Daily Notes from Norman


Comment on Youth in Japan

by Norman P. Grubb

I thank God for one other thing which has stirred me in my own soul, and that is to see the Spirit of God using youth, the Spirit of God using youth. We’re used to seeing the Spirit of God using youth in the homeland to some extent. It’s less common on the mission field because we old fogies dampen it down. But God Himself seems to have arranged it here in Japan in a unique way. Again I would say, there has never been a mission field where there has been such an influx of youth in such a short period. That is youth, in the sense of inexperience on the mission field. And God knows His own business. There might be many question marks and perhaps I came with some question marks as to whether I should find some things even wilder than the west and that would take some finding! But I praise God for the sense of guidance, the sense of originality, the sense of experiment in the Holy Ghost. And I believe God is picking up in an unusual way young men and women who normally you wouldn’t expect to be picked up by way of starting new agencies and new experiments, and so on. And He’s using them for His Glory. There’ll be plenty of mistakes and plenty of bumps. But that’s how we learn. I go away from this country with great expectations. Of course, as I’ve said several times previously, it may be partly due to the fact that I’ve just come from visiting such difficult countries. But still, I do go away with great expectations. The Spirit of God is at work here. And He’s going to glorify the name of Jesus by bringing out a saved, sanctified, holy, and living church of Jesus Christ in Japan in a way that it has never been seen in the past. So I’m going to pray on with you.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Saviourhood”