I have a couple of praise notes this month: My visa extension was finally approved after several months of delays, and I was given three more years! Thank you for your prayers. Meanwhile, there have been some really good conversations happening in my English Bible studies lately. In last week’s class, one lady straight-up asked “How do I believe in Jesus?” — which led to a great opportunity to share the Gospel with her and the others. She hasn’t yet put her faith in Christ, but is clearly searching. Please pray for her and the rest of my English students.
Here are some other prayer points to keep in mind in the coming days and weeks:
- I’ve started translation work on another Bible-based manga (comic) book. (Japanese to English)
- This Friday, March 2, is our monthly English Cafe.
- March 3-7 I’ll be in Tokyo for the Immanuel Church annual conference. This is a transition year, so please pray for the denomination as they elect a new president and leadership team. Pray too for the churches that will be going through transitions in the coming weeks, after pastors have received their assignments at conference.
- This month’s English Bible studies are on 3/8 and 3/18 and I’ll be leading worship on 3/14. (EDIT: Moved to 3/21)
Thank you again for your continued prayer and support for me and our partners here in Japan!
I hope you all had a good January. This past month I’ve been getting back into the swing of things and trying to plan for the rest of the year in the midst of many unknowns. Your continuing prayers are appreciated as I navigate a year of many changes. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please check out the newsletter I sent last month, which you may have missed:
Click HERE to view/download my first newsletter of 2018.
Last Sunday was my final visit to Kyoto-Nishi Immanuel Church, where I’ve been filling in every-other-month for fellow GP missionary Andrea Swarthout, leading their English Bible study. This time I also got to preach in their morning service. There are a number of seekers attending their English program and even Sunday worship, so please remember them in your prayers. Andrea is planning to be back from Partnership Development in April, so pray for her support raising and travel safety too.
Meanwhile, I’m still working with immigration to extend my work visa to stay in Japan this year. Please pray for the rest of the process to go smoothly, as there have been some delays and bumps on the road this time.
Here are some ministry dates in February to pray for:
- 2/2 — English Cafe
- 2/8 — English Bible study 1
- 2/14 — Leading worship at prayer meeting
- 2/18 — English Bible study 2
Thank you for your prayers and support for our ministry here in Japan!
If you saw the newsletter I posted last week, you’ve already seen this photo. It was taken in Miyajima last August, and features a lovely sunset sky behind a the famous red gates and a silhouetted friend of mine.
This is my second week back in Japan after my Canadian holiday, and I almost totally forgot to get back to doing weekly photo blog posts here. So we’re late this week, but hopefully back on schedule next.
Happy New Year! It’s time for another newsletter, so please follow the link to read/download the latest, where I muse about my ten year anniversary in Japan:
Thank you and God bless!
Nakamura Park in Nagoya, February 2016. Shot with my Holga film camera in black and white. This will probably my last weekly photo for 2017, and since it’s the Christmas season, I tried to find something seasonally appropriate. A rare Nagoya snowfall seemed to fit the bill.