January was a fairly quiet month for my ministry. I did, however, take my usual monthly trip to Shizuoka, where a couple of interesting things happened: I had prepared a short message in Japanese for the Sunday school lesson. Usually this class is mostly high school girls, but this time there were some younger kids involved too. My message didn’t really seem like a good fit anymore, so I improvised. I was thankful for the fact that I had an interpreter, because it’s a lot harder to improvise in Japanese! We talked about the lyrics of one of the songs we’d been singing, which were taken from the Psalms. It turned out to be a great opportunity to talk about God’s greatness and love in a simple, easy-to-understand way. Please pray for God to reveal Himself in these kids’ hearts and lives.
Another highlight of my Shizuoka visit was that we had a first-time visitor to my adult English Bible study in the afternoon. Please pray for God to keep working in this lady’s life, and for her to keep connecting with the Shizuoka church.
As things got back into full-swing in Nagoya, I also had a new student join my Saturday morning English class. Please keep praying for my English students!
As 2013 gets into full swing, I‘d appreciate your prayers for God’s continued direction and provision for my ministry. And pray for Japan, too!