John and Elaine Mehn

Archive for November, 2010

Respect for Elders Day

November 19th, 2010 by John

What were you doing on Respect for Elders Day (09/20)? Well, I was out walking in my neighborhood. At one point, I saw an older Japanese man, I thought in his 80s, who was being followed by a man with a large video camera, a man carrying a tripod, and one man carrying one of those sound boom microphones. I figured it was Japan, land of the Sony video camera, so I simply greeted him. I greet nearly everyone I meet walking through the neighborhood, as it is better for a giant to be friendly, so I figured why not greet him. Greetings like in most cultures are just exchanging pleasantries, “Hello, nice weather today” or something like that.
After we exchanged a few comments, he mentioned to me that he was 100 years old and he was going to a party for him at our community center on this Respect for Elders Day holiday. I congratulated him so achieving such a wonderful milestone and wished him a good time during his celebration. Just then, one of the video entourage jumped into the conversation and requested if I might greet him this centenarian again, this time in English. “The director” explained that the man was very skilled in English. I agreed, turned around to my starting point, and like in high school drama class proceeded to do the scene again, this time in English. The conversation went as well and he did have a good command of English. All this time as well the camera was rolling.
I thought it was providential that I would have met this man at this corner at that moment with the video crew in tow. It helped me understand more deeply the importance of the Respect of Elders Day holiday. Japan has the world’s largest percentage of people over 100 years old.
Well it is now weeks later and someone just told me that I was on TV the other day, just briefly as I walked across the screen. I guess people who know me would recognize me as I tend to stand out. But I thought this was odd that I was on TV. It pays to know people over 100, and it pays to Respect them, and it also is important to greet those around us. I am sure Jesus would have.
Respect for Elders Day is the fourth Monday of September and is a Japanese national holiday.

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Staying connected with the Mehns

November 12th, 2010 by John

1. We send out monthly Intensive Prayer Memos via email. You can subscribe to these mailings at our website http://www.gospelrest.com/phplist/public_html/lists/?p=subscribe&id=1 . We have had scattered reports that some people who signed up are not receiving it. So please check your spam filters and permit them through. If you still do not receive them, then let us know. (We are also addressing the technical issues.)
2. This website is usually updated usually weekly, definitely monthly. If you want updates, blogs, videos etc. they are always here. Intensive Prayer Memos are posted every month.
3. We are both on Facebook John’s is JohnMehn.
4. We use Skype too. But remember we are 13 hours ahead of Central time. We need to set appointments for Skype calls.
5. You can always phone us or mail us.

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Dollar taking a beating

November 1st, 2010 by John

The dollar is taking a beating against the yen making our support level very precarious. If you would like to give to our ministry, even one-time, we would appreciate it. Information is at our new webpage at the updated Converge Worldwide website http://www.convergeworldwide.org/give/49651.

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John now a Doctor

November 1st, 2010 by John

Thanks for your prayers for John as he returned to the US to defend his doctoral research project on Oct 22nd. John passed! In fact, he said that it was stimulating and at times fun. The discussion will make the project better. John has some minor revisions to complete and then wait for official graduation in December. More information on John’s research is at http://www.gospelrest.com/research.
John was able to visit both our kids, Tim and Beth, along with his mother. All are very well. Beth is doing very well expecting in just a few weeks. We both plan to see the kids just before Christmas and before our first grandchild is due to be born.

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