AGTS News: Daisuke ('08) and Yoriko ('99) Yabuki host Japanese restoration conference featuring tsunami survivor
Adapted from an article by Dan Van Veen, AG News
Pastor Ito Hiroshi knows a little something about restoration. Two
years ago, a massive tsunami struck Japan. Hiroshi was there and witnessed the unimaginable destruction first hand. He's also been
there the last two years, helping to restore the country physically through his work with Convoy of Hope and rebuild a nation
spiritually through prayer and the gospel message.
The second annual Japanese Conference, held in Springfield, Missouri, March 12-14, 2013, had the theme of "restoration" and featured Pastor Hiroshi as a keynote speaker. In addition to
sharing graphic images of the intense destruction the tsunami left
behind in Japan, Hiroshi offered evidence of how God is
working through the devastation to reveal Himself to a formerly
Daisuke ('08) and Yoriko ('99) Yabuki
"Pastor Hiroshi will also speak on how God can restore our own
personal life, no matter what the damage," said Yoriko Yabuki ('99) before the confrerence, who
with her husband, Daisuke ('08), are appointed Japanese Assemblies of God
missionaries and are lead hosts of the conference. "His personal testimony of how God healed his difficult health condition as he
helped those suffering around him is very inspirational."
Hosted at Central Assembly of God, where the Yabukis serve as
international pastors, the conference also served as an
opportunity for pastors to learn about joining the Japanese
Fellowship. Assemblies of God Ethnic Relations Director Scott Temple
hosted an informational meeting on the topic.
Other speakers for the conference included: Dr. James Bradford, AG
general secretary; Dr. Byron Klaus, president of the Assemblies of God Theological
Seminary; Dale Crall, pastor of Calvary Campus Church in Carbondale, Illinois; Jeff Peterson, pastor of the host church, Central Assembly of God; Steve Smith, missionary to the Japanese in Michigan; the Yabukis; and Sandi Bradford, wife of Dr. James Bradford, who
lead a women-only session.
"This event is targeted to the Japanese pastor who has U.S.
credentials, the U.S. pastor who leads a Japanese ministry and those
who have a God-given desire to reach Japanese and their Americans
families for Christ," Daisuke Yabuki said. "We also welcome
non-Christian Japanese people and we will have breakout sessions
just for them to help them understand the gospel."
Monday, April 8, 2013 2:57 PM