Praise for Bethany’s small group that is going through the Growth Series. Pray they would be encouraged to work out their faith together even as they experience “growing pains.” Praise for the ladies in Ishinomaki who have been studying the Bible together monthly for a year to come to Christ for salvation. Pray that these ladies will help connect Bethany and the team she works with to others in the community so they can share Christ in and through these relationships.
Praise that the Boehme family is back in Japan after a year of home assignment. Pray for wisdom in pacing themselves as they spend time with people and set up their new home. Praise that they returned in time to participate in an annual kids camp in Sendai and that seven kids received baptism there! Pray that these seven and others will continue to grow closer to the Lord.
Praise for the Adairs’ time away to be refreshed, and that the mission invests in missionaries by providing for worship and teaching times as well as care for the children. Pray for the family as they participate in several large kids’ events in their neighborhood, plus an English camp with a team from the US. Pray for growth in the twice-a-month worship services they are having in their neighborhood. Pray that one young Christian lady who will be studying in Finland will stay strong in her faith while she is gone.
Praise that, after 20 years, Barbara and several other Christian workers were able to watch their Japanese friend follow the Lord in baptism. Pray for wisdom for the Baumans as they manage all the pieces of the bilingual book-publishing process while working on the revision of Discovering Joy in Parenting. Pray also for the Lord’s direction regarding how they can best support the ministries of their partner church in Japan.
Praise for a refreshing home assignment and that God provided the finances for the Browns to return to Japan. Pray for them as they currently host a short-term team, as well as hold various ministry events for friends at their house. Pray for conversations that lead to seeds being planted and watered. Pray for their kids as they balance education in Japanese and English, and for Dan as he preaches at their church on July 22. Pray for boldness for Christians and the spreading of the gospel in Japan.
Praise that Dee’s close friend has chosen to follow the Lord in baptism and that her non-Christian family members accepted her invitation to attend. Pray that they too will come to faith. Praise for the rewarding farewells Dee experienced after 43 years of ministry in Japan before returning to the US for her final year with the mission. She writes, “Though there is sadness and tears in parting, there is joy in knowing we will have a wonderful reunion in heaven with no need for endless farewells.”
Praise that Kenji and Elizabeth are settled into an apartment and have taken care of many of the tasks needed to settle into a new home and country. Praise that they have the opportunity to serve in Kumamoto and are well connected with the church-plant team there. Pray for strength and clear thinking as they continue in language studies. Pray also for wisdom and vision for them and their team on how to serve the people and city of Kumamoto.
Praise for the Browns’ English cafes and the resulting faith conversations. Pray that gospel seeds will grow as they teach from the Bible. Pray for their witness to mothers of their children’s friends (Casi), the soccer team (Dan), and their neighbors and friends. Pray that their church might be a place of hope and salvation. Pray for believers in Japan to be bold in spreading the gospel. Pray for safe travel, health and effective reconnection with supporters for the Browns as they are in the US this month.
Praise for a seeker that came to a meeting at the new church plant in Ryozen, and pray that soon she will truly find Jesus as her Savior and Lord. Pray that the team working in this new church will grow in unity, vision, and teamwork. Pray that the multipurpose sports court project in another church will be fully funded and built in a timely manner within budget. Pray for a refreshing time at the upcoming Asian Access Retreat. Pray that John can focus on writing his book. Pray also for Eriko’s harp, cello and choir events.