We are marching towards establishing a church in Nagayo and delete it from the list of unchurched towns forever! See where we are and how you can participate (The following link will send you to a different page):
2022, HERE WE GO!
Once in history, Nagasaki was the door through which the Gospel arrived in Japan. The Heavens were open over this area! The Good News spread rapidly, like fire, but eventually was put out - with the blood of hundreds of faithful men and women. We believe God has not forgotten the sacrifice of these martyrs and will still honor their faithfulness. He has called us to this very place to preach Jesus. We said YES to His call.
Come with us and let us proclaim that He is not dead but is surely alive!
We hope to count on your prayers and partnership this year!
Joshua, Dominique, Israel, Johann, Olivia, Annaliese and Serenity
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2022 Praise and Prayer Requests
Being in Nagasaki since May of 2021 is still very early to have any concrete answers concerning our church planting endeavors. Yet, we continue to see Him move and opening doors for us. All we can do is believe it and step out in faith with expectation for the next steps.
We have already built some good relationships with servants of God in the area, have had many kids from our kids' schools over to play, have gone for picnics and done activities with people we are reaching out to and God is building some incredible connections that makes us already dream about the first church in Nagayo -- soon! We are now working on the strategies and operations, but there are many obstacles to starting a "religious activity" in public areas. Renting places for worship is not a simple task... and Covid restrictions do not help.
Thank you for being a part of this church planting team. This is YOUR work as well! Thank you for your partnership. WE (you and us) are moving forward with this and God is showing He is going before US.
We are always looking to mobilize prayer partners and financial supporters to maintain a healthy budget. If you'd like to join us, get in touch with us! firstname.lastname@example.org
Serenity Quick Update
As some of you know, our baby Serenity was born in March 2020 with a rare disease called Biliary Atresia. She had a big surgery in May but eventually needed to have a liver transplant in October of the same year.
11/2021 - Serenity went back to Tokyo to do her one year post-transplant follow up. Everything good!
1/2022 - Surgery to fix her belly button hernia. She spent two nights at the hospital with mommy. Thankfully it all went well.
She continues to take two medicines, which is much better than the initial 10. Still, we are in faith for further decrease!
Thank you for your continuous prayer and encouragement!
Living Life to Honor God
"Whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly as unto the Lord. For he honors those who honor him."
This has been one of the key principles in the discipleship I am doing with one man. Once, he was a suicidal, now he is a new creature who is hungry for God. And as he seeks the Lord, he is seeing so much transformation in his life and is experiencing that it is worthwhile living his life for Jesus.
It's the same concept we have been talking about to our kids. They are getting it and seeing with their own eyes the blessing that comes from it.
How about you?
Whether you work, study, give finances, relate to others inside or outside of your home, your leisure time, what you do in front of the computer or on the phone, do you keep in mind that through all of that, you may be honoring or dishonoring God?
Think about that.
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And here what we learned with this baby...
"But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd."
2022 Japan Church Plant Missions - Church in Nagasaki