The Hollywood movie Noah, which was released in 2014, made a big impact in Japan. The inaccurate depiction of the story was not helpful. However, this movie created an awareness in the minds of many Japanese people that the flood and the ark was indeed a historical event. This movie helped to raise interest and curiosity concerning the true story of Noah.
Mr. Takahara recently seized on this opportunity and spent many hours studying Noah’s ark. He built a 1/150 scale
model of the ark (mostly from cardboard), as recorded in the Bible. This ark was designed to come apart – one floor at a time – revealing how Mr. Takaraha imagined the inner-workings to be. He even included small vegetable gardens. He also made a small pulley and rope with a bucket to show how water might have been drawn up to the different levels of the massive structure.
Armed with his ark model and a folder of details and facts about the ark, Mr. Takahara now travels to many places to explain the story of Noah’s ark to non-Christians, Sunday school students and interested Christians. Educating people about the deep truths of the Bible is a critical part of his ministry and he helps to open their eyes to God’s truth.
The Japanese enjoy making friends with foreigners and learning about different cultural practices. Nov 24, 2014 is a Japanese holiday. On that day, JM will invite many of the unsaved friends to help us celebrate Thanksgiving as done in the USA and Canada.
We will then take the time to explain why Christians are so thankful. Mr. Takahara will also have an opportunity to show many the replica of Noah’s ark and explain about the rainbow and our covenant with God.
I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth (Gen. 9:15-16, NIV).
Please pray for this outreach opportunity. Pray that many would come, clearly understand and believe the truth of the Gospel.
Pray for protection, wisdom and guidance for Mr. and Mrs. Takahara. Pray that the Audio-Visual Department would continue to be effective in meeting the needs of the small churches of Japan.
View a short video about The Ark.