Progress — December 2018 Prayer Letter

Sometimes progress looks like this…

And sometimes it looks like this…

The first photo features myself, fellow GP missionary Andrea Swarthout, and our our regional director Tim Gallant and his family. The Gallants visited Japan in November to meet with us and our Japanese partners as we work through the necessary changes that need to be made to move forward with some new ministries. I’m thankful for Tim’s leadership in our region and the progress we are making here in Japan.

The second picture is what’s left of the Immanuel Nagoya Church building… which is to say, nothing. But that’s a sign of progress, as the demolition of our old building has come to an end and construction of our new church home can begin in the new year.

Progress is also being made on my manga ministry project. I’ll have more to say in the new year, but for now, allow me to point you to our official project page on the GP website:

Please pray and consider giving to this new outreach!

Meanwhile, Advent is upon us and Christmas is almost here! Please pray for the Japanese Church to be effective in using the opportunity this season gives us to share the love of Jesus with our communities.

Specifically, here’s what I’ll be involved in this month:

  • 12/12 — Worship leading at prayer meeting
  • 12/16 — Our church’s Christmas Worship event
  • 12/20 — Celebrating Christmas and sharing Jesus with our kids English class

As always, thank you for your continuing prayers for our mission in Japan!

– Robin

Look Up (photo of the week)

Azuchi Castle Ruins, January 2016

Harvest Time (Fall 2018 Newletter)

Hi everyone,

Autumn has arrived, and that means it’s time for my latest quarterly newsletter. Please follow this link to get the PDF:

Your prayers and support are much-appreciated!


Autumn Yellow (photo of the week)

Ena, Gifu, Japan, October 2015. Shot on film with a Holga camera.

Bridge Over Rocky Water (Photo of the Week)

Odaigahara Mountain, October 2015

Stepping through the leaves (photo of the week)

Odaigahara Mountain, October 2015

Photo of the Week: Greening Storefront

Tondabayashi, Osaka. Jinai-machi.

After the Storm (October Prayer Letter)

Hi everyone,

Thank you for your prayers this past month. This Sunday I was in Kure City, Hiroshima (pictured above), where I was scheduled to preach once… but ended up preaching twice! Because there was a typhoon approaching, a number of members who usually commute from a senior’s home were unable to make it. So the pastor and I had church with them at the senior’s home in the afternoon, while the storm was raging outside. Ministry in Japan is always an adventure!

October is looking to be a relatively quiet month for me, but I’d appreciate your prayers for the following:

    • Worship leading on Wed.10/10 and Sun.10/21 at my church in Nagoya.
    • Preaching, music and kids ministry at the Immanuel Church in nearby Toyota City.
    • Pray for clarity of vision, direction and creativity as I plan and put into motion our manga ministry project.
    • And please continue to pray for Japan as people continue to recover from multiple natural disasters. If you’d like to contribute to Christian relief efforts, I recommend

Thank you for being on the team!

– Robin

Out-of-Season Sakura (photos of the week)

This is an odd choice of subject matter for Fall, but since I’m always playing catch-up on posting photos, I thought I’d go ahead and post these cherry blossom (sakura)  photos I took back in March this year. As things cool down, it’s sometimes nice to remember what things are like here when they warm up.

Photo of the Week — Walking by the Wall

January 2016, Azuchi Castle Ruins