Saturday, 29 October 2016

Juji Nakada the "Moody of Japan"

English: A portrait of Bishop Juji Nakada in sepia
English: A portrait of Bishop Juji Nakada in sepia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
At the age of thirteen Charles Cowman had become a Christian though for for ten years he drifted away. Once back on track he tried to bring others to the Gospel. Within six months he had converted seventy-five of his co-workers, including the first man with whom he shared the gospel, Ernest Kilbourne.

October 29, 1870 Juji Nakada saw the light of this world and when grown up he found that so many people knew nothing about the true God.
When he was twenty-six he enrolled at the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago,  to "get filled with the Holy Spirit." Dwight L. Moody's fame as an evangelist had spread around the world. Eventually Juji would himself be known as the "Moody of Japan." His vision was to found a similar institute and train national pastors for his native land.
Still at study he met Charles Cowman in church and became befriended.

Kilbourne and Cowman founded the Telegraphers' Missions Band. This group supported Juji when he returned to Japan in 1898. Three years later, Charles Cowman and his wife Lettie sailed for Japan.
Together with Juji and Ernest Kilbourne, they founded the Bible institute that Juji had dreamed of. Juji became its first president. In 1910, the team incorporated the Oriental Missionary Society in Tokyo. This became a significant world mission, now known simply as OMS.