Please read! This is really big and important information about our situation and missionary journey, so we really appreciate your taking time to read through this introduction.
Pastor Rob of CC Thousand Oaks has quoted this to his congregation, and we have taken it to heart and have experienced this in our missionary life:
Those of you who know us well and have followed our story of ministry, understand that God has always taken His time to make changes in our lives and ministry. Ministry here in Japan has been no exception. We believe that God made us this way because He knew what it would take to do ministry here in Japan; patience, long suffering and the ability to face trials long term.
When we first moved to Ome-shi, Japan, we figured we might be here maybe 2 years and then we’d move to some other part of the country to partner in or start a new work. 14 years later, God is moving us on from our work here at Grace Christian Fellowship. We are thankful for all the experience, training and ministry God has blessed us with.
But that is not the only change for us! This year, Calvary Chapel of Santa Barbara has changed their strategy for missions. While they still support us as one of their missionary efforts in prayer, they have changed their financial support to those missionaries closer to home.
Because we must have a financially supporting church overseeing us in order to retain our visa here in Japan, our official church covering has changed to Calvary Chapel Thousand Oaks. CCTO has also been supporting us financially since we first went out to Japan.
As we have sensed God’s leading, we have been praying for the last few years as to what God’s will and vision for us here in Japan is, and what might be the “next step” in achieving it.
After praying with and meeting with Pastor Rob and his staff, a clear directive is now in motion for us. We are moving to a new location and entering a new season of ministry in Japan.
We will be spending at least a year in the Yamaguchi prefecture in a small city called Iwakuni. Iwakuni is about 40 minutes away from Hiroshima. It’s about 5 hours by Shinkansen
from Tokyo. It’s about a 12-hour drive from where we live now. A big move.
The goal is to serve in a church near another military base, (seems God likes us near the US Military). During that time, we can recharge, (it’s been a long season so far without any real furlough), refocus in prayer and serve assisting at a more newly established fellowship.
We have always throughout our ministry been so blessed with how you have supported us in prayer and financially. We have made it a point not to talk about support in our newsletters but have asked anyone interested in supporting us to go to our website for information.
However, this unique situation means we have to make sure you know there are some changes in how to support us financially, if you feel God leading you to do so.
Godspeak Calvary Chapel,
320 Via Las Brisas, Newbury Park, CA, 91320
Be sure to put “The McBades” or “Missions Japan” in the note field.
You may use this link for Paypal: http://mcbade-wp/supporting-the-mcbades-in-japan/
Ok, enough said about all the changes for now, but if you want more details, please visit our website and/or email us directly.
Of course, of the many ministry events we do each year, we will miss the special way we currently celebrate one of the most important events for Christians: Easter.
One of the unique events during Holy week is the Thursday foot washing and communion service. It’s a close and intimate time where we worship, take communion, wash each other’s feet and pray for each other.
Easter in the park:
And then there is Easter in the park. Besides the service for adults, we especially focus on the children. After a “bento” style lunch and some fellowship, we invite all the kids in the park to join in an Easter Egg hunt. Besides the sweets inside, there is a Gospel message and invitation to learn more at the church. One of the most effective paths to ministry here in Japan is through the children.
One of the more effective ways of reaching Non-Christian adults has been the English Café. We have a regular group of Japanese non-believers attending. Our Sunday evening service follows and sometimes one or two may stay to experience the service. Japanese don’t come to church unless they are “invited”. The English Café is one way to do that.
We know many of you use Facebook and it is your "goto" for communication. We have found it is not really an efficient, private and secure manner to communicate. It also has turned out to be a big distraction from ministry rather than a "net benefit".