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Help Ms. D Rebuild!

September 11th, 2011 by John

On Friday our Mars Hill team finished “mudding out” Ms. D’s house. On Tuesday we will be power washing it and bleaching it. Then we will let it dry before it is rebuilt. But even though we are done there is even more help coming. The day it was completed the Samaritan’s Purse construction manager came and inspected the house and gave approval for it to be in their rebuilding plan. So they will pay for basic remodeling costs. Praise God!

BUT HELP! Now we need to help recruit carpenters and builders to help in this next phase of helping Ms. D have a more normal home before winter. Please pray for Ms. D. that she may find Christ as her savior. Also pray that carpenters would be soon recruited to rebuild her house.


Help Converge Worldwide rebuild first floors of homes damaged by the tsunami in partnership with Samaritan’s Purse. The types of repairs to be completed are: installations of floor/wall insulation, sub-floor, drywall, exterior walls, and enclose window and door openings.
Samaritan’s Purse will provide team members with orientation, instructions, power tools and supplies to do the job. All we encourage you to bring your own hand tools (hammer, tape-measure, tool belt, squares, cutting knives). While volunteer teams may have little experience, it is necessary that some individuals with each team have some experience in carpentry. Carpenters will be assigned for work with Japanese carpenters or lead carpenters. Please apply at the Converge website www.convergeworldwide.org/japanmission.

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September 1st, 2011 by John

The ministry of Japan Disaster Response is the cover article for Converge Point our church movement publication. This article highlights the work of John and Elaine Mehn (among a myriad of others). You can read the article online at http://cvrg.us/fall2011. A great summary of our last team ministry together was blogged at Phil Tsai’s website http://www.filtsai.com/blargh_comments.php?blarghId=2154.

We have had over 4 teams from the States from 8 churches and volunteers totaling nearly 50. Our compassionate response to the disaster has taken several thankful turns in the last several weeks. 1) We are beginning to see people return to their homes and our outreach/community events are gathering them together. 2) We have broadened our scope by also working in a community neighboring Shintate, 3) We are in an aggressive rebuilding program partnering with Samaritan’s Purse. We need many more volunteers to help complete mudouts to prepare these homes for rebuild.

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Prayer Items for September

September 1st, 2011 by John

1. Two disaster response teams are set for deployment to Ishinomaki in September. Both of these teams will be staged and prepared at our home. So we will have many guests.
2. Elaine’s classes are starting up again after a break during the summer heat. Pray that God will continue these relationships and draw the ladies closer to Christ.
3. Pray for preparations and sensitivity as John preaches at the Ishinomaki House of Prayer on September 11th, the sixth month mark after the triple disaster.
4. Elaine will meet with several Japanese pastor’s wives in coaching, prayer and fellowship. Pray for wisdom for Elaine and encouragement for the wives.
5. Our son Tim has arrived in Japan for three months to participate in Disaster Relief Teams and also help with this fall’s CPI National Conference. Pray for Tim that he may maximize his time while here and build key relationships as well as accomplishments during this period. We are so glad to have his help.
6. These are extremely busy and full days. Please continue to pray for planning and execution of ministry along with the Rengo, the Japan Mission and for CPI preparation.

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September 1st, 2011 by John

From our work in Ishinomaki mudding out and deconstructing homes, One Converge Worldwide relief partner is Samaritan’s Purse which has a rebuilding program. They want to rebuild over 300 homes by Christmas. In short, as they say, they want to rebuild everything we tore out of the homes. See their video http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/articles/waves_of_grace/

Along with general volunteers, we need builders and carpenters to come help us with the rebuilding phase. We need many more workers this fall. Teams will be sent this fall and more can be formed. Pray that God would raise up these workers for this important neighborhood rebuilding ministry. Please contact Converge Worldwide if you are interested in joining a team. http://www.convergeworldwide.org/reach-nations/japan-relief.

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September 1st, 2011 by John

1. To serve in Japan individually or in a team go to www.convergeworldwide.org/japanmission.
2. We also need you to pray. To pray for Japan and Japan relief http://groups.google.com/group/Pray4Japan.
3. We are constantly posting new updates on Japan disaster response and our ministry updates including videos and blogs are at www.gospelrest.com. Check them out.
4. Elaine and I recently posted a VIDEO outlining our disaster response ministry. Please share this video widely and also encourage your church to show it in their worship meetings. http://www.gospelrest.com/how-are-you-doing/.
5. The triple disaster in Japan has done at least one thing, eroded or destroyed hope. As missionaries our task is to bring lasting hope to people through the good news of Christ. After several teams have ministered in Japan we developed a PowerPoint summary of ministry through July. http://www.gospelrest.com/hope-in-the-wake-of-disaster-video/ .This PowerPoint VIDEO outlines relief ministry of Converge Worldwide to bring hope to victims of these terrible disasters.

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September 1st, 2011 by John

This November 9-11 is the CPI National Conference and recruiting is beginning for the Children’s Ministry Team and other key positions. Come and help some cute kids and their families out. If you are interested just let us know. www.conf.jcpi.net. Pray we would have a great team this year.

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Good Summer for Us

September 1st, 2011 by John

THANK YOU for praying for our July vacation time in the US visiting, Molly, our granddaughter, John’s 90 year-old mother, and other family. The trip was great and like most vacations too short. We returned to Japan hitting the ground running.

THANK YOU too for praying for survival in the August heat. The Government has requested people not to use air conditioning to conserve limited electrical power. In public buildings the temperature has been set for 82. It has been hot in Tokyo and in Tohoku where John worked. Both of us have done fine in the heat, but we are glad it is probably over.

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