Praise for their first monthly supporter, and for a weekly fellowship of believers to study the Word with and be accountable to. Pray for guidance as they meet new challenges, encounters, and experiences during 2016, and as they take steps to get to Japan by next January. Pray that the strengths and skills that they will need on the field will be developed during this year. Pray that God will provide both prayer and financial supporters for them.
Praise for the opportunities the Adairs had during Christmas to talk about Jesus at many events in Japan where Christmas is mostly understood as a consumer holiday. Pray for the gospel to take root in the hearts of about 30 kids and their parents with whom the Adairs spent an evening in the area of their next term’s ministry focus. Pray also that the 50 community kids who were invited to a birthday party for Jesus will grasp the true meaning of Christmas, as well as over 500 community people who attended a big concert involving kids from their church’s English classes and gospel choir.
Pray that the churches in Japan will have abundant opportunities to share the love of Christ during the Christmas holiday. Pray for Bethany as she continues to prepare both professionally and spiritually. She writes, “I have a lot of work and study in front of me before I go to the field.” Pray also for God to provide her with a team of prayer and financial supporters who have a heart to see God move in Japan.
Praise that they are back in the US now for “part two” of their Home Assignment, since they have to return to Japan every 90 days due to visa issues. Pray as they visit friends in a number of states before once again leaving for Japan in February. Pray for their ministry in Japan as Tim helps pastors and churches with effective outreach using the Alpha course and related Marriage Course. Praise for the meaningful conversations Wakako has with Japanese women seeking help in their family relationships. Pray also for additional monthly support pledges to help with the financial shortfall they are facing.
Praise for evangelistic opportunities coming up, including a Franklin Graham evangelistic crusade November 20-23 at the huge Budokan Hall in Tokyo, attached to the grounds of the Emperor’s Palace. Pray that the people Dee is inviting to attend will make clear decisions for Christ there. Pray also for Dee’s many opportunities to share about the advent of Christ at Thanksgiving and Christmas Bible studies. Pray that one woman, who came to the Bible study for the first time last month and was both amazed and overwhelmed by God’s Word, will open her heart to the gospel.
Praise for Robert’s recent opportunity to take a team of four youth to Nepal for a week to assist in the earthquake recovery effort. Pray that the team will apply lessons they learned there. Pray that local school kids who recently attended an annual church fun event would develop an interest in Christ. Pray that a woman Roberta helps in a project on a nearby island of re-cultivating land inundated by the tsunami will come to faith along with other volunteers and residents. Pray that their church choir gospel concerts in a Sendai auditorium twice a month will result in many trusting Christ.
Praise for the Kidwells’ mutual vision to work with college students in Japan. Praise also for bringing them to SIM to be their sending mission and for the training they have already received through the summer SIMGo. Pray for the busy months ahead as they complete assigned reading and further training classes. Pray that God will raise up a faithful prayer team of at least 400 prayer partners, as well as financial supporters. Pray that the hearts of the students in Japan will be prepared for receiving the gospel.
Praise for the Australian team of students who visited to help the Muhlings make connections with university students, and that later one of the Japanese students confessed her faith in Christ and was baptized. Pray that she will grow in faith while she is now in the US as an exchange student, and as the Muhlings communicate with her each week by Skype. Pray for Yuko as she counsels a young American school teacher and for Kent as he ministers at their church through occasional preaching, facilitating small group discussions and leading worship.