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Last Saturday, 17 children eagerly entered Hope House with a T-shirt of their superhero. After a game, action song and story, Harriet Roux from South Africa asked the children who their superheroes were. 

“My dad is!” shouted one boy, thus paving the way for Harriet to talk about how superheroes should be our role models too. “Jesus is my superhero,” added Harriet. “He was the perfect role model for us all.”

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Three experienced deckhands and a carpenter fromLogos Hope blessed Hokuriku Gakuin University through practical work. The team spent a week painting the kitchen and chapel auditorium of the Christian university and began renovating the railings in the courtyards.

“When they heard that we can almost wire brush with our eyes closed they were excited,” deckhand Peter Kapitaniuk (France) said. He was most inspired by the president of the university, Robert Cunningham and his wife Berti, who hosted the team.“They have been in Japan for 22 years and speak fluent Japanese,” Peter said. “To hear their stories of what they have gone through and how they stayed with God is very encouraging.”

When not painting, the team interacted with university students at lunch and joined Birdie’s weekly English lesson. A group of volunteers joining soon will finish the project the team begun in the courtyard. “It was cool to step out and help people with what we have learned on the ship,” Peter said.

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Less than two per cent of Japan's population of 127 million people are Christian. In Nagasaki, Logos Hope had the privilege of encouraging pastors and their wives from the area to continue serving. For six years Pastor Kazuhiko Maruta has worked under the Japan Baptist Convention. It wasn't until age 65 that he felt called to be a pastor. When he was a young Christian, Logos visited Japan, more than 30 years ago, and Pastor Maruta served as a port volunteer.

In 1992, when Doulos berthed in Nagasaki, crewmembers visited the church he attended. At the pastor's event on Logos Hope, Pastor Maruta was surprised to recognise Captain Ed Verbeek (Netherlands), who served as Chief Mate on Logos, and Director Lloyd Nicholas (Australia), who was involved in port preparations in Korea during that time. "I was very impressed by Brother Nicholas' message about leadership," Pastor Maruta said about the teaching, which changed his thinking. "People around me, even my family, are watching me and wondering, am I trustworthy? I need to ask myself, 'Am I following the way of Jesus?'"

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Sarah and Chris from OM Japan first met Hannah* at church in November 2012. In an effort to speak to people who usually rushed off immediately after church, Chris got talking to Hannah one Sunday, and as she spoke English very well, he was able to connect with her more deeply.

“Hannah shared that she had sinned too much,” said Chris, who in response shared with her several Bible verses that assure us of the complete forgiveness of our sins. “It was at this point that she decided to trust in Jesus, receive forgiveness and be baptised.”

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