I see Kingdom Family Spectrum worked out as a blessing to the nations, in this case in Japan. This year, Pastor Lawrence, Lip Yee and team helped the Kobe Bible Fellowship (KBF) in pioneering cell groups. This initiative has been well received. I believe it contributes to the apostolic vision of the Great Commission and helps Pastor Rob’s desire for revival in Japan. Cell group is a key to pastoring revival.
As the year passed, Pastor Rob became very ill again, stricken with cancer. We were told a prophetic word given him in our September 2016 mission trip about his destiny for Japan, sustained him. Pastor Rob said “there was not a wasted word in that prophecy. Every word was fulfilled”. At 9.00am on 23 September 2017 Jesus vindicated for him. He bounced back to life. Apostolic authority in prayer and kingdom destiny overcame cancer and death!
This November trip was an eye opener for my family, Kar Sum and Vivian. We not only saw the spectrum of gifts in operation, we heard many testimonies from Pr Rob, Rachel, Pr Akira, Pr Katsumi and others, of how God was so real. Upon a prophecy on angelic presence, they opened up and shared of angelic symphony in their prayer time with 30 people on February 28th. This stretches our vision for Spectrum of Kingdom Blessings! Heavenly visitation was truly something else! I sense KBF is very much a part of Japan’s revival. Rob told me, his internet sermons are now heard by 10000 listeners. He announced that NLRC appeared whenever they faced difficult times in the last 9 years. NLRC is privileged to be part of all these!
Kingdom Family Spectrum of gifts displayed in the apostolic and prophetic; cultural items and contributions by way of Satay, Bak-kut-teh, etc., for evangelistic outreach; puppetry and wayang kulit for teaching; first visit by Prs. Ron and Lawrence; were all memorable to them. This spectrum of gifts shows the value of NLRC people as they step into our New Life vision of “Blessing the Nations”. But Kingdom Family Spectrum is not only in gifts. It is also the spectrum of relationships formed between Japanese and Malaysians – among NLRC-KBF pastors and our members. I gave them our “R n R” ( Reflect and Refocus) pastoral key that has sustained us for 36 years. Now, they start their own “R n R” meetings to build relationship and communication.
Everything is a spectrum: gifts, relationships, faith for revival and miracles, evangelism and business people in kingdom success and service. My encouragement to KBF and now to us, in a scale of 1 to 10, is to see us growing towards 10. For example, if we have faith to pray for the sick, grow our passion to 10. If families are growing well, go for 10. Growing our spectrums in life experiences gives joy and strength to our family and the Church Family.
Rev. Jeremiah Yap
Testimonies from Kobe Mission Team
I went to this trip being encouraged that I should practise hearing the word of God for people. As the Saturday seminar began, a lady caught my eye. I thought to myself that God must have a word for her but I didn’t know what. I did not tell anyone. When the seminar began, my dad (Pr J) started to prophesy on her. Then I knew that was it! Even though I didn’t know what God wanted to say, I felt a little excited that I was on my first small step to hearing God.
During the Sunday international service, Pr. J addressed and acknowledged the Holy Spirit before we sang the song “Holy Spirit”. We sang it very simply but every single one of us in the team and the congregation from the bottom pews to those upstairs told us they felt the tangible presence of the Spirit. Some cried because they felt so touched. He came into our midst as we worshipped God. I learnt how important it was to acknowledge the Holy Spirit. Without Him that service would not be as powerful as it was. Praise the Lord. ~ Eunice Yap
It was my first time to Japan, so I was excited to get a glimpse of the Japanese culture and meet the people of KBF church. Throughout the trip, we had the privilege of hearing from Pr Rob and Pr Akira of their experiences of the angelic visitations during worship and the miracle healing of Pr Rob that took place over this year. I was very uplifted when I heard their stories of the supernatural.
Pr J (my Dad) taught on the importance of understanding and living in the Kingdom of God beyond just doing church. While we each shared our testimonies and also some songs, I felt the presence of God strongly during the worship time. So did our team and the church at KBF.
This Kobe trip showed me the Spirit’s power in connecting the Body of Christ. KBF being a Presbyterian church is different to NLRC. From their testimonies of prayer and prophesies, we saw how the power of the Holy Spirit transcends barriers of cultural and denominational differences, enabling the deeper connections not achievable by any other means. ~ Stephen Yap
On this second trip to KBF, I could feel a deeper level of fellowship with our KBF friends. Pr. Rob shared with the KBF congregation that under God’s divine plan, New Life has been there for them at different junctures of their walk.
All the past mission trips conducted by New Life over the last 9-10 years that began with friendship-building have allowed our team to also to participate and experience the move of God in Japan. I could feel the presence of God tangibly during the worship sessions and Pr. Jeremiah’s messages. Peace and joy have uplifted my whole being with a sense of purpose.
This reminded me of the Book of Acts about Apostle Paul preaching the Gospel, establishing churches and encouraging congregations through visitations and written letters. This mission trip highlighted to me that there is more to God’s Kingdom beyond our own church walls and God could use partnerships and team work to build the Kingdom of God on earth. ~ Wong Kar Sum
This trip allowed me to see God’s healing miracle in Pr Rob. When we were there in Kobe, he was able to eat, stand, walk and drive when previously he was so weak at the hospital ( in July when the other Malaysian team was there). We trust God for his full recovery, Amen.
It was amazing to hear about the angelic visitation in KBF back in February 2017. Pr Rob and some church members experienced the presence of angels in their midst during one of their prayer meetings. Their experience gave me a glimpse of Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
It was evident that the KBF members were very comfortable with our Malaysian team as there were altogether 30 of us during the final night’s dinner and fellowship! ~ Soon Vi Vian