December Doings (Prayer Letter)

Hi everyone,

Thank you for your continuing prayers! Here’s a brief update on how you can pray for our ministry this month…

1. Robin is scheduled to preach at Immanuel Kanazawa Church this coming Sunday, December 5. Please pray for God’s anointing on this ministry!

2. Due to some generous donations to our project fund over the past month, we are now at around 61%, with only about $13,300 US left to be raised! Please pray for God to provide the rest! If you’d like to give, please see the info below.

3. The end of the year is fast approaching, and we’ve got lots going on. Please pray for God’s guidance for our life and ministry in 2022

Thank you again for your faithful partnership! We hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!


If you would like to make an end-of-year gift to Drawbridge Creations…

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. In the “To” section, choose “Drawbridge Creations — evangelism publications.” 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 (Drawbridge Creations). Donations can also be made by e-transfer to ac.na1664915354yelse1664915354w@eci1664915354ffo1664915354.

Thank you for your consideration!

November’s News

Hi everyone,

We hope your October was a good one. We had a good morning of outreach ministry at our church in Komatsu on October 17, where I preached and Yoko played piano. In a first, I had a Chinese interpreter for my Japanese message, for the sake of some Chinese guests. Please pray for God to keep working in their lives and drawing them to himself. Please pray, too, as we prepare for special Christmas ministry on December 5 at Immanuel Kanazawa Church.

Meanwhile, our online manga series Waypoints continues. There are currently three stories on the website, along with extra content. November’s story goes live this Friday, and December’s is almost ready to go too. In addition, there are five new manga in the production with four different artists (including me). It’s great to see our body of content growing. We hope it will prove to be a useful tool for Christians to share their faith and non-Christians to discover the faith. Please continue to pray for this first Drawbridge Creations manga ministry project!

Please check out the links below if you’ve missed any of our recent updates. There’s also Drawbridge giving info for those who would like to make an end-of-year gift (Please note the updated info for Canadians — it should be easier to give online now.)

Thank you for being a part of our ministry through your prayers and giving! 

Robin (and Yoko)

In case you missed it


End-of-year giving info for supporting Drawbridge Creations

US donors 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 donors can give online HERE. In the “To” section, choose “Drawbridge Creations – evangelism publications.” // 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 (Drawbridge Creations). Donations can also be made by e-transfer to ac.na1664915354yelse1664915354w@eci1664915354ffo1664915354.

Video: Important Drawbridge Update

Thank you for being a part of our ministry through your prayers and giving! Please take two minutes to watch this short video for an important update on Drawbridge Creations.

As we said in the video, we are hoping to raise the rest of our project fund before the end of this year. If we can get this fund fully raised, we’ll be able to keep producing and sharing new content at Waypoints.jp until at least the end of 2023. This chart shows where we’re at in our fundraising:

Here’s a basic breakdown of our budget:

$21,160 — Artists
$800 — Website hosting, etc
$5,440 — Promo, printing, shipping
$2,600 — Office equipment
$4,091 — Admin fees

The amount we pay artists depends on the length of the story they illustrate, but you could average it out to about $1200 per story, meaning if a person or church gives that much they are essentially helping us create one more Bible-based manga.

Please consider us in your church missions budget or personal end-of-year giving! And at the very least, please pray for us as we pursue this goal!

Giving method info is below. If you have any questions, please let us know! Thank you!

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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. In the “To” section, choose Drawbridge Creations – evangelism publications.” // Donations can also be made by e-transfer to ac.na1664915354yelse1664915354w@eci1664915354ffo1664915354. // Or, to give offline, 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 (Drawbridge Creations). 

Thanks again, and God bless you!

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. Select “Drawbridge Creations.” 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.na1664915354yelse1664915354w@eci1664915354ffo1664915354.

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!

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