English Language Student's Heart Turns to God

English language school adapts to online lessons during COVID-19 crisis in Osaka.

Northern Asia-Pacific Division (NSD)

[Japan] Chie Chinyama and her husband (pictured right with their daughter) run an English school in Osaka. One of Chie’s former students, whom she has known for the past thirteen years, decided to begin attending church during the COVID-19 crisis. Chie considers this decision a direct answer to prayer. She states, “problems are God’s opportunity. I believe God will tell us what we need, when we need it!”

Chie and her husband had just finished setting up for online lessons before the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to close the English school. Because the online lesson services will be adopted in the future and Zoom has various functions, they were able to improve what they do with the lessons. Despite the trying times, they have been able to keep 90% of their students by using online lessons and have even attracted some new ones.

Pictured here is a snapshot of students already wearing face masks in the English Language School just prior to its forced closure.

Contributed by Akemi Duarte, Women's Ministries director of the Japanese Union Conference

Published in Mosaic newsletter, 2020 Q3, summer issue