Thank you for your prayers!

October 31, 2017

Thank you so much for praying for us as we hosted the Fall Festival last week.   It was a big success!  About 30 children and their moms came, and our church members had a chance to meet them.  Children who come to our weekly English classes sang some songs and did their self introductions in front of everyone.  They all did a great job and they made us proud!  After playing fun games, Michael shared the gospel through pumpkin carving and told them God gives us His light to shine through us.  Please continue to pray for those who heard the message.  We want to thank everyone who donated toys and candies for this event.  All the children (and their moms!) were so happy to receive them!  We truly appreciate your prayers and support!

 

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Please pray!

October 23, 2017

Hello from Japan! We pray you are enjoying this beautiful fall season!

God continues to bless our lives and ministries here.   As many of you already know, we are teaching English classes at our church every week.  Many parents want their children to learn English so having English classes opens doors for us to meet many children and their families.

We are hosting the annual Fall Festival at our church this Wednesday.  We will be having many fun games and yummy goodies, but more importantly, we will be sharing the gospel with everyone who comes.

Please pray their hearts will be prepared to hear the gospel!  And please remember us in your prayers as we prepare for this special event.  We appreciate your prayers!

 

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Congratulations!

October 5, 2017

Last Saturday was such a happy day for all of us and our church members.  Two young members got married.  They are a very sweet couple and our family really enjoyed getting to know them and spending time with them for the last few years.  Our boys love and adore them!   We are so happy for them as they start their new journey together, but we are also excited to witness this Christian couple making a lifelong commitment to serve the Lord together.  We have faced many challenges as we ministered to young people in Sendai, so hearing about their story and the impact this church and its members had on them really touched us.  Would you please pray for them?  They are trying to share God’s love in their workplace.  And please pray for us as we continue to minister to young adults in our city.

 

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New follower of Christ!

September 25, 2017

Hello from Japan!  We hope you are all doing well!

We are excited to share with you that our son, Luke, has made a decision to follow Christ.  As his parents, we are so proud of him, and we are thankful for the ways God has blessed and impacted his life.   He will spend the next few months learning about what it means to be a Christian.  Would you please rejoice with us and pray for him as he continue to learn more about God?  We know God has a wonderful plan for his life and we can’t wait to see where He leads him!

 

Luke is working on memorizing Bible verses.

Categories: Family, Prayer Needs.

Family Camp

September 13, 2017

This past weekend, we were invited to be a part of the Family Camp hosted by the local Japanese church where we lead the Bible Study and Worship on Sunday evenings. It was an outreach program for non-Christian families.  It was great to make new friends!  While the children had their own program, we talked with other parents and we were able to share about why we came to Japan and how much we care about their family relationships.  We talked a lot about the importance of having a quality time as a family.  We were able to get many ideas as we prepare to start a new family focused ministry.  Michael made friends with other dads and some of them asked if we could go have dinner together sometime.  We look forward to getting to know them better.  Thank you for praying for these families!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Praying for friends in South Texas and West Japan

September 1, 2017

It has been such an eventful week.  We pray for those affected by the hurricane in South Texas.  It is heartbreaking to see so many people suffering.  We are also concerned about the current situation with North Korea.  Even though at times it is hard to be hopeful, we trust in Him who gives us hope.  We are praying He sends people to help!

We want to ask you to pray for our friends, Mr. and Mrs. Fukushima.  Michael met them at the gym and we have truly enjoyed getting to know them.  They came to every single church event that we invited them to join and they also invited us to hang out with them which is rare for new friends in Japan.  We are sad they are moving to West Japan.  They came to our house right before they left Sendai.  It was hard to see them off, but we promised to keep in touch and they invited us to their new home.  Please pray the seeds planted will grow in His time.  Thank you for praying with us!

Praying for friends moving to West Japan

Praying for Mr. and Mrs. Fukushima

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Thank you!

August 24, 2017

Can you believe we are leaving for Japan tomorrow morning?  God has truly blessed our time in America.  Our sending church, FBC Arlington, has approved us to serve in Japan for the next two years.  We  know many of you have prayed for us, provided financial support, and made our time here enjoyable.  We want to say “THANK YOU!” to each one of you!  We will do our best to keep in touch with you and we would love to know how we can pray for you.  We trust God will continue to do amazing things in Japan and we can’t wait to share His love with many Japanese people.  We appreciate your continued prayers.  Thank you so much for walking this journey with us!

We are thankful for everyone who has prayed for us and encouraged us as we prepared for our next term.

 

 

 

 

 

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Spring and Summer Memories

August 15, 2017

Hello!  We pray you are doing well and having a wonderful summer.

We are visiting our home church in Texas for a month and enjoying seeing family and friends.

We wanted to share about some of the special memories from this past spring and summer!

Our church hosted a team from Nuuanu Baptist Church in Hawaii. We had a great fellowship with them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year’s youth and young adult retreat was a lot of fun! We all learned what it means to be filled with God’s love and to share His love with those around us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We visited the nursing home with our church members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael’s Japanese friend and his wife invited us to have a picnic under the beautiful cherry blossom trees!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our English classes are growing!  We are teaching two classes right now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have several students and young adults who attend LIFE (Sunday Evening Bible Study and Worship) regularly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were invited to the BBQ fellowship at one of the local churches that we partner with and we made many new friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hosted three BBQ fellowships this summer and had more than 70 people total! We are so thankful Michael’s new friends and their families joined us for the first time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are thankful for our missionary partners (from IMB) and Japanese Christian friends. They are leading and helping with the ministries while we are in America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God is working in mighty ways in Japan!  Thank you so much for your continued prayers for our ministries in Japan!  We appreciate each of you so much!

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Thank you!

February 9, 2017

We are so thankful for everyone who donated money to buy the children’s Bibles for the families that come to our church’s weekly ministries. Thanks to your generous gift, we were able to buy 40 Bibles! For most families, it was their first time to receive a Bible. We don’t have pictures of every family that received, but we could tell everyone appreciated this special gift. After the Christmas break, many children and moms told us how much they enjoy reading it. One boy said he is already half way done. Another girl asked many questions about her favorite story. We want to say thank you to everyone who gave and prayed!

(We apologize for not being able to post these photos sooner.  We asked all the parents for their permission to post them on our blog.)

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Christmas Memories

January 11, 2017

Greetings from Japan!  We hope you all have a wonderful new year.  May this year will be filled with joy and blessings. We want to share some of our favorite Christmas memories with you.  We pray these photos will remind you of God’s faithfulness.  God is doing amazing things here in Japan and we are honored to see people’s lives being changed by Him. We believe He will continue to do great things this year and we can’t wait to share His goodness with you all. Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support.

Lots of moms and kids came to our play group's Christmas party.

Lots of moms and kids came to our play group’s Christmas party.

 

We went to visit our church member who lives at the nursing home.

We went to visit our church member who lives at the nursing home.

 

Santa came to our English class' Christmas party and everyone received a special gift!

Santa came to our English class’ Christmas party and everyone received a special gift!

 

We shared the true meaning of Christmas with these children and their moms.

We shared the true meaning of Christmas with these children and their moms.

 

This group meets every Sunday night for the English Bible study and worship.

This group meets every Sunday night for the English Bible study and worship.

 

Several of them said it was their first time to celebrate Christmas at church.

Several of them said it was their first time to celebrate Christmas at church.

 

This couple is Michael's friends who came to church for the very first time.

This couple is Michael’s friends who came to church for the very first time.

 

Christmas eve service is always such a special time for all of us. We had lots of guests from the community.

Christmas eve service is always such a special time for all of us. We had lots of guests from the community.

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One of the high school students was baptized. His parents who are non believers came to church for the first time to see his baptism.

One of the high school students was baptized. His parents who are non believers came to church for the first time to see his baptism.

 

Our good friend joined the church.

Our good friend joined the church.

 

Christmas feast- Japanese style!

Christmas feast- Japanese style!

 

They did a great job singing a Christmas carol!

They did a great job singing a Christmas carol!

 

Luke and Logan baked cookies and handed them out to everyone who came to the parties. We have been spending lots of time with these girls who are growing spiritually.

Luke and Logan baked cookies and handed them out to everyone who came to the parties. We have been spending lots of time with these girls who are growing spiritually.

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