To view videos shown at the
CJM 70th Anniversary
A 14 minute Storybook Slideshow on YouTube
highlighting many workers and volunteers over
the 70 year perios of CJM ministries. and the
beginnings of somer of the churches.
A 10 minute video of CJM Affiliated Churches
and Fellowships across Canada. 12 of 15
churches/fellowships are viewed in this video.
On Saturday, June 25, 2016, CJM celebrated it's
70th anniversary since it was organized in 1946.
The event took place in Calgary, AB with a total of
96 attendees enjoying an atmosphere of worship,
reunion, reflection and envisioning the future.
Musical tribute during the program which delighted the audience were offered by the Grace
Japanese Christian Church of Banff, AB and by Aya McLaughlin of Crossover Japanese Church
of Calgary. The audience participation in worship was led by Rob & Marie Hasegawa of the
Gracepoint Fellowship (the English department of the Calgary Japanese Gospel Church)
Grace Japanese Christian Church singers
(L-R) Mai Tanaka, Shizue Kern, Happy Ito, Toyo
Hayashi, Pastor Minoru Enoki & Kiyoko Koike
Building our celebration on the theme "Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, and today and forever"
(Heb. 13:8), the focus centered on honouring the pioneers of CJM. Of the total of 32 pioneers
named on this occasion, eleven pioneers or their family representatives were present to receive
Certificate of Appreciation.
Five recipients of the Certificate who were present for the weekend conference gave their
testimonies. On Friday evening of the conference, Iwao Ikenouye and Nori Kanashiro gave their
testimonies at the Calgary Japanese Gospel Church. On Saturday, banquet evening, Pastor Stan
Yokota, Machiko (Uchida) Budai & Jack Iwabuchi spoke of their early experiences with CJM.
Aya McLaughlin of Crossover Japanese
Church of Calgary
Pastor Tetsuya Fukusaku (L), translator for
the evening, with Mark Hoshizaki MC of the
Rob & Marie Hasegawa of Gracepoint
Fellowship - English department of Calgary
Japanese Gospel Church
The audience was further bless to have in person Mark McLeod who
now works with Samaritan's Purse. He came down from Fort
McMurray to join us for this occasion. Mark was formerly the Canadian
chaplain for the Billy Graham Disaster Response Team. He reported
and thanked CJM for sending him to Japan immediately after the
Tohoku earthquake/tsunami in 2011 to work with CRASH Japan.
Mark led in the development of Japan's first-responders to disaster
All Photo courtesy of Nick Jeung
situations. This training for Christian
leaders and churches at-large equips
people to assist not only the physical
needs but emotional and spiritual needs.
This training ministry carries on currently
in Japan has also started in the Philippines
and will soon be launched in other Asian
Pastor Kevin Ueta
English department of
Church of Toronto
Nori with Mark
The concluding words of the CJM Storybook
Slideshow drew attention to how the original
churches of CJM were born out of the misery
and hardships of the 2nd WW.
Margaret Ridgway's faithfulness and
determination set the foundation for many
Japanese Canadian to be introduced to Jesus
Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
Click on photo for a larger view
At the conclusion of the program,
Certificate of Appreciation was handed
out to the pioneers of CJM. A total of 32
poineers were selected with 8 of them
being recognized postumously. 11
pioneers or their family members were
present to receive the certificates
A sample of the certificate is on the
right. Click on the image to view it
Receipents of the Certificate
The event was a wonderful
reunion for many who had not
seen each other for decades.
A surprize presentation at the conclusion of
the program was a lovely mantle clock given
to Nori for his lifetime of service to CJM.
Photo shows Nori receiving the gift from Mark
Hoshizaki, the MC of the program with Pastor
Tetsuya Fukusaku, Vice Chair of CJM and
translator of program
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The testimonies from various pioneers during
the evening highlighted God’s faithfulness in and
through the CJM over the past 70 years. I
shared a passage from Lamentations 3:22-24
where Jeremiah, in the midst of trials, declared
the praises of Him who is still faithful. It is a
reminder for us to also celebrate God’s
faithfulness in the road ahead as we look
forward to new opportunities to declare and
demonstrate the Gospel in the midst of those
who do not yet have their hope and trust in
As one of the young leaders of the CJM Board of
Directors, Pastor Kevin Ueta challenged the
audience with his thoughts on "CJM, What is the
Future Like?" See his summary below.
Recent statistics have shown that we have a growing
window of opportunity to minister to the Japanese who
gather in our Canadian diasporas. With these opportunities
comes a need to further strengthen our partnership with one
another as part of the body of Christ.
This mission may even necessitate partnerships with other
churches and organizations beyond the Japanese Canadian
Church and we’ve seen that start to happen at our local
church as well. If we are to vision with the leading and
guidance of the Holy Spirit, I believe we cannot ignore these
opportunities for proactive mission that I believe God is
revealing to us. And if we are to be faithful stewards of
these opportunities, this is where I believe CJM can play a
unique role in helping to equip and bring us together for the
purpose of God’s mission in Canada. This mission is bigger
than any one or a few Japanese Canadian churches or
missionaries and I believe this is where God can continue
to use CJM in the future.
in His Name,