Pr Jeremiah Yap
All mission trips count for God’s destiny for the nations. But personally it is not often that a mission trip turns out to be a clear God’s destiny moment in a nation. I noted Cambodia. When our Pastors went there after Communism, it was a destiny defining moment. Twenty plus years of investing into that nation by our leaders and members, Pastor Barnabas Mam in our 2013 Pastors Retreat informed us that over 400 churches have been planted since that beginning. Russia was another experience where I was privileged to plant 2 churches. Today, the door to preach in Russia is closed.
Now it is Kobe. The prophetic word before we went, “This is the time for Japan”, turned out to be in a time when the Holy Spirit was moving in extraordinary ways 6 weeks prior to our arrival at KBF. Their people received prophetic revelation, a girl baptised in the Holy Spirit by herself in a meeting, man insisting on being baptised despite of typhoon, and so on, were some of what the Holy Spirit was doing (in a previously conservative church).To be part of their season was pure privilege. Thanks to Pr Lawrence who requested me to go and teach them Kingdom Family. He opened the door also for Kobe beef!!! Jokes aside, his fervency for NLRC to be moving into global mission is so integrated in God’s Kingdom mind and God’s destiny into the nations.
It was clear that the Holy Spirit was awesomely at work in this mission trip, and we were just privileged to be part of it. For the prophetic teaching, we taught on the baptism in the Holy Spirit when we were told only 5 people pray in tongues in KBF. At the end of that session, Pr Akira told us that 100% of those prayed for spoke in tongues. One of the highlights was the prayer preparation before the trip. The Lord gave us prophetic insights of Japan and Kobe. Much earlier the Lord showed me a bunch of keys. In our prayer time, he showed me that Kobe is the womb of Japan. The womb is where new birth begins before entrance into the world. Could it be that God intends to birth revival using also Kobe? Upon releasing that word, Pr Rob told us that “Kobe” means “God’s Gate (or God’s door)”! They have been praying for revival. If they would steer their lives well, KBF can be mightily used by God for revival for whole of Japan. That would be incredible!
Wong Kar Sum
The presence of God was strong throughout the teaching seminar of Kingdom Family, sharing of testimonies, prophetic ministry as well as the Sunday worship services.
I felt a stronger presence of God during this Kobe mission trip compared with other trips I had gone to in the past. During one of the pre-mission prayer sessions, a thought flashed in my mind about people that were cast aside, i.e. the elderly, the under-performers and the weaker ones. During the mission trip, I sensed God’s heart for different ones in KBF who were going through struggles. I was teary and felt God’s love for them as I prayed for them. This made me realise that the Holy Spirit had been speaking to me during those pre-mission prayer sessions. Even as Pr. Jeremiah and Aunty Susan were proclaiming a season of birth for KBF and Japan, God was showing me that He loved all His children personally.
I gathered from our conversation with people at KBF that they were experiencing the move of the Holy Spirit even before we arrived in Kobe. The presence of God could be felt tangibly and the hearts of the KBF members were so open to receive the messages that we shared with them.
This mission trip has changed my perception of church life and my Christian walk. While I have tried to build the foundation in the Word all this while, I could see and feel the difference in ministering the Word together with the Holy Spirit and the presence of God compared with just ministering with the Word only. This Kobe mission trip gave me a fresh understanding and revelation of Kingdom life.
Soon Vi Vian
During the recent mission trip, I feel privileged to see how God is working in Japan through Kobe Bible Fellowship. I was amazed to see various nationalities during the international service (English with Japanese translation).
We received positive feedback from the church leaders: encouraging prophetic ministry, good timing and confirmation from God. Some even noted that the message from Pr J was the same as what Pr Rob had shared recently. The Kingdom Family concept was enlightening for some (e.g. A home school teacher who has a passion for the youth mentioned she was “shocked” as she received a revelation of the teaching).
Most of the KBF members were expecting something from God. When the Holy Spirit moved within their hearts, they were released. A particular young lady who had depression before said she was really blessed by the divine arrangement of God. She recently started speaking in tongues during one of the pre-service meetings prior to our trip. She also testified that she began to open up to people more in the recent months.
Besides the teachings and the sharing of testimonies, we gathered that they also learned by observing our team. One of them shared with me that she gained something by watching me asking their pastor what he would like for a drink. It was during a buffet dinner, where I brought two different types of tea to the table.
Overall, it was a blessed trip. I was encouraged by their hospitality, kindness and commitment to serve the Lord. Some of them also prayed for me. I sense that this is the beginning of a remarkable journey for the people in KBF for it was proclaimed that the timing of the Lord for Japan is now. With the excellent translators and commitment from the pastors and leaders, I believe they will flourish in their Kingdom-living and soul-winning focus.
Upon arrival in Kobe, I felt a sense of excitement and hunger in the people in KBF. Beyond the smiles and polite gestures, there was a deep desire to hear from God. When I stepped into their sanctuary and as they began worship, I felt a sense of peace and presence of God. I really enjoyed the communion with God during that worship.
As Pastor Jeremiah prophesied upon them, tears flowed and I could see that these were tears of joy and their hearts were so open. As we prayed for them during and after the sermons, tears flowed in us as we prayed for them. The Holy Spirit was truly working in and through us and in them.
The confirmations that we get from them were amazing. According to them, Pastor Jeremiah’s prophecies were consistent with what was happening in their church in the past six weeks. This was also amazing to us as a team to KBF.
After sharing my testimony on fear, some of them came up to me to share about their difficulties in overcoming fear and depression. I was truly encouraged that there was a purpose in sharing this testimony. God has prepared their hearts to receive our sharing and prayers for them.
I was personally overwhelmed that God opened this door for our New Life mission team. It is not every mission trip where we can see the Holy Spirit so strongly through us. I believe that this mission trip is a calling for the whole team to expect more from God, not just in future mission trips but in our daily lives.
Just before I left for Kobe, my boss was not happy for me to go, as they have postponed the company sales event to the weekend I was away. And we had a big sales target to meet. Pr J prayed that God would give me favour and that, even though I am in Kobe, my team would exceed the sales target. When I reached home on Monday, I found out that we have indeed exceeded the target! We sold 109 cars that weekend. Praise the Lord!
My concerns – two important points to consider for Kobe
What is needed to keep this move of the Holy Spirit in KBF growing so that the church may reap a revival and not suffer any damage as in past charismatic renewal?
How is KBF going to join/support Pastor Rob in preaching the Gospel, trusting for revival, to the whole of Japan?
If these are also their concerns, and if requested, we should help them in moving ahead in order that God’s plan and destiny of Japan for Kobe may not be disrupted by the evil one.