John and Elaine Mehn

Archive for August, 2009


August 30th, 2009 by Elaine Mehn

Thoughts Along the Way©

Elaine Mehn

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Over the years of camping by Lake Saiko, we have done a lot of hiking. We even tried to climb Mt. Fuji once – once was more than enough. For most of the years, we climbed a nearby mountain but lack of oxygen, abundant mud, horse droppings, and being out of shape has led us to become committed “flatlanders”. We now hike in the wooded areas around the lake. Read the rest of this entry »

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Japan Workers in Trouble

August 29th, 2009 by John

Japan has the largest unemployment rate right now than since the end of World War II.

Also those employed are not very happy.  A recent global workforce study by Towers and Perrin said that Japanese workers are worldwide the least “engaged” in their work with only 28% of workers liking their jobs.

Pray that the church in Japan would be engaged in bringing true hope to Japanese.

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How to Be Involved with US

August 23rd, 2009 by John

A pastor interviewed us a few weeks ago and asked, “How can we be involved with your ministry in Japan?”  Just a few ideas. Please think of some more and let us know.

Connect with us

  • Surf this same website www.gospelrest.com (a well kept secret).
  • Shoot us email.
  • Drop us a note.
  • Visit with us on Facebook.
  • Subscribe to our email news updates at this website.
  • Watch for us on video. We will be producing several short (1-2 min.) videos each year.  You can check this website for the latest release (07/09).

Pray for us – Key Tasks Ahead in 2009 & Beyond

  • Reestablishment of neighborhood outreaches and Bible studies in Machida, Tokyo.  Elaine has aread had one not-yet-Christian join her Bible study!
  • Preparations for the CPI National Conference November 3-6 and regional seminars following.  Registration has already begun.
  • Develop LEAD teams and LeadNet teams for Japanese leadership development for new churches.
  • Completion of John’s field research project on leadership for reproducing churches in Japan.

Work with us (Information at our website)

  • Develop direct partnerships with needy Japanese churches to help expand God’s Kingdom in Japan and beyond.
  • Come with a team or by yourself to carry on short-term ministry among the unreached Japanese.

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Shaky Camping Trip

August 12th, 2009 by John

John and Elaine were awoken early Wednesday Morning (8/12) by a 6.5 point earthquake less than 30 miles away. Normally in an earthquake we head for the door jams as they are the safest place in a house. But we were camping in a tent and had little to worry about.

Fortunately the earthquake caused minor damage. For more information see this page http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/m66-quake-jolts-shizuoka-pref-and-vicinity-disrupting-trains. Pray for Christian relief efforts in the areas affected.

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August 2nd, 2009 by John

Do you miss us already? We left the US for Japan on July 7th. We have been settling in and getting ministry geared up for another term in Japan. We have just completed our ’09 US tour of our partnering churches, one of the best. For six months we shared messages, hung out in small groups, met up with pastors and missions sending teams, and recruited future short-term and long-term missionaries. We also had key times with our extended family, both our kids and John’s mom. We are so grateful to God that in the midst of the worst economy in our lifetimes we were able to increase our financial support and return to Japan as scheduled. Our next Home Assignment “US tour” date is scheduled for Jan 2012 – July 2012.


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