Well, this note is late and for sure, I thought we would have some media to post but….when I finished speaking this past Sunday, a Brazilian couple wanted to make the final commitment to become members of the church and so I talked with them during the fellowship time….Noriyoshi and his wife, Rose. They both went down roads which led far away from God but….He turned them around and they are really hungering and thirsty for Him….along with a little son. I always struggle to find what I think the Lord wants the church to hear in Japan after visiting the US. Why? Too many things, good things, that keep my mind disconnected from the church! Wow! But during the last week of being in the US a verse jumped off the pages of Hebrews…11:40…’because God had provided something better for us…’ That was the Sunday message…part 1. Part 2 is this Sunday which will be followed by a Brazilian BBQ! So, can anyone tell me where the attached photo was taken while we were in the US. I took Ruth there, her first time, and my second…first time was more than 60 years ago! Yes, the church survived without me and seems to be a little stronger….Wonderful! And you….you keep believing in what we are doing. Thank you. Pics will come next week, I hope. Love you all…
Yes, you are right….long time, no hear! Well, we just got back from being in HA, GA, and AL for about 25 days which included 4 days of traveling or more! Plus, no Internet for more than a week. Anyhow, it was a great visit with family and friends and probably….we missed you! Every where we went we heard this question: When are you both going to retire? And….the answer was always: Not yet! Who says we have to quit when we walk a little slower or have less hair or…..anyhow. We are back and ready for Sunday morning message tomorrow. No video on this email but we have a very old bulletin which you might be interested in reading. We have returned with ideas for worshipping the Lord more, being stronger Christians, and more. Thank you so much for praying for us while on this trip….we stayed in good health for the entire time. Oh, now in the middle of a big typhoon so I need to get this off to you before we lose power! Will write more on the other side of Sunday. God bless you…..Ben&Ruth
You are getting this info a little early because this Sunday afternoon(tomorrow) we head for the islands of Hawaii…after a deacons’ meeting! Then from there on to GA and ALA and not sure where else. We need to see some of you! Yea! So no report of what will happen this Sunday. But..last Sunday was a great time of eating together….you got a report of that day. And what’s new? We leave the church in the hands of 3 Brazilian brothers who I respect very much. Two of them will speak in our absence. Upon our return, it seems some of them (6 or more!) want to study English so that weekly or bi-weekly event will have to be planned. Today(Saturday)was a children’s event…Joy Club. Rather than Ruth and I doing most of the activities, 4 mothers participated in leading prayer, telling the Bible story, teaching a memory verse, and crafts. Ruth taught a song and I played a game with the children. Seeing these mothers get involved has made us so thankful for what the Lord has been doing. The attached video is obout last Sunday’s lunch. They prepared it all! Still packing….will catch you later at some place. God bless you more….Thank you for caring and sharing…..
It is Sunday night here and someone says a big typhoon will hit at midnight. So far just a little wind and rain so I’m not sure what is happening. But….I think we will not be in any danger. Wow. It was the Bahamas that got hit hard! Praying for them. So, today I think one came for the first time but also a wayward daughter of one of the Filipino sisters came unexpected. Lord, work a little more in her heart….she really needs You! The treat today was showing the attached video of a visit from Hawaii…25 Christians came for one day and were such a blessing. We will able to get them into a kindergarten, a retirement home, and a private high school. The video is of their visit to the high school. Doors are opening! Thank you for praying. September is going to be a good month. Ruth and I plan to be in the States from the 15th to early October but not sure if we will be close to your house. Anyhow, we will keep in touch. Leaving the church in good care with 3 Brazilian brothers! Ha! They love to preach! God bless you today. Love from us to you…..
Is it still hot where you live? It is here! And what about the typhoon hitting the east coast? We are praying for you. Also, the protests in Hong Kong may result in many dying. Wow! How this world is changing! But, we thank the Lord for what He is doing. Communion this past Sunday was so good as new members participated for the first time. A Brazilian couple who will become members later this month were supposed to be moving into a new house on Sunday. But when they learned about Sunday Communion they told me 2 weeks ago, “We cannot miss that Sunday…we will stop moving and be in church!” And they were! Attached is a short collection of pics Ruth took while in Cambodia last month. She was so encouraged by youth who love the Lord….rarely saw anyone her age! What suffering took place in that nation not long ago!!! Again, thank you for sharing and caring. 25 Hawaiians arrive tomorrow for a full day of sharing. We must be up and running early tomorrow. God bless you more!
Yes, it was another Sunday to baptize another Brazilian Christian. So good. A new Christian. And we think 5 or more came for the first time. And one more pic: The baptism certificate which was given to the new Christian who was baptized last Sunday. The speaker on Sunday was a Brazilian deacon who shares with passion. We just give thanks to the Lord for what He is doing. We will decrease and He will increase. And thank you again for your prayers. Ruth safely returned from Cambodia but soon had a stomach bug which has kept her in bed for 3 days….up today and shall recover! Amen. We love you all. God bless you more this week.
Oh what a Sunday we had….yesterday. So hot but following the morning meeting, 2 were water baptized in the bright sunlight. The tallest, a new Brazilian Christian, and the shortest, a Japanese elementary student. For the first time in my life I read the baptismal announcement in Portuguese which was taught to me by a Brazilian pastor(great friend) and others in the church. …”Eu te batizo….” I asked the Brazilian members of the church not to laugh at my pronunciation but they all had big smiles when I finished….not sure if they were pleased that I did it or thought my words were strange! Ha! Anyhow…I had a blast and this coming Sunday I will baptize a Brazilian father who will become a member of the church on September 1….so I will speak again in Portuguese! Tried to make a video of the baptism but my camera failed so I just have pics from a friend. Thank you again for praying and giving and caring. God is good to us. Much love to you all….let’s go on with God!
It’s a hot summer Wednesday morning here but a typhoon is passing us now and maybe the temperature will change. Anyhow, Ruth is still in Cambodia and doing well and will be back this weekend, I think. So, this past Sunday we were surprised again with cake plus pizza to celebrate 3 who had birthdays! The joy is so good. The cake and pizza was good but the joy was better. So many real smiles. This is church. Thank you again for praying for us. Two will be water baptized this coming Sunday and at least one and maybe two more on the last Sunday of this month. Wow! All the glory to God. Again, we are grateful….to you. See the attached video please. God bless you today!
It it hot here and what is it like where you are? Well, this is summer. Some have returned to their home country for a vacation and others to leave this week so I thought we would have ‘slim pickins’ today but….6 came for the first time and one new Christian will be water baptized in 2 weeks. A Brazilian brother was our speaker….his first time…and was so good. Earlier in the week, Ruth and I spent a few days in Kobe with family there and that was a good time too. Ruth leaves for a mission trip to Cambodia on Friday…will be there for about 8 days. I will keep things moving along here. Attached video was made last week. …Sweet people who are being changed by the Lord. We are so happy. And….thank you again. Oh, one Japanese lady returned, her second time….in the middle of the biggest family mess….unbelievable. She weeps when talking to other members…says she feels like she is in a big family who love here. Wow! People need the Lord. Thank you for praying. Looking forward to sharing good reports as the summer progesses! Love to all….
Yes, this note is coming to you before Sunday. Why? Ruth and I leave for Kobe on Sunday afternoon to be with Joanna, Daisuke-san, and their twins, for a few days. Joanna is expecting her third child and wants a little help and mostly encouragement, I think. Anyhow, we anticipate a great day tomorrow, Sunday, at the church. Who will come for the first time? Exciting. Yesterday, I visited a young Brazilian man in a nearby jail. After too many years of going the wrong way it seems he has turned around and following the Lord. (I have been told that jails are full of Brazilians!) Lord willing, he gets out in September or sooner. It’s a long story but I told him that I and church members are waiting with big handshakes and hugs just for him whenever he enters the church. It’s the sick who need a doctor, right? A Brazilian brother will be our speaker next week. Oh…too much to tell. But, thank you again for praying for us. Attached pics were taken recently by ladies who love to take pics! Anyhow….