My ministry was
born in 1998 at the Budokan in Tokyo Japan where I
gave my testimony in Japanese for the first time. Since
1998 I've been going to Japan 3 or 4 times a year
sharing my testimony in Japanese all over the country.
The Japanese love
jazz and they love gospel music so when the churches
advertise a Gospel Jazz concert is coming the church or
concert hall is usually packed. We started in Okinawa
where we played three churches, the on to Tokyo to play
the Blues Alley jazz club. This was a new challenge for
my ministry in Japan because we were bringing the gospel
to the jazz club in Japan.
Well the Holy
Spirit was so strong those two nights it felt like we
were in church. We did not change my show at all I gave
my testimony and also translated the singers Makeda and
Tim Kepler's testimony. It was a big win because the
concert was received very well and we opened many hearts
to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
From Tokyo we were
off to Osaka to play a church there, I was really happy
to have as my guest drummer Sean McCurley. I borrowed
him from my brother Kirk Whalum and he really laid the
groove down with his spirit and his tight funky rhythms.
The concert was a great success and many were touched by
the testimonies and vocal stylings of Makeda and Time
We continued our
tour in the countryside at a church called Shinshiro
Church, it is located about an hour from Nagoya. This
countryside church is at the center of the revival in
Japan, the head office for the All Japan Revival Mission
is located there. They are a well organized group that
strategically holds revivals all over the country.
We played two sold
out concerts there and we could see the work the Lord is
doing in that city and in the whole country.
Christmas is a particular good time to minister in
Japan, we all went home feeling that we made a
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