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!
This pic is from Sunday’s English Club event with Kat McDowell. Total attendance was over 70, including a BUNCH of guests (both English students and first-time visitors).
(Correction 9/26: The original version of this post said the total was 72, but I’ve since learned it was more like.)
This pic was taken last Friday night at our monthly English Cafe. I wasn’t able to be there because I had to take my folks to the airport in Tokyo that night. But fortunately a friend was able to step in and lead. I’m thankful this ministry is bigger than just me.
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!
We were few but we had fun!