Greeting from National Director
hi-b.a. aims to deliver the gospel to every high school student.
Currently, the average age of the pastor in Japan is 70 years old, with the average age of church members being above 60. It is said that more than 80% of churches have less than 5 children in children’s church, and churches without any high-school age students are increasing. Additionally, with the trend of the actively serving pastors aging continues, young pastors and church members are decreasing. The topic of passing along the faith must be addressed with the utmost of importance. I do not think it is an exaggeration to say that we at hi-b.a. are “bringing forth the next generation of believers” considering the work with which we have been tasked.
However, our number 1 purpose in high schooler evangelism is not to secure workers or to search for those who will succeed us in our efforts, but that every youth would “meet Christ Jesus, and know true joy in the Lord.” We desire to create environments where youth feel that they belong (our regularly meeting clubs) all over Japan.
It is said that there are 3,000,000 high schoolers in Japan. but with our current manpower, our grand goal of telling the gospel of Christ to every high schooler is far from possible. And even if we were to accumulate many more staff members or all of the necessary financial support, we will never see the fruits of our work in faith without the help and guidance of the Lord.
In order for every high school aged youth to meet with the living Christ, as well as for the continuance of faith to the next generation of Japan, we desire that everyone would please join us in “Prayer Support.” We hope to see together with you the work of our Lord who answers prayers.