"...Those who honor me I will honor..."
1 Sm 2:30
"And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men"
WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU
The time has finally come. We have made the move from Tokyo to Nagasaki!
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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2021 Praise and Prayer Requests
After 3 years in Machida, Tokyo, we were able to move to Nagasaki on May 10th. Now the kids have a (small) yard and a trampoline to use their energy. Yay!!! If you know Japan, you understand how valuable that is. 😉
Since the move, so much has been happening. It's almost like "Nagasaki was waiting for us"! Even while we were still trying to get our house settled, we kept meeting people. We were like: "Are Nagasaki people that friendly or is it God's favor?" We suspect it's both!
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! email@example.com
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.
The good news. In 11/1/2021, Serenity went back to Tokyo to do her one year post-transplant follow up. Thankfully, her liver function is very well and there was no problem. 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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"The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace."
And here what we learned with this baby...
2021 Japan Church Plant Missions - Church in Nagasaki