Replace Yakushima JPN Church Roof

$2,135 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 10 months
The Miyanoura Christ Church is located on the island of Yakushima in southern Japan, only reachable by a two to four hour ferry ride, or by airplane. Where in the world is Yakushima? Notice the little red circle.

Both the church and parsonage were built more than 50 years ago by a missionary who went to their reward many years ago. The former 78 year-old pastor of the church is no longer able to work due to illness. He has asked the Japan Bethel Mission (JBM) to become its overseer. JBM is a small group of four full-Gospel churches in Japan including Tokyo, Rikuzen Takada, Kurume and Munakata cities. All are directly related to the Bethel Fellowship International in Washington state. JBM has no available ministers to go to the island and oversee the flock of four believers. However, since retiring the pastorate of a JBM church, as a missionary I am able to visit the church at least once a month to build up and encourage the faith of the believers. 

31103400_1530858537411348_r.jpegL to R: Missionary Nils Olson, Believers: Etsuko KURISAKI, Kimiyo KINBARA and Daisuke SHIBA. 

Upon my first trip last month, I slept in the church parsonage (left). It was an unhealthy couple of nights sleeping in the moldy, mildewy and leaky-roof former pastor's residence. Because of the leaky roof, the entire house is in DIRE NEED of remodeling (new walls, ceilings, floors and bathroom). I asked for a local architect to come over and give an estimate for remodeling, however, he said, "Remodeling would not be wise until the entire roof is replaced." Thus, I asked him for a new roof estimate.

Moneys from this gofundme project will be fully used (with the exception of gofundme's 2.9% portion) for the replacement of the parsonage roof. From the photo above the roof may look fine, however, photos of ceilings on the  inside of the house show clearly that it leaks badly in every room. 

31103400_1530859564662383_r.jpegLiving room ceiling-1

31103400_1530859597406714_r.jpegLiving room ceiling-2

31103400_1530859648148024_r.jpegBedroom ceiling-1

31103400_1530859671523143_r.jpegToilet room ceiling


These are only a few photos of ceilings, but every room has this kind of water damage due to the bad roof. I will also post a photo of the floor plan of the parsonage. The building is not that large, for which we are thankful, because if it were any larger, the replacement cost would be much higher.

In 1993 Yakushima was recognized as a World Heritage Site since which the island has seen a tremendous increase of travelers from around the world. Perhaps the oldest cedar trees in the world are found in the mountains of the island. As in many places in Japan's countryside, especially islands, young people leave to go live and work in the metropolises. Yakushima has suffered the same plight, leaving only a small number of believers in the church. However, there are still some 13,000 inhabitants on the island, and only this one church to reach them with the Gospel.

Since summers are so extremely hot and humid in southern Japan, the architect said a good time to replace the roof would be in the fall, perhaps beginning in mid-September, 2018. Here is a copy of the architect's  estimate to replace the roof:

   Roof Construction: ¥    897,150    
Overhead Expenses: ¥    134,573
                        Sub Total: ¥ 1,031,723   
                                     Tax: ¥        82,538
                        Discount: ¥      -14,260    
                             TOTAL: ¥ 1,100,000    

Estimate Cost: ¥1,100,000 @ 110.65 ¥ per $ (6Jul) = US $  9,941.26
We have rounded up the estimate to $10,000 for this particular gofundme project.
Perhaps taken out of context, but I think this verse relates well to this roof replacement project. Nehemiah 4:10 says, 

In Judah it was said, “The strength of those who bear the burdens is failing. There is too much rubble. By ourselves we will not be able to rebuild the (roof) wall.”  ESV (parenthetical is my edit).

Your consideration of participating in this project, plus your believing that all things are possible, will be a tremendous encouragement to the Miyanoura Christ Church on the island of Yakushima, JAPAN.

Thank you so very much for taking time to read through this project description. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Nils OLSON, Missionary
Japan Bethel Mission, Tokyo, Japan
Bethel Fellowship International, Federal Way WA, USA
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Hello from Japan. Just received a picture of the new roof that was put on the Miyanoura Christ Church parsonage on Yaku Island off the southern point of Kyushu.

Now that the leaks have been denied access to the rooms under the roof, we will be concentrating on and praying for funds to do much, much needed remodel and repair work to the inside.

We count it s great for the part each of you is playing in this important project. Blessings to you,
—Nils & Andrea Olson
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We spent three nights and four days on the southern round island of Yakushima last weekend. Got home a few hours ago.

We got on the local train here in Munakata, went to Hakata and changed to the Bullet Train and went to the southern most city of Kagoshima on Kyushu where we then boated for an almost two-hour ride on a jetfoil named Flying Fish to Yaku Island. You might wonder why we made the trip. Well, we went to encourage and build up the five believers of the only church on the island of 13,000 people. Yes, four believers, one of whom we were privileged to baptize.

Such beauty on the island, flowers before unseen, food common to residents there including deer and flying fish. Spent all day yesterday driving around the island (about 100 plus kilometers) where we saw beaches full of washed up coral; deer and monkeys basking in the afternoon sun in the middle of the road; a huger than huge banyan tree; and offshore live volcanos.

Nils is planning on going once a month to encourage the tiny flock, going together with Andrea every other month. Can’t both go monthly due to travel costs. The former pastor, who had been there for 50 years or so, couldn’t do it anymore due to weakness from TB that flared up again after many years. He asked the JAPAN Bethel Mission to step in and help. Since we’re retired now, we feel we are able to go and encourage them, but not pastor. We’ll work together with other Japan Bethel Mission pastors.

It was an awesome weekend and we believe God has not forgotten the other 12,995 people of the island. It is for them that we feel God is revitalizing us in our spirits to keep going and going and going. Yes, we want to be EVER READY!

Thinking of you this evening,

—nils & andrea

PS: Construction on the re-roofing of the church parsonage will take place in the next month or so. They are waiting for the typhoon season to pass completely before they begin. Construction material has already been ordered. We will keep you updated. The church believers have been greatly moved by your giving hearts to see this much needed re-roofing come to pass.
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GREAT NEWS! The goal for generating funds for replacing the parsonage roof at the Miyanoura Christ Church on the island of Yakushima, JAPAN has been reached by a generous donation from a church that has faithfully supported our missionary work for many, many years.

After the roof has been replaced in the next couple months, we’ll get an estimate for repairing the damage to the inside ceilings, walls and floors and post an additional GoFundMe fundraiser.

All of you who have given toward this GoFundMe project have blessed the small flock of believers of the Miyanoura Christ Church. Now, get ready for the fulfillment of “Give, and it shall be given to you . . .” In some way you’re going to be blessed.

—nils & andrea olson
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Update on Roof Replacement of Yakushima, JAPAN parsonage.

Yen 80,000 (about $700) was offered in Japan and will be given directly to the project in Japan.

Aren't you thankful for the roof that is over your head? It keeps you warm, protects you from the elements of wind, rain, sleet and snow. God is like that, you know.

Thank you again for the part you have played, are playing and will play in this project.

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