Praise for the recent gathering of the Neighborhood Association Fureai Circle at their church sanctuary to celebrate the beginning of the autumn season. Pray for the many who attended — their only experience in a church setting — to be drawn to seek and know the Lord. Pray also as they use the church facility September 21 to celebrate the national holiday, “Respect for the Aged Day.” Pray for Dee this September as she leads four evangelistic and discipleship small groups with focus on a strong relationship with God. Pray also for the important October 1 day of prayer for the Missionary Association Women in Ministry.
Pray for their last few weeks in Japan before coming to the US for a six-month home assignment. Praise that their house will be waiting for them when they return. Pray for wisdom as they pack up their belongings, and for safety and good health as they travel over the next months. Pray that the heart of one college guy will be open to the Lord as they continue to minister to him. Pray for other seekers to open their hearts to the Lord as well. Pray for Dan as he preaches his last message in Japan on August 16.
Praise for Bethany’s invaluable past four years teaching at MeySen Academy in Sendai, Japan, and for her enjoyment in catching up with friends, family and her church here in the US over the past three months. Pray now as she pursues her vision of returning to Japan as a full-time SIM missionary, committed to building up the church and making disciples. Praise for the nearly two-week missionary preparation training she has experienced in Charlotte, ending this Friday. Pray for her in the upcoming challenging time of gathering a team of prayer and financial supporters.
Praise for the new college men’s ministry events Dan and his co-worker have been able to host, and pray especially for one of them who needs to open his heart to the Lord. Praise also for a woman who attended church three weeks in a row and has shared many deep things. Pray that the Lord will continue to work and soften her heart. Pray for wisdom in evangelism relationships with two families. Pray also for their pastor as he leads the church family, and protection for his wife and family. Pray for God’s strength and blessing for the Browns during their last two months in Japan before returning to the US.
Praise for the first-time momsRoberta has been able to build a relationship with. Pray that she will be able to introduce Christ to them over time. Pray especially for one woman who takes volunteers to two tsunami impacted towns to help in rehabilitation. Pray for the Adairs as they interact and volunteer with her weekly, that she might experience the love of Christ. Pray for wisdom for them and their church as they develop relationships and consider a church-planting outreach to one of these needy cities, Shiogama. Pray also as they continue to work on their communication in Japanese.
Praise that a woman Barbara met in February 2014 who had attended the Alpha Course and a one-on-one Bible study finally prayed to receive Jesus on this past Mother’s Day. Pray now for her to grow as a follower of Christ. Pray that a 60-year-old widower who is coming to church regularly, but has been unable to believe the resurrection, will come to faith in Christ. Pray that Barbara will have two more lessons in the Parenting Teens book ready for field testing by the end of July, and that Gary will find reliable leadership for his communications responsibilities while on their home assignment, beginning in September.