Love Japan (September Prayer Letter)

Dear partners,

First of all, thankfully we could launch Waypoints on August 13th as scheduled. That means that finally Drawbridge Creations officially launched our online manga outreach ministry! We have received a lot of celebrations and good response for this first project! Praise the Lord!!!

We really appreciate that you have been part of this milestone through prayers and giving!!! Please continue to pray that God gives us wisdom and needs for moving this ministry forward!

We uploaded the second comic at Waypoints early this month. An English version is also available. If you have not visited the English site, please take a look and share!

https://www.waypoints.jp/english/

Thank you for your prayers for Japan during the Olympics and Paralympics! Those events finished well under COVID. Instead of various ministry plans related to the events, which were canceled, prayers from all over the world poured to Japan through collaboration by many prayer networks of different nations and denominations during this season.

Grace and peace,

Yoko (& Robin)

If you would like to invest in Drawbridge Creations, please give as outlined below:

American supporters can give online HERE. // Or, make checks payable and mail to Global Partners, 13300 Olio Road Suite 400, Fishers, IN 46037. Note that it is for Fund # WM06-1575 (The GP Manga Project).

Canadian supporters can give online HERE. Under the “I’d like to give towards” menu, select “missions,” and then specify that it’s for Fund # GMF09 — WM06-1575 (The GP Manga Project). Or, make cheques payable and mail to The Wesleyan Church of Canada, PO Box 4458, Sussex, NB, E4E 5L6. Note that it is for Fund # GMF09 — WM06-1575 (The GP Manga Project).  Donations can also be made by e-transfer to ac.na1632230352yelse1632230352w@eci1632230352ffo1632230352.

If you have any questions, please let us know! Thank you!

Waypoints Launches

Drawbridge Creations is finally officially launching our online manga outreach ministry! Praise the Lord.

Our first project, Waypoints, is now online, having just gone live this past Friday. Check out waypoints.jp to read our first story, “Not Alone.”

Thank you for your interest, prayers and support! 

Ten days till launch! (August prayer letter)

Hi everyone,

We are just ten days away from the launch of our first online manga series, Waypoints, the first project from our new ministry Drawbridge Creations. Thank you for helping to make it happen!

Please pray for us as we try to get lots of little things (and a couple of big ones) done before the deadline. In case you missed it, you can read our summer newsletter HERE to learn more about this project.

Meanwhile, the Olympics are going on in Tokyo, but Covid cases are on the rise. Please pray for Japan during these challenging days.

Thank you again for your partnership with our ministry through your prayers and giving!

– Robin and Yoko

PS: A message for our Canadian supporters:

A Word from National Superintendent Steve Elliott: The National office of The Wesleyan Church of Canada has been working in close partnership with Global Partners and our two district offices to find ways to get donor financial support to our missionaries and missions projects in a more timely manner. Historically, it has taken between 2 to 3 months for a donation made at a local church to find its way through our systems before getting to the front-line missionary or missions project. Our National Superintendent, Dr. Elliott, recently sent out the attached letter to donors, sharing with them how they can get their support to the missionaries much faster. If you are a financial supporter of our GP missionaries and missions projects, kindly consider using these new financial giving options. CLICK on these bullet points for detailed information:

June in Japan — Our Latest Prayer Letter

May Highlights:

1. We took a week’s staycation, which included an afternoon in the mountains, as seen in the photo above.

2. On May 30, our visit to Immanuel Kanazawa Church ended up being online rather than in person. This meant pre-recording our music and message last week and sending the video to the pastor there. It was a lot of work to get it all together in time, but we’re thankful God could use us in this way, even while the church is not meeting. Being the week after Pentecost, we encouraged the church to pray and seek God for a spiritual revival and awakening in Japan.

3. We are continuing to make good progress moving ahead with Drawbridge Creations, as we work with four different artists to produce stories for our first online manga series… which we’ve finally chosen a name for! Introducing…

The countdown has begun at WAYPOINTS.JP
This is where our first manga series will be serialized.

June Prayer Points:

1. Please pray that God will give us the wisdom and strength we need as we continue to work toward launching this online ministry platform.

2. Please pray for God to supply our Drawbridge Creations start-up fund (more info here).

3. Pray for us as we take part in the Global Partners Asia-Pacific online conference, June 17-18.

4. Please pray, too, for revival in the Japanese Church, and for an awakening to the Gospel in Japan.

Thank you as always for your partnership and prayers!

Our May Prayer Letter

Thank you for your continuing prayers! Here’s a quick update for May:

1. Last week we celebrated our second wedding anniversary. We took the day off and spent some time outside, as you can see in the photo above.

2. We’ve recently started attending Komatsu Immanuel Church. Please pray for us as we get to know our new church family.

3. We are scheduled to minister at Kanazawa Immanuel Church on May 30. Because of the recent rise in Covid cases, this church has not been meeting in person, but they are hoping to be by then. Please pray for us as we prepare to either do something online or in person with them.

4. Things are really starting to move as we work toward launching our first online manga series at Drawbridge Creationsthis summer. Check out our latest Drawbridge Dispatch for more!

5. And just in you missed it, please check out our spring newsletter HERE for more about our life and ministry in Japan in the first few months of 2021.

Thank you again for your partnership!

Marching Forward With Prayer (March Prayer Letter)

Thank you for your prayers over the past month. Here is a quick update:

1. Drawbridge Creations — Things are moving forward as we prepare to launch this new creative outreach ministry. For details, check out the latest Drawbridge Dispatch newsletter HERE, and let us know if you’d like to subscribe to that mailing list.

2. The Japanese Church — Our partner denomination in Japan, Immanuel General Mission, held their General Conference recently (online) and have elected new leaders. Their Annual Conference, which is a larger gather for all the pastors and leaders, when pastors receive their new assignments, is happening on March 25 (also online). Please pray for the Japanese church during these challenging times!

3. Japan — As you may have heard, in February a large earthquake struck northeastern Japan, the same area hit by the 3/11 disaster ten years ago. Fortunately there was no tsunami this time so the death toll has been low, but as you can imagine it is a difficult time for those in the affected area. Meanwhile, Japan is still dealing with COVID-19 and vaccinations are just beginning. Please pray for Japan!

Thank you again for your prayers and partnership!

Video Update

This month’s update is in video form. Take a look! Thanks as always for your giving and prayers!

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