In 1920, Hatsu wrote her testimony of salvation and account of her holiness experience in the Reisei (Yahiro 1922: 16). Ten years earlier she had come to know Jesus as her Savior and Lord at a Bible school in Tokyo, where she was learning English through Bible study. Since then, she had regularly attended Bible classes. Yet she was unaware that she was a sinner, for she did not know the meaning of the cross of Christ.

[Hatsu Yano]
Upon joining her father in the United States, the first thing she did was to attend a nearby church. From the meetings she came to believe that her sins were not yet forgiven by God. She asked the pastor of the church how she could be sure she was a Christian. The pastor explained that Christ had suffered for her, and that if she confessed her sins before the Lord, she would be saved. When she confessed her sins as the pastor had counseled, she was finally assured of her salvation. Filled with joy from the Lord, she started her new life with the assurance of the words of Scripture: “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved” (Rom. 10:10).

Hatsu became a student and worked as a school girl with a Caucasian family. They were diligent Christians and led her to a deeper Christian walk. One day the Bible verse “Without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14) came to her during the pastor’s message. She realized that she had not yet been cleansed by the Holy Spirit. Unable to wait until the next day, she asked some Christian friends to pray for her. As she surrendered herself completely to the Lord, she began to rejoice for she knew now that her sins were completely cleansed by the Holy Spirit.