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Asian churches celebrate new spaces for ministry


The son of Pastor Titus Liao, Chair of the Board of FOMCIT, pins a flower on Joshua Chang as part of the dedication of new facilities at Zhong-Ping (Middle Peace) Mennonite Church in Taoyuan. David Lin, chair of the Fellowship of Mennonite Churches in Taiwan, is to Chang's right.

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For immediate release
March 1, 2005

Elkhart, Ind. — Two Mennonite congregations in Asia recently dedicated new church buildings.

The Yayoidai Church in Tokyo, Japan, held its dedication service Feb. 12, replacing a deteriorating meeting place built from cheap, post-World War II materials. The congregation, affiliated with Japan Brethren in Christ and Tokyo Area Fellowship of the Mennonite Churches, over-filled the 80-seat sanctuary, according to Mennonite Church Canada Witness representatives Kazuhiro and Lois Enomoto.

Kaz Enomoto led the service and translated greetings from partner churches. He assists the lead pastor, Pastor Tojo, through preaching and teaching while Lois serves on various committees, teaches Sunday school and children’s English class.

In Taoyuan, Taiwan, the Zhong-Ping (Middle Peace) Mennonite Church dedicated their facilities Feb. 20. Three years ago, this church plant had no members, but about 30 adults attend the church today, with sizable children's and youth groups. In November 2004, the church bought the seventh floor of an office building and converted it into a sanctuary, youth and Sunday-school rooms, a pastor's study and a baby's room.

For more background on the Yayoidai Church, see “Tokyo Mennonites weave Christian color into tapestry of life," released Dec. 28, 2004.