Dear friend of Genesis College,
I want to warmly welcome you to the website of Genesis International College! We are a new international English-language Christian college in Osaka, Japan that hopes to launch in 2015.
Nearly half of all of Japan’s 127 million live in only three metro areas: Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya. Osaka has the 2nd most populated metro area in Japan with more than 17 million people. If Osaka were a nation, it would be larger in population than 134 nations – including Denmark, the Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium, Cambodia, Guatemala, and even Niger. The Japanese are the 2nd largest unreached Christian people group in the world.
The protestant church attendance rate (different from the Christian rate or the evangelical Christian rate) was roughly 0.22% in 2009. Nearby nations South Korea (25%), China (9%), and even North Korea (2%) has a significantly greater Christian percentage than Japan. It is also a nation where the annual suicide rate has topped 30,000 people for the last 14 years.
Why a new Christian college in Osaka? Osaka is truly a global city with many international corporations amongst the 17+ million people in the metropolitan area. Globalization cannot be ignored, and people not only need relevant skills to get new jobs but more importantly need the character to display servant leadership in their families, communities, and work. We hope to offer a new beginning, a new opportunity, and a new life to those who desire to become global leaders who reaches Japan and the entire world.We are a Christian school whose goals are to reflect the faith, hope, and love that is found in Jesus Christ.
Currently, there are no evangelical English-language Christian colleges in Osaka. The single largest evangelical Christian college in Japan has only 70 Japanese students and is in the Tokyo area, about 8 hours north of Osaka by car. Please visit our FAQ section to find out more about our strategic initiatives and why we believe this is an important and crucial time to launch such a college.
My own journey to Japan began in 1993. When I was a college student, I went to the Urbana missions conference. I was sitting amongst 18,000 college students at one of the largest missions conferences in America. One of the speakers gave a challenge to the students, saying that less than 1/10th of 1% (18 people) of all the students in the room would commit themselves to serving as full-time workers in an unreached Christian nation.
The Lord spoke to me that evening and I had committed myself to serving in an unreached nation as an academic ambassador for Christ. Many years later, the Lord had called me to Japan – the 2nd largest unreached people group in the world.
It is because of this great spiritual need in Japan, in particular amongst the young, that I want to ask for your help in launching Genesis International College of Osaka. Our goals are to provide a true genesis: a new beginning, a new opportunity, and a new life in Jesus Christ to the next generation of young Japanese men and women living amongst the 17+ million in the Osaka metropolitan area. We are in the midst of recruiting a team of missionary professors and administrators from Japan and the USA to launch this college sometime in 2015. Genesis College will be launched as a daughter ministry of CBI, under CBI’s parent organization Mission to the World.
We are seeking dedicated prayer partners and several churches and individuals who will help us raise the initial $500,000 to $1,000,000 USD startup funds. Would you consider helping to provide a new life in Jesus Christ to the next generation of young leaders in Japan?
We invite you to look at our website and prayerfully consider whether you would like to partner with us by becoming one of the Genesis 100. Please visit our support section for more information. Thank you on behalf of all of us who serve in this nation for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Warmly in Christ on behalf of the Genesis International College Team,
Genesis International College (Osaka, Japan)
Joseph Kim is the founding president of Genesis International College in Osaka, Japan. He brings to Genesis College a unique blend of leadership in academics, non-profit organizations, and church ministry.
Previously, he was the Executive Vice-President of CBI Japan in Nagoya, Japan. He has taught philosophy and business ethics for Hope International University, Arizona State University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has also taught discipleship, public speaking, and organizational strategy at Christ Bible Seminary in Nagoya.
An epistemologist by training, the majority of his research is now focused on leadership, organizational strategy, and effective communication. He is the author of Reformed Epistemology and the Problem of Religious Diversity, a book at the intersection of epistemology and the philosophy of religion. He is currently working on a second book, Personal Strategy: Your Guide to a Competitive Life, a book which is focused on the personal choices a young person faces when deciding upon their future.
He has been a speaker for more than 30 organizations and universities throughout the world including: Google (USA), RTS Jackson and Orlando (USA), Covenant Seminary (USA), Westminster Seminary California (USA), EMA Nairobi (Kenya), Midwest University (Thailand), Gracepoint Hsinchu (Taiwan), Handong Global University (South Korea), Torch Trinity Graduate School (South Korea), Japan Church Planting Institute (Japan), and Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (Japan).
He is an alum of Harvard Business School (GMP), Trinity International University (M.Div.), and Arizona State University (PhD, philosophy). He has been married to his lovely wife for more than 15 years and they have two active sons.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Going fishing on Saturdays with my Dad and younger brother near Lake Michigan in Illinois.
Best advice received?
From my mother. Be generous as God gave His only Son.
Favorite Bible verse?
1 Corinthians 1:28
God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are…
Favorite academic subjects?
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I enjoy the shift in perspectives that can occur in the classroom both for the student and the teacher. I also enjoy meeting with students outside the classroom to get to know the whole person.
Why do you want to serve in Japan?
God has given me a strong desire to see young Japanese transformed by the beauty and power of the gospel.
What excites you about serving with Genesis College?
The opportunity to be part of a new life and new opportunity for many young Japanese college students.
Favorite free time activities?
Wrestling my two sons, trying new foods with my wife