eNews – April 7, 2007

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”. Philippians 3:14

  April 7, 2007
 
  Onward and Upward
 

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”. Philippians 3:14

When we are focused on the goal, all the problems between us and the goal are merely obstacles or hurdles to go through, around, over, under, etc. in order to reach that goal. As we go through this life there will be many distractions, difficult situations, difficult relationships, and various crises grabbing for our attention and energy. While we need to work through all these issues that come into our paths, we must be careful to keep our eyes focused on the goal.  If we take our eyes off the goal and start focusing on the obstacles themselves, we can often lose sight of the goal altogether.  We must press on, persevere, with our eyes focused on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. 

 
 

So, “what is going on with the McBade’s?” you may have been wondering.  Well, we have not fallen off the planet, but we have been busy up to our ears, as usual. We’ll try to catch you up without too much te deum.

November visit to California

We were tremendously blessed to be able to come back to the US last November to visit with family and friends and to get a much needed time of rest and restoration.  It was wonderful to worship at Calvary Chapel SB and to meet with so many of you who have been praying for us.

Our main purpose for being in Santa Barbara was to find a homestay for our son Stephen so he could finish his last year of high school there.  Many of you were praying for the perfect place for him and God answered.  Stephen is staying with a wonderful family in Goleta and is back in classes at San Marcos High School preparing to graduate in June.  Please pray for his adjustment to life away from parents, especially that he would make wise decisions and stay in fellowship with other believers and with God.

Meanwhile, back in Ome

Grace Christian International School has been back in full swing after Christmas break and we are both teaching classes everyday.  John teaches first and third grade math and Belinda is teaching High school reading and Jr. High math. We have 8 students ranging from first graders to highschoolers. The kids are all ESL students so teaching them is a joyful and challenging experience.

John and two of the other missionary men have been taking turns teaching the Sunday evening services.  They also rotate in on leading the once-a-month men’s fellowship meetings.  So, besides working on the websites and CRASH network, John has been getting in his share of teaching opportunities.

Belinda teaches children’s Sunday school every other week and helps out with the sound and overhead slide ministries.  She is also praying with the newly formed women’s intercessory prayer group every Sunday as well as doing the CRASH finance accounting. Starting in April, Belinda will be taking a Japanese language class at the Yokota Airforce base twice a week for 10 weeks.  She’s very excited about this opportunity to get some good, consistent language training.

Also during the week we have a Wednesday evening Bible study and a Friday night all church prayer group that we are both involved in.

We just had our last (for now) homegroup fellowship on the airforce base.  It was a very emotional time as we prayed for some of the members who are leaving Japan to go back to the U.S.  We plan to start back up again soon, since it is such a necessary ministry to the military families here.

CRASH

boy_at_fuji_campThere are some exciting things happening with the CRASH (Christian Relief Assistance Support and Hope) ministry.  Pastor Jonathan was contacted by the leaders of World vision recently and was able to share his idea of working together with them to help children who have just survived a disaster.  His idea is to work with World Vision to design a “Vacation Bible School” type program that would meet the needs of children after a disaster and provide a safe fuji_san_campand fun place for them to recover as their parents try to put their homes and lives back in order. What a great opportunity to share the love of Christ with these precious little ones.

Salvation

shin_sanIt seems that almost every week now, one or more people are receiving Christ here at Grace Christian Fellowship.  Our sound engineer, Shin, who has been faithfully serving in the church for about 2 years, has recently confessed Christ as his savior.  What a blessing to us and to his wife, also a believer, who also serves faithfully in the worship ministry.

 

Praises

  • Praise God for getting Stephen settled back in Santa Barbara to finish school.
  • Praise God for our good health as we keep busy schedules.
  • Praise God for Salvation happening every week at Grace Christian Fellowship.
  • Praise God for a good ministry team working together here.

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for us as we are adjusting to life without children.
  • Pray for Stephen as he adjusts to life away from parents.  Pray for him to do 
  •   well in school and to make wise decisions, but especially that he would grow in
  •   his relationship with God.
  • Pray against spiritual attacks which are frequent here as we try to bring to
  •  gospel to a nation steeped in ancient belief and tradition.
  • Pray for opportunities to share the gospel with our neighbors, especially the
  •  owner of our favorite ramen shop, whom we see almost every week.
  • Pray for Belinda’s heel which was injured almost 3 months ago and does not
  •  seem to be healing.
  • Pray for CRASH, that we would continue to make a difference to disaster victims
  •  and that the vision for a children’s relief program would become a reality.  Pray
  •  for John as he continues to work on and maintain the CRASH website and
  •  network. This is a huge task and takes a great deal of time and effort.
  • Continue to pray for our language skills so that we can be more effective in
  •  sharing the one true God in a land of 8,000,000 gods. (Really!)

"We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers…"
1Thessalonians 1:2

As we look back on this past year we find there are so many things to be thankful for; We are especially thankful for all of you, your prayers, support, encouragement, emails, etc.  In everyway, God has used you to minister both in us and through us here in Japan. Let’s remember to thank God for everything He allows into our lives, because God is always working out all things for our good, and His purpose and plan for us is always, only good. “ In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.1Thessalonians 5:18.

   
 
Email Address: japan@mcbade.com
 
 
 
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