Metro Area: Keihanshin, 19 million
Kyoto more than any other city is the symbol of Japanese culture. The capital of Japan for over a thousand years, Kyoto was the most culturally, intellectually, and religiously significant city in Japanese history and remains so today. With dozens of universities and colleges, the city houses the highest concentration of university students in Japan. They are joined by an average of over 1 million tourists per week, who come not just from Japan but from all over the world to visit its two thousand temples and shrines, walk its narrow streets, and get a taste of its rich culture.
Mustard Seed Christian Church - Kyoto
Planted December 2017
After planting in Osaka (2011) and Kobe (2016), Mustard Seed Network was compelled to plant a church in the near-by but distinct urban center of Kyoto. There seemed to be a great need for more churches in Kyoto but the city had a reputation for being a difficult ministry field. Preparing for a potentially slow plant, two couples were sent from MSCC Osaka and MSCC Nagoya.
It quickly became clear that God had big plans for his church in Kyoto. God provided a core team through the connections of Mustard Seed Network and through several miraculous meetings. A great venue was found and gospel-proclaiming services began. New disciples were made and the church outgrew their first facility. God then provided another excellent place through which more and more people are able to hear the gospel of Jesus for the very first time. In a city that is famous for idolatry, a new church is now growing and gathering to worship the One True God.