福岡伝道部の住所

ハウスクネクト長老への手紙などの宛先はこちらです。

郵便番号:810-0029
福岡市中央区平尾浄水町9-16
日本福岡伝道部
ハウスクネクト・スティーヴン・敬長老

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宣教師訓練センターより

6月18日 木曜日

今日は初めての準備の日、洗濯物などで忙しいです。
先週の水曜日(6月10日)に訓練センターに入所し、名札(新米だとわかるように赤の印がついています)、部屋の鍵、そして教材を頂きました。

訓練センターの代表者とゾーンからの歓迎とオリエンテーションがあり、自己紹介を幾度かしました。最初の訓練は一番難しいものと思いました。新しい宣教師たちが集められ、一緒にひとりの求道者を教えました。グループで一人に教えるのは最も難しい教え方だと思います。それぞれの教えたいテーマが違うので、一つのテーマに焦点をおきつづけるのは難しいことです。それでも、とてもよい練習です。

食べ物は誰かがいってた程悪くはないです。もちろん’家庭料理にまさるものはなし’です。いつもサラダがあるし、サラダ巻きはとてもおいしい。

木曜日は、はじめての普通のクラス。クラスは私の二人の同僚を含めて5人。私は三人同僚組。私の同僚は、大阪出身の西澤長老(写真中央)そして東京出身の広瀬長老(写真右)。二人ともあまり英語を話さないので、日本語にどっぷりつかっています。
日本語を話さなければならない生活からはなれて一年ほどになるので少し苦痛でしたけど慣れてきました。:)

私の同僚です!

私の同僚です!

ほどんどの日はみっつのクラスにわかれています。朝食の前、昼食後、そして夕食後。教え方を学ぶことと、ただ単に学ぶことには大きな違いがあります。私たちは福音のすべての教えを基本的なレベルで学んでいます。簡潔に教えられるようにです。私たちはキリスト教の教えにかかわりのなかった人々に教えるのですから、聖書や預言者のことについて知っていると思い込まないように気を付けなければなりません。

訓練センターでの組織は想像していたものとちがいました。次のように組織されています。支部(基本的には日本に召された宣教師たち)、ゾーン(約10組の同僚たち)、区(5人の宣教師)、そして私の同僚と私。ハーフ日本人宣教師がたくさんいます。

模擬レッスンをたくさんしています。教師たちが私たちの求道者です(彼らや彼らの友人たちの経験を背景とし、教会員ではないという設定です)。
教師たちを教えるというのは難しい! 裁かれているような気がします!

メールの時間切れなので、これで締めくくります。:(
この次には写真をもっとおくります(日本についてから、、、)。
皆さんの愛に感謝しています。

“Mission week 1 and 2”: at the MTC

Here is Elder Houseknecht’s first email from the mission field! (Well, technically, from the MTC.)

June 18th:
“Well, I’m in the MTC now!
Today (Thursday) is my first preparation day, so I’ve been running around doing laundry and such.

“I got to the MTC last Wednesday and got checked in. I was given a name tag (with a red sticker on it to show that I’m new), a room key, and a bunch of study materials. There were a few orientation meetings–a welcome from the MTC presidency and a zone welcome–so I got to introduce myself multiple times. The first training activity we did was probably the most difficult: all the new missionaries got together in a room and taught an investigator*. Teaching by committee is probably the hardest way to teach. It’s really hard to stay focused on a topic, because everyone wants to focus on something different. It was still really good practice though.

*investigator: a person who is interested in learning the gospel and is having lessons or discussions with the missionaries (“investigating”)

“…The food here isn’t as bad as some people have said it is, but of course nothing beats home cooked meals. They usually serve a salad, and there are some salad wraps that are really good.

“Thursday was my first regular class. I’m in a class with four other elders, including my two companions. Yes, I’m in a three-man companionship. My companions are Elder Nishizawa (in the middle of the photo) from Osaka and Elder Hirose (on the right) from Tokyo. Neither of them speak that much English, so I’ve been totally immersed in Japanese all the time. It’s been a little stressful, since it’s been almost a year since I’ve used had to use Japanese, but I’m getting used to it.  🙂

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Elder Houseknecht (on the left of the photo) and his two companions!

“Most days there are three class periods–before breakfast, after lunch, and after dinner. Learning how to teach is very different from just learning. We’ve been studying every aspect of the gospel at its most basic level, so that we can teach it simply. Especially because we’ll be teaching people without a Christian background, we have to be careful not to assume they know about things like the bible or prophets.

“The organization of the MTC is a little different from what I expected: there’s my branch (basically all the missionaries going to Japan), my zone (around ten or so companionships), my district (five missionaries total), and then there’re my companions and me.
“There are a lot of half-Japanese missionaries here.

“We’ve been doing a lot of practice lessons–the teachers pretend to be non-members, using their own experiences or their friends’ experiences as background, and we have to teach them. It’s pretty hard, mostly because we’re teaching the teachers, so it feels like we’re being judged!

“Anyway, I’m out of email time, so I’ll have to end here 😦
I’ll send more pictures next time (when I’ll finally be in Japan).

“Thank you so much for your support and love!”

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To read more about LDS “Mormon” Missionary work, click [ HERE ].  If you have any other questions, leave a comment below, and we will do our best to answer in the next post!  🙂

How to write a missionary

We recently received a letter from the Fukuoka Japan Mission president, C. Samuel Gustafson, telling us how excited he and his wife are that Stephen is coming to their mission, and sharing some words of comfort and counsel.
In their letter, they mentioned an article on the best ways to support missionaries from “the home front”. The principles in the article were really enlightening, and a great help in knowing some of the best things to share in the letters or emails we send to our missionaries! So we wanted to share some of what the article said here. 🙂

“The Lord taught a principle that can be applied to missionaries and their families and friends when He admonished, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). Once your missionary enters the MTC, everything you say and do should help him or her stay focused on the task and challenges ahead.

“The letters and packages you send carry powerful messages to your missionary and to his or her companion. A letter from home can be like pure spring water to the thirsty soul. What you say in a letter may very well be the highlight of the week.

“It is natural when writing a letter to write about those things in which you are involved. May we suggest, however, that when you write your missionary, you try to limit describing what is going on at home. Rather than telling about sporting events or who is dating whom, center your comments on the gospel of Jesus Christ and missionary work. Ask for whom you could pray. Follow with interest the progress of your missionary’s investigators. Share a favorite scripture or describe a lesson from your life that might apply to a situation the missionary is facing. This will help your faithful missionary to continue putting his hand to the plough without looking back and being distracted by events at home.”

(“Helping from Home”; Ensign, July 2003 issue)

We’re really excited to hear more from Stephen, and we’re so grateful for the wonderful mission president he’s going to have while he’s in Japan. We know that Stephen will be blessed as he does the Lord’s work!

宣教師訓練センター行き

MTCに向かうタクシーに乗りました~

宣教師訓練センターに向かうタクシーに乗りました~

宣教師たちはイエス・キリストの愛の教えを宣べ伝えるという業に専念するすることができるように、彼らの直接の指導者である伝道部会長の指示に基いて、彼らの家族、友人、指導者、又彼らによって教会に導びかれた人々とメールによって交流するようにと、教会の指導者により指示されています。

宣教師たちには週に一度、準備の日(Preparation-day, ピーデイ)が与えられています。この日に彼らは買い物、住宅の掃除、洗濯、メールや手紙を書き、また、時間が許せばスポーツ、奉仕、観光地を訪問するなど健全な活動を行い、新しい週に備えます。    多くの場合、ピーデイは月曜日です。                      6月15日はハウスクネクト長老の初めてのピーデイ。私たちはハウスクネクト長老からの初めてのメールを楽しみにしています。

ハウスクネクト長老はユタ州プロボ市のMTC(Mission Training Center – 宣教師訓練センター)で2週間訓練を受け、6月23日に最終目的地である日本福岡伝道部にむかいます。

ハウスクネクト長老のブログで彼からのメッセージを毎週分かち合います。彼の宣教師としてのアドベンチャーの報告をお楽しみに!

And off he went!

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On June 10th Stephen entered the Provo Missionary Training Center (MTC)!!

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Stephen on the shuttle that will take him to the MTC

In order to help missionaries stay focused on the Lord’s work, the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints “have determined that missionaries may, under the guidelines established by their mission president, communicate with their family, friends, priesthood leaders, and new converts via email during their missionary service.”
Usually this is only once a week, on Preparation day (P-day), which is usually on Mondays. We look forward to hearing from him on his first P-day!

Preparation days are reserved for missionaries to prepare for the upcoming week.  That’s when they go shopping, clean their apartment, do their laundry, write emails and letters, and occasionally, when there’s enough time, do some wholesome activities, like service, sports, or sightseeing.  

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Stephen will be at the MTC till June 23rd, when he will fly to Fukuoka Japan.  Until then, here is his mailing address:
Elder Stephen Kei Houseknecht
Provo Missionary Training Center
JUN23 JPN-FKU

2005 N 990 East
Provo, UT 84604
United States

Your uplifting and encouraging words will be greatly appreciated!  Thank you for your continual support!

We will update Stephen’s blog weekly, as he sends us emails.  We hope you enjoy following his adventures!!

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To read more about LDS “Mormon” Missionary work, click [ HERE ].  If you have any other questions, leave a comment below!  🙂

Hello world!!

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On March 4th, 2015 Stephen Houseknecht was called to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) in the Japan Fukuoka mission, his report date is June 10th, 2015.
He will first be flying to the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo Utah where he will be trained for about 2 weeks by Church leaders before being sent on to Japan.

This blog (kept by his mother and sisters) is where his weekly emails and occasional photos will be published so you can read all about his adventures!!

( To read more about LDS “Mormon” Missionary work, click [ HERE ] )

ハウスクネクト敬は、6月10日より2年間、末日聖徒イエス・キリスト教会の専任宣教師として奉仕することになりました!

奉仕の地は日本福岡伝道部です。福岡伝道部は九州地方と沖縄地方を含みます。6月10日よりユタ州プロボ市の宣教師訓練センターにて訓練を受けた後福岡へと向かいます。
専任宣教師として、愛と赦しの大切さ、家族の絆の大切さを説くイエス・キリストの教えを携えその教えを分かち合い、地域の人々に奉仕するこの機会は素晴らしいものです。
敬は自分の先祖の国で奉仕できるこの機会に感謝しています。
私たちは今アメリカに住んでいますが、いつもふるさとである日本を想います。
敬に日本で奉仕できる機会が与えられ、私たちの心は喜びと感謝の気持ちでいっぱいです。

いつも多くの暖かい見守りと愛を私たち家族に与えてくださり本当にありがとうございます。
これからも私たち家族は、いつも皆さんの親切をおぼえ、イエス・キリストの愛の模範に従い奉仕の生活を続けていきます。
日本は私たちの心のふるさとです。日本で‘ハーモニー’を応援してくださっている皆さんにまたいつかお会いできる日がありますように。
どうかご自愛ください。

心からの愛と感謝をこめて
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