Weekly HSK News

Dear Family and Friends around the world

It was another hot Sunday, 2 days ago, and too many are still on vacation but…we went a little closer toward heaven. ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’ …that was Sunday’s message. Two became church members and one other will be water baptized next Sunday, rain or shine…..a dear sister’s husband has real faith we believe….she has been praying for him for many years….so we enter the waters of baptism next Sunday. In the meantime, thank you for praying for us. Spent Sunday afternoon and evening and most of Monday conducting a funeral. It’s a long story but several heard the gospel. Yes! Funerals are very long over here. But God! We need to see some deeds of God in children of Christians. Thank you again for praying…for caring….for sharing. Attached video is not much but….God bless you all today.

Ben&Ruth

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News from Japan

Dear Family and Friends around the world

It was another hot Sunday, 2 days ago, and too many are still on vacation but…we went a little closer toward heaven. ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’ …that was Sunday’s message. Two became church members and one other will be water baptized next Sunday, rain or shine…..a dear sister’s husband has real faith we believe….she has been praying for him for many years….so we enter the waters of baptism next Sunday. In the meantime, thank you for praying for us. Spent Sunday afternoon and evening and most of Monday conducting a funeral. It’s a long story but several heard the gospel. Yes! Funerals are very long over here. But God! We need to see some deeds of God in children of Christians. Thank you again for praying…for caring….for sharing. Attached video is not much but….God bless you all today.

Ben&Ruth

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Weekly HSK News

Dear Family and Friends around the world

We are still hot here with more than 2 weeks of no rain. (It rained just a little yesterday for the first time.) Rice farmers in this area are worried about the harvest due to lack of rain. We are aware of fires in California and ……..praying! Lord, please stop those fires. Yesterday was a special day because our daughter, Joanna, & her husband, Daisuke, were with us to share they are having a boy and girl in October! I’ll soon send a short video of the grandmother’s behavior at a party. The church….is doing better in many ways which also includes helping several people who have been going in the really wrong direction! It’s challenging to share with everyone but….God! Thank you again for your prayers. Attached video was taken yesterday morning! We love you.

Ben&Ruth

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News from Japan

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It is hot here! What about your place? Typhoon #13 is approaching but maybe we will have only a little rain….not sure. Sunday was so hot and several really thanked me for the AC. Heat strokes are quite common this time of the year. Anyhow, young daughter of a Korean Christian came for the first time. This mother has brought 2 of her 3 children to church so far. God is doing something good in that mother. Yours truly has a summer cold but I will survive. Again, thank you for praying for us. The attached pics are just a few of too many of our trip to Europe last month. Thought you might want to see a few. We came back wondering at the need for God’s presence in city after city. After returning, for a few days my emotions were split between the needs there and the needs here. Conclusion: This whole world needs God! You are good to us….thank you.

Ben&Ruth

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Weekly HSK News

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It’s hot here….really hot! What’s it like there? But….but…we are thankful for getting us safely back from Europe and back into the work here. Sunday was a great day….1 or 2 came for the first time. Not sure because of all the activity most of the day which….included a BBQ inside. Yes, it was too hot to stand beside a grill outside PLUS….we had a big typhoon on Saturday which made everything wet on Sunday morning. Anyhow, the attached video is a little longer but….this is fellowship at our church. Now singing 2 or 3 songs in three languages and although it is a little challenging, something good is happening. On the last song the Brazilian sister who was helping Ruth sing in Portuguese suddenly started crying, big tears! Others later told me that they suspected something….maybe good or maybe bad. Anyhow, finished the song, then benediction, and immediately she pulled Ruth and I aside and said this through an interpreter: Before becoming a Christian she took a lot of steroids to increase her strength for body building. The side effect was a voice change, husky and low. After becoming a Christian, she stopped the steroids but singing was difficult. However, while singing the last song, her voice suddenly returned to normal. Joy flooded and she burst out in tears. She was so happy. Hallelujah! Thank you again for sharing and caring!

Ben&Ruth

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News from Japan

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We are back from 2 weeks in Europe! 14 days of traveling in many hot cities but….we had a great time. No pics to post yet but we have plenty. Good reports of happenings in the church in Japan while we were gone!…People we love and people you have prayed for many many times. Attached is very late info but….it is still good to read. Yes, a few pics. It is hot here. Thank you for praying and sharing. The whole trip to Europe was accompanied with good thoughts about you!

Ben&Ruth

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Weekly HSK News

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Well, Ruth and I leave for Europe tomorrow afternoon. It looks like we will be visiting 10 cities and 5 nations. This will be the fulfillment of a dream Ruth has had for many years….I will be the tour guide. Ha! Anyhow, you will not hear from us for about 2 weeks but….we will be back. We leave the church in good hands, 2 brothers will be sharing and caring! We are so thankful for them. This past Sunday one or two came for the first time but…a mother and her two sons who have been living abroad for 3 years, returned and…we hope they will stay and become a part of the church like before. I have purchased the cheapest GoPro and so the video attached is what I tried to take this past Sunday. Full of thoughts about this trip and the church and people who we love so much. But God will take of us all, I believe. The floods in Japan that you may have read has not affected us….we are far away from that area. But they say a super typhoon is to hit the nation next week….more flooding for those who are already under water it seems. Lord! We just keep asking the Lord to open hearts to Jesus. Again, thank you for much for praying for us! And…enjoy the video and then pray again.

Ben&Ruth

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News from Japan

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We are in the middle of rainy season so we have the feeling of a wet cloth stuck to our faces but….But…it will pass one day. Getting hotter so summer is here. Thank you so much for praying for us! This past Sunday we sang two more songs in 3 languages and….well, it was a good experience. Amazing Grace was so long but we did it! Learning how to make songs a little shorter but still searching how to get everyone singing with passion to the Lord. Four came for the first time, one was a pastor’s wife from the Philippines. So good! Ruth and and I had to dash out of the church a few minutes after the ending to attend a wedding in Tokyo which included riding trains for about 5 hours, round trip. Returned tired and happy. Something good is happening and looking forward to giving BIG reports soon. Got a camera but no able to use yet….this coming Sunday it should work. Well, thank you. God bless you and use you there too. We are so thankful for your love for us!

Ben&Ruth


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It is a beautiful Monday afternoon here. And yours truly both went to the only Costco in our state, which is just a few minutes from our home. We wanted to try the new 1/3 pound hamburger! The Japanese clerk served it like it was a valuable diamond….of course on a paper plate! So funny! And….it was too big so we divided it in half and started a conversation with a young couple seated at the same Costco picnic table! Well, about Sunday, it was a great day with just one coming for the first time but….a couple of others we have not seen in a long time came back! Sunday was Friendship Meeting and the message was about faith! It seemed something changed in two men who are still quite far away from believing but they appeared to move closer! Hallelujah! Also, we sang two songs in Portuguese….for the first time. Ruth was in her glory since she could sing along with the other Brazilians….she has been studying Portuguese for several months. This coming Sunday we will try two more songs in Portuguese. Where is all of this going to take us? Not sure yet but…if heaven comes down it will be worth it! Again, thank you so much for praying, giving, remembering! Hopefully, here the whole church will be fasting this Friday for God’s help! We need the miraculous! Love to you all!

Ben&Ruth (PS> Did you see the Mom’s Day pic attached? Not sure who the person is in the blue shirt!)


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News from Japan

Dear Family and Friends around the world

We are at the beginning of rainy season and it is so cool. Some mornings we need a light jacket! Can you believe that? Anyhow, our first full Sunday back at home since returning from the US was so good. Five came for the first time and the Father’s Day celebration was so good. (See attached video!) We were so full of joy. After the service Ben had lunch with 2 Brazilian couples who want to become members of HSK. One couple became Christians about 2 years ago. Ruth had lunch with 13 Filipino sisters! She was so excited with their love for God and love for her! They call her Mom Ruth. It is amazing how God is working in their lives. Again, thank you for praying, thank you for sharing, thank you for being our friends. We love you!

Ben&Ruth

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