In 2008 I traveled to Japan to speak in a series of Keswick Christian Life Conventions. It was a dream come true for me. My mentor, Dr. Stephen F. Olford, was one of the regular speakers in the Japan Keswick Conventions. I can remember the times he and Heather would return from ministry in Japan and give a report on the Keswick ministry. I carried in my heart a desire to minister in Japan a long time before my first invitation came.
Keswick has had a significant influence on the Christian church in Japan for over 50 years. The Tokyo Keswick recently celebrated 50 years of convention ministry. This month, February, Osaka is celebrating 50 years of Keswick ministry. Dr. David Olford will be among the guest preachers in the Osaka Convention.
I have been back to Japan numerous times since 2008 to speak in Keswick Christian Life Conventions and other conventions. My love and appreciation for the Japanese people has deepened over the years. The Lord has blessed me with many wonderful Japanese friends for whom I give thanks.
I want to take this opportunity to Congratulate Osaka Keswick Christian Live Convention on this 50th Anniversary of convention ministry. Only God knows the impact this convention has had on the Christian Church in Japan.
“All One in Christ Jesus.” All who attend the Keswick Convention in Keswick, England become synonymous with the Keswick Convention worldwide.
The Osaka Keswick Convention stands in the grand tradition of the English Keswick. I give thanks to God for the opportunity to say a personal word of congratulations to the leaders and participants of the Osaka Keswick Christian Life Convention on the occasion of the Convention’s 50th Anniversary. On this Golden Anniversary the Osaka Keswick Convention celebrates fifty years of bringing to the people of Osaka and to the country of Japan the preaching of the message of fullness of life in Jesus Christ.
Some of the greatest preachers of the 20th and 21st century have preached from the Osaka Keswick pulpit. I want to commend the members of the Central Committee and the Osaka Committee for keeping the Japan conventions closely tied to the English Keswick. The integrity of the Keswick Conventions in Japan speaks well of the leadership provided by pastors and laymen.
I cannot think of the importance of the preaching of God’s Word in Japan Keswick’s without thinking of the pastors who translate for us foreign guest preachers. I have profound appreciation for the ministry of these men and can honestly say that I count each one as a friend. Those who have translated for me in the Keswick Conventions are: Rev. Ryo Iwahashi,(who has translated for Franklin Graham numerous times), Dr. Stephen Mitsuhashi, (who has translated for Billy Graham numerous times), Rev. Timothy Konishi, and Rev. Yutaka Ikeda.
In just a few days the Keswick Conventions in Japan will be taking place in their various locations across Japan. I pray God’s blessings upon each convention and each preacher and translator. I pray for a special blessing upon the Osaka Convention. May this 50th Anniversary year be one of great blessing to the people and great glory to the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the words of the Apostle Paul, “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making requests for your all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:3-6