Hi everyone, my name Kazuma from Japan.
Let me briefly introduce myself.
Birth and environment.
I was born in a small city called Shizuoka. ( 3 hours drive from Tokyo. ) I am a son of a pastor and mother who works at a Christian kindergarten. As you can already see, I was born raised in a Christian family and I thank the Lord for this. Also, I have a younger brother who is currently studying at a medical school to be a doctor.
Academic back ground.
I have gone to “secure” schools in Japan. I was baptized when I was 2 grade of junior high, however, I did not really understand the connection between His cross that happened 2000 years ago and me living in 2000 years after His dying on the cross. Anyway, I majored in British and American Cultures and Literatures at my university. Also, I’ve been given a opportunity to study at Dallas Baptist University where I majored in Biblical study. This study abroad was just for 2 academic semesters and my first goal in the U.S. was to improve my English skills. This was the priority. However, it was after 3 months I had noticed that this experience meant much more than that. I had come to notice that this was totally God’s great plan over me, and through study at DBU, I have deepen my understanding about my own sin and Jesus’ cross, death and resurrection. After this study abroad, not only I have improved my English, but also I have been given a strong passion to go to a seminary in Japan to be a pastor. His thought is always higher than ours.
Having received my degree in Japan, I have started working at a Christian junior and high school in another prefecture which is 2 hours drive from my home town. I chose this job because I want to utilize my study at my university and spread the Gospel to students at educational environment. It is lonely and hard to live separated from my home church and family. However, I have found a good church and met a good pastor. I teach English at the school. Also, I have much chances to speak of the Bible and faith at the school because we have chapel and morning services just like usual Christian schools do. An interesting thing is this : the more I experience teaching, the stronger my desire to be a pastor become. In fact, I feel joy more when I am speaking of the Bible and faith than when teaching English in class. ( I do enjoy teaching English though) I am still taking time to figure out His plan for my future, but I feel like my teaching career will last only for a few years ( 4 or 5 years ), considering many circumstances of my career. I am still praying.
I am sorry for long introduction. I just wanted you all know how I became Christians and ended up with feeling called to be pastor. I hope to deepen my understanding about my relationship with the Lord and learn critical things about spreading the Gospel especially to younger generations.