Praise that the Kidwells are starting to feel settled, are learning their way around the town, and have purchased a used car. Pray for them as they learn Japanese and gain confidence to use what they are learning. Pray that they can develop deep relationships with middle-schoolers who pop into the church in the afternoons to play games with them and teach them Japanese. Pray also for a time of renewal with other missionaries at their Spring Retreat, June 2-11.
Praise for the opportunity Sabrina had to welcome two new missionary families to Japan and to spend some time with them and other missionaries and staff. Pray for energy, time, and discipline to continue learning Japanese in the Advanced Level 1 Reading and Writing class. Pray also that she can be more intentional about spending time in solitude with God, which she realizes must be a priority and necessity for her life and ministry – in Tokyo where there are more people per square foot than any other city!
Praise God for several new commitments of support and for God’s provision for the Boehme’s while they are in the US on home assignment. Pray that God would meet their $800 monthly financial need so the they can return to Japan soon. Pray for their housing and/or return after May 31 as the owners of the house they have been in since August will be returning. Pray also for younger people (under 60) to join their ministry support team so those over 80 on the team will know there are people to carry on the work in Japan, even after they graduate to heaven.
Praise that Josh and Jess have received their visas and have arrived in Japan to start their first term! Pray for grace and strength for them as they transition to Kyushu and adjust to their new lives. Pray that they would be at their best so that they can take in all the information that is coming their way. Pray also that they would be able to apply all they learned in their language acquisition training and make good progress in language and culture learning.
Praise that Mary received a new five-year visa after a smooth renewal process and has been having good fellowship and mutual encouragement with ministry partners. Praise for the many excellent discussions with participants in Bible studies. Pray that the Christians will grow in their ability to hear and obey the Lord and that several seekers and their families will follow Jesus. Pray also for Mary’s family members dealing with some recent health issues, and pray for Mary as she takes part in a mission emphasis conference April 12-27.
Praise for the breakthrough John and Eriko sensed in their training with several relief organizations at the fourth annual Disaster Response Chaplaincy Equipping Conference. Praise for the opportunity they had to give the audience a glimpse into the lives of survivors and preach the message of the cross at the seven-year memorial of the Great East Japan Disaster. Pray for grace for them since they have said goodbye at Sendai Baptist Church and have embarked on a new chapter at Hokushin Calvary Church. Pray for the church planting team’s initial prayer outreach to the Ryozen target community on April 7.
Pray for clarity of thinking and wise counsel as the Baumans reflect on their 20+ church visits since May 2017 and consider how to best use their experiences in helping the expansion of God’s kingdom in Japan. Pray also for good communication, relationships, and health among the translation team members involved in the revision and updating of Discovering the Joy of Parenting, written by Barbara. Pray for God’s direction in establishing a partnership with a church now as they have reduce their number of monthly church visits.
Praise for a good first year back in Japan and for good conversations they are having with their English students. Pray for deepening trust with them, their neighbors and people from the kids’ play area near their home. Pray for a safe and healthy delivery of a new baby (due March 9), and praise that Roberta’s mother can be there to help. Pray for the nation and the Adairs’ partner church as it holds a memorial service on March 11, the anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northern region of the country in 2011.
Praise for the times Sabrina had to be with friends and family in the US over the holidays and again after the passing of her grandfather. Praise that the winter term of language school has begun and that, while she was not able to go to the next advanced class, Sabrina did pass her Level 3 Japanese proficiency test. Pray for energy, time and discipline to continue in language learning. Pray for guidance as she considers moving and partnering with the church family in Kumamoto. Pray she would remain connected to the Lord and bear the fruit of the Spirit.