In Mito, Japan, English as a Second Language classes (ESL) are attracting people who normally wouldn’t step foot in a church. These classes combine English language instruction with biblical stories and devotions. With only 1.5% of the population of Japan identifying as Christian, this program is key to introducing people to Jesus in a non-threatening and welcoming way.
15 English lessons offered each week
Every English lesson includes a Bible study
72 students currently in classes
One of the main challenges to introducing people to Jesus in Japan is getting people to physically enter into a church building. By hosting English language classes at the local church in Mito, participants not only receive a valuable skill but also overcome their fears or uncertainties about entering a church building.
Many Japanese people do not understand or know much about Christianity. Those who want to openly convert to Christianity often face discrimination and can even be shunned by family members. By hosting various events at the church and working to integrate a Christian lifestyle into local society, it is possible to break down the barriers separating people from the knowledge of Jesus.