Ministry & Leadership - Spring 2017 - 36
COURTESY HIKARI ISHIDO
Christianity took place in Orlando
ing] nonbelievers in the commuwhile living with a Christian famnity around us, we are united."
No less visible to Hikari is the
completion of his M.A.R. degree
From Hikari's perspective, purfrom RTS. "I started in 2006, so I
suing a degree from RTS-Global
have been a student for 10 years,"
equips him to view economics from
he says with a laugh, noting that
a biblical worldview. "I started
he has just two more courses to
thinking about the [difference] befinish and that he has learned to
tween a materialistic way of living
adjust to a different style of eduand a more spiritual way of living,"
he explains. "That's how I made up
cation. "Here in Japan it's about
my mind to study theology."
trying to remember everything,
Theological education has also
while the RTS courses require a
prepared Hikari to influence the
lot more asking questions and inHikari gathers with his Chiharadai Church family in Japan. The
world around him with the gospel,
church was planted by PCA Mission to the World missionaries.
teraction among students. That's
having been invited onto Japanese
what I like about being in the [protalk shows to discuss his profesgram], though, because one culsion as an economist, his faith in Christ and
ture doesn't know everything."
mentally or spiritually or emotionally, then
the connection between the two: "I always
Hikari may not know everything there
I can highlight my own personal beliefs besay it's not about materialistic abundance
is to know about theology (or economics for
cause those students are coming to me for
- true richness is something spiritual,"
that matter), but his work toward an RTS
degree appears, in God's economy, to be a
Hikari invites them to his church, where
He also makes the most of opportuniwise investment.
he is a ruling elder in a congregation origities to proclaim the gospel to his university
nally planted by PCA Mission to the World
For more information about RTS-Global/
students. "No church- or Bible-related stumissionaries. It's a very small church -
only 10 members - but according to Hikari, Distance Education, see the accompanying
dent activities are allowed on campus, so I
"Available, Accessible, Flexible" or visit rts.edu/
"the Lord is working through us in quite an
have to be very cautious," he explains, notglobal.
invisible way. When it comes to [evangelizing that "if my students have some trouble
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