John and Elaine Mehn

Archive for March, 2010

The Scientists Who Called Wolf

March 5th, 2010 by John

The other day I received an emergency bulletin from the US embassy indicating that there were severe tsunami warnings along the coast.  They were expecting 30 waves to hit sometime in mid-afternoon on Sunday.  The tsunami – incidentally a Japanese word – would be a result of the huge 8.8 earthquake in Chile.

That afternoon I was rushing to the airport by train escorting visitors who were leaving that day.  I noticed several train lines along the coast were closed due to expected high waves.  Fortunately we had planned an inland route.  By the time I got home I had heard that there was no cause for alarm and the tsunami did not come.  We live far from the coast so normally do not pay as close attention.  Now scientists are debating what happened and why.  I guess with tsunami’s it is always good to err on the side of caution.

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Why We Are Encouraged

March 3rd, 2010 by John

  1. Three people shared stories at the JEMA meetings how Japanese who attended years ago are using our CPI training materials in their ministries.  One missionary between last November and last month has received from God a new vision for church planting and Japanese partners.  What a turn around.  CPI is playing a part in helping people on the frontlines of ministry.
  2. We had a great but short visit with Dan and Sandi Peterson, district executive minister from Converge Midatlantic.  There were many highlights including meeting with key Japanese leaders and discussing partnering in ministry.  Pray that God would guide and bless Kingdom partnerships in the future.  Thanks for coming Dan and Sandi!
  3. The Hamamatsu Megumi Church is extremely encouraged that after a wait of 5 years they will be getting a pastor beginning in April.  When John went to preach on Feb 21 they were all excited but also tired with the preparations.  The pastor arrives March 16th.  John will be participating in the March 21st service.  Now John can go on to other Sunday morning projects and churches.

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