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.
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.