TOSHIO HIRANO
Hirano entered a private school in Hawaii which had been founded by a missionary. The school taught English by using the Bible. These studies opened a whole new world to Hirano which he had never realized existed. What struck him the most was the teaching about sin which prevented him from seeing God. He was discouraged because he saw himself as the greatest of all sinners. To make matters worse, he had to leave the school for personal reasons, just before graduation.

Fortunately, Hirano later came to know Christ through a Caucasian school teacher, and he accepted Jesus in his heart as King and Savior. Knowing the joy of the forgiveness of sins, he was overwhelmed by the love of God. He could not help witnessing to others about the word of God, and decided to attend a Bible school in California. Yet the more he learned from his Bible, the more he realized how double-minded he truly was. He suffered, cried, and sought the Lord more than ever. In two months time, at the end of 1920, he finally came to know the peace of God, realizing that it was a gift from the Lord who had died for him (Hirano 1922:8).

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