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Japan: (Archives: 2005-2012)
July 5 - August 6, 2012
Our 7th Year in Japan
July - August, 2011
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July 1st - August 9th, 2010
July 8th - August 7th, 2009
July 11th - August 7th, 2008
July 12th - August 6th, 2007
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
country, traveling as far south as Kyushu and as far north as Nagano.
danced at 17 different venues, from churches to kindergartens,
centers to theaters. We were able to share the gospel through our
and testimonies to audiences where over half of the people had never
the message of Christ. One of our favorite things was going out
each concert and meeting new people, hearing their stories and praying
taught each one of the team members about His awesome faithfulness. He
how He can sustain us and give us the strength, physically and
that we need, to do what He has called us to do. Part of our ministry
to our Japan team members who are “returnee Christians”. This means
asked Jesus to be Lord of their life in a different country and now
moved back to Japan. They are dealing with a culture shock within the
discouragement, and feeling alone in their walk with Christ. It is so
to be a Christian in Japan, over 90% of the people who give their life
Christ end up falling back in to their former religion, either Shinto
Buddhism. We were able to spend a lot of time with these people,
listening and praying with them. We were excited
to hear back from many of them telling how encouraged they were,
what God had been teaching them and we heard that some of them, through
tour, had found a church to be a part of. All praise and Glory to the
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.
would love for us to send someone over to start CMA Japan, teaching and
over in Japan. There are also two college age girls that we met who are
about coming over to the U.S. and training with us next year! There are
many opportunities, we are praying and seeking the Lord on His next
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
were touched, thousands of miles away, because of you and your
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
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
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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There 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,
as well as two of our advanced students/assistants, Bethany Schlachter
Shannon Lane, had the opportunity to go and minister in Tanzania. We
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
spiritual battle going on there, especially between the Muslims and
the church of Tanzania is alive and well. The main focus of their trip
to reach out to the Christian schools and churches there, to offer them
encouragement, and resources.
They visited schools, and sang songs with the children.
They also performed the clown skit "Clean Heart Cleaners," which the
learned at our last summer camp. They ministered into the lives of some
local orphans by handing out hygiene bags and bananas! Some of the
members of their group held conferences for the local pastors. The
had an opportunity to dance during the opening of one of their worship
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
the Lord's tools, preparing and encouraging young people to use the
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,
It began with an outdoor church service in an impoverished community.
we drove in to Anapra, we were humbled by the lean-to houses and shacks
were "home" to so many. They asked us if we would dance during their
We agreed, and though we didn’t understand the lyrics, we prayed God
lead us, then we simply worshiped. Dancing barefoot in the hot sand, to
we didn’t know, was a poignant reminder of God’s presence no matter the
We were amazed that day, by how God worked through our movements.
we didn’t know the language, people said afterwards that our movements
expressions had perfectly matched the words. Our God is an awesome God!
worship we performed “Breath of Heaven”. The words were
in Spanish and the people were touched by the message of the
Many women had tears in their eyes as they heard of God’s mercy to Mary
her time of doubt and loneliness. The children (boys and girls)
eager to dance as well, so we taught a short lesson, danced with them
showed them how to use scarves and ribbons. They giggled at our
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
we led a group of children in free dance and follow-along movements
worship. Many adults joined in as well. Some were baptized that
in a large tub sitting in the hot sand. We distributed clean water and
and entertained the children with face painting and balloons. As we
danced, and prayed for these people and this place, we were again
of the only necessary components of worship—the presence of God and
Summer Camp wouldn’t be complete without a
chance to share the love of God with others. For this reason,
participants visit a nursing home every year. The students present the
they learned that week and then they talk to the people afterwards. The
are always touched by the dances and most of all by the kindness
by the dancers. At first the dancers often feel shy, but we encourage
to greet each person and ask if they need prayer. It has been
a joy to see aged faces light up and eyes glisten as we take the time
listen to them. The children learn that kindness has its own reward and
leave feeling more confident in God’s love, and its power, shining
CMA Company Dancers Naomi
Melissa Gifford, Crystal Gifford and Erica Breite distributed bread,
and the love of Jesus in China.