With the Seminary in Japan

The latest extension school of the Seventh-day Advent­ist Theological Seminary of Andrews University was con­ducted during the months of February and March, 1962. It was held on the campus of Japan Missionary College, some forty miles southeast of Tokyo, Japan, which in the past has played a major role in the training of Japanese ministers.

SIEGFRIED H. HORN, Professor of Archeology and History of Antiquity, Andrews University

The latest extension school of the Seventh-day Advent­ist Theological Seminary of Andrews University was con­ducted during the months of February and March, 1962. It was held on the campus of Japan Missionary College, some forty miles southeast of Tokyo, Japan, which in the past has played a major role in the training of Japanese ministers. Situ­ated in a rural area near the western shore of Tokyo Bay, it is very conducive to study and was an ideal place for our course.

The college was host to seventy workers, of whom forty-nine came from the four main islands of Japan, six from Okinawa, twelve from Korea, two from Taiwan, and one from Singa­pore. Although the majority of the stu­dents were pastors, practically every branch of the organ­ized work was repre­sented, for we had evangelists, teachers of colleges and acad­emies, an editor, a chaplain of a sani­tarium, the dean of a college, the prin­cipal of an academy, a Bible instructor, and departmental sec­retaries in our group. The administrative leaders of the Japan Union Mission con­sidered this school of such importance that they released practically their whole work­ing force and sent them to the extension school. The number of participants from Korea was not so great as from Japan, but every worker who had been able to obtain a permit from his government had come to Japan to attend this course.

The teaching team was comprised of R. A. Anderson, secretary of the General Conference Ministerial Association, T. H. Blincoe, Bible teacher of Japan Mission­ary College and newly appointed assistant professor of theology at the Theological Seminary, and S. H. Horn. R. A. Anderson taught the course in evangelistic leader­ship, T. H. Blincoe gave the timely course in righteousness by faith, and S. H. Horn presented the two courses archeology and the Bible and introduction to the Old Testament. Three of the four courses of­fered were taught with the help of trans­lators; the last-mentioned course was taught in English.

Yoshio Seino, of Japan Missionary Col­lege, and Koei Aka, secretary of the Oki­nawa Mission, served as translators. Much of the success of the extension school was due to the able and devoted work of these translators to whom I want to offer a spe­cial word of tribute. It is difficult enough for an English-speaking teacher to give in­struction with the help of a translator in another Indo-European language, such as Spanish or French, as I know from practi­cal experience obtained in past extension schools. But one encounters much greater difficulties teaching in a language such as Japanese, which is of an entirely different structure, has a vocabulary that shows no similarities with English, and which is written in a script consisting of many hundreds of characters, of which the teacher cannot read a single one. In such a case one is entirely dependent on the translator.

Fortunately, our translators were excel­lent. During a brief visit to Japan six years ago Yoshio Seino translated for me for the first time, and from those who were able to judge I learned that he did an ex­ceptionally fine job. When he learned that I was coming and that he would have to translate for me, he read one of my books on archeology in order to become familiar with the terms and idiomatic expressions I might use. Knowing his qualifications from that experience, it was only natural for me to make a special request to the college for Brother Seino's.release to us as translator. Although this request posed problems for the college where he taught as a full-time teacher, my request was granted, and he served R. A. Anderson and me as an extremely able translator. Koei Aka, our second translator, had been one of Elder Blincoe's students in college and was therefore well equipped to translate for his former teacher. Without the excel­lent work of these two men we would have been entirely helpless, and a special word of gratitude is due them and many others throughout the world field who serve the cause as qualified translators for missionaries and visiting administrators, as well as of books and articles.

As director of the extension school I was assisted in all matters pertaining to hous­ing, catering, and other material needs by Robert J. Spangler, secretary of the minis­terial association of the Far Eastern Divi­sion. He and Hiroshi Imura, business man­ager of the college, were responsible for the fact that our school ran smoothly and efficiently. Their work and care was deeply appreciated by teachers and students alike. Mrs. R. A. Anderson served the faculty as secretary.

When the extension school was first planned, it was thought to be impos­sible to conduct it at the college because facilities were taxed to the utmost by an enrollment that had more than doubled during the past few years. Therefore, plans were made to conduct our school in the evangelistic center at Osaka, Japan's second largest city. By utilizing every nook and corner of that building and of the Korean church as sleeping quarters, it was hoped to accommodate up to fifty students. Shortly before the course began, the way opened for conducting it in new and un­occupied buildings of a junior academy erected in the vicinity of the college cam­pus.

Although these buildings were not quite finished when we moved in, all our students were happy to cooperate, for this change of locality made a much larger at­tendance possible. Although hardships were involved, they were borne willingly and without complaints. Everyone was happy that this change, advantageous in a number of ways, was made.

Although the program was extremely strenuous, all participants entered into it cheerfully and willingly. They were so eager to obtain as much information as possible during the eight weeks that it was hard to persuade most of them to enroll in not more than three of the four courses offered. I have never seen a group of work­ers who were more eager and studious. They realized that it would be many years before they would have another such op­portunity and they wanted to make the most of it.

On weekends R. A. Anderson and I visited many churches, usually preaching twice every Sabbath. Although this was a strenuous program, it gave us a good opportunity to become acquainted with many of our church members and institutions, and to serve some of the many churches that were left without pastors because of their attendance at the extension school. In this way we also saw a good deal of the country, and by visiting the large cities of Japan we became conversant with the tremendous problems our workers face in that small country with its large popula­tion of more than ninety-four million peo­ple.

Concurrent with the extension school an evangelistic campaign was conducted by R. A. Anderson at the evangelistic center in Tokyo. He preached every Sunday and Wednesday nights to large and apprecia­tive audiences. Jack Sager, the pastor-evan­gelist of the Tokyo Central church, will continue these meetings, and there are good prospects that several dozens of new members will be added to our church dur­ing the next few months.

Our workers in Japan are a conscien­tious group of men and women, earnestly and faithfully endeavoring to carry out their Lord's commission. The burden of the unfinished task weighs heavily upon them, and they are desperately seeking to find ways and means to bring the Advent message to their fellow men. Their work is not easy. They meet indifference and re­ligious philosophies completely alien to that of Christianity, but there are also en­couraging signs, and all our workers hope and pray for the day when the millions of Japan will awake and recognize their spirit­ual needs, which only the Christian faith can meet.

In Korea, on the other hand, from where twelve representatives attended the exten­sion school, the work is growing so fast and at such an unprecedented scale that our workers cannot cope with the opportuni­ties.

In that land an awakening is being experienced that shows what the Lord can do. No one knows how long it will last. May we as a church do our utmost to help our brethren in Korea to step into the openings and take advantage of the op­portunities as long as they last.

During the week following the close of the extension school in Japan another such school began in Manila for the work­ers residing in the southern half of the Far Eastern Division.

The next seminary extension school will be held at Helderberg College, from De­cember 5, 1962, to January 15, 1963, for the workers of the Southern African Divi­sion.

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SIEGFRIED H. HORN, Professor of Archeology and History of Antiquity, Andrews University

July 1962

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