On Saturday, 6 April 2013, we attended the opening service of Holy Hope Lutheran Junior and Senior High School. In Japan, April (like September is in the United States) is the beginning of the school year. Also unlike America, the opening service in Japan is as important for the parents and children to attend as graduation.
Holy Hope Lutheran School is 92 years old. About 30 years after the school's founding, the LCMS purchased the building to assist in the mission of the church.
This photo shows all the people attending the opening service.
For the 2013 academic year, there are 55 students in the junior high and 377 in the high school.
In 1972, the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) contributed funds to assist in the completion of a building.
The educational policy of Holy Hope Lutheran Junior and Senior High School "bases its educational principles on Christianity, and strives to educate its students to revere God, love their neighbor, value righteousness, and pursue faith in Christ.
LCMS pastor, Rev. Michael Piescer, the chaplain of Holy Hope Lutheran Junior and Senior High School, opened the service with an invocation, prayer, and hymn.
It was impressive to see the children answer the roll call during the opening service. It also was good to see how the LCMS was working with our partners in Japan.
Riding on the subway to the high school.
Posted by Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, LCMS Director of Church Relations.
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