*CBN reports that historically, it’s been difficult to share the gospel in Japan. Traditional Japanese faiths like Buddhism and Shintoism have many gods and people avoid religions that make specific claims like Christianity.

But now, through a music workshop, Japanese non-believers are learning to sing to the one true God.

The movie “Sister Act” brought an interest in black gospel music to Japan.  Now the music is being used as an effective evangelistic tool.

Eleven years ago, missionary Ken Taylor saw an opportunity to use the gospel music fad to teach the Japanese people about Jesus Christ. The former nightclub entertainer began holding black gospel workshops in community centers.

“It became a big hit. More people joined the workshops,” Taylor said.

Taylor partnered with several Christian churches in order to get non-believers involved with gospel music.

“The end goal is we see lives transformed. Within the two-hour session, they’re not just learning how to sing black gospel music, they’re learning to pronounce properly like a little English class,” he said.

“But more than that they’re really experiencing church because there’s fellowship, there’s worship. There’s the sharing of the Word,” Taylor said.

Now, there are gospel choirs in 50 churches across Japan.  They call themselves the Hallelujah Gospel Family.

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