Thursday, Jun 15, 2017
Relationship with ICOMB helps make it possible
Hajimu Fujii, pastor of the Japanese Chapel of North Fresno Church and Sacramento Bible Church, is a man who looks for ways to plant seeds of faith, recognizing that he won’t always see the fruit of that work.
For more than 20 years, Fujii broadcast a 10-minute Saturday morning radio program. “Not many people responded, but in the future I expect other people will reap the harvest,” says Fujii. “I sowed the seeds of good news for Japanese speaking people.”
With the conclusion of the radio ministry in January, Fujii and his wife are looking for direction for “how to live our remaining time.” The couple feels God is leading them to work with a group of churches in Sri Lanka that are interested in connecting with the International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB), the global Mennonite Brethren fellowship.
Fujii became acquainted with this group several years ago when he attended an international missions conference. Pastor Anura, who leads a group of about seven churches in Sri Lanka, was assigned to be his roommate. About a year later Fujii visited Anura’s churches and had a good ministry among them, says David Wiebe, ICOMB executive director. That is when Anura asked about joining ICOMB and Fujii introduced Anura and other leaders to the ICOMB Confession of Faith, as Wiebe had advised.
Fujii, whose travels have taken him to Japan, India and Brazil as well as Sri Lanka, is planning another trip—possibly in early 2018— to Sri Lanka to continue “building bridges.” Wiebe has suggested Fujii bring with him a Mennonite Brethren leader from Japan or India. The developing relationship between Pastors Fujii and Anura and connections with other ICOMB members is a feature of emerging ICOMB membership, says Wiebe. Once again, Fujii is planting seeds that he prays will bring fruit in the future.