In a country where less than one percent of the population are Christians, we weren’t sure what to expect. Our PEACE team of 10 musicians had traveled to Tokyo, Japan with a vision of using music to share the hope, joy, life, and freedom we had found in Jesus Christ. We planned to do this in the streets, churches, and music venues. God had given us the vision, and now we waited in expectation of what he was going to do.
As we headed out to Yoyogi Park for our first day of playing music, we were all a little uncertain how this would turn out. Would the police come and kick us out? Are we prepared for this? After choosing our location and setting up our equipment, we started to play. And you know what? People started to listen! Not only did they listen, but they wanted to talk to us! As we began talking with people, we saw God open up opportunity after opportunity to invite people to our concert.
There is power in the name of Jesus, and we saw just how powerful it can be when we proclaim his name through the songs we sing, the words we speak, and the actions we take. That first day gave us the motivation we needed to pour every ounce of energy we had into the next week and a half. We repeatedly saw the same reactions from people as we went out and daily shared our music on the streets and in the churches.
When it came time for our last event in Tokyo, a New Year’s concert at a music venue in Shibuya, we stood amazed as nearly 200 people poured into the room. We knew almost every single person from either the streets or the churches where we had played! There were believers there to worship with us, as well as many unbelievers who were simply there to enjoy a concert by the group of musicians they saw on the streets. At this concert, through the use of a translator, we were able to clearly share that the reason we sing these songs is because of God, his son Jesus Christ, and the joy we have found in knowing the Truth. This is a message that many in Tokyo had never heard before. Through the platform of music, we were able to share the Gospel with our new friends in Tokyo!
If there is one thing our team learned from this trip, it is to never underestimate what God can do with your skills and passions when they are combined with an open heart and mind and willingness to be used by him. Sometimes it means stepping into the unknown and taking a risk, but when God is at the forefront of everything we do, you will begin to see the impossible made possible.