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A History of Japanese Congregations

Overview of A History of Japanese Congregations in The United Church of Canada:

     In 1892, a Methodist evangelist began work in British Columbia. In the lumber mills, fisheries and canneries, on the Islands, throughout the Fraser Valley, in Steveston, Vancouver and the B.C. Interior, the Word of God spread. Wherever the Japanese found work, there, this Spiritual growth could be found.      This account was written and published in Japanese by the National Japanese United Church Conference in 19596 This is its first time ever in English. Included are many memoirs about the Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.

     "     What we have in this book are stories of faith, journeys of a group of people somewhat akin to the faith journeys of the early Israelites.  They encountered hardship every step of the way including... racism, yet, they could endure this hardship because of their undying faith and belief in Almighty God."
     - George Takashima, President Emeritus,
        Alberta and Northwest Conference.

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Quotes from within the Book:

"Reverend Kawabe went to the jail and met Japanese prisoners and explained the way of God to them."

"Mr. Okamoto deserved to be called 'the Apostle by the Japanese in British Columbia'"

"It was truly a scene from hell.  But in [its] midst, ...praying to God all through thta time, some ... were working and labouring sacrificially..."

"The United States and [Canada's] coastal areas had a number of Japanese Christian churches.  They cooperated in evangelism and in sharing their mutual problems."

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