Praise that the Kidwells have been given the green light to begin their visa process. Pray that it will go smoothly and in good time. Pray for them in the coming weeks as they take language acquisition classes, continue to fundraise (still need $2300 monthly) and pack up their belongings for their move to Japan, hopefully in March. They write, “We thank God that He has brought us this far. We look forward to how He will use us in Japan . . . .”
Praise for the women’s small group that has been meeting regularly for two months. Pray that Jesus will use this group to connect with the six-to-twelve ladies who come. Praise that the community that has been living in temporary housing for several years, which Bethany and the Praise Community Church (PCC) have been visiting, has now received permanent housing placement. Pray that community members will be drawn to participate in the PCC Christmas party and experience God as they hear the message of Christmas there. Pray also that God will provide more finances for Bethany and PCC.
Praise for God’s faithfulness to the Browns over the last five years in Japan and for the progress, they have made in learning Japanese. Pray for their growing opportunity to teach English, as many show an interest in learning it. Pray that this will give multiple opportunities to use Bible stories as lessons in order to bring up conversations that wouldn’t naturally arise. Pray also for the growth of Oasis Chapel, where the Browns are committed to serving for the next five years. Pray for discernment for them as they seek the Lord about what other opportunities in which to invest their time.
Praise for the many people who have invested their lives in Japan to sow the seeds of the gospel and that there is hope that the harvest is coming soon. Praise for the eight churches in the Kumamoto area which have committed to be part of a collaborative effort to reproduce bodies of believers through church planting and disciple making over the next two years. Pray that God would provide the needed support team and finances for Josh and Jess to move to Japan to be a part of the kick-off of this effort in April.
Pray for energy, strength, and wisdom as the Baumans follow up and collect data from Asian Access-related churches that they have been visiting each Sunday in Japan. Pray for Gary’s additional assignment to co-lead the updating of Asian Access’s disaster preparedness plans. Pray for Barbara as she serves on the mission’s member care team until next spring. Pray also for good communication and wisdom in completing the revision of her book Discovering the Joy of Parenting (target date 3/2018).
Praise for the many years of service Dee has had in Japan since 1975! Praise also for the recent salvation of an 83-year-old man who has been attending English Bible class for a long time. Pray for the other Christian members of the class as they share their testimonies with him and help guide him in his new-found faith. Pray for many opportunities to proclaim the true meaning of Christmas through upcoming neighborhood and community events, and that many hearts will be open to receive the Good News.
Praise for the opportunities God has given Tim and Wakako to help their church grow by leading in the development of the Community Life small group ministry and reaching neighborhood families through a children’s English class. Pray for them as they sense God moving deeply to lead them into a place of greater impact, to do even more in the areas of church planting, family ministry, and leadership development. Pray they will listen well, and be willing to grow and change as He leads, with the hope of entering into a time of much greater fruitfulness.
Praise for the opportunity the Millers are having for rest and renewal in the US for seven-and-a-half months of home assignment. They write, “In departing for the field, we had many plans and thought we knew the path that our ministry would take – but truthfully this past four years was a very different path than what we could have trained for.” Pray for them as they process their term of service in Japan, connect with supporters, and prepare themselves to return. Pray also for their daughters as they are experiencing American school for the first time.
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.