Shinsho Kirisuto Kyoukai, the first Japanese AG church (located in Takinogawa, Kita-ku, Tokyo) starts up Soka Shinsho Kirisuto Evangelistic Post in Soka-shi, Saitama. Pastor Hiromasa Amano graduates from CBC (Central Bible College), is appointed by Shinsho Kyoukai, and is sent as a pioneering evangelist to Soka.
Becomes an evangelistic post directly supported by Japan Assemblies of God. Pastor Amano requests for missionaries from overseas. (British and Americans from YWAM and) a seminary graduate from Canada’s Eastern Pentecostal Bible College is sent. Pastor Amano starts an English conversation school. Many students come in and out of the pioneer church.
Pastor Amano organizes lectures on education in public halls. (Lecturers include a president of a missions school, a headmaster, and teachers.) One after another, people are lead to become Christians, and the foundation of the church is laid.
Many children attend CS (Church School). Pastor Amano starts services for foreigners in English. The Canadian missionary is officially appointed.
Matsubara Chapel is rented and started as a second chapel. Services for Filipinos in Tagalog is started.
Missionaries are sent from Pastor Amano’s brother church. Brazilian services in Portuguese and Korean services in Korean are started.
Along with the start of the international services, the church starts to be built up as an international church. The church experiences a revival, which Pastor Amano had been seeking, on a small scale. Many people come from all over Japan seeking the Lord. Along with that, many people are baptized and/or enter into the ministry. As a result, Holy Spirit Bible School (HSBS) is founded.
Team ministry is started in accordance with a vision Pastor Amano receives from the Lord. Church planting and pioneering is increased domestically and overseas.
RIS (Riverside International School) is founded inside the church. RIS has an integrated education from elementary to high school. Pastor Amano’s wife, Mrs. Yurika Amano, takes the position of president.
As a result of the prayers of the church, Shalom, Gloria, Eternal, Joyful, Hallelujah buildings are made available for the church’s use just like Pastor Amano saw in a vision.
Pastor Amano is given a clear vision on his travel to Nanki. Many signs are given afterwards to confirm the vision.
Holy Spirit Training School (HSTS) is started as a learning and training school for church members. Pastor Amano is sent out to speak domestically and overseas as an influential vessel who nurtures future workers.
Gains independent corporate status. Expansion into Asakusa Chapel, Okayama Tsudaka Church, Yashio Chapel, etc. 14 places domestically and 25 places overseas. Evangelistic pioneering is continued in church-planting style by evangelists and missionaries birthed in Soka. Those bases become evangelistic posts and then independent churches, continuing the expansion.
20th anniversary, Israel tour, AKOS Hall Celebratory Feast, Riverside Café and Memorial Stone are accomplished. Pastor Amano receives the title of Doctor of Theology from Washington University.
Pastor Kazuho Maki, who was sent out from RC, dedicates the newly built Okayama Riverside Church under the leadership of Pastor Amano. Pastor Amano starts to move toward the realization of WRC, the vision given to him in 2007.
Cell groups progress, centered around those who completed HSTS. Bible, pastoral, evangelism, and preaching schools are started to further missions and to nurture successors.
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