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Declaring God’s

TÅté|Çz ZÜtvx In Christ… “Behold All Things Are Become New” 2 Corinthians 5:17

AGMC 1st year Anniversary

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Amazing Grace Mission Church Okazaki Assembly Of God ( Filipino & International )

Dedicated To Share God’s Unconditional Love And Grace With All Men Everywhere

CHURCH VISION To see Filipino’s in Japan actively involve in reaching out the lost. To plant mission minded churches and Ministries in Japan and in other nations. To raise up man and women of God who will be the spiritual leaders in this end time harvest.

WE EXIST To EXALT God ( Worship ) To EMBODY the new believers into God’s Family ( Fellowship ) To EXTEND God’s love ( Ministry ) To EVANGELIZE the lost through the Gospel ( Evangelism ) To EQUIP God’s people for the Mission ( Mission )

AMAZING GRACE FAMILY CORE VALUES

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Christ Centered

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Accept one another

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Respect one another

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Exhort one another


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FEATURES Page 4

PASTORAL GREETINGS

HISTORY

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God’s overflowing grace upon grace in His Church Highlights of 2009—2010 Church events

AMAZING STORIES OF GOD’S AMAZINGGRACE

Testimonies

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I LUV AGMC FAMILY

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Message and Greetings from brethren and friends

AMAZING GRACE GOSPEL SONGS All Original Composition by AGMC

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AMAZING THOUGHTS FOR LIVING Forever Change Good News About The Wonderful Grace Of God Page 26


Page 4 Greetings of peace and grace to you in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior! Let us magnify the Lord together and Praise His glorious grace for giving us the honor and opportunity to be part of His great plan and mission in Japan through His Church [ amazing grace ] . Indeed we have seen His amazing grace working mightily in our first year and we are excited to see and experience a greater manifestation of God’s amazing grace and power in the coming years to come IN US and TROUGH US [AGMC family] “ Let us continue to hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for GOD CAN BE TRUSTED TO KEEP HIS PROMISE. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:23-25 NLT] So my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. [1 Corinthians 15:58] Like apostle Paul, may our ULTIMATE DESIRE AND PASSION IN LIFE IS TO be found faithful in the work assigned to us by our Lord Jesus, the task of PROCLAIMING THE GOODNEWS OF THE WONDERFULL GRACE OF GOD. Acts 20 :24] Always remember that God has counted us worthy entrusting us in the ministry. May we treasure this great and wonderful opportunity to be His chosen vessel of glory manifesting His amazing grace. WE are very confident that He [JESUS] who STARTED AND FOUNDED THE CHURCH [AGMC] will continue to nurture, protect, empower, bless, and make it glorious and magnificent until He comes for the GLORY OF HIS NAME AND GRACE! To all Amazing Grace FAMILY AND SUPPORTERS THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR LOVE AND UNCEASING SUPPORT TO US AND THE MINISTRY. YOU ARE OUR CROWN AND JOY IN SERVING THE LORD.

In His Amazing Grace, Pastor Gilbert and Pastor Jane Gatdula Founder and Senior Pastor


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Greetings of peace in Jesus’ name!

We rejoice and thank our God with you as you celebrate your first anniversary.

Today marks a milestone in your lives as part of the body of Christ. It means that for the past year, your lives have been entwined into one as by God’s help you weathered challenges and trials that came your way. Together, as a group bound by your love for God and each other, you have been witnesses to God’s wondrous love and amazing grace. Unto you, therefore, it has been entrusted to testify to others about what God has been doing to you and how they too can get to know Him and His love. Mark this day well. In the days to come, there will be, as in the past, good times, and there will also be difficult and trying times. But know for sure that as you celebrate today God’s goodness and faithfulness for the year that has been, so can you trust His goodness and faithfulness in the years to come! Through all these, we declare with you, “BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD!”

Pastor Gani and Edith Sison International Teams Chairman


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1周年記念礼拝によせて 昨年の8月から自分たちの群れを与えられて1年、 主はあなたたちの働きに多くの恵みと守りと励ましを与えて 祝福して下さいました。主に心から感謝すると共に、 お祝い申し上げることを喜んでいます。悲しいこと、 苦しいことが沢山ありましたね。しかし、共通の重荷を共にする 仲間があり、支え合い、祈り合ってここまでこられました。 これからも主を見上げて人を大切にしてよき祈りのチームになりましょう。 支えた人々は賜物に従って支えてきました。人は同じ働きは 出来ません。ねたんだりうらやましがったりせずこれからも それぞれの務めのために役に立つ人々になって下さい。 全ての人々が奉仕者になる時、あなたの心に喜びが いっぱいになります。 Dahil kay God umabot po ng 1yr anniversario ang church na ito. pinoprotektahan Niya po tayo lagi at minamahal po tayo ni God. mula sa puso nag papasalamat po ako at gusto ko pong batiin ang church na ito. Madami tayong pinagdaanan na hirap at lungot.. kahit iba iba ang dinadala nating problema nakikiisa tayo kay God at nagtutulungan kaya tayo nandito ngayon. Ipagpatuloy lang natin ang pagpapahalaga sa mga tao at mas tibayan pa natin ang samahang ito.. Meron tayong mga kaloob na wala sa ibang tao at meron ding kaloob ang iba na wala sa atin, kaya’t gamitin natin ang mga kaloob natin sa pagtulong sa ating kapwa at ipagpatuloy natin ang mga magagandang ginagawa natin. Ipasakop po natin ang ating sarili sa Panginoon at tayo’y magiging masaya at magiging panatag ang ating kalooban. CONGRATULATIONS.. Pastor Toshikazu Sano and Noriko Sano Okazaki Assembly of God


Page 7 Pastor Gilbert, Sis. Jane and the Amazing Grace Church Family, It is with distinct pride and honor to extend these warm greetings to all the leaders and members of the Amazing Grace Church in the celebration of your 1sth anniversary. Today, we celebrate with you as you marvel upon the fruits of your unselfish love, united labor, and sacrifices for the Lord. Your passion to obey the will of God and do the ministry has brought the tremendous growth and impact that blest your congregation to its present growth. God has proven His faithfulness among you through the blessings, challenges and victories won. God intends to sustain it in the years to come as Apostle Paul said, “…He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6). May you continue to dream great dreams as you fulfill the vision that God has placed upon your hearts. May you continue the pursuit for holy living as you increase your faith and devotion to the Lord. May the anointing power of the Holy Spirit be upon you in your ministries. As we are one body of Christ we assure you of our support and prayers. Again, in behalf of the Inter Christian Fellowship Nagoya & Kita Nagoya we would like to rejoice with you and greet you a happy blessed anniversary.

In Christ, Pastor Nino Solito ICF Senior Pastor


HISTORY

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After 5 years of serving the ministry of TOP and Harvest, God pave the way, and He has chosen us faithful, entrusting us our very own Ministry [AGMC ] Amazing Grace Mission Church, Christ centered Filipino and International Church under the ministry of Assembly of God Okazaki. With a small bunch of brethren who believe in us and our calling and the potential of Amazing Grace Mission Church through our leadership., by God’s grace though we started few, yet we are BLESS with a GOOD and INSPIRED SPIRIT. As days goes by, Jesus added souls that He has called and chosen to become His children. Every month, we saw how God touch peoples lives by the power of the Holy Spirit as the Pastor’s boldly preaches the GOODNEWS about the wonderful grace of God. It was really a great challenge because we have no money to sustain the ministry that time, but God is faithful, God’s grace abounds on every brethren , they were touch by the Holy spirit and willingly supported us and the ministry. Praise God there was no lack in the finances and we even bought a new car [MIRA]. It was financially hard for everyone that time but God is true to His promise, that …”in the midst of calamity my people will enjoy plenty”. (Psalms 37:18-19] God’s grace continue to abound on us, He has encourage us by the visit of our International Teams International Chairman Pastor Gani Sison with his wife Edith Sison [IT East Asia Director]. As if God is saying to us that I AM WITH YOU AND I WILL ALWAYS BE HERE FOR YOU. Their presence is an encouragement to us Filipino Ministers, that by God’s grace we can be come leaders even in the International Organizations and Worldwide work of God. That in Christ all are equal and qualified without partiality in terms of nationality, educational background, and personality. In His grace we are created great, and He has given us the talents needed to fulfill His works and calling. September, 2009 we dedicated to the Lord Jesus our 1st batch of Bible School graduates. It was a dream come true, we were so inspired because we have seen the faithfulness and grace of God to the student and to us as well. Despite all the trials and challenges we had Founder & Senior Pastor FINISH STRONG and INSPIRED IN CHRIST.


Page 9 GOD LEADS…. WE JUST BELIEVE. and FOLOW....THEN GOD WORKS…. In just one year we have seen tremendous grace, miracles, blessings, favor’s, and works of God in our local church [AGMC]. AS we continue believing what He had promise to us, we have seen it come to passed. We are so overwhelmed how God works in the spiritual life of our spiritual children. How God by the power of the Holy Spirit touches the hearts of the unbelievers unto Him. Like a puzzle we have seen how God put pieces together in order to fulfill His will and plan. Day after day, weeks after weeks, months after months God lead us to the right people, in the right place at the right time, in order to serve God’s purpose and Mission. It is Amazing to know how God connect us to the Japanese Pastors and Ministers and being able to Minister to them despite of language barrier. Preaching to retired Japanese Pastors and veteran Japanese Pastors and Ministers overwhelms me, and I know from my heart it is God assuring us that we are now fulfilling our purpose, and His Will. Not only that, the Holy Spirit also lead us to an International gathering [National Prayer Movement In Japan] and Share a message for the Body of Christ. Finally, His amazing grace inspired us to write songs from the very heart of God. Songs of Praise that declares God’s love and grace and worship songs that will usher the people to worship God. What had happen on our first year, the connections and the circumstances, we believe are not ACCIDENTS but GOD ORDAINED CIRCUMSTANCES. God revealed to us that these are glimpse of what He wants us to do in the years to come, what should be our focus.

We ascribe it all to Jesus, the author, Founder , and Head of His church [AGMC] and by His amazing grace and love. We believe that we shall see more of His manifestations of His Amazing Grace, goodness, and power working in His people in building a glorious and Magnificent Church that will be a great blessing to the Japanese and to all nations. TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY! Pastor Gilbert & Pastor Jane


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First Worship Service ( Misato Kaikan ) August 2, 2009

Recognition of bible school Students With Pastor Gani & Sis Edith

First Family Camp August, 2009 at Asahigaoka

Nagano Mission

Child Dedication

Christmas Celebration 2009 at Nagomin Kaikan


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Bible School Graduates 2010

Mother’s Day Celebration May, 2010

National Prayer Movement JapanJapan Prayer Movement 2010 National

Father’s Day Celebration June, 2010 Hearts Day Celebration

First Morning Service in Okazaki

Human Video (AGMC)

Family Day Golden Week 2010

New Year Celebration 2010


TESTIMONIES

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JESUS IS MY HEALER I am Marites Simangan Suzuki. Before I came to know the Lord Jesus, my life is in chaos, there are so many trials that came into my life. I have no job that time, no house, no husband [divorce] and even my friends are gone. I am so stress, depress that time because I have 3 children to take care plus I am sick of goiter. Year 2007, I met the Lord Jesus and He change my life. As Pastor Gilbert is preaching , I felt that it was Jesus who is speaking to me. My heart was touch by His amazing love and suddenly tears flowed in my eyes. That day I’m saved. I ask Pastor to render a bible study in my house every Monday, and one Monday I ask Pastor Gilbert and Pastor Jane to pray for me for the healing of my goiter because the doctor advice me that the goiter must be operated .One day, when I look at the mirror, I was surprise what I see, I touch my neck and truly the goiter is gone, Praise God I was healed. Now I am 3 years born again Christian. by God’s grace though there are still problems and trials in my life but His grace is sufficient. Jesus is my strength, my peace, my provider, my husband , my everything! Thank you Lord Jesus for your love and grace and to my Church family Amazing Grace Mission Church ]. Happy 1st anniversary AGMC!

Marites S. Suzuki


Page 13 God’s Purpose in coming to Japan…LOVE ME, TRUST ME! I am Elma, mother of sis Hanny Yabumoto. I have been in Japan as a tourist for more than 3 months now, and lately I am worried about the needs of my family in the Philippines . I voluntarily resign from my work in the Philippines which I have been working for 10 years, and went here as a tourist to be with my daughter. I did not receive any single Peso from the company, but one thing I know is that I feel I have to go to Japan even if I will loose my job and had no assurance who will provide for my family afterwards. August 12, during our AGMC family day during our quite time or moments with God, I prayed to the Lord and poured out to Him all my worries and concerns, suddenly the Holy Spirit spoke to me saying, “ My child don't worry, I have sent you here so that you would know me better and be intimate with me. Don’t worry about your family’s need , love me with all your heart and I will give you all your needs.” Furthermore, God told me ,“ my child why are you so worried? I am Almighty God , and there is nothing I will withhold to those who love me and fully trust me. Now, I know fully how much God loves me. In Japan I have come to fully know and understand that I am a beloved child of God. I now realize and understand that I don't have to worry about anything because there is a God who loves us who will supply all our needs if we will put our trust in Him. I told myself, LOVE the LORD and TRUST HIM with all of your heart and don’t worry because GOD is ALL POWERFULL , ALLMIGHTY. He will provide all the needs of those who trust in Him and He will never fail nor forsake them. To AGMC FAMILY, thank you so much for everything. In this church [Amazing Grace Mission Church] I have fully understand the LOVE OF GOD and FAITH IN GOD. Only in this church I have learned and convince that I am a full pledge CHILD OF GOD. Thank you so much for everything and the love you gave me. MORE GRACE, MORE POWER AGMC ! Happy 1st Anniversary!

Sis Elma .


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I am Teresa Kai, a Filipina married to a Hideki san., a Japanese,. My friend Judy Castillo invited me to the church [AGMC] and I told to myself well there is nothing wrong if I will have a try. The topic that time is the 3 T’s to develop our relationship with God. The 3 T’s are TIME WITH GOD, THINK GOD’S GOODNESS, AND THANKFULLNESS. I was so touch by the Holy spirit during the message because I don't do all those 3 things. I don't have time with God, I don't think about Him, I don't give Him thanks always. I was so convicted by the Holy spirit but so bless that day. January 25, Monday I attended the Bible study and there Pastora Jane shared to me about what is true Christianity, she explain to me about the goodnews about the wonderful grace of God and the salvation that Jesus is offering to us if we believe in Him. She led me to receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior and prayed for me, I felt the very presence of God and I was filled with the Holy spirit , that night I know and fully believe that I am saved and got born again. Since that day I’m a change person and I started attending the church regularly with my husband Hideki san. Everyday I am filled with peace, joy, and hope that comes from God. Praise God I am a new person. I am Hideki Kai, a Japanese and the husband of Teresa Kai. At first I was just accompanying my wife in going to church and just observing. I am a person who don't have religion. I am a very practical and don't believe in God. Every time I attend the worship service the Word of God would strike my heart and It hurts. It was hard that time because I have no job. May 2010 during the family day at kuragaike park when Pastor prayed for me I encounter the Lord Jesus. He touch my soul, tears flowed and since then I believe in Jesus. June 12,2010 at Asuke river, I have decided to be baptize and there I boldly declare my faith In Jesus as my Lord and Savior with my wife Teresa Kai. I would like to thank Pastor Gilbert and Pastor Jane for leading us to know Jesus as our Lord and Savior. To AGMC FAMILY thank you so much! Happy 1st year anniversary! Hideki and Teresa Kai


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FROM TRASH TO TREASURE Before I felt like a TRASH, I felt so worthless, so dirty, so fearful ,and so insecure with regards to my relationship to God and worth as a Christian. I would often feel condemned and guilty for every sin , failure, shortcomings, weaknesses that I would repeatedly do. I would repeatedly ask forgiveness and His blood to cleanse me for every sin and transgression that I did. I decided to marry my husband and go to Japan for financial and material reasons . Marrying a Japanese I believe is the way to escape poverty and to fulfill my dream of helping my family financially. I felt that I am so sinful because I married my husband just for practical reasons and so do others thought about me especially the religious people.. Feeling self condemned never did I thought that God is about to turn my MESS into MY LIFE MESSAGE. Turning my TRASH INTO TREASURE. I was not a believer in the Philippines though my sister is a minister of the Gospel. I have no desire for God and the things of God then. 2008 I arrive in Japan and God connect me to AGMC through sis tess . My husband would only allow me to go with sis tess so I attended the Bible Study every Monday and Worship Service every Sunday. In this church [AGMC] I HAVE FULLY UNDERSTAND the GOODNEWS [GOD’S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND GRACE]. I have learn to become intimate with the Holy Spirit, WHO HAS BECOME MY COMPANION, MY BESTFRIEND, COMFORTER, ENCOURAGER AND EVERYTHING. He has change my heart and gave me His pure love to be able to love my husband. God is expert in turning people who felt unworthy and dirty like a TRASH into His TREASURED POSSESSION

Jeremiah 29:11 AGMC FAMILY THANK U SO MUCH FOR YOUR LOVE! More grace, more power on our 1st year Anniversary! Hannyfe Yabumoto


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WAS LOST BUT NOW I’M FOUND I would like to share to you what the Lord Jesus has done in my life. I have grown up in Manila. At the age of 16, right after my graduation, I ran away from home for some reasons. I decided to live my own life, my own way, my own decision. At first I am happy because I can do what I want in life. At a very young age [teenager] I have so many vices like; smoking, drinking, alcohol, ambling, and immoral lifestyle. I was so consumed in making my life happy, secure, and wealthy. Love has no place in my life. I would just use any man for my selfish intentions. My life has no sense of purpose, and direction, I’m so insecure and with very low self esteem and hopeless. I was drowning in sin then. So powerless against sin and Satan…. Who will rescue me from this bondage? Praise God my sister is praying for me, Jesus came into my life and rescued me. He forgave all my sins and I was set free. I did not choose Him but He choose me. I surrender my life to Jesus and receive Him as my Lord and Savior, that very moment I became a brand new person. I was really transformed by God’s grace in the inner man. God gave me new desires and purpose in life, new joys, new hope, and new life in Christ. Thank God that he has SAVED ME, AND SET ME FREE!! I WAS LOST BUT NOW I’M FOUND, WAS BLIND BUT NOW I SEE. Sis Jackie Taniguchi JUST CALL MY NAME...I’LL BE THERE Like any other normal individual, my life without Jesus is empty, insecure., no peace, no direction and purpose. Always longing for something and someone to satisfy the emptiness in my heart but nothing satisfies. God is so good and gracious to me, He lead me to know JESUS through His Church.. The first time I attended, the Lord already touch my heart. I CALLED UPON THE NAME OF JESUS AND HE FORGAVE ALL MY SINS, SAVED MY SOUL AND GAVE ME ETERNAL LIFE. Since I surrender my life to Jesus, He has been my Father, Friend, Fortress, and everything.. I always experience His presence and companionship that’s why whenever I experience challenges and difficulties I would just CALL UPON THE NAME OF JESUS AND I AM SAFE. One day while I was cleaning the house and sorting all the trash, I decided to sort the cans including the spray shave of my husband, I was trying to empty the spray and suddenly it explode with fire [habang pinupukpuk ko ung spray bigla itong sumabog ng napakalakas, at na maykasamang apoy ] the FIRE is very big, there is no way out for me and I will surely be burned,with fire including all my family BUT I CALLED UPON THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS, AND SUDDENLY THE FIRE DIE DOWN [humupa] INSTANTLY. IT’S A MIRACLE! So whenever I face problems and trials, I always remember that JESUS is there with us, in us, and for us.. JUST CALL UPON THE NAME OF JESUS ….HE IS THERE TO SAVE US. Lulu Yamaguchi


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I LOVE TO DANCE..DANCE...DANCE… all night long. I LIKE TO DRINK ..DRINK..DRINK. .ALCOHOL I LIKE WORK...WORK...WORK….I WORK NIGHT AND DAY This is my lifestyle, until I came to know the Lord Jesus.. Mama Aki is always inviting me to attend the Bible Study but I would just ignore it. Neither did I know that mama aki is asking pastors to pray for me and my family. Answered prayer , because God has chosen me to His child so has put a desire to sis Eds to invite me to dance with them on their Christmas party, and because I love to dance I decided to join them. Eds told me that we will have a practice in kamigo kaikan so we went there but to my surprise there is a Bible school. Eds told us to attend first and then we will have the practice. That day the Holy spirit started to work in my heart and in my life. February 201O, I decided to surrender my life to Jesus as my Lord and Savior and as I receive Jesus into my heart I was filled with the Holy Spirit ,since then my life was change, I lost my desire to work anymore in UMESE [night club]. I lost my desire to drink alcohol and I now have a strong desire to live for God, to do His will and purpose. I have new joy now, the joy of dancing and singing …..and sharing the love of Jesus to others. Thank You Lord JESUS for Saving my soul. Thanks you Pastor Gilbert and Pastor Jane for sharing the GOODNEWS and leading me to the Lord. Thank you sis eds and si aki for your love for me.. And to all AGMC FAMILY THANK U SO MUCH. HAPPY 1ST ANNIVERSARY! MORE SOULS, MORE GRACE!. !. Madelyn Canseco WORRIER TO WARRIOR Nais ko pong ibahagi sa inyo ang napakalaking pagbabago na nangyari sa buhay ko, pagkatapos kong isuko ang buong buhay ko sa ating Panginoong Hesus tinanggap ko sya sa aking buhay at ipinahayag ko sa aking mga labi na Siya ang aking Panginoon at Tagapagligtas. Pagnaaalala ko ang dati kong buhay, yung buhay na malayo sa Diyos, wala palang kabuluhan lahat ng ginagawa ko, ang inaakala kong tama- mali pala. Sa akin pamilya ang lahat ng decision gusto ko ako ang masusunod at magpatakbo ng buhay nila kasi ako naman ang bread winner, Kaya lang pag hindi sila nakakasunod nagagalit ako. Marami akong pangarap, gusto ko ganito, ganyan at kung ano-ano pa na hindi ko naman maumpisahan dahil sa patuloy na pagsuporta sa kanila. Mahirap lang ang pamilya namin kaya naman gusto ko maranasan nila ang magandang buhay, kung ano-anong businesses na ang pinasok ko para masuportahan ang knilang mga pangangailangan, naranasan ko na ang maraming pera , makabili ng bahay at iba pang mga luho, pero walang satisfaction lagi nalang my hinahanap, kaya naman madalas mainit ang ulo laging galit, umiiyak, no peace, joy, strength hindi ko na rin alam kung bakit? Madalas ay nasasabi ko, walang kwentang buhay ito meron ka na nga lahat bakit ang gulo pa rin ng buhay, ang problema walang katapusan minsan nga nasabi ko sana hindi na ko nabuhay para di ko naranasan ang hirap pala mabuhay sa mundo, paulit-ulit lang, kain, trabaho, kain, tulog, problema, sakit worries hayyyy!!! nakakapagod. Pero iba na po ako ngayon isang taong punong puno ng pag-asa, kaLakasan, kagalakan at may mapayapang buhay. may problema, worries, sakit at kahinaan pa rin di po yan mawawala habang tayo ay narito sa mundong ito. Iba na kasi di na ko nag-iisa, may kasama ako na victorious, overcomer, powerful at nagmamahal na Panginoong Hesus na kailanman di nang iwan. Nakita ko na ang ganda ng umaga puede palang maranasan at makita ang di nagmamaliw na pagibig ng Diyos Ama. Ang sarap pala mabuhay sa mundo dahil sa biyaya ng Panginoon,at sigurado ka na magagawa mo lahat dahil kay Hesus na nagbibigay sa atin ng kalakasan , tagumpay.pag-asa, kapayapaan, kagalakan at kagalingan. Tatlong beses po akong na diagnose na may kanser sa matres ngunit nanalig po ako at pati ng buong kapatiran sa Panginoon Hesus at kamangha-mangha pati doctor nagulat kung nasaan na ang kanser. Praise God , si Hesus po ang dakilang mangagamot! Instantly gumaling po ako sa kanser sa matress at pati ng ang Malabo kong mata ay gumaling din. MULA NG NAKILALA KO SI JESUS DI NA PO AKO WORRIER BUT A WARRIOR WHO ALWAYS WIN BECAUSE OF

JESUS MY LORD AND SAVIOR. Sis. Judy


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Greetings & Testimonies from Wednesday Bible Study (Mutsuna Okazaki) I thank God for Amazing Grace Church . Through this church I have come to know the Lord more intimately. In this church my FAITH about who God is grows. I have learned to TRUST GOD FULLY AND EXPERIENCE THE GREAT LOVE OF THE LORD JESUS…That’s why our family is so bless...Praise the LORD! TO GOD BE THE GLORY that he has chosen me and my family to be part of His Church Family in Amazing Grace Church. I wish and pray for MORE SOULS TO BE WON FOR CHRIST… A BLESSED AND Fruitful Anniversary!

Sis Aki and Family

I am so thankful to God because I have come to know the Lord and was baptize at Mikabi last august 11, 2010. We came all the way from Tokyo and transferred in Mutsuna, Auntie Linda invited me in the Bible Study and even while we were singing Praise and worship songs I felt the presence of God. Pastora Jane share to me the GOODNEWS and how to become a child of God. She lead me to receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior and prayed for me and I was so filled with the Holy Spirit and tears run down on my cheeks. That night I was saved and had experience peace that I have never experience before. Before I had difficulty in sleeping, I often had nightmares and I have no peace of mind, but since I receive Jesus I have a very tranquil heart and mind. Jeralyn moralla Before I am a sinner, life is so hard and difficult, I have no peace of mind ,I have lots of fears but God is so good I came to know Jesus and I saved.I married my husband ,a Japanese and 2006 I arrive in Japan. Life in Japan is not easy, plus I had a hard time in my relationship with my husband due to language problem. Praise God ,I came to know AGMC and my faith becomes stronger and stronger. Last august 11 I was baptize and after baptism my sickness in the ovary was healed and my menstrual cycle becomes normal.. Sis Linda I am already 81 and will be turning 82 on Sept 20 but still very strong in the Lord. Through our church AGMC MY FAITH AND KNOWLEDGE OF Christ is growing more and more that even in my old age I am so blessed that God is still using me to win souls for Christ. AMAZING GRACE CHURCH THANK U FOR UR LOVE.. MORE BLESSINGS! mommy Virgie


Page 19 Greetings & Message from Monday Bible Study ( Toyota Shi) Happy 1st year anniversary Amazing Grace Mission Church sa biyaya ng Panginoon naka isang taon napo tayo. Sa loob ng isang taon na hindi naman natin masasabing perpekto pero napakabuti talaga ng ating Panginoon dahil lagi nya tayong binibigyan ng sopresa, dinadalhan ng mga bagong kaluluwa at ang dami na talagang naconvert o nagbalik sa Panginoon.Kami po ay tunay na nagpapasalamat sa Panginoon sa buhay ng ating mahal na Pastor at ang kanyang maybahay na talaga namang nagtiyaga, sumuporta, nagpakain ng pagkaing spiritual at tunay ngang nagmahal sa amin bilang mga anak sa spiritual. Lagi rin po naming nakikita ang pagibig ng ating Panginoon sa tuwing nakikita namin ang bawat isa. kapatiran na tlaga namang nakikiisa, sumusuporta, nakikigalak, nagbibigay kalakasan sa iba at nagmamahal. Ganun din po dun sa mga kapatiran na kahit na dumadaan sa mga pagsubok, problema ay talaga namang nagpapatuloy na magtiwala lang sa ating mahal na Panginoong Hesus. Para sa ating lahat na kapamilya ng AGMC my bros and sis alam po namin na ang bawat isa ay ayaw ng mawalay sa Panginoon dahil wala na pong mas maginhawa, mapayapa, matatag, mabiyayang buhay, malakas, Masaya at higit sa lahat may pagmamahal na mararanasan kundi ang buhay lamang sa Panginoon, kaya naman po kahit ano pang dumating na pagsubok, problema, sakit o makakita tayo ng kahinaan sa ating mga kapatid, wag po natin itong tingnan. bagkus lagi lang tayong tumingin sa pagibig ng ating Diyos Ama walang iba kundi ang ating Panginoong Hesus na ating tagapagligtas, Maraming salamat po sa inyong pangunawa, pagmamahal at pakikiisa sa gawain ng Panginoon ito po ang simula ng ating napakahaba at makabuluhang paglalakbay na ibinigay o iniregalo sa atin ng ating Ama, higpitan po natin ang ating pananampalataya at nawa ang lahat ay makarating sa finish line in Jesus name. AMEN!

God bless you all Monday group {sis tess, judy, jacky, hanny, Dickson, elmer and bro Ac}


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Greetings and Message from Kariya Bible Study Praise God! We’re very much thankful to the Lord Jesus Christ fore bringing us to AGMC family whom God used to make our lives more meaningful and blessed. More Souls to save for Christ! Happy 1st anniversary! Godspeeed —-Kariya Group

Greetings from Yahagi, Okazaki Bible Study We the Friday group in Okazaki would like to extend our greetings to Amazing Grace members and most especially to our dear Pastors.. Happy 1st Anniversary...we love you with the love of Jesus Christ...hoping for the BEST always as we grow into perfection In Christ...bear one another in love … as God love us.. Encourage one another… appreciate one another….

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY…..MORE POWER… MORE GRACE AMAZING GRACE CHURCH!

GO...GO...GO… AND PREACH THE GOODNEWS FOR THE SALVATION OF EVERYONE More brother and sisters in Christ to come…. GOD BLESS US ALWAYS….WE LOVE YOU!


Page 21 Greetings from HAPPY HEARTS FAMILY [ Friday group bible study Toyota]

Greetings of peace and joy: Happy 1st anniversary AGMC Family! Amazing Grace Family ,In good times and bad times we will uphold one another , we will encourage, we will protect, we will care, and pray for one another by God’s grace we will make it through. We will live with God’s promises forever, we will fight the good fight of faith fulfilling God’s purposes in us and for us for God’s Glory. We believe that each one of us was chosen longtime ago and it is God’s plan and purpose for us to become one together here in Japan to form a special family of God which is Amazing grace Mission Church, a church who is destined to be a blessing to Japan and to all nations. We are so grateful to God to our Pastor’s [ Ptr Gilbert and Jane] for using their lives as God’s instrument so that we will come to know Christ and our knowledge and faith In Christ will grow more and more. We also thank AGMC FAMILY for your prayers, encouragement and support. MARK THIS ...AND ALWAYS REMEMBER ...THAT WE WILL ALWAYS BE VICTORIOUS IN CHRIST JESUS, AND WE WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED!!! Sis lyn, Sai, Ikuma, lulu, andrew, marina, jacky, hanny, momie, elma, mitch.


Water Baptism December 30,2009 at Mikabi

January , 2010 at Okazaki Assembly of God Church

June 12, 2010 at Asuke River, Toyota Shi

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June 19, 2010 at Yahagi River Okazaki Shi

August 11, 2010 at Mikabi

August 15, 2010 at Assembly of God Church Okazaki Shi

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AMAZING GRACE GOSPEL SONGS

All Original Composition by AGMC IBANG IBA Dalangin Ko I Dalangin ko, Ang Tanging Hangarin

IBANG – IBA KAPAG NA KAY HESUS

Sa Presensya Mo, Ako ay Mananahan

BUHAY KO AY SUMASAYA

Mamasdan Ko, Iyong Kagandahan

IBANG-IBA KAPAG NA KAY HESUS

Pangungusap Mo, Lakas ng Puso Ko

ARAW KO AY GUMAGANDA

Chorus At Kung Mayroong Pagsubok

CHORUS

Di Matitinag

HALINA, LAPIT NA

Di Matatalo

KAY HESUS, MANALIG NA

Hesus, Ikaw ang Buhay Ko HALINA, AWIT NA Dalangin Ko, Ang Tanging Hangarin

BUHAY MO AY GAGANDA

Pag-ibig Mo, Ay Maranasan Ko

HALINA, LUNDAG NA

Kalooban Mo, Hangad ng Puso Ko

PUIRIHIN NATIN ANG NGALAN NYA

Habang Buhay, Sasamba Sa’Yo

HALINA, SAYAW NA SA PRESENSTAN NIYA

Chorus II IBANG-IBA KAPAG KASAMA KITA PROBLEMA AY NAWAWALA IBANG-IBA KAPAG KASAMA KITA PUSO KO’Y LUMULUNDAG SA SAYA Chorus


Page 25 All For Your Glory

I

SA PANGINOON [IN CHRIST]

Purihin si Hesus,Itaas ang kamay

All For Your Glory, All For Your Praise Father We Seek Your Face Today

Umindak,sumayaw, sumamba sa Kanya Sa Panginoon

All For Your Glory, All For Your Praise

II

Jesus Reveal Your Will

Umawit, sumigak, lumundag sa galak Ang mga anak Na nagmamahal

II All For Your Glory, All For Your Praise Jesus We Came To Praise Your Name

Sa Panginoon Magpuri na sa Panginoon [2X] CHORUS

All For Your Glory, All For Your Praise

Halehalelujah 2X

Reign In Our Lives ( Heart), We Pray

Purihin si Hesus 2X Hometataeyo 2X

Chorus With One Heart, We Worship You

Gloria,gloria,gloria 2X

With One Voice, We Praise Your Name

BRIDGE

Jesus Be Glorified

Araw ko’y kay ganda, buhay ay ka’y saya Sa Panginoon

You’re my Life, My Strength My Joy

Biyaya mo’y sapat,tagumpay natangap

I Obey, Your Will Oh Lord Fully Yield, My Life To You Lord, I Worship You

Sa Panginoon Sa Panginoon [Chorus]


THOUGHTS FOR LIVING

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Change is inevitable and something we face constantly. Sometimes the change are nearly unnoticeable while others are overwhelming and difficult to deal with. I believe by taking a closer look at what’s happening to us during these times of change, you and I can learn how to cooperate with the Lord, so that what seems like a mess can actually become a miracle. A MIRACULOUS METAMORPHOSIS When you and I accept Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, our spirit—the innermost part of who we are—is totally changed into the image of Christ, However, our soul, which is our mind, will and emotions, is just beginning to be transformed. Second Corinthians 3:18 says that as we continue to read and meditate on God’s Word, ...we are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another…… The word transfigured comes from the Greek word metamorphoo, which is where we get our English word metamorphosis. It means “ a transformation, as by supernatural means; a marked alteration in appearance, condition, character, or function.” One of the best examples of this transformation process is the changes a caterpillar goes through in order to become a butterfly. At a certain time in the life of a caterpillar, it begins to shed the layers of its skins through a process called molting. This doesn't just happen once, it happens over and over and over again. I think this is a good example of how we as believers must shed many layers of our “flesh” in order to be formed into the likeness of Jesus. What kind of things do we shed? Wrong beliefs and wrong thinking which leads to negative emotions and negative attitudes and behavior. And other behaviors that does not line up with the character of God. When the caterpillar is ready to enter its last stage of molting, it spins a button of silk and anchors itself to a leaf, a branch, or some other piece of solid support. I believe this shows how we as Christians are to anchor ourselves to the solid Rock, Christ Jesus ( see 1 Corinthians 10:4 ). Just as the caterpillar must remain anchored to remain stable throughout its transformation, we must remain anchored in Christ, staying in constant fellowship with Him through the Word of God and through Prayer. After the caterpillar sheds its last layer of skin, it then spins a cocoon around its naked body to go through its final stage of transformation. The change that’s about to take place is so messy and so extreme that it must take place in private. I believe this represents the deep work that God does in each of us, it is sometimes so intense and so personal that it can only be shared between God and Us.


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At some point inside this cocoon, the caterpillar's body totally liquefies, it completely loses its original identity. It then goes through a period where it appears to be dead. I believe this stage signifies that in order for us to be mightily used by God, what we think of God, others, and ourselves has to be renewed and re-formed by the truth, so that we can manifest His image, character and glory in us and through us. And although it appears at times nothing is happening. A powerful change is taking place. From the liquefied substance, the adult butterfly is formed. This new creation is now ready to be birthed. Little by little, it begins to beat its wings against the walls of the cocoon. Through its struggle for its breakthrough, its wings are built up and strengthened for flight. The cocoon signifies the “flesh” that ties to hinder the new creation (butterfly) to manifest it’s beauty & glory. As the butterfly begins it’s new life and purpose, It continuous to breakthrough with new splendor, excitement, hope and joy for the new things that God has in store For him. Also the same with us as believers, as we begin and pursue our new life in Christ, we must be filled with faith, excitement, hope, joy expecting for the new opportunities, favors, experiences and undeserved blessings that God Will do to us and through us by His Amazing Grace.

Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away

“Behold All Things Are Become New” 2 Corinthians 5:17 Pastor Gilbert Y. Gatdula


AMAZING THOUGHTS FOR LIVING

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Many people around the world who embrace “Christianity” have never heard the true Gospel. They believe Christianity is nothing but a different set of rules, substituting Christian “dos and don’ts” for those of other religions. They continue to believe they must earn their way to God and then do their best to deserve the benefits of salvation. That’s not the true Gospel. Accepting Jesus as your Savior with the belief that you are now going to abide by a certain set of rules, or exchange one set for another, is not the good news. Why? Because it still depends upon your performance. And I can guarantee you that the devil will make sure you know that your performance is not quite good enough. He is the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10). The truth that makes the Gospel the “nearly-too-good-to-be-true news” is that we are accepted by God through what Jesus did for us. The revelation of God’s grace will deliver you from a performance mentality to a total trust and reliance upon the Lord. Salvation is all about God’s faithfulness, not ours! This is foundational for maintaining a close relationship with God and receiving all the benefits of your salvation. Romans 1:16-17 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” The book of Romans communicates that the Gospel is the power of God. It’s what produces the life of God in people. However, the word Gospel has become a religious term that has lost a lot of its meaning today. Many people associate “Gospel” with anything that has to do with religion, specifically the Christian religion. But “Gospel” literally means “good tidings,” or “good news.” The Greek word euaggelion, which was translated “gospel” in seventy-four New Testament verses, was so rare in writings outside of the New Testament that it’s only found twice in extra-biblical manuscripts. The reason for this is because this word not only meant “good news,” but was actually describing “nearly-too-good-to-be-true news.” Much of “Christian culture” today associates the Gospel with these statements: “You’re a sinner. If you don’t repent, you’re going to hell.” Now, these are true statements. There is a heaven and a hell, a God and a devil, and you will go to hell if you don’t repent and receive salvation, but even though all of that is truth, it’s not “good news.” It’s not “the Gospel.” As a matter of fact, it’s the complete opposite of what Paul was teaching. Roman 2:4 says it’s the goodness of God that leads us to repentance, not judgment and condemnation. That is what Paul was talking about, and that is “good news.” The Gospel is directly related to the grace of God. That’s the only way this forgiveness of our sins can be obtained. It isn’t through our holiness or good works. God doesn’t take the “good” people and save them; He justifies (extends salvation toward) the ungodly (Rom. 4:5). This causes many problems for religious people. They say, “Wait a minute! I believe you must do this and that to be holy.” Religion—false religion, man’s concepts—teaches that right standing with God and His blessings come as a result of our own goodness and works. Religious teachers say, “You must come to our church. You must pay your tithes, read your Bible, and pray more, to mention a few. Then, if you do all these things just right, God will accept you.” That’s anti-Gospel! It’s against the “good news” of God’s grace because it’s putting the burden of salvation on your back—and you can’t bear it. Nobody can save themselves.


Page 29 That’s basically the false “Gospel” that religion preaches today. They may talk about the one true God and use terminology like “God the Father.” They may even mention that Jesus is the Savior of the world who died for our sins. But at its core, it’s another “Gospel”— which is no Gospel at all (Gal. 1:7). The Gospel isn’t only the belief in salvation, but it’s also the understanding of the means by which this salvation is obtained. “If you’ll act good and do good, then you’ll be good” isn’t the true Gospel. Notice what Paul said while addressing the very first ministers’ conference at Ephesus: “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). Another way Paul could have said this is, “I am testifying of the Gospel—which is the good news of the grace of God.” The words “Gospel” and “grace” are terms that can be used interchangeably. The good news—or Gospel—is the grace of God. Even the word salvation is misunderstood. Evangelical Christianity says that salvation is a one-time occurrence, an experience when your sins are forgiven. That’s true, there is a moment when you pass from death to life, but that is not all that happens. It’s an incomplete definition. Salvation isn’t limited to the initial born-again experience. Salvation is everything Jesus purchased for us through the atonement. Sozo, the Greek word from which “salvation” was translated means more than forgiveness of sin; it also means healing, deliverance, and prosperity. It’s a word that summarizes everything that Jesus provided for us through His death, burial, and resurrection. James 5:14-15 vividly illustrates how salvation includes both healing and forgiveness of sin: “Is any sick among you? let him call for this elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save [sozo] the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him” (brackets mine). Salvation is a package deal and it’s all accomplished by the grace of God, not our works. However, Satan is always trying to deceive us. He is the one who wants us to believe we must earn things from God. He is the one causing us to doubt the Lord’s willingness to use His ability on our behalf, and unfortunately, the church is often reinforcing that belief. I’ve had many believers come up to me in the prayer lines asking, “Why am I not healed? I’ve fasted, prayed, and studied the Word. I pay my tithes and go to church. I’m doing the best I can. What does God demand?” When I hear that, they have just given me the answer to their question. They aren’t pointing to what Jesus did; they are pointing to what they have done, and that always leads to failure. Most people believe that God moves in their lives proportional to their performance. That was the error Paul was dealing with in the book of Romans. When Paul came along and said “I’m not ashamed of the Gospel!” he was saying “I am not ashamed to tell people about the goodness, grace, and mercy of God. The Lord loves us in spite of who we are and what we’ve done.” Now that’s “good news!”


Page 30 The religious folks of Paul’s day thought this was terrible. They believed what he was preaching was heresy. People needed to recognize and relate to God based on how sorry they were. God wasn’t happy with them or the way they were acting. They were just worms in His sight. Sound familiar? On the surface it looks like a humble position. In reality, it’s actually making a person’s relationship with God dependent on self. “Look what I have done for the Lord, how holy I’ve been, and how much I’ve denied myself.” This is actually a very self-centered, self-dependent way of approaching God that never produces any fruit in your life. Religion wants to make sure that people know they are sinners and on their way to hell. However, the truth is that they already know that. Romans 1:18-19 says, “For the wrath of God is revealed [not going to be, but already is revealed] from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath [past tense] shewed it unto them” (brackets mine). God’s wrath has already been revealed intuitively inside of every person. Each individual has within them the knowledge of God’s wrath against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. So when someone wonders If I just tell people about the goodness of God, what will make them understand that they are sinners in need of salvation? Paul’s answer was that they already knew. In their hearts, people already know that they aren’t good, but sinners in need of salvation.The point is that you don’t have to bombard people with the fact that they are sinners; deep in their hearts they already know. You may need to spend some time on that issue in order to make your point and strike that chord in their hearts, but not by condemning them and restricting them to religious dos and don’ts. Paul was saying, “That’s not the true approach.” It’s the Gospel—the nearly-too-good-to-be-true news that God has provided. It’s salvation for us by grace that empowers men to receive the forgiveness of their sins, the healing of their bodies, the deliverance from Satan’s oppression, and more. We don’t need to convince people they are sinners; we need to show them the way out. That’s the Gospel! Do you need to be healed? The power for healing is in the Gospel. Do you need to be prospered financially? The power for financial prosperity is in the Gospel. Do you need to be delivered from the power of demonic influence, from depression, from yourself, or from something else? The power for deliverance is in the Gospel! The Gospel is the power of God. It’s “nearly too good to be true.”


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RECEIVE JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR Choosing to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is the most important decision you’ll ever make! God’s Word promises: If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. Romans 10:910:9-10 NLT

For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” Romans 10:13

By His grace, God has already done everything to provide salvation. Your part is simply to believe and receive.

Pray this Prayer from your heart, Lord Jesus, I know that I have sinned against You, Please forgive me, I repent of my sin of not having You Lord of my life. I believe that You died for me, You took my sin upon Yourself when You died on the cross. I believe that You rouse from the dead, I surrender my life to You Jesus as my Lord and Savior. “Thank You, for Your Gift of forgiveness and eternal life. Please help me to live for You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” The very moment you commit your life to Jesus Christ, the truth of His Word instantly come to pass in your spirit. Now that you’re born again, there’s a brand new you! When you receive Christ into your heart, you become a child of God. You have the privilege of talking to Him in prayer. At any time. About anything. The Christian life is a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. And best of all, it is a relationship that will last for all eternity. Joyfully receive it! If you just made a commitment to Christ today, Please Contact us. And we will be happy to help you grow in your new life in Christ. Email : info@amazinggracejp.org


MEETINGS Amazing Grace Mission Church Japan by God`s grace is now having 2 Church Outreaches in 2 Cities in Aichi ken { Toyota Shi, and Okazaki Shi } . We have International, and Filipino Church with Japanese Interpretation. There are various Bible studies and Prayer meetings (in English and Tagalog with Japanese interpretation ) going on in homes during the week in Toyota Shi, Okazaki Shi, and Kariya Shi,

Toyota City Local Church ( Amazing Grace Mission Church ) Venue : Fukushi Center Toyota City ( Formerly Ai Plaza) / Kamigo / Asahigaoka Kaikan.

Worship Sunday Service: Afternoon Service : 2:30pm to 4:30pm ( Filipino & International Service ) Bible School Every Sunday : 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Okazaki City Local Church ( Amazing Grace Mission Church) Venue : Okazaki Assembly of God Church, 74 Higashi Arako, Hashira Cho, Okazaki Shi, Aichi Ken, Japan Worship Sunday Service: Morning Service: 9:00 AM - 10:20AM ( Filipino & International Service ) Japanese Service: 10:30AM to 12:00NN ( with English interpretation) Every 3rd Sunday International Service Afternoon Service: 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM ( Filipino & International Service ) Bible School Every Sunday at 3:00 pm to 4:00pm

Address 444-2148 Okazaki shi, Niki Cho Azakawagoe 48 shie Niki sou 7-503 Aichi Ken, Japan

Contact information: Phone: Mobile Phone: 080-36396749/ 090-42600163 Landline : 050-13409916 Email : info@amazinggracejp.org

Website: www.amazinggracejp.org

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