CBMC Gaithersburg Team Leader, Paul Schomburg recently spent time in Japan. Paul is frequently required to travel to Japan in his work with Panasonic. He has connected with the International VIP Club in Japan on several occasions.
The International VIP Club is a Christian businessman’s network similar to CBMC, that has expanded to many cities in Japan, home of one of the world’s largest unreached people group. (As you may know, less than 1% of Japanese are Christian, largely, I think, because Christianity has been associated with ‘foreign’ influences.) The VIP movement is notable for some success in reaching secular men to share the gospel and network Christians in the business world. I pray that CBMC and VIP will find opportunities for mutual support and encouragement. I would be interested in seeing CBMC International and VIP partner in ministry. I have a special love for the Japanese people that God has placed on my heart. I lived in Japan for several years while serving in the U.S. Navy, and now travel to Japan in my work for Panasonic.
I met Andrew Ichimura when visiting Tokyo about 5 years ago and was involved for a couple of years with a VIP group in the DC area that is now on hold. Just this month I had business trip to Japan and asked Andrew to introduce me to the Osaka VIP Club leader, Umetsu-san. As a result, I had a chance to visit with him, attend his church, and also join a Franklin Graham outreach in preparation for their Osaka city crusade later this month. I put some photos of my trip up on Facebook. It was a real blessing to see God at work in Japan.
In the Servant Leader Newsletter, Andrew Ichimura mentions his plans to attend the Lausanne Conference, in South Africa. Our own CBMC Staff man, Andrew James will also be attending this same conference. I give thanks to God for the connections Andrew Ichimura made with Umetsu-san. In his newsletter, Andrew Ichimura wrote: I will be attending the ” Third Lausanne Conference on World Evangelization ” held in Capetown, South Africa from Saturday, October 16 to Sunday, October 25. About 4000 leaders plan to participate from more than 200 countries to confront the most critical issues of our time – other world faiths, poverty, HIV/AIDS, persecution, among others – as they relate to the future of the Church and world evangelization. The subcommittee meeting in which I am scheduled to participate related to evangelism in the workplace, Business as mission (BAM), Global CEO, Beyond Christianity, Insider ministry. I covet your prayers for this event as well as for God’s will to be done through those who attend.
Thanks to Paul Schomburg for submitting this article.