心の中の穴 Hole in your heart



Pastor Graeme spoke at 12:00 service as our guest speaker!

Pastor Graeme has been supporting our church before it started in the area of finance and management. He is such an important person in our movement.


今回、奥さんと一緒に日本にきてとても嬉しそうだった^^ 結婚35周年でもラブラブな素敵な夫妻です!!
This time he looked even more excited than usual because his lovely wife came to Japan with him! They are such a great couple, happily married for 35 years!

What I love about Pastor Graeme’s preaching is that he simply preaches the gospel, JESUS, although he could focus on leadership, management  if he wanted to.

Pastor Graeme always says that the most important thing to Him is Jesus and seeing people getting saved so he wants to focus on that!

photo by Lifehouse Osaka media team
photo by Lifehouse Osaka media team

Pastor Graeme mentioned about the “God shaped vacuum” in his message. 

人間の心の中には、神様のかたちをした空洞(真空God-shaped vacuum)があるので、神様を求めなければ、空しさは消え去らない。
People have “God shaped vacuum” in their hearts, and unless they ask God to fill that, our emptiness will never disappear. 

Hearing that, I remembered what I was like before I became a Christian.




I grew up in Australia and because I knew some Christian people in my life, I knew a little about Christians and Christianity. But I never thought I would become a Christian! I thought church was for those who grew up in Christian families and it had nothing to do with me.

photo by life house osaka media team
photo by life house osaka media team



Before I became a Christian, people thought I was blessed in many ways and stable, but I had all kinds of fear in my heart.

For example, I was scared about death and sickness. I was insecure so I always worried about what others thought about me. I was also worried about my future because I had no clear purpose in my life.


I tried to cover fear in many ways. I hanged out with my friends, I cared about my appearance and I studied hard to achieve higher marks. But that only satisfied me for a moment but because I was doing things on my own strength I was exhausted.

photo by lifehouse osaka media team
photo by lifehouse osaka media team

5 months before I moved to Japan, one Christian lady invited me to Alpha course. (A course where you study about Christianity) I decided to go because I wanted to meet new people.

In the first day of Alpha, the Pastor read the following scripture

Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35)

そして牧師先生はこういった。 And the pastor said this.


“People have God shaped vacuum inside their hearts. And they try to fill the hole in with money, love, alcohol and many other things. But those will not fill in the hole in your heart. Jesus is the answer to all questions. When you receive Jesus, your hole will be filled.”

Puzzle Heart Piece Missing

この言葉をきいて、 「だから、何をしても満たされなくて不安定なんだ!」と気付き、衝撃をうけた。

そこで、 「この人がいっていることが本当かどうか知りたい」と思い、アルファコースに最後まで通った。


I was shocked when I heard that because I thought, “That’s why I always feel empty and insecure!”

Then I thought “I want to find out if that is true or not” So I participated the whole Alpha course. But I couldn’t believe in everything from the beginning. At first, I was thinking too much in my head and it was hard because I couldn’t “feel” Jesus.

But as I started going to church, read the bible everyday, pray, and spent more time with great Christian people, I started to believe in God.

今まで自分が大嫌いで、自分をせめてしまうことが多かった私だけど、神様を知ってから自分をせめそうになると、 「大丈夫だよ。私がいるから。いずみを愛しているよ」 と神様がいってくれて心がポカポカ温かくなった。


I used to hate myself so much and blame myself for my failures, but since I started to believe in God, whenever I tried to blame myself, God said to me, “It’s okay… I am with you. I love you Izumi” and my heart felt really warm.

Also I never knew I could be that happy! I couldn’t stop smiling.

By the end of the Alpha course, I received Jesus and got baptized in Australia with my mother, who decided after seeing me change.

I still remember what I said on my baptism day.

「これからクリスチャンとして歩んでいく中で、どんなに辛いことがあったとしても、大丈夫! 神様がいない人生と比べたら何だって乗り越えられる!」
“Even I go through hard times in my Christian walk it’s going to be okay. I can overcome anything with God! Nothing could be worse than life without Jesus!” 

photo by lifehouse osaka media team
photo by lifehouse osaka media team










何よりも、神様が私にたくさんのものを与えてくれた! 最高の教会と、一人っ子の私に大きな家族、世界一最高の旦那様、それから神様のために生きて最高のチャーチを建てあげていくいう最高の人生の目的が与えられた。

I also remember saying this to God.

“God, I want to do big things for you. I surrender my life to you. Please send me wherever you want me to go.”

I never knew back then that He had a plan for me to go to Osaka. God had a bigger and better plan than what I had for myself!

Of course after I became a Christian, I still had hard times as well as good times.

But 8 years after my encounter with Jesus,  I can say this with confidence,

I’ve never regretted receiving Jesus and following Him! 

I live an exciting life. When I get up in the morning or before I go to bed, I always feel so blessed and fulfilled.

Even in challenging times, I know that I am standing on an unshakable foundation.

And God has given me SOOOO many things! He led me to the best church, and he made me a part of a big family! It’s such a blessing because I’m the only child in my family, but now I have many great brothers and sisters!!! And  He gave me the best husband in the world! Also, He gave me the best purpose, that is, “LIVING FOR GOD and building His church!”

So that’s why I’m going to keep on telling people about God’s love!

I want more people to find Jesus!!!  You are loved!! Why don’t you receive Jesus and live an exciting life with us?

If you are reading this blog,  why don’t you take a step forward and come to church ? 

「教会ってちょっと敷居高いからなぁ~」とか「クリスチャンじゃないし…」とか「俺そういうの興味ないから」って思ってる人も とりあえず一回来てみてください。食わず嫌いせずに♪とりあえず一回。
If you are hesitating to come to “church” or thinking “I’m not a Christian” or “I’m not interested at all…”, why don’t you just come and see?  Just have a go and see what it’s like 🙂

お金はいりません。誰でも歓迎します! 無理な勧誘など一切ありません。
It’s all free!  We welcome anybody and we’re very easy-going! Just bring yourself 🙂 


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