakurayama Church for
a long time before this but had become .disconsolate over the death of a Christian friend, and therefore had absented himself from church for several months. After re

We set a day, and they brought a big lot had a wonderful time working together in

of choice bamboo shoots to prepare. We

my kitchen as I showed them how to cook

Christian film will be shown, a short ser mon in English will be delivered, and time will be given for fellowship. In this way ;the
ice will be broken for them to start to

the pickles as well as how to can things in

Lois Sims

church, they will know where the church meets and something of the program
which it offers.

turning to the church, he soon gave his

heart to the Lord and his hand of fellow

(Rest of material is excess from previous issues Printer)

English is important to the Japanese. For sundry reasons the greater part of the whole nation aspires to speak it. We can render a real service to them by teach

ship to God's people. He was the eighth person to be baptiz

ed at the Sakurayama Church during the

two years of its existence. A Christian stu

ing them and at the same time through our

efforts some may be won. At the same time the missionary is learning to better under stand the people, lamguage, and customs of the land not to mention the fact ithat he learns more about his own language and gets a monetary remuneration for his services. I am willing to become an Eng lish teacher if by that means I may win friends and influence people for Christ.

English Teaching At YMCA

Among the missionaries in Japan dis
cussions often arise over the merits and

dent from Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefec ture and a Christian carpenter from Kanoya City, Kyushu are fellowshipping with the church. Both are of great help in the work
of the church. Another Christian student has been attending the services and is expected to request membership with the

demerits of English teaching in this country as a tool for gaining access 'to a
greater number of people for Christ. I be gan to teach English several hours a week at the Kanda office of the YMCA from

chur:h shortly. Two girls who are members of a Baptist church in Kyushu have been
attending our services. Now the number of Christian attendance outnumber that of non-christians.

April. So this problem is a real one to me.

used against a missionary doing this kind

of work are the following; it takes too
English class, or few results are obtained

Perhaps the arguments

most often

Seminary Representatives
On December 15 a youth meeting was at the Sakusayama Church. Mr. Shimada of Osaka Bible Seminary spoke to the group and represented the Seminary. He was accompanied by Mr. Akada, a
member of the Nakano Church and student

The summer slump reduced our church school students considerably. But distribu tion of handbills and personal contacts have
restored the number to about 19. About

much of ithe missionary's time, or there is little time to teach the gospel in an

for the gospel through the missionary's

contact with English students, or English students are interested in English and Jiot

of Osaka Seminary. On Sunday, December

three-fourths of these are memorizing the golden text each week and the whole group is growing in its knowledge of the Bible. They are being taught by a Christian stu dent. Their Christmas drama and program
were held on December 23rd.

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Volume 62

Mark 16:15
Kimberlin Heights, Tennessee

'Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature"

Spring, lOesT^p.

Book Translator Appears

Seven months had gone by since re turning to Japan and still no sign of a prospective person to translaite books into the Japanese language. It seemed as if God was saying in answer 'to my prayers, no.
Buit I still trusted that it was the Lord's

will and kept praying that if he wanted these books translated, to provide someone
to do it.

It was about the middle of March that the Lord opened the door and sent a young women in answer to prayer. She seems to be quite capable as she has translaited two or three books which haive been well accept
ed. Of course this takes into consideration the fact that two or Ithree others worked

on the translation afteitwards to put it into

top condition.

Thanks to 'bhe kind ipennission of Don

De Welt, professor at Ozark Bible College, Miss Kagiwada has begun translating the

Bible study text book, "The Church in The Bible". If lall goes well this book could go on sale in the Spring of next year.


One of the Tokyo Christians

You Should Know . . .
I am planning, beginning with this
issue, to write a series of stories about Jiapanese Chrilsttiams; seledting some of those ordinary, unobtrusive people from many walks of life who are ithe salt and
light of this great city. Tt is my hope

ring the famous track champion Gill Dodds. Out of curiosity he decided to go, but w*hen

The Lord wdlMmg, I trust that many more shall be puit in-to Japanese, in order that His 'Qhuroh will grow and prosiper in Spirit and Truth. Your prayers for this project have been appreciated. Please con tinue to pray for this work afnd the finances

he finally got to 'the place the runner had already finished his demonstration and
some Japanese minister was just getting
started into a sermon. He started to leave,

necessary to carry it on. The publicaition of

one book costs about one thousand dollars.

Stanley Buttray book. I had noticed that one of the odd

'but a young m^an persuaded him 'to stay

and listen a little, and at the end of the

rally he received a Jaipanese language gospel of John. He dccided to. gc to +be meeting to which he had been invited. This
was cjt the Immanuel Church, a Japanese

ithat by this means you brethren in the

United States may he edifi&d and encour aged, and that you will have a broader interest in and understanding of'the Lord's
work in this field.

turns to his personality was a peculiar la.ffinifcy for Americans. He was not only visiting^ me but many""other~ missionaries of my acquaintance in several denomina

denomination in the Wesleyan Methodist


This itall, thin boy firsit eame ito visit us back in February 1955 after making a very formal appointment by telephone. His
purpose was stated as Bible study, but it developed that he was mainly a lonely young man seeking someone to talk to. Since that time he has visited us very often, and as confidence has grown he has talked of many of the things on his heart

His first impression of a Christian wor ship service was ithat it was uninteresting, and he yawned and talked out loud to those
around him about movies etc. One young

It is not a bit strange for High School and College students to seek out one Am erican friend on whom to practice their

man about his 'age 'became his friend, sO'ine-

English, but this ^boy with his many foreign friendis was unable to speak more than the minimum of English words and had less
interest than others in learning any more.

itimes scolding him for irreverence and

sometimes patiently inviting him back and talking with him about the Bible and Chris tian experience. Finally it Icame to be a pleasant experience to attend the meetings in one of the downtofwn public halls, and he decided to accept Christ and was sprink
led on Oct. 19, 1952.

To a degree, talking with him provided

some practice in use of Japanese language, but I didn't need to spend as much time on that as he was willing to occupy, so I
had to set time Emits on his coming. Grad

freely and honestly and we ibelieve he has

grown spiritually. While Horiiichi-sian was working as an intern or apprentiiee in a barber shop in 1952 he saw an advertisemenit in the ^reetear going home one night announcing a large mass Christian meeting sponsored

by ithe Pocket Testament League and s'tar-

After he had consumed several alternoons of valuable time I asked how he came to get in touch with me, and was somewhat deflaited ito learn that he bad just looked at random in the telephone

ually he outgrew this tendency to kill time and learned to respect the time of others as well as his own. Now our schedule is Ithat he comes to our house every other Monday for hours and cuts my hair
while here.

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Published quarterly by the Missionaries

of the Church of Christ C^inningham Mis

sion. Tokyo, Japan, for the information 'and inspiration of every Christian whose heant is open to the call 'of Chrisit, and who is willing to help in the supreme task of
carrying out the Great Commission of

Christ: Matthew 28:19, 20.

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YOCHO-MACHI Church Building 1 to r: Mrs. Hanyu, Mr. Ogawa, Harold Sims

and IVIr. Slim Hauyu.

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We have written previously about the good record in giving made by this con gregation of Koreans. The 1963 budget was set for a little over $2700., which is enough above the 1962 insome to show hope and confidence on the part of the whole congregation. There were 12 baptisms dur ing the past year.

ed to that church, although some live quite a distance away and do not attend regularly. So 'this year it was my privilege to attend the simple and impressive service
on Jan. 6 at which 2 elders land 4 deacons

were selected and appointed to lead and

iserve the congregation. The elders are seasoned and tested men with families and

are able to teach, aind the deacons also are all married and solidly grounded in the faith, I believe they are as close to meeting the Scriptural standards as we humans

nessee, giving both your old and your new address. If you make an offering of $1.00
or more you are entitled to receive this

This 13-year-old tehurch took a very important step forward by appointing its
first "official" elders and deacons. One

usually come. And this forward step was

all the more meaningful to them because

paper if you o request. Churches or groups making an offering of $10.00 or more may request a bundle of 10 copies for distribu

they had waited so long to call any man


of the weaknesses and problems of the

average church in Japan is the lack of

mature men to share leadership in the local congregation. This is because the numbers are small, and the majority of those who attend regularly are students and older women rather than men in the productive years of life. Unfortunately, while Chris

Churches Have

Annual Meetings
One of the most firmly fixed Jajpanese the traditions is the necessity of and methods of closing out the year and open
ing up the new. Before the end of the year ali financial, social and moral debts

In September 1961 this small congregatian, with just 16 memibers paying "monthly pledged offering," called as their 'minister Mr. Yukio Itagaki and his family. Mr. Itagaki had graduated from our Tokyo

tianity is generally respected as a good and proper religiona place to send kindergarden children and young people who need to learn "good things" , it has a kind of reputation as being not the sort of place
where adult men will be found. Most of the churches have found that

Bible Seminary and was having services in his home, but was supporting his family
by working as a collector for the First Life
Insurance Company. The church could only pay 5000 yen monthly (about $14.). Of course he would

must be paid if humanly possible; the house must be thoroughly cleaned of the year's dirt; many old dishes and pans are discarded; and a definite stage of life is considejreld campMed. Aloftg with the most happy and widespread holidays of the year, the beginning of the year also calls tfor new plans for the year ahead, and for ultra-polite requests to all benefactors, cusitomers, teachers etc. for continuing favor
during the months ahead and for best

the only practical way to conduct the busi

ness during the developing years until Sciripturally qualified offi'-ers arc available is to elect yearly a group of 3 or 5 people (both men and women) known simply as
"officdails". Of course their main business

wishes for everyone's health.

So thds naturally becomes the season

for yeai'ly congregational meetings of the
churches. We have attended some of these

is connected with the finances, and the preacher does practically all of the teaching and preaching. Bult we have been watching and praying for the day when men who can really be called elders and deacons aind merit that respect and responsibility would

get his apartment in the back of the church rent free, and that counted for something. But this was pitifully small compared to the comfortable salary of abouit $80. per month plus twice yearly bonuses that he had been receiving. However because of his dedication to Christ Mr. Itagaki gave up his good job and its security and came to
the Nakano church on faiUi. He said he

would teach English to middle-school stu

dents on Mon., Tues., Thurs. and Friday

afternoons and charge $1.50 per month per

student in order to make enough to liive

on. But of course 'there was no guarantee

meetings and received reports from some others, and the picture is generally en couraging. Here are some of the different decisions that were made by the Japanese in their own freedom and responsibility.

The Minato church, iwith Stephen lijima as minister siiiice the beginning, has been making slow and steady progress in this
direotion for several years now. Some

that students would come, that was just


months ago I was quite surprised when he

told me thait there are 16 families connect

The promise of 5000 yen per month required some faith and vision on the ipart of the church members also, because the offerings had not been up to that

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amount for months. But things went so much better than all expected that by the annual meeting in Feb. 1962 it was decided to raise the pxeacher's salary to 6500 per month. This year it was decided to raise
lit to 8000. There are about 30 students



coming to 'the classes. So Itagakis are mak

ing a comfortable, although plain, living

f.nd also a vital contribution to Christ's

kingdom, and everybody's faith and courage

has been strengthened and we are thank


Just at the end of 1962 this church became the seventh of the 'congi-egations formerly in the Cunningham Mission to be officially approved and recognized by the Tokyo Metropolitain government as a duly incorporated tax free local Christian church. Of course all of these 7 churches are still associated in a number of ways, but their land and buildings are no longer owned by the Mission but by the local group. The changing of the deeds land registration is now almost complected. This was the big event of the year for this little church, and it took a very long time. Nowadays the city is rather re luctant to register anything as tax-free, so there were complete investigations of the church finanices, background etc. Of course

xVIR. KOBAYASHI and wife in front-center of a group scene of those attending

the Kamiochiai Church of Christ.

young ladies who had Indicated a short

time before their desire to become a Chris tian. One of these is a young woman who

the last night of the evajigelistic meeting

she decided not to wait but be baptised on Easter Sunday. Thank God for these two for yeilding

is now teaching in a high school. She has

come off and on for two years.

The other young lady is a second

high student who last year aJt camp almost

made her decision to become a Christian. But since then she has made known her

their lives to Jesus. Pray for them in the striUgglea of this new life, that it wall be the means of converting a brother and sister who also have been attending the services for some time. The average attendance at

doctrinal matters are entirely free, but the city wants to be sure the purpose is religious and that the property will be handled in a responsible manner. Needless to say, they
finally got everything in order and were approved. There was a church on this lot before the war, and the young former minister was called into the service and was killed in

desire to be baptised, tout planned to wait until summer camp this year to be baptized
in the beautiful Lake Motosu. However,

these medtings was about twenty-five, which

in these days is quite good. Stanley Buttray

CHRISTIAN (Continued)

house, told him 'that if he was so interested

in the church and gave so much effort to it they should take care of him. After one

It was only after much questioning that we final'ly came to the reasons for
this friendliness toward Americans. First,

particularly big argument with his family

he was sicklyall of his life, and by missing

much school time he got behind his class

ilie felt he was being cast out of the home

the war. During 1948 the church, witJi a

few pre-war members as a nucleus, was

mates and only completed the ninth grade.

Therefore it was hard for him to meet on common ground with other Japanese young

restarted by missionary Sam Saunders. The Mission bought a round-roofed quonset hut
from U. S. Army surplus and erected it on the lot. Mr. Saunder's interpreter was a leader in the YMCA and brought many of the young men to the church. Two of these younig men went into the ministry, and one of them Benjamin Wataraiis now the
congregation's minister.

convictions, and it seems that the family at last accepted his Christian profession
of faith as genuine and they are even
a wife.

and .did not return for several days. Through it all he did not budge from his Christian

men his age who had gone through High School and College, and he was very sensi
tive about this. Ameriieans usually didn't ask about his schooling and were generally kind and friendly. Secondly, his working in

willing that he find a Christian girl for

Horiuchi-san has been an enthusiastic

camper at Motosu for 3 years. One year

he had the task of brln.ging with him a

a barber shop (a suitaible trade for one in

his circumstances, and his only livelihood) was a hindrance to the close fellowship with
other Christians for which he longed so

large box of eggs when he came up from

Tokyo one day later than the rest. He man

He supplements the small pay he re ceives from the congregation by working

as a draftsman. Also the church has some

aged to tote the large and fragile box safely

on the crowded train and then the long,

in;:ome from a small parking lot which occupies part of the church land. It is always full belcause the neighborhood is very crowded. The leading member of the church is Mr. Ogawa, who is a branch man ager of the Mitsubishi Bank and a promin
ent business^man.

much. All barber-shops in Japan have their busiest day on Sunday when most office workers and students have the day off, and
then they are closed on Monday. So he was unable to attend regular church services. However missionaries all seemed to be at
bome on Mondays.

bumpy bus ride. But through some mis understanding there was no one to meet
him at the village, and he had to carry

that box of eggs 2 miles around the lake to the camp. From this episode he
received the nickname "Mr. Mother-hen" which is quite distasteful to bim as can

Evongelistic Meeting
At Kamiochiai
A ithree day evangelistic meeting was iheld the last three days of March at the Kamiolohiai Church. Guest speakers were brought in and it was a good meeting. There were two decisions to be bapitized by two

For several years the Kamiuma church had an English Bible Class conducted by Andrew Patton on Monday evenings, and ihe was a regular member there. Finally on July 2, 1956 he was immersed in that

be imaigined, but always provides a round

of giggles to the young folks who were at
camp rthat year. Hobby: Photography Favorite verse; Ephesians 4:29-32

Goal in life: Marry a nice Christian

His Christian life has had its ups and downs. At one time he was very zealous and spent most of his free time at the Ichurch. His mother (an ardent Buddhist) and his brother-in-law, who is head of the

girl who is also able to work as barber and beauty operator. The two of them will
operate an independent shop and close up
on Sunday and go to church. by Harold Sims


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The All Japan Church of Christ Convention held at the foot of Mount Sakurajima
(volcanic mountain in background.) This was the national convention.

All Japan Chrisfian

The churches of sunny Kyushu were
the hosts for the 1963 'Convention for the

and discussions.

Arriving back in Tokyo after an ab sence of about five days, those of us who
went to the convention from here seemed

only be aible to finanice one volume of the iseries ^the one with the icentral gospel facts
would be the most important. In 1961 I received an offer from the
Standard to furnish me at a reasonable

to feel that we had had enough of such

Churches of Christ in Japan. The gather ing was held on April 2-4. Tokyo was re
presented by five missionaries and three Japanese preachers but the most distant
area represented was Sendai in northeastern

gatherings for a little while, but that the time, money and effort spent in going to
the convention was well worth the cost.
Andrew Patton

price with Volumes I and II printed in full

color, but without the English language. The crating and shipping costs would be paid from the small remaining funds left over from the former project. I first made various inquiries at the Japanese Ministry of Interna/tional Trade and Industry about itlhe restriotions and precedures for import ing these booklets, and after solving most of the currency exchange problems and assuring myself and most officials that
there would be no trouble I ordered 3000 sheets each of Volumes 1 and II.

Japan with a missionai^y and a preacher

attending. One Christian from Okinawa at

tended the meeting. Naturally most of those alitending were from ithe local area, coming
from Saltsuma and Osumi Peninsulas and

Life of Christ Vizualized Now All 3 Volumes

in Japanese
Many of you with good memories will
recall that back in 1954 The Christian

from Tanegashima. Considering the fact t'hat the churches in Kyushu are fairly
remote from other areas where our chur

ches are located, the convention was rea

sonably well attended.

Standard gave extensive publicity to the project, originally conceived by LaVerne

Morse and me, of printing Volume III of
their popular Life of Christ Vizualized

A fine spirit of brotherhood and co operation was shown toy all at the meetirjg. The program was well planned and executed, and the ministers of the area

series in various foreign languages for the

mission fields. In order to make them

ihad done excellenitly in coordinating their

preparations for the meeting. Excellent accommodations were

provided for the meeting in a beautiful new hotel built on the foundation of the lava

beds cast out several years ago by a

volcano inside Mt. Sakurajima located a short disitance away. On the opposite side ithe hotel faces beautiful Kagoshima Bay. This was certainly an excellent setting for
a convention.

available to the missionaries at a cheap price the Standard raised a large fund to subsidize the printing O'f a total of more than 100,000 copies in the various languages. When we returned to Japan for our second term in Sept. 1954 I brought along the 33,000 copy Japanese language edition in
8 1000-pound boxes i^rouigh customs. and cleared them

It took most of last year to get them ordered, shipped and cleared through cus toms. During this time, Itagaki-san (minis ter at Nakano church) was translating the text in his spare time. A printer in our neighborhood began printing in the Jap anese language early in February, and we plan to put the entire 3 volume set on sale
in March in various Christian book-stores.
^Harold Sims

Meeting At Sakurayoma
The cpring evangelistic meeting of the Sakurayama Church was held on April
11-14. In spite of all oiu* efforts to advertise

They did not sell as well as we expect-

ed, and the first reaction of most people was to ask immedia.tely for Volumes I and
II. However a good number were sold and many others were given away. I still have more than 2000 copies at my house. Thinkinig back now, it would have been better

the meetinigs, they were more 'meagerly at tended than we had hoped. Meetings for
adults and for children were held. A total

We believe that the Kyushu Conven-

itlon fwas pace-setting, and in many respects

should serve as a model for our future

of 146 ipersons attended the two meetings.

Both the children's and adults' meetingis on

'gathei'ings of similar nature. Those things

which divide Christians were not allowed to mar ithe spirit of the meetings. On the

other (hand those things which inspire and edify and are of practical use to .the Chris tian were given first place in the spee^ches

psychology and merchandizing policy to have pz-inied volume I first. But we thought that the facts concerning the death and resurrection of Christ are not nearly so well known among the heathen as the "Chriatmais story," and in case we should

the folloiwing Sunday showed a slight in

crease in attendance.

Harold Sims and Mr. Itagaki, minister of the Nakano Church, did the preaching during the meeting. The Sakurayama Ohur!?h is making plans for another meet
ing in June. Andrew Patton

la-. Ja;r.oj Taylor

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Volume QZ

Kimberlin Heights, Tennessee

"Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" Mark 16:15
Summer 1963, No. 2

Patfon Furlough
On September 14, 1963 Betty and I
observed the tenth anniversary of our

3 Camps This Year

During the three Christian Camps this past summer of the Churches of Christ in
the Tokyo area there were a total of fifteen baptisms. Ten of these were at the Karuizawa Camp and five at the Motosu Camp.
I took part in the three different camps
and with the other missionaries and native

arrival in Japan. No cake was baked, no meeting was held to commemorate the occasion, but you can be sure that both of us paused to think over the experiences and happenings of the past ten years. If some prophet with infallible foresight had revealed to us at the time of our arrival what would take place during the following ten years, we wonder if we would not have been fairly easily persuaded to return to
the home base.

But when we think back over how the Lord has blessed, and led, and protect ed, and preserved us during that time our
hearts are filled with grateful praise, to Him whose grace and kind providence
have upheld us.

pastors rejoiced to see these young men and women make their decisions for Christ. Most of these had received a fair amount of teaching before making their decision, which is customary. But one of the four young men who went with me from the
the Kamiochiai Church with little or no

knowledge of the Bible, God and Jesus Christ, came to me on his second day of
camp and said he wanted to be baptized.

We have nothing to boast of concern

ing our work during this ten-year period,

4or nothing spectacular or extraordinarily
successful has characterized our ministry

This, of course, was quite unusual, and is frowned upon by many. But after receiving further teaching he said that he was certain he wanted to be baptized. So, Ishi san, a
The Andrew Fatten family, Andrew, Philip,

Noel, Betty, Stephen and Sharon. $1500 (above the $345 deposit which we have made for reservations) will be neces sary for us to make the trip from here to Ohio. We do not have this money and must look to the Lord and to you brethren for these funds. Your help would be ap preciated. All offerings should be sent to our forwarding agent: Mr. and Mrs. Ray Armstrong, R. R. No. 3, Box 310, Piqua,
Ohio. Andrew Patton

among the Japanese. But we flatter our selves in thinking that some very definite progress has been and is being made to
ward the establishment of the Lord's right

second year high school student was bapt ized on August 16th and has been faithful in his attendance at church since that day. God's word says, "Faith cometh by

eousness in this pagan and materialistic

city called Tokyo. During the time of our ministry here
our own efforts have resulted in the

hearing, hearing by the word of God". How. ever, quite often preceeding hearing and the resulting faith, there has been either
prayer or testimony. The story behind the
story of Ishi San's conversion is the testi mony of the beautiful Christian life of one

planting of two churches, we have assisted in training several young people for the
ministry, a number of souls have been saved, and we hope that we have been able to help a number of Christians along

of his own classmates by the name of Oishi San. It was just a year ago that I first met
Oishi San a week after he became a Chris

tian at the same Christian Camp. Ourin?

the first year of his Christian life I have

the way to build themselves up in


most, holy faith. But we believe that the greatest bene fit which has been derived from our work

Sick List
Recently not many days have passed without some one of the Pattons being sick,
or hospitalized. Just before summer camp,

watched him grow in faith, in truth, in

prayer and how he brought one classmate

here has been received by ourselves. The trials, opposition, heartaches, anxieties, and other hard knocks have taught us, we trust, to be more humble, patient, and trustful before the Lord. Separation from our Loved ones has not been easy, but through this the Lord has taught us again that the doing of His will must be our chief desire. We thank our heavenly Father for
these and the countless other blessings we have received.

the children were on the sick list, but we thought it nothing serious. Philip was espec ially sick. We took him to the doctor, got some good medicine, and thought he was
pract:ally weil except "for a lingering cough before the time of camp arrived. This year our whole family went to camp, and for a day or so the children seemed to be alright. Philip's cough, however, lingered, he lost his appetite, and lost what
food he did eat.

after another to church, and also his father. If this was the story of every Christian, the church would double in one year. Since according to statistics the fatality rate of Christians here in Japan is about 90%, please make it a point to remember these young converts in your prayers.
Stanley Buttray

Turning to the near future, 1964 is

furlough time for the Pattons. Since travel

by ship is cheaper and it affords us an opportunity for a rest, we will travel by

ship. Passage must be booked about a year

We finally took him to the Red Cross

hospital located several miles from the camp. The doctor there diagnosed his case

in advance. So we have booked passage on the S. S. Pres. Wilson, sailing from Yokohama on May 19, 1964. Naturally, that requires money. We estimate that at least

as bronchial pneumonia and he was hos pitalized. They immediately gave him shots and oxygen and gave him some nourishContinued on Page 2

Oue of the campers hidden among the rocks having his personal devotions at 6:30 in the morning.


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^ot along just fine. But as things seem

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to consistently happen to Sharon, she had complications. She began to bleed exces sively after the operation. She was taken
back to the operation room and the neces sary repairs on her throat were made and she received a blood transfusion. We are

l.appy to say that she is better now and

Christ: Matthew 28:19, 20.

Entered as second class matter in the

is going to school again, though she looks

^ery pale yet.

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Philip, however, has not yet return ed to kindergarten, though he should be

able to do so shortly. His tonsillectomy will perhaps have to wait until around
Christmas. Andrew Patton

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One of the Tokyo Christians

You Should Know
This is Manabe-san. She can always be
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for at least one service every Sunday and the Thursday evening prayer meeting, unless there are extremely extenuating circumstances. She always comes carrying her little grey bag containing her well-worn
Bible and her hymn book and her little notebook, and always seems to be in a
hurry. She has some

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Owners are: Harold Sims, 1-52 Arai Machi, Nagano Ku, Tokyo. Japan. Stanley Buttray, 575 2-chome, Kamiochiai, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Andrew Patton,, 27

mannerisms that you

Sakurayama, Nakano Ku, Tokyo, Japan. No Known bondholders, etc.

might find interesting or amusing, as the folks here do. When any problem large
or small is mentioned she immediately

nessee, (giving both your old and your new address. If you make an offering of $1.00
or more you are entitled to receive this

Facts About- Motosu Camp

for 1963
Owners: Church of Christ (non-instru
ment) Location: In the foot-hills west of

ipaper if you so request. Churches or groups making an offering of $10.00 or more may requesrt a bundle of 10 copies for distribu

rubs her hands together and gives a quick bow with her head and says "I will accept the honor of praying for that"' whether it is to serve on a committee, or how much pepper to put in the curry. She bows easily and quickly when she greets everybody,
and a perpetual smile enlivens her face.

SICK LIST Continued from Page 1 rr.ent through long needles inserted in the muscles of his legs. After four days of this he was ready to return to camp. After about a days rest he began to have a wonderful time again with the other chil dren on the camp grounds.

Mt. Fuji, 3000 ft. altitude, 100 miles from Tokyo. Cost: $75. per week for rent of the grounds. 55c registration and about 81c per day for each camper. Each one brings his
own rice and blankets.

The most notable thing about her is that she takes notes on every sermon or Bible lesson she hears, and she told me not
long ago that she has used 191 of the little

Dates: August 6-10, Middle School students. August 10-12, Families and work ing people. August 12-17, High School and
University students.

notebooks (all the same size) since she started attending church about 10 years ago. She has several favorite, well-worn expressions which are really heartfelt and ;characteristic; 'SUCh as^ "heart full of thanksgiving and deep emotion," "grace
of God unable to be measured or known"

After two weeks of camp were over,

we returned home and began making prep
arations for the children to enter schoolSince both Sharon Lee and Philip did not seem to be in too good health we took them to the doctor for a check-up. The doctor reported that both of them had bad ly infected tonsils and that they should be removed as soon as possible. When they had been in school only a week, arrange
ments were made for them to have them

Number of churches represented: Total faculty (including families) 21. Seven: Total number of campers: 103. Number baptized at camp 5.

"being led and guarded." Like many others, she writes Japanese 17 syllable poems. She also corresponds with a number of prisoners, especially
those in death row, sending them tracts and other Christian literature and per
sonal encouragement, And the Christian Literature Crusade book store counts her as one of their best customers, because her

Bobby Sims and Kyoko Nemoto were baptized at Nakano church on Sept. 1. The Nemoto girl is the fiancee of Tamotsu Horiuchi, the barber who was mentioned in the Tokyo Christian several issues back.

bag always contains a good supply


removed at the beginning of the next week. When the day arrived, Philip had developed another cough and we could see that he was in danger of having pneumonia again.
He spent a week that time in the hospital

The translation work is continuing on the book "The Church in the Bible". Please

picture cards with Bible texts which she en:^loses in letters or gives to various friends, or strangers. She also belongs to

some group pledged to pray daily for world peace, which she does zealously.
All of the above Christian witnessing, as well as numerous visits to sick and shut-

and an X-ray taken at the time revealed that he had pneumonia again. David Buttray had his tonsils removed
at the same time Sharon Lee did and he

pray that another person may be found

to correct it as well as the finances neces

sary for printing.

Stanley Buttray

in brethren, is done in addition to her regular work of maintaining a household and working as a life insurance salesman

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and premium collector for the company


in which her husband is employed as a

medical examiner.

Several years ago we were planning

cottage prayer meetings in the homes of

various Christians, and I hinted that we

would like to be invited to Mrs. Manabe's

home. The only reply every time I brought up the subject was that she would pray about it. Then I began to understand something of the conditions in her home, and

to appreciate deeply her devotion to Christ

and the church.

Here is a very brief picture of the conditions in the home: There are 3 grown daughters. The eldest is now 32 and seems to be seriously unbalanced emotionally. This has affected the atmosphere in the

A number of campers and faculty members who enjoyed mountain climbing on one
of the afternoons.

household to a large degi-ee, as we can

imagine. In fact Mrs, Manabe first came

to church to enroll her youngest daugh ter in Sunday School and attend worship
herself on the advice of her doctor-hus

band, who thought "religion" might be the answer to some of the problems in the

family and personality deficiencies.

But since that first time she seems to

have received no encouragement from any one in the family to continue in her faith. In fa:t she is the only one in this congre
gation that I know of who has suffered outright physical persecution for the name of Christ. Her daughters will not help with the housework in order to enable her

to go to church, so she has to prepare

the meals and do all the dishes alone

every time. And that is why she usually

comes to church a little late.

Mr. Itagaki, minister of the Nakano Church baptising the five teenagers in Lake Motosu. Tiiese five represent nearly the same number of churches in the Tokyo area.

Also, the oldest daughter has burned

her note-books and hit her with various

objects at times. Sometimes she has to come to church with her apron on and her shopping basket on her armunder cover

A Day At Camp
The sun rises right on time, casting strong golden light across the still, blue
waters of Lake Motosu and against the tree-covered mountain on the western shore and the 14 cabins of Christian Camp. An

on by the teacher's cabins (Rome, Alexand

ria etc.) way down to Jericho and Beersheba (boy's cabins have 0. T. names) near the
lake-shore road.

of going out to buy some groceries.

Because of the natural Japanese fam ily pride Mrs. Manabe tries to hide these conditions from us as much as possible, and she continues to cover up for the fam ily and put on a good and brave face be fore the world. This background will help you to understand why her favorite text is "Be
lieve on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou

One by one the doors pop open, and since most cabins face the East to meet the

mornin' sun they are immediately filled

with light and activity. People with basins and toothbrushes begin heading for the spring or the lake-side to wash up, and some go to Sodom or Gomorrah. (Ah, you
guessed it!)

alarm clock rings in one cabin at 5:20 a.m. so Mr. Sims rises and opens the door to let the welcome light flood in and show where he dropped his socks in the dark ness of the night. He dresses hurriedly,

steps out in the fresh dewy air, and walks

up the hill to the dining hall. We have named this main building, where we "go

At 6 A.M. private devotions begin. Each camper is expected to go somewhere by

Shalt be saved, AND THY HOUSE." Mrs. Manabe's family name means literal ly "true or real frying-pan", and in some ways it may be fitting for the life to which she has been called. She often says she could not have endured life as she has experi enced it in this world except for the faith in God which she has received through the gospel of His Son.
Harold Sims

up" to feast, Jerusalem. Each of the other

cabins is given some Bible-connected name one means for getting the Scriptures into the heads of the campers.

himself and read, pray and meditate with God's word open before him. It is a blessing to see the young people taking advantage of this week away from the

In the kitchen, Mrs. Yoshimura is al

ready busy tending the fire under the large black "okama" (rice cooking pot), which is large enough for boiling missionaries in, but is used these days for preparing de licious white rice for upwards of 80 people. The wooden paddle for stirring resembles a boat oar, and a large wooden lid covers the steaming interior. He now starts down the hill ringing

rush of city life to turn their thoughts

to God and the deeper things of life. The
scene of bowed heads here and there among

the rocks and trees in the morning calm

ness is a definition of peace.

Ten minutes before breakfast there

are physical exercises in the little clearing

near Jerusalem, and the bell rings at
seven sharp. Meanwhile, one of the 4 teams

Sept. 1, 1963 Marked 40 years since

the gi'eat earthquake which completely destroyed all of Yokohama and most of

the rising bell. He goes by Ephesus, Corinth

has gathered V2 hour earlier to help tidy up the dining room, set the table, dish up
Continued Next Page

etc. (girl's cabins have N. T. names) and


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A DAY AT CAMP (Continued) the rice etc. Just after the end of the meal

this same team hustles up to the springfed water tank to wash the dishes and return them to the shelves.


At 8 o'clock the classes begin. There chapel service in mid-morning at which all of the campers gather. This year

a series of sermons by John Muto on the

life of Jacob proved very interesting, prac'.ical and profitable to everyone. Also dur

ing the class periods every day Mrs. Sim?,

Patton and Hammond conducted a Bible class for the smaller children, including their own. And they were to be seen from

time to time down by the lake doing their

washing. Before lunch there is a swimming Stanley Butiray and the four high school students that went with him him to camp

period. The wind usually conies up in the afternoon, making the combination of cold
water and waves that takes much of the joy out of swimming. Lunch is served at noon, and of course

from the Kamiochiai Chmch. Ou Mr. Buttrays left is Mr, Oishi, his son, and then,
Ishi san the one who was baptized.

another team has the KP duty at each

meal in turn.

From 1:30 4:00 there are heartily

played games of soft-ball and volley-ball

between the teams. It is a tradition that one afternoon we climb the mountain be

hind the camp group. In addition, this year for the first time, we scheduled a hike
around the lakea distance of 12 kilo meters. When we were about Is o the way it began to rain, and before we were able to get home there was a full-fledged

storm blowing and everyone was soaked to

the skin. At 4:00 PM (unless it is raining)

everybody is ready for a short combination

swim and bath in the chilly water. Before supper (5:30) the campers are

always rushing around preparing for their team's part in the evening recreation pro gram. Despite the lack of equipment and
practice we always have surprisingly fine
Bible Dramas. The ideas used are often

The cast for Bible drama "The Raising of Lazarus" at camp.

Camp Echo Meeting

Our summer camp was a great success

very original, and both players and audience have the story indelibly fixed in their minds long after all is done. This year one
boy went to a nearby cornfield and got a supply of very dark brown corn silk which made a very realistic beard when stuck on with scotch tape. (See picture of cast of Raising of Lazarus) At 6:30 the gasoline generator starts up, lighting ten 60W bulbs in "Jerusalem" and signaling the start of the evening
program. First there is one hour of con

again this year. A wonderful camp spirit and a sense of close fellowship was deve
loped by those who attended the camp. In order to further cultivate this spirit, a camp "echo" meeting was held on Sept ember 24 at the Sakurayama Church. Sand wiches, cookies and punch were shared by those who attended. Counting the mission ary children, around 100 persons attend ed the gathering. Short camp "rememberance speeches" were made by some of the campers. An 8 mm, movie and colored



structive fun and entertainment. One high light of the camp this year was this hour on

slides of the camp were shown in order

to help us relive the pleasant experiences of camp life. Many brought their personal snapshots taken at camp and shared them with the group. Brother Stephen lijima, one of the camp teachers, delivered a gospel message to the group. Friendships made
at camp were renewed and the whole group had a wonderful time. We believe that this

Sunday evening, when we sang and/or

hummed everybody's favorite hymn. Fol

lowing this there is a vesper hour, with singing of choruses and the evangelistic

A final song and prayer ends the program for the day at 9 PM. The genera
tor is turned off, and the whole camp
becomes subdued in the darkness of the forest. Quick preparations for bed are

meeting was a jood beginning on the pre parations for the camp in August of next

made by flashlight and candle and an

other day is done. Harold Sims

year. Our plans call for the holding of another camp at the same place at that
time. -Andrew Patton

These are four of the five campers that were baptized at the end of the second week of camp.


Jan 8 '64

Propertj, oX


Volume 63

Bimberlin Heights, Tennessee Summer 1963, No. 2

"Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" Mark 16:15
Church of Christ

PaHon Furlough
Betty and I and our four children lare scheduled to leave Yokohama on the S. S. President Wilson on May 19, 1964 for a

Teen-Agers Hove Party

One day while standing in the lunoh
line at Christian Academy la friend of mine from the non-instrument Church of Christ

year's furlough in the United States. "We expect to spend a year at home in report ing to our supporters and contacting the
American brethren in behalf of our work
and missions in general.

suggested that we ought to have some sort

of a "get-together" because of all the Church of Christ teen-agers in the Tokyo
area. When I got home that night I men

tioned this suggestion to my parents, and they thought it was a good idea. That night

Already housing for us while on fur lough has been taken care of. The mother of Brother Walter Maxwell, elder of Betty's

I counted up the teen-agers of both church

groups who are in Tokyo this year, 'and

there were 17 of us11 attending the

home church, has offered us the use of her completely furnished home gratis dur
ing our stay in the States. This relieves us

Christian Academy in Japlan and the others

The American School or Air Force De

pendent schools.

from anxiety in reference to one of the most difficult problems which missionaries
face on furlougha place to live. Mrs.
Maxwell says that she has been unable to

is-: n I---


We finally decided on a spaghetti sup per on Oct. 11, so invitations were sent anticipation to that Friday night. The day finally came, and 9 of the 11 from CAJ boys, 'and me. (The other 2 came later)
came home after school with Sylvia, the
out and we looked forwiard with great

help us in the past and this is one way in which she can help us in the Lord's service.
Now two other major problems must be grappled with before we leave for fur lough. One is the provision for leadership for the Sakurayana Church while we are absent from the work. Various possibilities of solution for this problem are being in vestigated but no final conclusion has been reacted. We believe that this need for 'a leader can be met before the time for our departure arrives. Raising sufficient travel funds is the second major task before us. In response to a former appeial friends have contribut ed some to this fund but most of the remaining five months before furlough $1500 needed is to be raised during the

Oishi San, David Buttray, and the preachers son, Kei Ciian pose with some of the post ers that were used for advertising one of the evangelistic meetings at the Kamiochiai

As we came into the house we smelled the spaghetti and garlic bread that was almost done. Everybody got introduced to
my parents, and then each person

given :a piece of paper of a dfi!ferent color

We talked for a little while and then


on which we wrote our names with plain spaghetti (without any sauce). There were
4 Steves.

Evangelistic Meetings
The month of October and November

is especially a good time for evangelism.

Adults have not yet begun preparing for

sat down at places marked with the slame color as our spaghetti name cards and started the big spaghetti supper. After we

the New Year, students are not not having exams, and the farmers have just finished
with haiTest. In spite of such ideal condi
tions and preparations there was no harvest
of souls.

had gorged ourselves mother .announced

that we would have dessert of ice cream

time. If our brethren will pray about this and give what they think the Lord would
have them give, we believe the furlough

Here at Kamiochiai we had two meet

ings. A three day meeting in late October

and another three days near the end of Nov ember. The attendance wasn't anything

games. We played various games chosen by Daddy and then ate dessert. It was about 9 o'clock when we closed up the party. Daddy drove some of the kids to
the station and others walked home. One
girl spent the night with me.

and pie. Well we had it later, after the

funds will be on hand in plenty of time

to pay fares home.

spectacular, averaging 23 in the first and

37 in the second. There were about

It was a good opportunity to get to

know the other teen-agers. I hope we can

We care anticipating with much pleaure our return to American shores next

15 persons that showed interest beyond

have more parties.

Hope Sims

year. Little Stephen will be seeing his native country and his grandparents for the first time. The other three children's memory of their beloved America and friends back home is a bit vague. After a five-year interval, even our memory of old friends' names is somewhat short. We look forward to a renewal of acquaintance and fellowship with our friends in the home


curiosity, but lacked

the initial

amount of faith to go 'all the way.

In November I helped in a four night meeting in Negata Prefecture. Each night was in a different village. This was the fourth time to visit these villages, and in some places we were invited back to the
same home for the second time. In the one

Philip Patton learned that Thanksgiv ing is la time to give as well as receive. He
had his tonsils removed a few days before Thanksgiving. He has made a speedy re

covery and his throat has healed remarklably fast according to his doctor. He seems to have made such frequent calls and found so many friends at the hospital that he
doesn't mind staying there alone for any
can stay at home for a while now.

village that had been the most promising

land. We pray the Lord's blessings on you


before, we now found to be almost dosed. This was caused by one man running 'Off
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length of time! We are hoping, that he

Andrew Patton


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by teaching English to make a living. At
the same time she used this opportunity to

Thanksgiving Dinner
The Pattons were hosts for the annual

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since then it has decreased until there are about ten to fifteen that come.

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lan unusual chain of events for Mrs.

missionary Thanksgiving dinner at the Sakupayama Church. The expense for a big 20 lb. turkey was shared by the group. Besides, there was Stateside ham and all of the traditional trimmings and side dishes. Nothing was lacking to make our pot luck dinner as sumptuous and enjoyable as though we were enjoying the same kind

of repast with our feet tucked under grand

father's table in the good old U.S.A. Per haps as much wds carried back to our homes in baskets that day as was eaten.
The occasion was made even more

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Kagiwada to go there. The result has been that one university student and three Jr. high school students in the short time of only three months have been baptized into Christ. Such results after three months of evangelism in the States is to be expect ed. But here in Japan it is very unusual. And even if we train our faith to expect

enjoyable because several of our Armed Services friends could participate in the
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big things, even so, the unusual seldom, if ever happens. Therefore, let us praise and
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mander Andrews, Seaman Rayal with his wife and baby. Seaman Varvel and his wife, and schoolteacher Velma Wier. Lois
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these four young persons who have come to worship the Christ. Stanley Buttn.\y

unable to join the festivities because of sickness among their children. The Fleenors were visiting other missionaries in Nagoya. Most of the rest of the mission ary group in Tokyo were present at the gathering. We are seldom able to get our whole group together for such a joyous time of fellowship as this so all enjoyed
it to the fullest.

H. L. Hamilton, Kimberlin Heights, Ten

nessee, giving both your old and your new address. If you make an offering of $1.00
or more you are entitled to 'receive this

After the meal Harold Sims bad a very

appropriate devotional service. God whose

gracious hand had provided these and

countless other bounties was praised and

paper if you so request. Churches or groups making an offering of $10.00 or more may
request a bundle of 10 copies for distribu

thanked in song, in prayer, in Scripture,

while numerous prayerful and grateful ex

pressions of praise ascended to Him who

gives all good things. And rest assured too
that our fellow Americans and our beloved


country were especially remembered too, in the light of the brutal murder of the President a few days before. This is the
spirit of Thanksgivingto lift humble hearts, even in the midst of sorrow, in praise and adoration to Him for his bount

with some of the village's money and leaving his wife and family. Since eldest daughter, a Jr. high school girl a Christian (baptized a year ago), the lage began to blame and persecute

also the was vil the

eous mercy on not only us but the whole

human race.
Andrew Patton

mother and daughter until they finally

were forced to move into the next town Then because the mother had this sudden

heavy responsibility, the villagers thought .she had gone away to commit suicide and
:n this way cause them more trouble. This

News of the assasination of the late IVIiss Velma Held, a fifth grade teacher

is an example of the many problems hind

ering the progress of the Church here in

President Kennedy reached Japan early in the morning Nov. 23, the same day that
transmission of live television programs

with the Air Force here, also has been

the teacher of the Tokyo missionaries' c'hildi'en for a number of years.

However, sometimes through problems

or persecutions God brings about unusual and unexpected results. Such was the case cf Mrs. Kagiwada a widow with two chil dren. It was just four months ago under dire circumstances that we moved her

across the Pacific by Relay Satellite began.

It was a great shock to the whole nation

and the children to Sakae, a little town about forty miles north of Tokyo where there was no Church and in some respects
no Witnesses. The old house she moved into is right across the street from that what we would call a Jr. high school. This made

A Thanksgiving youth rally was held in the Community Hall near Hammond's house in Kumegawa on Sunday afternoon Nov. 24. About 60 people attended from
5 churches. Chaplain Richards from near

by Tachikawa Air Base was the special

speaker for the occasion. Tamotsu Horiudhi and Kyoko Nemoto

it possible to earn almost enough money

were married on Nov. 23, and opened their new barber shop the following week.

of Japan. I am sure the hundreds of people of all ages in all walks of life who expressed their condolences to us as representatives of the American people would be grateful if we took this opportunity of expressing to a little wider audience their profound sense of loss and their sympathy for the American people. It was a politically re assuring experience to us to have this chance to see where the deep emotional currents of the Japanese people are flow ing.


Mikawoshima Preacher

the Japanese Imperial Army. After the war

his disillusionment had led him to a life

Makes Trip To Korea

Mr. Cho, the energetic and much-loved
pastor of the Miloawashima (Korean) Church of Christ, has a great idea for evangelizing in his native land. He has been in Japan for a number of years, and
also has been to McGill University Montreal, Canada for some study. in

of drunkenness, dissipation and dissolution.

The death of his wife nrade him even more

lost; with no peace of heart, no purpose

nm iill

in life, no faith and hope, no God. On a morning walk one Sunday he happened by the Nakano church as they were singing a liymn. He liked the sound, land came in.
He continued coming for more than a year.

Recently he made a 30 day trip to his

native land to visit relatives and friends

from whom he 'had been long separated

and to observe conditions in the churches Ifirst hand. I was privileged to hear his verbal report to the church people after he returned to Japan. Following is a translation of a brief article he wrote concerning his trip to Korea.
* *

Mr. Cho in his laboratory at Nihon University

One day he asked me about a problem that was bothering him deeply. His wife
was buried in a Buddhist temple cemetery

nearby, (and he already had the plot next

to her reserved for ed whether if he would have to be I told him that as himself. But he wonder

became a Christian he buried somewhere else. far as Christianity was

concerned it wouldn't make any differ ence where his body was buried, and that
since his wife's .grave, was already, .there it would be O.K. to keep the previously
made arrangement. I advised him to go

The Present Condit-ion of Rural Churches In Korea

by Ki Sun Cho With the end of the second world war Korea was divided into 2 countries by

to the Buddhist priests sand tell them if

he became a Christian so there would be no need of Buddhist ceremonies when he

the 38th parallel. This was not simply

an unhappy division of the nation but also
a most unfortunate breakdown of national economic structure. All of the the

from their binding poverty. Also I thought

that if I had such power I would be very happy, along with the poor people who
would be helped.

died. This seemed to reassure him, and some months later he asked to be baptized. For several years he was most faith ful in attendance at churchnever missing

mineral resources and power generation works are in the northern part, and the southern part has most of the food produc tion resources. Therefore the division of

tthe country into 2 parts makes


countries like a man half^paralyzed. In addition to this the Korean war and the

As for evangelism in Korea, the Korean pastors must have both technical knowledge and wisdom about agriculture to give leadership to the people in both spiritual and physical things. In other words the Korean evangelist must not sit in a high place above the people and speak

a Sunday morning service. Then about 3 years ago he had his fii'st stroke and be
came weaker and unable to come when weather was biad. He insisted on coming to church whenever he was able, even until he was so weak various members of his family were forced to come with him.
I believe the Nakano church was the last

many political changes made the economic

life of the people even more poor, and the growth of the national economy be
came very slow.

to them only in words, but as our Lord did

he must go down with the people, put his hands in the soil, and while feeding pigs
and chickens he must preach the gospel. I strongly felt these things, so 3 years lago I entered the Master's Course in the

place he visited before his second stroke

made him bedfast more than a year ago.

We visited the home a number of times, and though the old man could not

The Korean farms are very poor. The population of Korea is now 25 million. Fifty percent of this is farm population,
and 50% of these farms have an average

speak clearly it was obvious thlat he knew us and appreciated very much our visits
and the news of the various churoTi activi

Nihon University Department of Agricul ture, and am now studying Zootechnical

Science in the doctoral course. My dream

of only 1.25 acres of ground. The average farm income for la year is only Y 80,900
($622.) per family. The government has made a 5 year

On my last visit I noticed that he was

is that I might have a school to train evangelists for the farming areas or a study

growing much weaker :and also that a Bud

dhist home-altar or God-box had been

center for animal husbandry. The evanplists that are -graduated from the- city-

placed in his room. Feeling that his time

was short I talked in -the iiall briefly, with

economic plan and is trying diligently to develop the farming industry. But the con flict with the Communists, and the fact
that there are almost 5 million refugees

from North Korea living in the south, make

the release of the Korean farmers from

seminaries are not enough for the farming villages. The man who knows both the gospel and animal husbandry must become the center of the farming villages to lead
the people.

the daughter in whose home he lived. I

said that I wfas sure he desired a Christian funeral. She said that she also would like

a Christian funeral, but they ihad the prob

lem of the place alrelady reserved in a

poverty very distant and difficult. In connection with these things the Korean rural churches are very weak. Al
most 600 preachers are gathered in Seoul,

In other words the greatest weak point

of the Korean churches is that the rural

Buddhist cemetery and also her father

himself had not expressed his wishes.

churches are not advancing. Looking to

ward the future of evangelism in Korea we

Some days later we received a tele

but in the rural areas one pastor has 5 or

6 small churches. The greatest reason for rthis fact is that the Korean farmers are so poor. iBut it is not impossible to make

the Korean farmers rich. This way is to make them not depend on tilling their limited IV4 acre of Land, but to enable them to raise animals and poultry for protein foods and cash crops. I have been serving in the church Ifor almost 20 years, and when I confront these conditions of poverty I always wonder what is the way to release these people

must say that it must turn from centralizing in the cities to pioneering in the farm villages. This is not only the solution to the problems of the church but the way to release the poor farmers of the nation
from their miserable poverty.

phone call that he had passed away, and

I went directly to the house. There I was told that the older brother, who has the final word, had said thlat they must have
a Buddhist funeral. The reason was that

Please pray for the churches in Korea.

'they were afraid that the priests would say when they brought the ashes for burial, "Where did you have the funeral?" I
insisted that we have a Christian service,

Mr. Yamaguchi's Funeral

Some years ago the Tokyo Christian

so finally we worked out arrangements for

some of us to go to the home and have a simple service the next (iay before the
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carried the story of the conversion of Takeo Yamagudhi, a former Brigadier General of

FUNERAL (Continued)

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One of the Tokyo Christians

You Should Know
I had planned to introduce one of our Christian University students in this issue, but it occured to me that since he is quite advanced in his study of English it would

Buddhist priests arrived. Six of the folks who could be contact

to having faith in God and being baptized before I took part in the Christian Camp thlat came off the following summer, The

ed quickly came to the church the next day, and we went to the home together.

Christian Camp truly provided mo with a precious opportunity to seriously tackle

various kinds of religious questions. As a





picture, his general's uniform and other trappings were all set up for the Buddhist
ceremony, but we stood there in the room

be rather interesting to you readers in the

U. S. and challenging to the student to have him write his own story. Here it is.
I consider it a great privilege and a pleasure to be allowed

with the family land included in the sim

ple service an exhortation to them to find the peace and salvation in Christ as their

matter of fact, I was all in a devotional mood through the camp life. But I couldn't convince myself to repent and be baptized, though I came near believing in Christianity when the Camp came to its end and the holy baptism ceremony took place in due
course. I have no idea what put nie in that

father had. All of the members of the family except the older brother seemed

to appreciate our coming and joined in singing the hymns. Later they brought an
offering for the church.

to write up some ,

awkvvlard feeling at that time. In all likeli

hood it was concern that there be no levity

copy for this magazine. Let me, to be- ;


This little incident will give an indica




tion of the difficulties for Christianity as it seeks to take root in this country with
its ancient traditions of Buddhism.
Harold Sims

in my decision, and the idea that I should sleep over it. It was only a' couple of months after the camp when I decided to make profession of my faith in Christianity
land to receive Christian baptism with unutterable and unexpressible joy. Thus, I

Cherry Mountain News

The preacher arrived a little ahead of

Japan that the first-born is the least clever. Well, I am the first born in my family. I
have one younger brother and two younger

Church.' We say"in

changed life and started afreshthe life

with Christ.

What makes me greatly regret every once in a while is that my faith in Christ

time and took a chair, and bowed his head

in prayer. The other helpers offered their prayers while making final preparations for the meeting. The meeting had been talked
up and planned for several weeks. It was

I lam now a Junior of Hosei University English and American Literature Faculty.

has not been const'antly strong. I think it is hard to keep on having a good and fresh Christian faith all through one's life particularly in his youth. I meet with a lot
of obstacles in my way. Among them the
biggest one is

Hosei University is one of the Big Six

Universities in Tokyo. My hobbies are devouring voraciously all the books I can lay my hands on listening to classical music, playing baseball, and speaking Eng lish with members of the English Speak ing Society as a kind of mentally fascinat ing diversion of the mind from study. Now that there's only about a year left for my campus life I have got to make the most of it. There would be a lot of ways

everydayi life.

the humdrum routine of It spoils everythinglet

then October 17th, the day of the begin ning of 'a four-day meeting at Sakurayama (Cherry Mountain) Church. Each worker was asking, "Will anyone come? Will our efforts be in vain" At the same time they prayed, "Lord, gather the people; open

alone our Christian faith. You ;are a re

gular church-goer, and read the Oracles of (}od every day. All right. But what you have got to be afraid of is that living in the busy daily life of a big city you might
lose your sincere interest in Christ and

their hard hearts with thy word; and save

their souls."

come to have a dry-as-dust routine faith that will no doubt peter out before long. In other words, you might come down with
a spiritual disease.

First one came and we were grateful for at least we had one to show the light of life to. Then another and another came

to exploit it to the greatest possible degree;

but for my part I am at present working toward passing the prescribed teacher's certificate examination from the state

Surely, to have an ardent interest or

and sat down until they numbered 19. After

some hymns of praise and a prayer were

offered preacher lijima arose ^and spoke

the "words of truth and soberness" to the

At the conclusion of the service chairs

board of examiners, which is due next year. After passing through the university course, I will take a post-graduate training course in Ameridan literature leading to the Mas ter's degree, while serving as a part-time
instructor at a senior High School.
I would like to write about how I be came a Christian and how my faith in

strong keenness for Christianity is one of the best meJans to prevent our faith from becoming weak. In this sense I myself make it a rule to study not only the Scrip tures, but their background; historically, geographically, geologically etc. I am sure

that through studying by ourselves we

can excite a good deal of interest and at the the same time come to a lot more under standing of what is preached at church. Reading many books and novels which

formed a circle and personal contact was made with the newcomers. Most of these who came for the first night continued to

come until the close of the meeting, the

average attendance being around 20 for the four nights. Several of these are con

Christ has grown. It is clear that my faith is stronger than a year ago. This October 28 marked the first birthday in my Chris
tian life, although I don't think I am much

bave bearing upon ChristianityJ. Bunyan's "Pilgrjim's Progress", H. Sienkiewicz's "Quo Vadis", L. Wallace's "Ben Hur" for instancealso did me a world of good in strengthening and deepening my faith. So as a young Christian I still have my ups and downs in faith, but I would like to spare no effort to ward off the spiritual disease which is the problem with the world, and the cause of hate, racial prejudice, fights and war, and stand firm
on the ground of Christianity. Well, it turned out to be a long essay. I think I had better put an end to it.
To 'all fellow Christians in a distant

tinuing to attend the regular service of

the church.

of an enthusiastic Christian. Looking back

upon my Christian history, it seems to me that my first step toward the road of God the Father began with taking, under Min ister Sims, English lessons; through which I could not only make tremendous strides in English study, but also come to get a
sprinkling of knowledge about Christianity. Then I started to attend the Bible Class on every Sunday evening where I could
know more about the Word of God. How

The regularly scheduled services are also enjoying an increase in attendance which now averages above 20. We antici pate even a larger group during the Christ mas season. The Sunday School children will have their program in the afternoon of December 22nd and the adults will have

theirs on the evening of the same day. The adults will have a "sukiyaki" supper
and a short devotional together after which we will sing oarols throughout the neigh borhood. Some progress is noticeable at
Cherry Mountain.
Andrew Patton

ever, if the truth must be told, I sat in on it out of a mere passion for English, with a thought of taking advantage of the lessons
given in English.

I guess I had never given a thought