|While in the US and especially attending the Missions conference, God impressed upon us some key things.
- That this would be a year of changes, (they are happening already).
- That this would be a year of challenges, (we are being challenged more than ever).
- He demonstrated the radical difference of Spiritual influences between the US and Japan
Japan is such a dark place Spiritually. We experienced again the stark contrast between the spiritual climate in the U.S. and that, of Japan. We can see our adversary stepping up the assaults, emotionally and physically, as we purpose to continue the walk of faith that is being missionaries. Our adversary sees that this work is making a difference for the Kingdom and so we are challenged all the more.
God also renewed the call in our hearts that we are His Missionaries in Japan. Until God tells us otherwise, we believe we are to continue in a long term mission for Him. As God guides and provides, we are trusting in Him and staying the course.
We had a wonderful time in the U.S. during the Christmas and New Year’s season. We were able to spend precious time with our children and parents and also to visit many friends. One of the highlights for us, besides being with our children, was going to the Calvary Chapel Missions Conference for the first time. It was an amazing time of refreshment and encouragement as we were continually fed on the word of God and enjoyed fellowship with other saints from the fields. Not to mention the excellent “American” food we miss so much!
Back and praying:
Upon our return we have “hit the ground running” as they say. When we are away, things that need to get done, pile up, waiting for our return. We had been praying, though, because difficult times have affected schools in our area. Our school has been running a very close budget as well. We had been praying for more students for our school since last September and when we got back from the U.S. there were 3 new students enrolled.
One local kindergarten school went bankrupt and was forced to close. The parents of these children are now looking for a new place to send their kids and have contacted our school inquiring about a kindergarten. Our school has always been 1st grade through High school, but after consideration and prayer we have decided to start a kindergarten class to accommodate the needs of these younger students. This is a large undertaking, but God is in it and we are excited about adding these precious little ones to our “flock”.
Calvary Chapel Iruma:
Another new work this year is that a Calvary Chapel was recently planted in a city very near us (Iruma) and John will be taking a small team on Sunday afternoons to help with worship, Sunday school and other ministries as needed. This is very exciting as we consider how God will use our fellowships together to bring the gospel to this area.
New financial Administrators: "Go Ministries"
Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara is still our sending church and our spiritual covering for our mission. Calvary Chapel Norco has a ministry to missionaries around the world. They provide financial administration at no cost to missionaries they sponsor. Because of the way they are structured as ministry, their assistance provides a huge tax benefit for us. They also help us with budgeting, accountability and tax services. If you prefer, you can still support us through CCSB, or, through CCNorco (Go Ministries), providing you with a tax deduction for your support. They also help us with budgeting, accountability and tax services. They are also praying for us as we continue to serve the Lord in Japan.
A quote from our website:
Ministry Support: God guides and provides…
Ministry support has always been a challenging concept for us. Do we ask for financial support or do we keep quiet and let God speak our needs to the hearts of others? Are we not trusting in God if we let others know what our needs are? Are we robbing others of God’s blessings by not declaring our needs to them? Is there a middle ground?
We have not been putting “appeals” for support on our newsletters, just a link for those who are interested in knowing more about the ministry here. At this time we feel we need to let you know we have some urgent needs. Specifically we are at a point our housing lease renewal is due. We have two and a half weeks to meet this need. There are others but this one is pretty crucial. If you are interested in knowing more, please click on this link: “Praying for”
We are blessed by your prayers and support and always look forward to your emails and letters.
May God bless you in His grace and faithfulness.
Prayer and Praises for March:
Praise: “Thank you Lord for…”
- Allowing us to visit the U.S. to see family and attend the Missions conference
- For planting a new church here in Iruma
- That God continues to richly bless our ministries; the school, the Bible studies and other ministries
- For providing for some of our recent medical expenses
- For our new Pastor at Calvary Chapel SB
- For CC Norco and Go Ministries
Praying for: “Lord, thank you that you know our prayers and hear them for…”
- Renewing our lease costs
- That God would show us favor as we seek to renegotiate our lease
- All the others on our “Praying for” list
- For God's revealing and leading this year as we seek Him for guidance