Yuji & Eri Iwata's Ministries in Japan

A new sermon series just began for Alive International Congregation! It is a 3-week-sermon series from Psalm 23:1-6. I preached from v.1-3 on 3/14, Sunday, three days ago. Tom will preach from v.4-5 and then Tetsuya will do from v.6. I realized that David, the author of this psalm, knew that he was like a […]
I preached on “the International Community” from the Book of Ruth 1:1-18 on January 10. This was one of the six-week sermon series on Alive International Vision Statement. Mine was the second one. We three each (Tom, Tetsuya, and I) preach on in twice. I enjoy preaching with Tom and Tetsuya on the same vision. […]
It was a wonderful opportunity to have a zoom update meeting for our friends and supporters in Canada and America! I could share with them what we are doing in Japan with PowerPoint. I was encouraged to continue to have this meeting once every three months! Though COVID 19 has brought many challenges to us, […]
“The punishment that brought us peace was on him. By his wounds, we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)___What a verse! Today (Dec.13, 2020), I preached from Isaiah 53:5 for Alive International Congregation. It was the 3rd Advent serve. I preached in English this time. I know people now need true peace in their hearts especially now […]
This is a picture of AI youth we took after the service of Nov. 29. You can see our AI youth (but some are adult members.) We are an international congregation from Canada, America, Philippine, and Japan! I love this congregation and diversity. I pray that God continues to work on our youth that we […]
I currently visit Soga weekly located 25 min. away by car from our chapel for Alive International to get to know people there and the town. My new team, the Chiba AO team, with partnering with Alive International, plans to plant the Alive International daughter church shortly. So, Soga is one of the candidates for […]
I, Yuji, preach in English for Alive International once a month. On Nov.8, this time, I did from Luke 15:11-24. Yumiko S. translated my sermon into Japanese. Everybody knows that this scripture passage is about the parable of the Prodigal Son. But I again realized that this parable is not about the son who squandered […]
“JEF United Chiba finally won!” said a supporter of the team sitting in front of me. Tonight, I watch a professional soccer game with Tom, my friend, and my MTW Japan Chiba teammate. In the City of Chiba, my city, there is a professional soccer team called JEF United Chiba. This team is in the […]
We had a monthly team meeting the other day over Zoom. This current Chiba Team is going to phase out at the end of December. It has been about 30 years since the team began to work for God’s kingdom in Japan. This team under Dan Iverson’s leadership produced many things: churches, Covenant community school […]
I made a new signboard and placed it on the fence of my house. It says, “ONLINE 300 Yen English Conversation Club.” Since COVID-19 hit, I have lost 4 regular attendees for my ECC. They were not willing to join my ECC ONLINE, i.e. over Zoom. I totally understand that. Some people are fine with […]