Sorry I’m late getting in touch this month. I was away last week and have been busier than usual this week. Now that the dust has cleared, though, my latest quarterly newsletter is now available.
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As always, thank you for being on my team!
I’m way behind on my so-called weekly photo blogging. But the good news is I’ve got the next month lined up already, and they’re all NEW photos. With the arrival of spring, the sakura (cherry blossoms) have arrived and actually are already starting to fall. This week’s photo was taken this past Saturday at nearby Nakamura Park.
I hope you had a good Easter weekend celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus and the new life we have in Him. In Nagoya we celebrated with the baptism of a man who recently became a Christian at our church. It’s always encouraging to see signs of new life in Japan!
Spring is transition season in Japan, as it’s the start of the school year, company year and even church year. This year, the Immanuel Church chose their new daihyo (president or national superintendent), and my pastor Masarua Uchiyama (pictured above with his wife Noriko and me) was elected. He will continue on as our lead pastor while taking on this important new role; please pray for him, especially during this transition time.
Here are some other things to be praying about over the next month:
As always, thank you so much for your investment in our mission in Japan!
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:
Thank you again for your continued prayer and support for me and our partners here in Japan!