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March Prayer Letter

Kids Brown English!

Hi everyone!

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!

– Robin


February Prayer Letter

Hi everyone!

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!

– Robin

Surprise, Surprise (September 2013 Prayer Letter)

Hi everyone,

This month I’ve been busy entertaining some unexpected guests — my parents!  My pastors and some others were in on the plan, but I had no idea they were coming. I was graciously given permission to take a few days off to travel with my parents, so over the past week we took a trip to Osaka, Nara and Kyoto to see the sights and visit with some of my friends. The photo above is of me and my folks with my “Japanese parents” at Nara Park.

Thank you for your continuing  prayers and support! In August, we finished the English translation of Manga Genesis, Book 1, and sent it off to the publishers. I played on the worship team at youth camp, where it was great to see God working in teens’ lives. I also had the opportunity to preach at my church in Nagoya.  I was preaching in Japanese in front of my parents, so I felt more nervous than usual. But I did OK, and more importantly I felt that God spoke through me. Also, one of my English students attended church for the first time that day! PTL!

This month, I’d ask you to pray specifically for our big English Club event on September 22. We have a special guest musician (Kat McDowell) coming and are hoping for a big turn-out. Pray that God will use this event to draw people to Jesus!

I’m planning to send a full newsletter next month with more details and photos from my summer adventures.  Until then, thanks again, and keep praying for Japan!


– Robin

August 2013 Prayer Letter

Hi everyone!

I just returned from a few day’s vacation in my Japanese “hometown,” Sayama City, Osaka.  I had a great time of catching up with old friends — some of whom I hadn’t seen since I left Sayama TEN YEARS ago!

Thank you for your prayers for my ministry over the past month.  On July 15, in Nagoya, we hosted a special “Summer Festival” event for our kids English students and their families.  We had a great turn-out, and everyone had a good time. It was a good chance to build stronger relationships between our church and our students. I even got to share a short Bible message, and I’m thankful that these super-energetic little kids actually listened! Please pray for God to keep working in the lives of my students and their families.

On July 21, I visited Shizuoka Immanuel Church, where, in addition to preaching the morning message, I helped put on another kids event.  I think there were close to 20 guests, all non-Christians, including a number of new faces. I’m thankful for God’s blessing on this spiritual bridge-building event!  I’m also thankful for God’s wisdom and energy during a very busy day of ministry! Please pray that Shizuoka Church can build on these relationships and share God’s love with their community.

Meanwhile, I’ve been continuing to work as an assistant for Kelly Shinozawa’s manga ministry.  Just yesterday, I put in a VERY long day doing final edits on the English translation of Manga Genesis, Book 1.  Please pray for this project to give people a greater understanding and appreciation for God’s Word, and a hunger to know more!

In addition to my regular needs, I’d really appreciate your prayers for a couple of specific things in August: Next week is the Immanuel Church’s annual teen camp, “Tonican.”  I’m going to be playing guitar on the worship team, giving a testimony, and helping out however else I’m needed. Please pray for lives to be changed at Tonican this year!

Also, I’m scheduled to preach in Nagoya on August 25. Please pray for me to be able to communicate God’s word clearly in Japanese.

As always, your prayers and support are greatly appreciated!  Thank you for being a part of the team,

– Robin

Robin White — Global Partners, Japan

July 2013 Prayer Letter

Hi everyone!

Thank you for your prayers for me, my ministry and Japan.  Here’s the latest:

1. Our English ministry in Nagoya is still growing, in spite of not doing any promotion recently.  In June, 3 new people joined my adult classes, and now both the Wednesday and Saturday classes are full — 11 or 12 people! And I’ve been told that 2 new people are coming to check out my Tuesday night class tonight, as well.  Please pray for God’s wisdom and direction as I teach and as I lead this growing ministry.

2. Our monthly English Cafe is this Friday, July 5. Please pray for good conversations and relationship-building.

3. On July 15, we’re hosting a “summer festival” event for our kids’ English class students and their families, and also inviting the kids who attend our Sunday school.  Pray that this lead to deeper relationships between our unchurched students and our church, and that some of those students will start attending our Sunday school.

4. On July 21, I’m scheduled to be in Shizuoka to preach in the morning service and lead a kids’ outreach event.  Pray for God’s help as I prepare and preach my message in Japanese. Pray for the kids’ event to be a good bridge-building event with families in the community.

Again, thanks for your prayers and support!

– Robin

Robin White — Global Partners, Japan