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Accelerating Spiritual Renewal and Church Multiplication Movements – John and Elaine Mehn

People Business

July 1st, 2014 by John

“Please pray for me. At this missionary training seminar I am attending, I was just asked to speak on leadership development. I am on in just a few hours. Pray as I prepare a new presentation.” I called Elaine to pray. With short notice there was just no time to ask anyone else. She picked up the phone and said she was having her Bible study. Of course, I forgot it was Thursday. Elaine said she would pray and ask the Bible study to pray as well. This was a great opportunity for me to share lessons from successful Japanese leaders.

Elaine explained to her Bible study why I interrupted and why it was important to pray for me on the other side of Tokyo. Most of her Bible study members are pre-Christian, but they prayed anyway. Elaine said it was a good example for them about the need to intercede for others.

At the training the next day several people shared how encouraged they were because of my presentation. Some said the presentations were very helpful. I would love to take the credit but I knew that it was only God and the prayers of others. God connected the training event and the Bible study through prayer. We are in the people business.

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JULY PRAYER SPOTLIGHTS

July 1st, 2014 by John

1. We appreciate your prayers for the people we are spiritually mentoring. This month we begin mentoring and coaching another couple.
2. July 6th we are planning an outreach barbecue party with Elaine’s Bible study and the Agape Kai. We expect about 13 people for this event.
3. July 9th John will be meeting with the Nagoya CPI church planting network on.
4. On July 17th we leave for the US to visit supporters, friends, family, and do some personal business. Maybe we will meet some of you.
• On July 20th we will be presenting at Elk Grove Baptist Church http://www.myegbc.com/.
• July 27th we will be presenting at Temple Baptist Church http://www.tbcrockford.com/
5. A group of Japan leaders planning a national strategy for church planting will be having a key planning meeting on July 24th. CPI will be represented but without John there.

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Answered Prayer

July 1st, 2014 by John

1. John’s ministry at the Nerima Church went very well with the Small Group Power Up meeting on the 8th and class on Evangelism and Missions started last month with 7 people.
2. Thank you all for your well-wishes as we celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary last month.
3. CPI had another regional Church Planting Next Steps seminar in Kansai last month with 39 in attendance. Already in 2014, CPI has trained at least 230 people!
4. Thank you for praying for the Rengo National Evangelism Team which met at our house to dream and brainstorm new goals for the Rengo’s future.

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Video on Japan

June 19th, 2014 by John

Here is a video on Japan which has a great passion for the people of Japan to understand the blessings of the gospel. You hear over and over the value of the Japanese as a people. Also for the compassion for the social ills Japan is speaking. This really resonates with my own heart. Thank you friends at YWAM.

Why Japan from Oliver Banyard on Vimeo.

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From Japan to the World

June 2nd, 2014 by John

GCPN North East Asia TeamYes, John went to Budapest Hungary. Last month John was part of a group of 60 key leaders from 15 regional church planting networks throughout the world. At the Global Church Planting Network Global Consultation Takeshi Takazawa, director of the Japan Church Growth Institute, and John were glad to join two leaders from Taiwan, two from Mongolia, and one from South Korea. Thank you for your prayers as together we formed the North East Asia Church Planting Network and set some concrete goals for the next 3 months leading to national initiatives for church planting. Mongolia had no Christians 20 years ago and now they have set the goal to have 10% of their country Christian by the year 2020! There is a lot we can learn from each other and many practical lessons from many countries where God is multiplying his church. Much of this can be an inspiration and also practical help to Japan. Continue to pray for this North East Asia Network and for the development of national initiatives in Japan.
For a video of John’s visit please see http://youtu.be/QocTd09xWUY . For the Global Church Planting Network (GCPN) see www.GCPN.info.

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John’s Budapest Report

June 2nd, 2014 by John

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JUNE PRAYER SPOTLIGHTS

June 2nd, 2014 by John

1. This month’s John’s ministry at the Nerima Church picks up with a Small Group Power Up meeting on the 8th and the first class on Evangelism and Missions on the 29th.
2. Elaine will have another card making outreach class to be held at Crossroad on June 14th.
3. CPI will conduct another Church Planting Next Steps seminar in the Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto areas on June 11-13. Probably 40 will gather to learn together. John will be presenting several times.
4. John and Elaine Mehn celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary on the 23rd in Yokohama.
5. Thanks for praying for Elaine for the charity party last month.
6. Pray for both of us as the weather heats up that we would stay strong and deal with the heat well.
7. Thank for continual prayer for the 4 people we are spiritually mentoring right now.
8. Thank you for praying for the Rengo National Evangelism Team. We had a great meeting last month. Pray as we meet June 30th and July 1st to dream and brainstorm new goals for the Rengo’s future.
9. We are planning an outreach barbecue party with the Agape Kai and Elaine’s Bible study to celebrate US Independence Day in early July.

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Iwate Church Planting!

June 2nd, 2014 by John

Every tsunami-impacted town on the Iwate coast now has an established church, church plant, or home Bible study. This includes several previously unchurched rural areas that now have baby churches—including Noda, Fudai, Tanohata, Iwaizumi/Omoto, Yamada, Otsuchi, etc. There are also now over 30 missionaries working in Iwate Prefecture. In 2011 there were no missionaries in Iwate Prefecture. More information see
http://rjcpn.upgjapanmissions.com/joomla/index.php

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Did the Tsunami Change the Church?

June 2nd, 2014 by John

“How Did the Biggest Disaster in the History of Japan Change the Church?”
Reflecting on my limited observations of one JEA denomination, several local churches, and local churches in the disaster area we know.
1) I don’t think for many churches that have changed at all. Yes, they prayed, gave, even some volunteered but for most nothing has really changed. Not unlike the Kobe quake but maybe more involvement this time.
2) Also some churches did not change but were forced to change by passions, missional nature of some people, and their proximity to the disaster area. Many did not want to be involved but were forced to. Some decided not to engage.
3) Yes, I think many churches have changed who have been engaged. They will never be the same again. Several lessons people have learned.
a. When it comes to disaster relief you cannot do this alone. The enormity of the problems are far beyond the scope of one church or even a group of churches.
b. You must partner with others, churches, parachurch groups, relief agencies. Every partner brings certain gifts, strengths and roles to the relationship.
c. And these partners but be in close proximity to the disaster victims. Many churches were not but they could align with ones that were and be a support.
d. Churches and groups are learning that attraction evangelism is not enough, we must be sending churches. Those that learned those lessons continue to change.

So barriers between churches have come down, barriers between the church and communities have come down as well.

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John Live from Nagoya

May 2nd, 2014 by John

John was in Nagoya, Japan’s third largest city, at the end of April with a core of trainers for the Church Planting Next Steps training. He gives you a personal look.

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