Thank you for your prayers this past week as I travelled to Kumamoto in southwestern Japan to participate in the earthquake relief efforts there. While it was sad to see the destruction in many places, it was really encouraging to see so many Christians from various backgrounds working together to share God’s love in practical ways to those who had been affected by the earthquakes. Times like this make us realize how little many of our differences matter and how much we can accomplish if we work together.
Doing relief work is, of course, a lot different from what I usually do. This past week I did lots of heavy lifting, digging and repair work, as well as carrying supplies, passing out fliers, playing with kids and barbecuing. It was tiring but rewarding. As a bonus, I got to see some beautiful scenery in the mountainous Aso area. Again, thank you for your prayers!
May is upon us, and I’m back in Nagoya, gearing up for a busy month. I’d appreciate your continuing prayers!
- Next week (May 8-14) in particular is busier than usual, because I’ve got a meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday, I’m leading worship Wednesday, and I’m substitute teaching an English Bible study on Thursday; all this in addition to my usual English classes.
- My monthly English Bible study is on Sunday, May 15.
- On May 26, I’ll be flying to the US, where I’ll be taking part in a GP retreat and conference, followed by a brief appearance at the Wesleyan Church General Conference. After that I’ve got 2 weeks vacation in Canada, and then I travel back to Japan on June 19-20.
- While I’m away, other missionaries and friends will be covering my English classes. Please pray for them as well!
- And of course, please pray for Japan! Especially pray for Kumamoto and the surrounding areas that have been affected by the recent earthquakes, and for those doing relief work, which will be continuing for a while.
Once again, thank you for your prayers, support and encouragement!