EPILOGUE

One of the greatest concerns of many Holiness church members for the future, or at least for this decade, is the renewal of each local church within the Conference. In response to the spiritual needs of the local church and the leaders of the Conference, the CVC identified “spiritual revitalization of workers” as a critical area of concentration, along with staff improvements and renewal retreats for the wider fellowship.

The CVC’s response is quite appropriate to the needs of the Holiness Conference churches today, as well as to the needs of other Christians who seek renewal. They seek oneness in the Spirit and it is very important to renew the Conference. In addition, the CVC needs to refer back to Holiness Conference history and the revival experiences of the early converts from which the movement began. Without knowledge of Holiness church history, how can the CVC clearly see visions and seek renewal for the future? Knowing Holiness church history, is not only the key to the renewal of today’s Holiness church, but will also serve as a guide for future Holiness churches.

In addition, some keys to spiritual renewal for today’s church are a prayerful life, a Holiness experience, oneness in the Spirit, and an eschatological hope. These keys are reflected in Sadaichi Kuzuhara’s life and ministry. Since the church has such a dynamic heritage, it will do us well to take a look and learn from that spiritual legacy.
Seventy-two years ago, the Holiness church began with fervent prayers and tears of repentance. Today, the Holiness church again needs to bow down before the Lord with sincere prayers and tears of repentance.

Matsutaro Takada was a classmate of Sadaichi Kuzuhara and Kiyoka Yamada (who later married Sadaichi Kuzuhara) at the Kashiwagi Seisho Gakuin (former Tokyo Biblical Seminary) in Tokyo during the Japan-Russian War, 1904 to 1905. They were probably the first graduates of that Seisho Gakuin. According to the Japan Holiness Conference history book, in 1909 Matsutaro Takada was assigned to the Yokota Holiness Church, Sadaichi Kuzuhara to the Tottori Holiness Church, and Kiyoka Yamada to the Kanda Fukuin Dendokan (Kanda Gospel Hall) in Tokyo. Through Matsutaro Takada's ministry, Yukie Iguchi (a member of the San Fernando Church) was the first Holiness church member to be baptized by Sadaichi Kuzuhara on Easter of 1922. She was saved in Laguna, California.

Ugo Nakada served less than a year, but was greatly impressed by what the Lord had done at the Friends church. Later, as he recalled his ministry at the Friends church, he arranged a song now well-known among Christians: There is a church in the valley (Mum no Chiisaki Kyokai). This song has been often called “The song of the Holiness Church of North America.”

We know very little of the personal histories of Aya Okuda and Hanako Yoneyama, but they were among the early group. Hanako Yoneyama used to play the trumpet during street evangelism. She joined the Salvation Army in Japan and served as one of its officers. Aya Okuda was a teacher (or a pastor) of a Methodist church in Mesa, Arizona. She also returned to Japan later.

The idea of a “sanctification” or a “second blessing” is based upon the experience of John Wesley, who mysteriously felt the grace of God at a Moravian meeting in Aldersgate. He felt his heart being strangely warmed. This is based on Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” The second experience is built upon the initial grace of God, the salvation of the soul. This second act of grace is also called the “holiness experience,” the “second holiness,” or the “purification.”

In the Reisei published in 1963, a member and editor of the Education and Publication Committee described Ugo’s work as that of “midwife.”

At the 1923 New Year’s Mission Conference of the Japan Holiness Church, a love offering for the Kuzuhara family was collected to enable them to come to the United States.

In the midst of their feelings of abandonment, they were heartened to see lunch boxes on every seat provided by Friends Church members. Herbert Nicholson, a former missionary to Japan and a longtime friend of the Japanese on the West Coast, was one of them.

In 1987, as part of the 100th birthday celebration of Sadaichi Kuzuhara at the Los Angeles Holiness Church, this entire Reisei collection was converted into manuscript form by Tsukasa Sugimura.

According to Chiaki Kuzuhara, his father Sadaichi remained in Chicago because he believed that his mission on the Pacific Coast was over, and that his next target was to build churches in the Midwest. By the end of the war, the Lakeside Church had greatly increased its worship attendance and stature. Thus the church members did not want Rev. Kuzuhara to return to California and leave their growing congregation.
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