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Japan: (Archives: 2005-2015)
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Our 7th Year in Japan
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July 8th - August 7th, 2009
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July 24th - August 4th, 2006
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July 18th - August 9th 2005
As some of you may know, CMA’s company dancers went on a missions trip
to Japan this summer. We did a worship dance tour through two third’s of
the country, traveling as far south as Kyushu and as far north as Nagano.
We danced at 17 different venues, from churches to kindergartens, community
centers to theaters. We were able to share the gospel through our dances
and testimonies to audiences where over half of the people had never heard
the message of Christ. One of our favorite things was going out after
each concert and meeting new people, hearing their stories and praying with
taught each one of the team members about His awesome faithfulness. He
demonstrated how He can sustain us and give us the strength, physically
and emotionally that we need, to do what He has called us to do. Part of
our ministry was to our Japan team members who are “returnee Christians”.
This means they asked Jesus to be Lord of their life in a different country
and now have moved back to Japan. They are dealing with a culture shock within
the church, discouragement, and feeling alone in their walk with Christ.
It is so hard to be a Christian in Japan, over 90% of the people who give
their life to Christ end up falling back in to their former religion, either
Shinto or Buddhism. We were able to spend a lot of time with these people,
sharing, listening and praying with them.
excited to hear back from many of them telling how encouraged they were,
telling what God had been teaching them and we heard that some of them,
through the tour, had found a church to be a part of. All praise and Glory
to the Lord!
We met so many dancers who were seeing this type of dance for the first
time. God is stirring a desire in them to use their talent of dance for
Him. They would love for us to send someone over to start CMA Japan, teaching
and training over in Japan. There are also two college age girls that we
met who are praying about coming over to the U.S. and training with us
next year! There are so many opportunities, we are praying and seeking
the Lord on His next step for each of us personally as well as CMA in general.
I would like to once again thank each and every one of you who worked
or donated funds to make this ministry opportunity happen! Hundreds of lives
were touched, thousands of miles away, because of you and your sacrifices.
If you would like to read more about what we did or see pictures, click
on CMA Japan. There is a “daily
diary” where you can read in detail about each day. Keep checking in because
we will be posting many new pictures, testimonials and some new video clips,
we just have to finish sorting through them all! Thank you for taking the
time to read about what the Lord has been doing through CMA this summer!
May we always bring Him glory!
Tiffany Case and CMA Company
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are approximately 30,000 people born again each day in China, with the underground
church estimated to be close to 100 million. The need for Bibles is urgent.
Your prayers and love offerings helped make it possible for a team of young
people to be transported 10,000 miles from their homes in order to bring
God’s Word to His beloved people in China. Countless lives will be touched
because of the Bibles brought in by Torch Grab Ministries and four CMA
company members, thanks in part to your generous contributions. In return
we would just like to share with you how God used this mission to impact and
touch the lives of the China team as well.
While there, the
team was blessed with an opportunity to distribute shoes to a group of excited,
yet quietly grateful Chinese children. Each child received a pair of shoes
handed to them in a box with their name on it. When their name was called,
each child in turn would come up and accept their pair of shoes, they sweetly
bowed their thanks, smiling as if they had just been handed the most priceless
treasure. The delight and joy on their faces moved many on the team to tears.
was also given the opportunity to visit a few of the local schools and teach
English lessons to small groups of eager students. The team used flash cards
with pictures on one side and the English words on the other. The children
picked up surprisingly fast and enjoyed every minute of it. Following the
classes the students would eagerly surround the group, pleading for autographs.
The team members were happy to comply, asking for the children’s autographs
in return. It was a memorable and humbling experience for each team member.
The dancers will never
forget their opportunity to worship and dance in a dirt court yard outside
an ancient temple built to house a statue of Buddha. Because the arts are
so widely accepted in China, they were able to pour out God’s presence in
a place were you are persecuted for being a Christian.
Many lives have
been and will continue to be touched because of your prayers and gracious
financial contributions. Thank you so much for your support.
In January, 2005, one of our CMA teachers, Darrah Sikkema,
as well as two of our advanced students/assistants, Bethany Schlachter and
Shannon Lane, had the opportunity to go and minister in Tanzania. We would
love to share with you some of their experiences.
Tanzania is one of East Africa's poorest countries, with
a high rate of aids infection and orphans. Although there is a huge spiritual
battle going on there, especially between the Muslims and Christians, the
church of Tanzania is alive and well. The main focus of their trip was to
reach out to the Christian schools and churches there, to offer them support,
encouragement, and resources.
They visited schools, and sang songs with the children.
They also performed the clown skit "Clean Heart Cleaners," which the girls
learned at our last summer camp. They ministered into the lives of some
the local orphans by handing out hygiene bags and bananas! Some of the adult
members of their group held conferences for the local pastors. The girls
had an opportunity to dance during the opening of one of their worship sessions.
CMA is proud to support our young worshipers who choose
to use their dance as a form of outreach. We feel privileged to be one of
the Lord's tools, preparing and encouraging young people to use the arts
and their lives to reach others with the gospel.
During the summer of 1996, CMA dancers
had the wonderful opportunity to minister and dance in Anapra, Mexico.
It began with an outdoor church service in an impoverished community. As
we drove in to Anapra, we were humbled by the lean-to houses and shacks that
were "home" to so many. They asked us if we would dance during their service.
We agreed, and though we didn’t understand the lyrics, we prayed God would
lead us, then we simply worshiped. Dancing barefoot in the hot sand, to
songs we didn’t know, was a poignant reminder of God’s presence no matter
the circumstances. We were amazed that day, by how God worked through our
movements. Though we didn’t know the language, people said afterwards that
our movements and expressions had perfectly matched the words. Our God is
an awesome God! After worship we performed “Breath of Heaven”. The
words were translated in Spanish and the people were touched by the message
of the song. Many women had tears in their eyes as they heard of God’s
mercy to Mary during her time of doubt and loneliness. The children
(boys and girls) were eager to dance as well, so we taught a short lesson,
danced with them and showed them how to use scarves and ribbons. They giggled
at our attempts to explain the movements, but had a wonderful time nonetheless.
When we returned to Anapra a year later, in 1997, we were again
able to minister and dance. This time without costumes or choreography,
we led a group of children in free dance and follow-along movements during
worship. Many adults joined in as well. Some were baptized that day
in a large tub sitting in the hot sand. We distributed clean water and food,
and entertained the children with face painting and balloons. As we sang,
danced, and prayed for these people and this place, we were again reminded
of the only necessary components of worship—the presence of God and willing
Summer Camp wouldn’t be complete without
a chance to share the love of God with others. For this reason, camp
participants visit a nursing home every year. The students present the dance
they learned that week and then they talk to the people afterwards. The
residents are always touched by the dances and most of all by the kindness
expressed by the dancers. At first the dancers often feel shy, but we encourage
them to greet each person and ask if they need prayer. It has been
such a joy to see aged faces light up and eyes glisten as we take the time
to listen to them. The children learn that kindness has its own reward and
often leave feeling more confident in God’s love, and its power, shining
CMA Company Dancers Naomi Porter,
Melissa Gifford, Crystal Gifford and Erica Breite distributed bread, shoes
and the love of Jesus in China.