The Past 100 Years…
 
 

 
Taken from the Oriental Missionary Society Holiness church of America 100th Anniversary Book
 
 
1st excerpt First Revival that Occurred Among Youth part 1

  In November 1919, a great revival occurred at the Yodobashi Holiness Church in Tokyo. Bishop Juji Nakada was the one who started the movement. This revival was just one month after his son, Ugo Nakada, came to Los Angeles. . . The news of the revival in Japan would have reached Ugo, and he would have been encouraged greatly as he led Bible studies in the U.S. The gatherings that were primarily focused on Bible studies started to increase in its spiritual energy, and a small revival eventually happened. It was the first revival among the Holiness Churches in North America. During the first revival, people received salvation as they prayed with tears and confessed their sins, while others experienced holiness after giving their entire bodies and souls to the Lord. The majority of them received calls to become evangelists. This revival eventually led to the beginning of the Rafu Church. The youths were changed. They could not stay still. They started street evangelism activities on the corner of  East
1st Street and San Pedro Street in Little Tokyo after their 3 pm church service at the Whittier Church.
 
 
Rev. Ugo Nakada
 
 
2nd Excerpt First Revival that Occurred Among Youth part 2

  On Saturdays, they rode on a car (Ugo called it “boro-gata Ford,” meaning an old, worn-out Ford) that Ugo or Yahiro drove, going to San Fernando and Montebello, and reaching out to Japanese people who were scattered in the suburbs of Los Angeles. They called their ministry the chiho-dendo (the local evangelism). Japanese people in the suburbs owned farms, and they cooked feasts for them, appreciative that they were their children’s Sunday school teachers. 
  These youths united their hearts toward the establishment of the Holiness Church after their eyes were opened to the greatness of their holiness faith. They must have been like the disciples on the road to Emmaus whose hearts were burned within them (Luke 24:32). Ugo nostalgically remembered the experience later and wrote lyrics to Murano Chiisaki Kyokai (A Small Church in the Village). There was no greater time than the beginning period of the church when the Holy Spirit worked so dynamically among the people.
 
George and Hatsu (Yano) Yahiro
 
 
3rd excerpt The Holiness five

Hatsu Yano, George Yahiro, Teru Sakuma, Toshio Hirano, and Goichi Okamoto played a central role in
establishing the Rafu Church. The author will call them the “Holiness Five.” Hanako Yoneyama and Aya
Okuda also contributed to the establishment of the church. Hanako later married Haruichi Sugiyama of the Salvation Army and became the mother of two children. She played trumpet during street evangelism gatherings. Aya Okuda established the Japanese Free Methodist Church in Mesa, Arizona in 1930. She taught Japanese language lessons to neighborhood children while reaching out to the people in the area It was probably because pastor Ugo was concerned for the future of these youths who loved holiness and committed them into the hands of his father, Juji Nakada and the OMS president and Juji’s coworker, Charles Cowman and his wife Lettie. The Cowmans lived across the street of the OMS national home office in Hollywood. The Rafu Church was about to be established under Bishop Juji Nakada, so it was thought that it would be the most suitable place for the church.
 
Rev. Teru and Matsuko Sakuma
 
 
4th Excerpt Trinity Missionary Church

  One of the reasons the Japanese youths started their own church at the Trinity Missionary Church was
their desire to establish a holiness church, which grew stronger after hearing Juji Nakada preach on holiness and attending the Bible Institute, based on the holiness faith. It also may have been because one of the professors at the Bible Institute was a Quaker, who might have encouraged them to establish a holiness church.
  As more people came to be saved, the group started having regular meetings as the Oriental Missionary Society Rafu Church at the Trinity Missionary Church in April 1921 (the church was renamed the Oriental Missionary Society Rafu Holiness Church in 1923). This was the beginning of our OMS Holiness Church of North America.