Inaugural Events in Japan: Ravi Zacharias and Team Host Conference and Open Forum in Tokyo

Posted by on August 31, 2018
Topic: Blog

On Saturday evening, September 22 from 6:00–8:00 p.m., Hope Church Tokyo will host RZIM’s first-ever open forum in Japan, where Ravi Zacharias will speak on “Who Is God?” To begin the event, Tracy Trinita, a former international model, will share from her experience searching for answers to life’s biggest questions. This open forum will have live Japanese translation, a time of Q&A, and all are welcome to attend.

Earlier that day, Ravi and members of the global team–Tracy Trinita (Indonesia), Max Jeganathan (Singapore), Dan Paterson (Australia), and Michelle Tepper (US)–will address issues of human value, morality, and faith in a series of talks, all with live translation into Japanese. This ground-breaking, half-day conference will be held from 1:00–5:00 p.m. at Hope Church Tokyo, whose team first invited RZIM to address Japanese audiences on these important topics.

In addition to these events, Ravi and the team will engage with key leaders from the Christian community, including church leaders, marketplace professionals, student ministry workers, and missionaries, which have had a long history in Japan. Christian missionaries first came to Japan hundreds of years ago but today, despite their faithful efforts, less than one percent of Japan’s 126 million people claim to be Christians. In fact, the vast majority of Japanese people have never met a Christian, seen a Bible, or have even heard about Jesus.

A social issue rampant among young people in Japan is the prevalence of suicide. Despite this need to address questions of existence and meaning, there is an aversion to organized religion in Japanese society due to an act of domestic terrorism that occurred in 1995, the perpetrators of which were executed in July of this year. These circumstances have created many barriers for the people of Japan to hear the Christian worldview as a credible message of hope, especially amongst the younger generation.

This summer, the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in Oxford, UK, graduated its first theology student from Japan, Yutaro Kato. Yutaro was born in Japan and graduated from one of the country’s top universities and comes from a long family line of Christians in his home city of Fukuoka, where his uncle and grandfather now lead the church. Yutaro first heard a recording of a message by Ravi online and soon became interested to study on the OCCA one-year program. He will join the RZIM team for these upcoming events in his home country.

Wrapping up the weekend, the RZIM team will spread out across the city of Tokyo to speak at local churches, encouraging and equipping Christians to always be prepared to give a reason for hope in Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:15).


Schedule at-a-glance

Afternoon Conference | Sept. 22, 1:00–5:00 p.m. JST (GMT+9)

Ravi Zacharias and the global team will address topics and questions on human value, morality, and faith in a series of talks, all with live translation into Japanese. Registration is not required.

“Answering Life’s Big Questions” Key Topics:

“Does God have a plan for my life?” – Tracy Trinita

“If God loves me, why do bad things happen?” – Dan Paterson

“How can we claim that Christianity is the only way?” – Max Jeganathan

“What proof is there that God loves me?” – Michelle Tepper


Open Forum | Sept. 22, 6:00–8:00 p.m. JST (GMT+9)

Ravi Zacharias will speak on “Who Is God?” at Hope Church Tokyo. To kick-off the event, Tracy Trinita will share from her life experiences as a former international model in search for answers to life’s biggest questions. This public event will also have live Japanese translation, followed by a time of Q&A, and all are welcome to attend. Registration is not required.


Sunday Services | Sept. 23, various times

Max Jeganathan at Kurume Bible Fellowship (KBF) – 9:30 a.m., with Q&A session following

Tracy Trinita at Hope Church at 10:30 a.m. and Lifehouse Church at 5:30 p.m.

Dan Paterson at Lifehouse Church – 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Michelle Tepper at Every Nation Church – 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.


For more information, refer to the weekend events page, as well as the conference and open forum event pages on Facebook.