Praise for a small church meeting on Sunday afternoons called Living Water Chapel that Mary and others lead. Pray for wisdom for them as they consider starting a Sunday School and a mid-week prayer service. Pray that the students in Mary’s English Bible Class will draw close to God and commit their lives fully to Him. Pray for wisdom for Mary as she prepares lessons for them. She writes, “In each class we read from the Bible, take parts in a dramatic reading based on the Bible story, answer content questions, and then delve into some deeper thought questions.”
Praise that God has provided five financial partners for Bethany’s support team, as well as 158 prayer supporters of the 200 she has been encouraged to find. Praise also for her upcoming opportunity to speak at a church in her home town. Pray that God will use her to share her vision for serving in Japan. Pray for her as she continues the required studies and preparations while in the US and that she will return to Japan (she has been a teacher there before) in God’s timing.
Praise for God’s faithfulness in providing for the family while they have been on home assignment. Pray for good organization of their time for their last month in the US before returning to Japan on March 5, and pray for strength in the difficult task of saying many goodbyes. Pray for God to continue to work in the lives of their friends in Japan, and for renewed relationships with them when they return. Pray for their Japanese pastor as he travels to America to attend a conference and speak at a few Japanese churches.
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.