What does your church do to reach new people at Christmas time? Like America, churches in Japan design many programs to encourage new people to come to church. At times new people do attend these special candlelight services and concerts. But what if you could attract 20 to 30 thousand people to your Christmas outreach? That is what TEAM is doing by cooperating with a forward thinking Japanese ministry, Megumi (Grace) Chalet Karuizawa (KTC). For 10 years now, this conference center has been using Christmas illumination displays to tell the message of the birth of Jesus. This year’s theme is “The Illumination for Jesus Story” where among all the displays are three very large displays that depict the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus. In addition there is a singing Christmas tree; candlelight services; special dinners and concerts, etc as well as a coffee shop and Christian book store. An attempt is made to greet each guest with a tract and some hot apple cider. The main idea is to have open doors where people who show interest can take steps toward Jesus as far as they feel comfortable. Areas where cooperation can take place include everything from designing and installing light displays to singing, preaching and greeting the guests. The greatest need is for greeters, especially close to Christmas.
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