Yes, you are getting this little note from us a few days early because….we will soon leave for Kobe and be with our daughter and son-in-law when their twins are dedicated to the Lord in Osaka on Sunday. Then Sunday night we fly to Honolulu to visit a few more kids and kiddies. A sweet Brazilian brother will lead the church for the next few days. He is so passionate about seeing Japanese come to the Lord. He gets Japanese citizenship this month I think. He’s here to stay and see God do great things. Ruth celebrates her ‘less than 70th birthday’ tomorrow but ladies celebrated with her last Saturday so here are those pics. Each birthday reminds us of some of you who sent us out more than 40 years ago. Wow! And you still stick with us! You still give….you still pray…you still hope for great things to happen here. It’s about all our God, isn’t it. And may He bless you more as spring arrives. We love you….
It is a beautiful Monday afternoon but we are a little busy because we will go to Kobe later this week and then on Honolulu to see some of the our kids and the kiddies. However, thank you for praying for us!!! Yesterday one lady from the Philippines came for the first time and….one Filipina became a member of the church. We were so excited for this mother who has two teenage sons and no husband….he passed away several years ago. As I and the church overseer prayed for her, another lady saw a black thing pass in front of her and out of the room. She really felt something had left the new member. Well, islands like Japan have plenty of those things. Wow! Please ask the Lord to bless the church in Japan. Spring does not always bring fresh hope but sometimes more disappointments. My theme for yesterday’s message was, ‘fight the good fight of faith’. Yes, we will. Hallelujah! Expecting more to believe in the risen Savior! Love to all…
Yes, it is Wednesday here and a little warmer but it looks like Spring is still hiding somewhere. But that’s OK…it will arrive soon. Now the plum blossoms are so beautiful. And I have no video to show you but….a few pictures which are attached below. The meeting this past Sunday was encouraging because a mother brought her teenage son and a Brazilian couple have been attending regularly. We are still dreaming of moving to a better location but the needs of several have our attention at this time. This coming Sunday we will introduce a new member of the church, a sweet Filipino sister. What else? Thank you for praying for us. News from two sources have revealed that some pastors are struggling to keep from ‘burning out’. We have close to that feeling but so thankful that the Lord came to our rescue. This was the theme of last Sunday’s message: ‘Let us lay aside every encumbrance and sin and run the race that is set before us’. We love you all….
We had a great time on Sunday and also celebrated the birthday of two people with two cakes. So amazing. One man has a Christian wife and she surprised him with the cake. He is slowly opening his heart to the Lord….really good changes. This encourages us so much. I talked to another husband who is faithfully coming with his Christian wife and he said, ‘I want to come to this church!’. God is working in all of us. Thank you again for praying. Difficulties follow in our shadows but the light still shines and reveals a better future. Thank You, Jesus. You all are so special to us. We hope the short videos give you a glimpse of what you have invested in. And that makes a wonderful future for you! Much love to you from the far side of the Pacific!
It is a cold and rainy Tuesday…not Spring yet! But, Sunday was a great day. 2 came for the first time and others returned. A Brazilian brother was the speaker and Ruth was interpreting from Japanese into English! She can do it! The attached video is about the children’s event we had on Saturday. Just a few kids but they love the song, story, crafts, prayer time and of course, snacks! Also included is a memory verse and games. We have a great time participating in leading. Something good continues to flow through each meeting from heaven. Thank you again for believing in us. This is going to be a good year for the church in Japan. God bless you more too….
It has not been quite as cold this week but…still winter here. Are you warm where you live? This past Sunday we had 2 for the first time, our grandchildren from Kobe. Kate & Oak. Yes, Joanna and her husband brought them to the church for the first time. Everyone had been praying for a safe delivery last October and wanted to see the ‘results!’ Ha! Many of the Filipino sisters have children in the Philippines and cannot get them to Japan. They clung to the children this past Sunday. Wow! Many things to continue to pray about. Again, thank you for caring and sharing. I am trying an idea to make a job for some Brazilians who will be unemployed next month. Can it work? I’m still dreaming at 70! Who says I have to stop at 70? You all are so special to us. Love you. God bless you more….
It’s a new month and we are thankful to be healthy when the city seems to filling up with people who have the flu! Wow! Tonight starts a large Pentecostal conference but we wonder how many will be absent because of sickness. Hopefully many will come! And thank you again for staying with us for another month. Last Sunday we had some return who we have not seen for a long time. And…that was followed by a surprise Brazilian birthday party which was so good….not a Costco cake but a Brazilian cake! (see attached video) Otherwise, we took Communion, prayed for the sick, preached with passion, prayed with conviction. Something good is happening…and that’s an answer to your prayers….Thank You. Yes, we know it has been cold in some places….please be careful. More news to come later. God bless you. We love you.
Well, I was in Honolulu all of last week for some time with children and grandchildren but…I’m back now! Left for Hawaii soon after the morning meeting on the 20th but not before a special lunch and fellowship. How many came for the first time? I think 3 or 4. (See the video!) We have now finished January and going into February. Looking forward to a great time with pastors and missionaries next week, Feb 5-8. Japan Pentecostal Fellowship Conference, 2019. What will we learn there about God’s plans for this nation! However, your prayers will keep us going when all the ‘conference thrills’ fade away. I don’t know about tomorrow but I know who holds my hand! You are all still special to us! God bless you more.
I was hoping to report that all of the visitors who came 2 weeks ago had returned to our church but….they didn’t. However, it seems that more of those who have been absent for a long time came back. We have been praying for those Christians too. And a testimony by a Brazilian mother who went to Hell and back was encouraging to many. This lady could write a book about what she has experienced which would put you in tears but….God! She is a living miracle of God. And there was no birthday party or birthday cake last Sunday. Well, we can expect one in the future! We sure thank you all again for giving and sharing and praying. It’s a long story but Truman and family are back in Hawaii after being denied a visa. Not sure about what they are going to do. I am told that this Sunday I will be awarded a retirement gift. Wow! But we can’t leave yet because we need a replacement. This is going to be a great year! God bless you all more this year. 2019! We love you…..
Well we are now in the New Year and I am glad to report the the end of last year was good and the beginning seems to be better. I have attached two videos, one of the last Sunday, Dec 30 and the New Year’s Eve celebration on the 31st. The second video is about the first birthday party we celebrated after the service this past Sunday, Jan 6. I think on the 30th, two or three came for the first time. But on Jan 6th, there were more than 15 first time visitors! And by the end of the party, another 5 or 6 came who we met for the first time. We are so thankful for how the year has begun and….and…thank you again for praying for us. Well, we look forward to sharing more good reports as the year progresses…and of course we will need prayer. Thank you again for giving and caring. We are encouraged and excited and praying too! Love to you all!