We had a great time on Sunday and also celebrated the birthday of two people with two cakes. So amazing. One man has a Christian wife and she surprised him with the cake. He is slowly opening his heart to the Lord….really good changes. This encourages us so much. I talked to another husband who is faithfully coming with his Christian wife and he said, ‘I want to come to this church!’. God is working in all of us. Thank you again for praying. Difficulties follow in our shadows but the light still shines and reveals a better future. Thank You, Jesus. You all are so special to us. We hope the short videos give you a glimpse of what you have invested in. And that makes a wonderful future for you! Much love to you from the far side of the Pacific!
It is a cold and rainy Tuesday…not Spring yet! But, Sunday was a great day. 2 came for the first time and others returned. A Brazilian brother was the speaker and Ruth was interpreting from Japanese into English! She can do it! The attached video is about the children’s event we had on Saturday. Just a few kids but they love the song, story, crafts, prayer time and of course, snacks! Also included is a memory verse and games. We have a great time participating in leading. Something good continues to flow through each meeting from heaven. Thank you again for believing in us. This is going to be a good year for the church in Japan. God bless you more too….
It has not been quite as cold this week but…still winter here. Are you warm where you live? This past Sunday we had 2 for the first time, our grandchildren from Kobe. Kate & Oak. Yes, Joanna and her husband brought them to the church for the first time. Everyone had been praying for a safe delivery last October and wanted to see the ‘results!’ Ha! Many of the Filipino sisters have children in the Philippines and cannot get them to Japan. They clung to the children this past Sunday. Wow! Many things to continue to pray about. Again, thank you for caring and sharing. I am trying an idea to make a job for some Brazilians who will be unemployed next month. Can it work? I’m still dreaming at 70! Who says I have to stop at 70? You all are so special to us. Love you. God bless you more….
It’s a new month and we are thankful to be healthy when the city seems to filling up with people who have the flu! Wow! Tonight starts a large Pentecostal conference but we wonder how many will be absent because of sickness. Hopefully many will come! And thank you again for staying with us for another month. Last Sunday we had some return who we have not seen for a long time. And…that was followed by a surprise Brazilian birthday party which was so good….not a Costco cake but a Brazilian cake! (see attached video) Otherwise, we took Communion, prayed for the sick, preached with passion, prayed with conviction. Something good is happening…and that’s an answer to your prayers….Thank You. Yes, we know it has been cold in some places….please be careful. More news to come later. God bless you. We love you.
Well, I was in Honolulu all of last week for some time with children and grandchildren but…I’m back now! Left for Hawaii soon after the morning meeting on the 20th but not before a special lunch and fellowship. How many came for the first time? I think 3 or 4. (See the video!) We have now finished January and going into February. Looking forward to a great time with pastors and missionaries next week, Feb 5-8. Japan Pentecostal Fellowship Conference, 2019. What will we learn there about God’s plans for this nation! However, your prayers will keep us going when all the ‘conference thrills’ fade away. I don’t know about tomorrow but I know who holds my hand! You are all still special to us! God bless you more.
I was hoping to report that all of the visitors who came 2 weeks ago had returned to our church but….they didn’t. However, it seems that more of those who have been absent for a long time came back. We have been praying for those Christians too. And a testimony by a Brazilian mother who went to Hell and back was encouraging to many. This lady could write a book about what she has experienced which would put you in tears but….God! She is a living miracle of God. And there was no birthday party or birthday cake last Sunday. Well, we can expect one in the future! We sure thank you all again for giving and sharing and praying. It’s a long story but Truman and family are back in Hawaii after being denied a visa. Not sure about what they are going to do. I am told that this Sunday I will be awarded a retirement gift. Wow! But we can’t leave yet because we need a replacement. This is going to be a great year! God bless you all more this year. 2019! We love you…..
Well we are now in the New Year and I am glad to report the the end of last year was good and the beginning seems to be better. I have attached two videos, one of the last Sunday, Dec 30 and the New Year’s Eve celebration on the 31st. The second video is about the first birthday party we celebrated after the service this past Sunday, Jan 6. I think on the 30th, two or three came for the first time. But on Jan 6th, there were more than 15 first time visitors! And by the end of the party, another 5 or 6 came who we met for the first time. We are so thankful for how the year has begun and….and…thank you again for praying for us. Well, we look forward to sharing more good reports as the year progresses…and of course we will need prayer. Thank you again for giving and caring. We are encouraged and excited and praying too! Love to you all!
It is Saturday morning and was 30 degrees when I went to teach English to a student this morning…about 7 AM. She is the daughter of my barber and we meet in his shop where it was a little cool. Anyhow, yes, this note comes the day before Sunday but….I was so late in writing last week and…I did not want the attached wedding video to become too old. Still rejoicing at what the Lord did last week….so good. Tomorrow we sing 2 new songs at the church. I am determined to keep us worshipping the Lord with ‘fresh praises’ as we enter the New Year. It has been a great year and you all have been real encouragers to us. The next year should be better. Please keep praying for us!!!!! Love to all. Happy New Year!!!!! From Japan…going for another year…
Well, here, we are almost at the end of Christmas Day but maybe it is not too late to say, Merry Christmas to you all. This day is a work day for most people so no one really is celebrating in Japan…..Celebrating will start on January 1st in Japan….New Year’s Day. But….we did feel like Sunday(23rd) was Christmas, especially at the church. Wow! We think between 70 and 80 came and out of that group, at least 20 came for the first time! So good! The high school Christmas band came with their ‘photography club’ so we had extra students who of course heard about the birth of Jesus and the ‘good news of great joy’…salvation. A Brazilian pastor, his family and several of their church members joined us so we made a lot of new friends. The attached video reveals a little bit of the joy we shared. And things got really funny when Ruth and a Filipino sister suddenly joined the student band to sing a Christmas song. I looked at the Brazilian pastor during that event and he wasn’t smiling so I thought, ‘He now thinks we are really crazy!’ but….afterwards he was laughing so much at Ruth and others. But it was all joy which so many desperately need. And thank you so much for praying for us and/or for this nation. I will send another video of the Brazilian wedding we had on Saturday(22nd)…another special event. This has been a great month. And it will get better! Love you all….
It is Tuesday morning and so cold and I am one day early with this note. Yea! Anyhow, it is cold but thankful that the house is warm in several rooms! And yet so many have been sick with something going around here. We shall come through this, I believe. This Saturday is the Brazilian wedding, a big one for us, and then Sunday we have a concert with a private high school, joined by another Brazilian church and lunch for everyone. Two days to share God’s love with others. Attached are photos of a birthday party Ruth attended with other church ladies at a nearby restaurant last week. They all consider her a kind of big sister or their ‘mama’. She loves it. No one new this past Sunday but there will be plenty this weekend. Please keep praying for us and the entire nation. Churches all over the nation are reaching out with Christmas programs for the purpose of sharing the gospel. May all the churches grow this year! Amen. And God bless you as you prepare for the holidays. We will be here for Christmas but will have time with others the next week which is the big holiday season for Japan….New Year’s. Love to all….