How to Save a Life by Lucas Nakao

Lucas Nakao giving a sermon on September 14, 2013


Hello everyone and thank you for attending this month’s Pearl Church monthly service! I was asked by Rev Owen Nakao to give this month’s sermon titled, “How to Save a Life.” (*sampai*)

As some of you may know, I’ve been in East Los Angeles for the past year doing missionary work at the Tenrikyo Mission Headquarters of America Missionary House. To keep it short, I will refer, “Tenrikyo Mission Headquarters of America” as “America Dendocho.” It all started about a year and a half ago when I was asked by my father to do missionary work. The first thing that went to my head was, “is he telling me or asking me?” Then as if God was correcting me I heard, “Oyakoko shinasai,” or the Tenrikyo term to practice filial piety. Then I quickly made my decision and he then told me “and I also want you to leave your laptop behind.” “What?!” I thought.

It was last year August 2012 when I headed to East LA to do missionary work. The first thing you hear about America Dendocho is about the shootings they had around the church or at the church. Continue reading How to Save a Life by Lucas Nakao

80th All-Tenrikyo Nioigake Day

Thank you to those who came out for the all Tenrikyo Nioigake Day held on this past Labor Day at Stadium Park.  About 80 people attended of which 18 were from Pearl Church.  About half of us went door to door nioigake while the other half clean the park as Hinokishin.

A Caucasian man approached us at the park and exclaimed, “I was just thinking, ‘wouldn’t it be great if a group of people volunteered to clean the park today,’ here you are! Would you mind if I borrowed your cleaning equipment?” And he joined us in cleaning the park!  It was an awesome day.  On door to door I partnered with Setsumi, we administered sazuke three times!  There was a lot of paper & plastic trash that day at the park, so the cleaning was dramatic.

Thank you to you all.  We just made the world a better place!
Rev. Owen Nakao