From September 21st through 24th, Kyoshu-sama visited Yamaguchi, Fukuoka and Kumamoto areas, accompanied by his wife Mayumi-okusama and his successor Masaaki-sama.
On the 22nd in Yamamguchi and the 23rd in Hakata, the Ohikari Receiving Ceremony took place with Kyoshu-sama presenting the Ohikari to new members. On the 24th in Kumamoto, the Kyushu Membership Meeting was held.
At the meeting, Kyoshu-sama gave guidance, saying that God’s purpose is to make us His own children, that is to say, God manifests Himself in this way; and to serve God means for us to have the awareness that we were born on earth in order for God to manifest.
He said that Meishu-sama clearly put forth this salvation for all of humanity with the establishment of World Church of Messiah and that Meishu-sama’s will from that time has pierced through us from beginning to end and continues to penetrate even now. He clearly explained that the time has come for us to become one, and with Meishu-sama at the forefront, serve in God’s divine work in which He accomplishes His work of salvation for all of humanity with the “Great Divine Power of God that the Messiah exercises.”
Masaaki-sama referred to how Meishu-sama used “Messiah” for his church name and a very Christian word “glory” for his organizational publication; he left words such as “act in concert with Christianity” and “World Church of Messiah will become extremely close to Christianity.”
He also expressed that Meishu-sama said in his last years that he was “born anew” – a literal embodiment of the words in the Gospel to John of the New Testament, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Masaaki-sama mentioned that even though Meishu-sama clearly showed the close and inseparable relationship between our church and Christianity, we did not draw our focus on this point for a long time.
However, with passion, he continued to say that the message that God entrusted Meishu-sama with, that all of humanity, including Christians, have been waiting for, is being taught to us for the first time by Kyoshu-sama.
Kyoshu-sama and Masaaki-sama personally answered questions from members covering a wide range of topics, and at the end, everyone sang “Ieji” (Goin’ Home).
Afterwards, Kyoshu-sama and his family exchanged handshakes with all the participants, and with a send-off from the members filled with joy, they left the venue.