The Youth Rush student literature evangelism program is thriving across the country.
Youth Rush Japan, a student literature evangelism program of the Japan Union Conference (JUC), was launched in the summer of 2016 at the Setagaya Seventh-day Adventist Church in Tokyo, Japan.
In that first season, only seven students participated. Three years later, between February and March 2019, more than 40 young people took part in four consecutive programs, and since 2016, 111 young people have participated.
“Big things happened,” said Youth Rush Japan coordinator Daniel Fukuda. “At the Tokai Christian Center, 18 people showed an interest in Bible studies, which the local church will follow up on. At the Sodegaura church, five people came to church during the program on Sabbath through the personal invitations by the students who went door-to-door,” he added.
“From March 22 to 26, we also had our very first Youth Rush Conference. About 40 Youth Rush participants gathered at Setagaya Youth Church for a weekend of prayer, revival, and fellowship,” Fukuda said. “They distributed 100,000 tracts in Tokyo in one day!”
General Conference publishing ministries director Almir Marroni visited the summer programs in Sodegaura and Tokai and went door-to-door with some of the students.
Fukuda often participates as well. “As a leader, I go door-to-door with various students every day to observe, train, and support them,” Fukuda said.
Below, Fukuda tells a few of the experiences he witnessed.
“One day, one of our Youth Rush students came across a grumpy and cold old man, or ‘grandpa,’ as they sometimes affectionately call a senior person in Japan. He told her, ‘I can’t read! I am blind, and I hate religion!’ He seemed to have terrible eyesight and was in a bad mood.