Meeting the felt needs of the small town as a ministry

After we moved to Urahoro town with less than 6000 people, I began to realize how important it would be to meet the felt need of the town. Number one need for this town seemed to me was that they needed to have profitable businesses so that they could provide the basic needs of the society. Many people left the town since we moved to this town. When we arrived here, the population was 6200. Now it is 5900. What had happened between now and then within 3 years period? Many older people died; some bankrupped; some businesses closed down; some committed suicide. Each year about 100 people left the […]

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Commuting to Makubetsu town from Urahoro town each week

Each week, we have classes at Satsunai, Makubetsu town. So we drive for about 50 minutes from Urahoro town to Satsunai, Makubetsu town. We take national route 38. On this route, we pass Toyokoro town. There is Tokachi river on the way and around there, we often see cranes. They usually roam as a couple. Sometimes with a child crane. Many tourists come to see cranes in our area. They are most well known in Kushiro city where marsh is. There are areas where they protect so that cranes and other animals would keep habitats in those areas. On the way back from Satsunai, Makubetsu town to Urahoro town at […]

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