Urgent Need for two individual positions! Pre-School Teacher and an English Teacher in NEW Japanese Christian School
Shimonoseki Christ Bible Church in Shimonoseki, Japan is starting a new outreach to the families in the surrounding cities by starting a New Pre-School. MISSION STATEMENT:
The Shimonoseki-Japan team seeks to glorify God among the Japanese by cultivating a church-planting movement throughout Shimonoseki City in partnership with Shimonoseki Christ Bible Church.URGENT NEED for an ENGLISH TEACHER and a PRE-SCHOOL TEACHER
We are searching for qualified teachers who will commit for a year but consider a longer journey. The positon for the English Teacher is described as such
The support is supplied at 1000 dollars per month. This is a tremendous opportunity to be involved in church-planting and evangelism outreach through ministering to the felt need of education. The school will be run entirely in English with bi-lingual helpers available. Our church has been reaching out in English Conversational Classes for the past 10 years and we are expanding this coming year. The applicant must be english native speaking.The position for a Pre-School Teacher is described as such:
The first 12 months would be Self-Funded and there after support is supplied at 1000 dollars per month. This is a tremendous opportunity to be involved in church-planting and evangelism outreach through ministering to the felt need of education. The school will be run entirely in English with bi-lingual helpers available. Our church has been reaching out in English Conversational Classes for the past 10 years and we are expanding this coming year. The applicant must be english native speaking.If interested, please contact Tony through EMAIL In the United States call 540-266-4971 or 540-986-5007 Eastern Standard TimeOur Story...
We are (in a good way) desperate to finish this puzzle of God's leading us to a new ministry in Shimonoseki. After 22 years in Japan I have no doubt that this has the most potential for outreach of anything that we have accomplished in Jesus so far.
They will be working in minstry with myself, my wife, several Japanese co-workers so it will be a team effort - BUT they would be leading the school teaching, and have much say in the running of the outreach. We are going to be using YWAM 's wonderful foundation curriculum for the pre-school so that is decided. Ministry wise I would consider us conservative in theology but aggressive in evangelism and creative in outreach. So, why start a pre-school in Japan?
Why not just start another church? Japan has the least percentage of believers per capital in all of Asia. Most people will not walk in off of the street and ask, "Will you teach me the Bible?", although we have had rare occasions in which this has happened. One obstacle which has been very difficult to overcome in the past is the tremendous time that school activities consume for both the parent and the child. Frequently school events are held during the same hours as the Sunday service. Students spend long hours not only studying at after school tutoring sessions but also in after school sports activities. The time a Japanese student spends in school-related activites far outweighs the time spent at home. It is true that the place one spends the majority of his time will be the place where the child is influenced the most.
Since it is difficult for us to change the culture in which we live, we have had to learn ways of presenting the gospel to the Japanese in their time frame, in their cultural context. One of the ways which has seen much fruit not only here in Japan but also in other parts of Asia, where education is high on the list of priorities, is through the Christian Kindergarten outreach. Over 63% of the children who enter primary school in Japan enter some type of preschool. “The trend to earlier and earlier education is increasing with special subjects for kindergarten students including English". The Japanese Educational System Most Japanese parents are highly motivated to teach their children English from a young age.
This is evidenced by the booming business that English DVD's, games, and software is making in the Japanese market. “According to the Yano Research Institute, a private think tank, the English conversation market for preschoolers through to 15-year-olds was worth $768 million in 2004. The same year parents spent $388 million on books, cassettes, games and other materials. A recent survey by Benesse Corp, which runs the Berlitz chain of language schools and produces learning materials, found that 14% of households with children of preschool age sent their offspring to English lessons. An estimated 21% of Japanese five-year-olds are studying English - the figure was just 6% in 2000” as noted by News from Guardian.Co.Uk
We would like to combine the interest that parents have in teaching their children English with their interest in providing early childhood education into an opportunity to teach their children with a strong, biblically based curriculum. In this way, English education will take place within a scriptural context and also give us the opportunity to teach the parents biblically based parenting skills. Children will come home with Bible verses to memorize, praise songs on their lips, and Bible stories in their minds to share with their mothers and fathers. Evangelism will be taking place not only through their children but also though the testimony of godly teachers and biblical parental mentoring. This model has already been used successfully in cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.
A church we visited reported that as many as 2/3rds of the parents of their kindergarten class had accepted Christ and most all involved in some type of a Bible study. As you can see this is an exciting avenue to reach the lost of Shimonoseki. But we still do not have an experienced pre-school teacher to help in this new venture.
We are aiming to have at least 20 children at the outset. These children will be guided by one experienced teacher, one fresh college graduate, and one bilingual helper.
Teaching supplies advice... is also needed.. We need someone who has experience in this area to help us at this important initial stage. If you or someone you know is interested in this very unique evangelistic opportunity, please let us know.
In addition...You can find out more about our ministry with these links below. Pioneers in Japan The Haug Family New Beginning Pre-school is sponsored by our church-Shimonoseki Christ Bible Church
Thank you for taking the time to visit with us.
Marcia and Tony Haug