Great is Thy Faithfulness

December 28, 2018

As we reflect on this year, we are reminded of God’s faithfulness. We faced many challenges in our ministries as well as our daily lives, but God has provided what we needed. We continue to share the good news with Japanese people in this community. We are blessed to be a part of a loving church family and ministry team. Michael enjoys leading the Bible study and worship, and Yu enjoys ministering to moms and children. Luke and Logan are growing up quickly, and they enjoy fishing and playing soccer. They open doors for us to meet new families. Many of them have various needs and we have started a family focused ministry at our new ministry house called “Hope House.” It has already become a place where people receive encouragement and find hope in Christ. We are thankful for your prayers and support. We pray for God’s richest blessings on you and your family.

Our church family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youth Retreat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moms and Kids Ministry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly English Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have a baby cousin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for praying for us and supporting our ministry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Categories: Hope for Japan News.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

I shared about Thanksgiving in our children’s classes and moms’ groups this week, and I asked them what they are thankful for in their lives.  Many of them talked about family, friends, food, house, jobs, toys, and different things.  But one boy said he is thankful for Jesus, and several moms said they are thankful to God for an opportunity to know more about Him.  One mom shared her life has changed so much since she started learning about God.  It’s so exciting to see God working in their lives.

We are thankful God has sent us to Japan to make Him known.  We also thank God for all our prayer and financial supporters who make it possible for us to share His love with Japanese people.  Please know God is working in many ways here in Japan!

We pray you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

 

Categories: Family, Hope for Japan News.

Happy Fall!

November 3, 2018

Greetings!  We pray you are all having a blessed fall season.

The colors of leaves are changing here and they are so beautiful.  We wish you could see them in person!

Michael is in America right now to share what God is doing in Japan.  He will be in Texas, Florida, and Tennessee this month.  He would love to meet with you in person or talk on the phone.  Please email us at michaelandyu@gmail.com if you can make time to talk to him!  We thank you in advance!

We have seen many photos of the fall festivals and special events held at churches over the last week.  Instead of having the annual fall festival, we decided to have the fall party which was a smaller event, but all the kids and moms seemed to have a great time.  Some of these moms started coming to the weekly “Bible Cafe” which is a small Bible study held at our church.  And these children get excited when we share the Bible stories.  Please pray these families will come to know Christ.  And please pray dads will be willing to attend our special events!

 

 

They did a great job singing songs and reading a story aloud together!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone had so much fun exchanging treats!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We enjoyed the fellowship with each other!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aren’t they cute?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Praying you have a blessed fall season!

Categories: Hope for Japan News, Prayer Needs.

Typhoon and Earthquake

September 13, 2018

Dear Prayer Partners,

Thank you so much for praying for us and Japanese people.  As many of you know, this past week was a difficult week for Japan.  A big typhoon hit west Japan and a strong earthquake hit northern island.  Many lives were lost, people lost everything they owned, and there are those who are without power and water.

It reminded us of what we went through after the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear plant disaster in 2011.  As soon as we heard about the news, we started contacting our friends who live in those areas.  Some of our dear friends had to evacuate. Their children are still having a difficult time sleeping because of fear.  Some of our sister churches were damaged.

We are working with our church as well as churches in affected areas to help those in need.  We would appreciate your continued prayers for those who are struggling and grieving.  We know it will be a long road of recovery.  If you would like to give, please go to this link  https://sending.org/worker/michael-and-yu-towery and add instructions to the finance office so we know it’s for the disaster relief.  We truly appreciate your love, prayers, and encouragement.  We are praying for America as Hurricane Florence is approaching.

Thank you again for walking this journey with us.

Categories: Prayer Needs.

Church Family

August 16, 2018

God has blessed me with a wonderful church family and it made me realize I have so many things to be thankful for.

I love all the generations that are represented here. We can learn so much from each other. I am also thankful to have a wonderful pastor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of these kids have gone through a difficult time. One boy lost his dad and one girl almost died because of an accident. One college student lost her grandparents in the tsunami. Their smile is a reminder of His faithfulness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every summer, we have a special worship service to think about peace. The oldest church member shared her testimony as a war survivor. Her testimony impacted many children including our boys. We had a meaningful conversation on our way home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am so thankful for these women at our church.  It’s a blessing to have a group of women who pray for each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love my church family!  I pray we will continue to love each other and share His love with people around us.   I am also thankful for our church family in Texas and those who are praying for us and supporting our ministry.  I am praying you all are blessed by your church family as well.

Categories: Hope for Japan News.

Summer Greetings!

July 31, 2018

Hello from Japan! We pray you are all enjoying the summer.  A big typhoon just passed West Japan and it’s so hot now. Please pray for those who were affected by the heavy rain.

July went by quickly! One BIG praise is we have a new brother in Christ. Mr. Saito was baptized on July 8th. His wife and two children are believers and they prayed for his salvation for the last 18 years. Our God is so faithful!

Please pray for Mr. Saito as he begins his new journey as a follower of Christ!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We went to Tokyo to renew Logan’s passport and we had a chance to see our dear friends from DBU! We enjoyed meeting their baby girl!

Thankful for good friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We partnered with another church to host the Children’s Camp. Most of these children came from non-Christian homes. It was encouraging to see their excitement as they heard the gospel.

Please pray for the seeds that were planted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our friend from our sending church came to visit us for a few days. It was so good to see him again and we had a great time together. Thank you, Joel, for coming to see us and encouraging us!

With men at our church. The man wearing a black shirt is the one who got baptized.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were all blessed by the gifts Joel brought from America! Our friends from Sunday School class are so generous and we appreciate their support!

Huge thank you to everyone who blessed us with these gifts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been busy working at Hope House. We will be able to share more information soon, but there is a lot to be done in order for the house to be ready to be used for ministries. We invited one of our Japanese friends to Hope House to have dinner since she will be moving to another country soon. She thought this ministry house could bless many people because of its size and warm atmosphere.

Please pray for God’s provision for Hope House.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We helped with the VBS at our sister church. About 20 children gathered from 3 different churches. All the kids seemed to have fun learning about the Bible, getting to know each other, singing, and playing games!

These children represent the future of Japanese Christians! Please pray for them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a farewell party for our Korean friend who has been attending our English Bible Study and Worship for the last 6 months. We really enjoyed seeing him every week and our boys loved playing baseball with him!

Please pray for Mr. Yu who is wearing a white t-shirt. He will be going to Korea next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before we close, we want to share two big prayer requests. Yu and the boys were in a car accident this month. Thankfully, no one was injured. However, the car needs to be fixed and our insurance will not cover everything.  Right now, we don’t have enough funds to cover the cost.  It has been such an overwhelming process for us. We believe God is in control and He will provide everything we need. Please pray with us for His provision.

 

Second prayer request is for our dog, RT(Rat Terrier). Recently, he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma, and our vet believes he has a few months to live. Needless to say, we are all so shocked and discouraged. Luke is having such a tough time with this.  Please pray we can provide the care our dog needs and we can all feel God’s presence and peace during this time.

The one on the right is RT and the one on the left is Eli. We brought them from America 7 years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you all so much for your prayers! When we get discouraged, we think of those who are praying for us and supporting us, and we are reminded so many prayer warriors are praying for us. Thank you from the bottom of our heart! We pray for God’s peace, guidance, and provision for all of you.

Categories: Hope for Japan News, Prayer Needs.

Praise God!

June 23, 2018

Greetings from Japan! We pray you are all doing well.

It’s finally getting warmer here in Sendai. It’s in the middle of the rainy season and all the flowers are so beautiful!

We struggled with some health issues this past month but we are all doing better. Please pray for our health as we begin this busy summer season!

We have a huge praise to share! One of the men that we have been ministering to for a while has decided to accept Christ as His Savior and he will be baptized in July. His family has been praying for his salvation for the last 20 years. Please pray for Mr. Saito as he prepares for his baptism.

Here are some photos from this past month!

We were honored to be a part of the special concert with members from 6 local churches!

Kids in our English classes love Mr. Michael!

We went to the local nursing home to deliver flowers.

Our church hosted a summer concert and there were more than 10 people who came to our church for the first time.

Yu loves leading the children’s program at church. They made Father’s Day cards for all the men at church.

Thank you so much for praying for us! We appreciate each of you!

Categories: Hope for Japan News, Prayer Needs.

Spring Memories

May 19, 2018

Greetings from Japan!  It finally started getting warmer here and we are enjoying this beautiful spring season.  We pray you are all well.

We would like to share some of our memories from this spring.  It has been a busy season with many exciting news!  It’s hard to list all, but hope these photos will help you get to know more about us and our friends here!

We helped lead the Youth and Young Adult Retreat at our sister church. There were many students who attended for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yu leads the Children’s Fellowship at our church every month. We are thankful these children are learning more about Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two children were baptized on Easter. What a blessing it was to see their joy when they shared their testimonies with the church family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael leads the Bible Study and Worship on Sunday evening at our sister church. It’s a great group of both believers and non-believers from different countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a BBQ fellowship one Sunday evening after the worship service. We enjoy partnering with our missionary friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yu went to South Korea to share about our ministries in Japan. She had a great time visiting several churches and meeting with friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yu enjoys leading a moms group every week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a farewell party for a family who moved to another part of Japan. We learned so much from this family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We welcomed two friends from our sending church. We are thankful for their encouragement. They helped with our English ministry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Logan turned 5! We celebrated his birthday with our friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support!  As you may already know, we have been praying and preparing to start a new ministry for families, single moms, and senior citizens.  We have some exciting updates to share soon.  Please pray for God’s guidance as we seek His will!  Thank you for partnering with us to share His love with Japanese people.

Categories: Family, Hope for Japan News, Prayer Needs.

Christmas 2017 “You are special”

January 11, 2018

Children’s Christmas Gift

Hello. Some of you may remember for Christmas 2016 we gave bilingual children’s Bibles to the families that came to our weekly ministries.  For 2017, we decided to give Max Lucado’s “You are Special”.   Thanks to those who donated, we served 21 families with a book!  We thank those who gave and prayed for these families!

The beautiful smiles we saw as we gave them their gift was priceless!  The majority of the families who received a book are non-believers.  We pray they will understand the meaning of this book.  Some of the children and their parents did tell us how much the book meant to them.  One of them struggles with bullies at school.  We pray for her and encourage her.  She attended the Christmas worship service with her family.  She wrote us a letter saying, “Being at church is the only time I feel at peace.”

Please join us in prayer that these families will always remember how special they are and how much they are loved by God.

We will write about Luke’s baptism next week!

Christams Books!

Look at all these books!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Gift Giving!

Loved seeing these moms smile!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chritsmas Cupcakes!

We decorated and ate cupcakes!

Categories: Family, Prayer Needs.

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Happy New Year!

January 3, 2018

Happy New Year from Japan!

We are so sorry our website was down for a while.  We are finally able to post new posts.  We will catch up in the next few weeks!  We hope you had a wonderful Christmas.  Our Christmas was extra special this year because Luke was baptized.   Many of you prayed for him and encouraged him over the years.  Thank you so much for praying for him!

There were several families that came to church for the very first time this Christmas.  It was their first time to hear the real Christmas story.  One mom said it was the most wonderful Christmas ever.  Please pray for these families.

We pray you all have a blessed new year.  Thank you so much for praying for us and supporting us.  We are honored to partner with you to share the gospel with Japanese people.

Christmas 2017

Kids’ Christmas Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke’s baptism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas lights in downtown Sendai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Categories: Family, Hope for Japan News.

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