Real Rover
Episode 4

Wild and compassionate: Inside the heart of a Japanese pastor

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Koichi Hirano has a truly powerful message in this age of lukewarm Christianity, a message of increasing faith and hope just when so many have given up on an ancient religion. With warmth, wisdom and unrelenting optimism he shares a life testing his faith on both sides of the Pacific showing us what it means to act as if you really do have a father in Heaven. Trained in Japan after a teenage crisis led him God he went to America as a young man. Despite language obstacles, lack of funding and in a completely foreign milieu he established several very successful churches and ended up in the creme de la creme of places, Santa Barbara California. But with an unbelievable sense of obedience he listened to the call to return to a country that had completely changed in the two decades away. Now the women call the men cute, the women are powerful and the men are rather lost. Now abstentee fathers are the norm and marriage has ceased to be an aim of the women. In both the East and the West believers have forgotten that their leader, Jesus was not just kind and caring, meek and mild but was actually wild and powerful in great measure. Despite being 74 and living with a severe physical handicap he shares his vision of becoming ever more powerful and effective as a modern pastor in a world of bland religion and lip service faith. One of a kind this pastor will revive your sense of the spiritual whatever your background.

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