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A Continent of Hope

Herald Meetings in Asia leave a wake of fresh discussion about church.

From the April 2010 issue of The Christian Science Journal

AFTER FLYING FOR MORE THAN 30 hours (and changing planes three times), my colleague and I arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia. When we started walking down the large, open corridors to immigration and customs, the bright green colors of the trees and the multicolored, exotic flowers caught my attention immediately. The natural beauty and the warm breeze made Indonesia feel like my native home, Brazil.

During our 11-day trip in Asia, John Sparkman, managing publisher of the Journal, Sentinel, and Herald, and I visited Jakarta and Yogyakarta in Indonesia, and Tokyo and Kyoto in Japan. What a remarkable trip filled with amazing cultural experiences! Fujiko Signs, a native of Japan and a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, accompanied us to talk with the field, on behalf of The Christian Science Publishing Society, about the Herald of Christian Science and ways they can support and contribute to it.

For this report, the third in a series about our Herald travels, I asked some of our friends—beginning with Fujiko—what church means to them. So "buckle up" and come with me ...

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