Praise for 35 years of missionary service the Houlettes have had in Japan, including leadership training, church development, clergy care, Disaster Response Chaplaincy, seminary education and research. Pray for one church with an unusually large number of youth as it seeks to reach the youth of Fukushima city with the gospel by building a multipurpose sports court on the property for soccer and basketball. Pray for the financing needed, and pray for spiritual discernment for the pastor and members of the church. Pray also for direction for a new church plant.
Praise for the Adairs’ desire to be salt and light in Miyagi and for the countless ministry opportunities they have. Praise that Robert has an opportunity to mentor and encourage those involved in a new work in Kyushu as well. Pray they would discern the best ways of ministry outreach and be effective so that many people would encounter Jesus as a result. Pray for one neighbor who is exploring what it means to follow Christ, and pray for more spiritually-significant connections in their neighborhood.
Praise for answered prayer in the provision of a larger home in a totally-unreached area for $400 a month less in rent, and that the Boehmes were able to move into it just before coming on home assignment. Praise also for a young lady who came to teach the English classes and the Bible while they are gone. Pray for God’s provision for her and for the children in the English classes. Pray for the ongoing ministries of the Amazing Grace Center, for the family as they share the stories of their work in Japan, and for additional monthly financial support they need for a timely return to Japan.
Praise for God’s faithfulness and their prayer team supporting God’s work in Rifu. Praise for good health, and for conversations with old and new friends. Pray for the people coming to their café ministry, and for lasting results from the English ministry event earlier this week. Pray for families to whom they are witnessing, boldness for believers, encouragement for their pastor, and the spread of the gospel. Pray also for progress in learning Japanese, provision of financial needs and the children’s education. Pray for the volatile situation in N. Korea and the fear it is producing in Japan.
Praise that after 10 years of meeting in a bar on Sundays and three years of praying and searching, Praise Community Church (PCC) now has their new adequate worship space for daily use. Pray that this will enable the church to build up its members and reach out to the Sendai community in new ways. Pray for the pastor’s efforts to develop small groups in their church, and for Bethany to begin one for young women. Praise that Bethany sees herself improving in Japanese. Pray also for her financial support, since PCC has been her major supporter, but she will ask them to lower it in view of their doubled rent.
Praise for a very effective camp for pastors and their families around the theme of “Our Vision for Our Families.” One pastor wrote, “I hope this camp will be held every year.” Pray for Tim as he leads the development of community small groups in their church, and for Wakako as she leads one of the groups and develops the children’s ministry. Pray for the Clarks’ various opportunities for ministry this fall, including English classes, PTA involvement, outreach in their community, as well as their monthly Parenting Café – a simple gathering for parents.
Praise for the opportunity the Kidwells had to minister at the Character Challenge Kids’ Camp in Arizona, which gave them opportunities to serve, grow and train while they are preparing for ministry in Japan. Pray for encouragement for them, as they must delay their departure because of still needing to raise a significant amount of support. Pray for them as they head to Texas to meet with individuals and that these people will feel their sense of urgency and agree to support them. Pray also for peace for them in awaiting God’s timing.
Praise that Dee was able to present a twelve-minute video of her ministry in Japan at the Asian Access Jubilee held in Jakarta recently. Pray for her as she has been invited to Sri Lanka to teach a leadership development training July 24-27. She writes, “This is a rare opportunity to invest in developing fourteen carefully-selected trainees, who can have a significant influence on their own people . . . for years to come.” Pray for her as she prepares and travels. Pray also that the people in her small groups will learn to trust and follow the Lord in challenging circumstances.
Praise for evidence that God is wooing hearts as Casi teaches English to women in several settings through using Bible stores. Pray that the good questions they are asking will lead to their salvation. Pray for her as she starts a new venture called English Café. Pray that the fliers she handed out at a PTA meeting will result in many wanting to come. Pray for Dan as he ministers at the church through music and speaking. Pray also for his relationships with the men that he has befriended. Pray that many Japanese will experience a hunger for the Lord.