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“It was amazing that many of the families who came had never heard about Jesus.”


MOSAIC SATURDAY NIGHT
On Saturday nights, about 40 people from Japanese, Korean and American families gather at Mosaic House. There is an arts and crafts time and music for the children’s Bible study hour while their parents attend English class or Bible study. Everyone then gathers for a potluck dinner featuring homemade ethnic foods and fellowship. After dinner, Pastor Brian leads music and worship downstairs. On Sundays the church meets at the Trinity Lutheran Church across the street. Brian leads worship for about 20 Koreans, but all are welcome. On the first Saturday night of the month about 50 people from all language groups gather for service.


One of those who joined early on with the Moons, Dr. Kwan Hee Lee, teaches a few Japanese couples during the adult Bible study on Saturday nights.


Lee, also Korean, says he never thought about reaching the Japanese in particular when the group was praying about the church plant. The Japanese are mostly from Buddhist backgrounds and have had little or no exposure to the gospel.


“I never thought Japanese. It’s amazing to us. It just formed in our hearts that this kind of church was needed,” he said.


Now, almost every Saturday night, the church welcomes new guests. One recent evening a young Muslim woman from Syria, her husband and young daughter visited for the first time. The woman said she thought she had ended up at the wrong address when she came inside and heard the country music and saw all the lights. New to the U.S., she confided to Jessie over dinner that she had not made any friends in two years.


She smiled and said, “I love it here, and I’ll be back.” OM


Laura Sikes is a photojournalist based in the Washington, D.C., area.


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