Published On: Thu, May 16th, 2013

Ravenscroft will share her mission stories here Sunday

COLERIDGE — Amy Ravenscroft, a 1969 Coleridge high school graduate, has been traveling the U.S. sharing stories about the mission work she has been involved with in Japan for over 30 years.

Ravenscroft arrived back in the States in February and has been sharing her work as a missionary with TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) with churches in Arizona, Texas, Arkansas, Michigan, and Wisconsin and will be traveling to churches in Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois.

Sunday morning Ravenscroft will be speaking at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Coleridge, her family’s home church.

She will be at the Evangelical Free Church in Concord June 2 at 7 p.m. and will also be at churches in Ponca, Newcastle and North Platte.

Ravenscroft, has strong ties to the Coleridge area.

She and her siblings grew up in Coleridge. In 1902, her grandfather, George A. Gray started the bank in Coleridge, which later became known as the Coleridge National Bank.

Ravenscroft will be returning to Japan Sept. 3 with the goal of starting a new church.

“I have spent three years laying the ground work to start a new church,” Ravenscroft said. “I will be preaching once a month — which will be new for me.”

During the years she has been living in Japan, Ravenscroft has been teaching cooking and English classes, leading Bible studies and is involved in a Coffee Shop ministry.

“It’s a way to meet people. There are certain places that you cannot share your faith in Jesus. You have to be careful,” Ravenscroft said. “You can start a church but you have to make sure it is okay with all of the neighbors first.”

Buddhism and Shintoism are the main religions in Japan and less than one percent of the people are Christians according to Ravenscroft.

There has been a surge of growth in Christianity in the area that was affected by a ferocious tsunami two years ago.

A number of churches and other groups responded with aid at the time of the tsunami, but after the physical needs were met, the Christians were the only ones to stay on.

They continued to help with emotional and heart care needs such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“A lot of help was brought in to the area at the time but the Christians stayed and continued to provide relief,” Ravenscroft said. “With it there has been great growth in Christianity.”

As a result of the love and help received from the Christians an annual celebration that had been held in one of the towns in Japan was halted.

Pick up this week’s issue of the Coleridge Blade to read more!