The above picture is from my Thursday afternoon kids English class, who have just finished their third year together! It’s hard to believe it’s been that long, but I’m super thankful for the good relationships that have been built through this and my other English classes. In addition to finishing another year of kids classes, in February we also hosted an English Club event. These all-ages events are held from time-to-time as a “next step” in building spiritual bridges between our students and the church. February’s was an Olympic themed event, and we had about 30 people take part, including a good handful of non-Christians. Thank you for your continuing prayers for these ministries!
Please be praying for the following things in March:
1. English Cafe (a casual time of English conversation practice) is this Friday night (3/7).
2. The Immanuel Church’s annual national conference (3/11-13) with guest speaker Dr. Joanne Lyon. This is a time of worship and learning for the pastors of Immanuel churches, along with business meetings. It’s also when pastors receive their appointments and church transitions begin.
3. Leading worship at prayer meeting here in Nagoya (3/23).
4. Partnership Development. I’ve started planning my schedule for my time back in North America starting in late June. Please pray for this planning and prep time. Pray, too, that we can find someone to cover my English classes during my absence; there are some possibilities but nothing definite yet.
Thank you for being a part of our ministry here in Japan!
I hope you all had a happy New Year! Here’s what’s happening with our ministry in Japan:
1. English Bible Study — After a short holiday break, we’re back to meeting every other week, with two new people joining us in January. Please pray that those taking part (mostly non-Christians) will understand and believe God’s Word.
2. Manga Ministry — The end of January was the deadline for Kelly Shinozawa’s Manga Genesis Book 2, so I was busy helping translate and correct the English version of the comic. Please pray that this series will connect with people who wouldn’t normally read the Bible or attend church.
3. February English Ministries — Please pray for this month’s English Cafe (2/7) and English Club event (2/23).
4. Transitions — As I mentioned last month, this term with GP is coming to an end this summer. Please pray with me for direction about the next steps for my ministry here. I need to start planning and preparing soon, so pray that I have a clear sense of God’s leading.
Thanks as always for your prayers and support! They are much-needed and appreciated!
I just realized I sent this out by email last month but never posted it to my blog. So here it is for those not on the email list. Please click on one of the following links to view/download my latest JapanLog newsletter:
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As always, thank you for your prayers and support!
I just got back from a week away at a missionary conference. This year the GP Asia and Turkic/Arabic area M’s joined together with Nazarene M’s from Europe, so it turned out to be a rather large gathering! It was great re-connecting with the GP tribe, talking missions, and worshiping together.
Meanwhile, December has arrived! December is always a busy month, and this year is no exception. Please pray for me about the following this month:
- English Cafe at my church this Friday, December 6.
- Worship leading at prayer meeting next Wednesday, December 11.
- Church Christmas events on the 18th and 22nd in Nagoya.
- Preaching at Immanuel Hirakata Church on Christmas Eve.
- Christmas party for my kids English classes on December 26.
Phew! As you can see, I have a full schedule this month! This is on top of my weekly English classes. Please pray with me for energy, wisdom and anointing to minister effectively throughout the month. As always, your prayers, financial support and encouragement are much, much appreciated!
Thanks, merry Christmas, and happy New Year!
Robin White — Global Partners, Japan
“そして翌日、自分たちの占領下にある畑から収穫したものを食べ、イースト菌を入れないパンを焼いたりしました。 すると、次の日からマナは降らなくなり、二度とマナを見ることはありませんでした。 それ以来、人々はカナンの地の産物を食べるようになりました。” (ヨシュア記 5:11, 12 JLB)
“The very next day they began to eat unleavened bread and roasted grain harvested from the land. No manna appeared on the day they first ate from the crops of the land, and it was never seen again. So from that time on the Israelites ate from the crops of Canaan.” (Joshua 5:11, 12 NLT)
God provided the Israelites with just what they needed just when they needed it. I serve the same God, and can trust Hum to provide for my needs to. There’s no reason to worry. Thank You, Lord!
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NLT)
I’ve always found this passage really encouraging. Joshua, taking Moses’ place as leader of Israel, had some big shoes to fill. He must have been overwhelmed. But God promised His presence, blessing and help.
I don’t think any ministry I’ve taken on is as big as the one Joshua had. The challenges I face in life are not too difficult for our Lord to help me get through. How about you?
May we trust God, and be strong and courageous.
“Therefore…” in response to God’s love, protection and provision “obey”. (vs. 9)
Even in OT times, mankind’s obedience was a response to God’s grace. He chose Israel, He delivered them, He led them to the Promised Land. And here Moses reminds them of all God has done for them. He calls the people to obey the Lord’s commands, in response to that grace.
As Christians, we don’t obey God to earn His favor or love; we do it in response to the favor and love He’s already shown us through Jesus. Grace!
Father God, thank You for Your grace. Thank You for loving me first. May I live in Your love and grace today, following Jesus, obeying You.