“Can I tell you a story about the challenges of being a Christian in Japan?” asked the white-shirted young man, a graduate from a local university.
“Absolutely,” I answered from across the table laden with all manner of sushi fillings, including meats both cooked and raw. A group of about 15 Christian young people had gathered around the feast, rolling sticky rice in seaweed while swapping stories about following Christ in Japan.
I’d anticipated hearing some interesting reports during my ongoing mission to backpack 360° around the world in 180 days, documenting Christian university students’ experiences in different countries. But I never expected to hear a story quite like this.