The CPI National Conference in Nov was larger than the last one in 2009. God really worked and so many people were encouraged, equipped, and re-envisioned for evangelism and church planting in Japan. Many were able to share their stories about the 3.11 triple disasters and also their current ministries. Many left with more refined plans for their ministry future. Thanks for praying. John probably gave his best CPI message ever. Elaine and John’s training was also affective. The total attendance plans to start over 400 churches and over 700 small groups in the next 2 to 5 years. Also they want to start 285 new ministries and deploy over 200 new church planters.
Thank you for praying for the Rengo Annual Meeting and the Japan Mission Field Council. There were some car problems but not on the road and so much work was completed. Elaine and I leave the field knowing we have these great relationships.
Success for Tim – Having just returned from his 3 months doing relief work in Japan, Tim is contemplating returning to help with the final steps for the Samaritan Purse building program which ends March 10th. Pray for wisdom from God regarding this next step.
We leave in two weeks (Dec 19th) to return to the US for our Home Assignment tour. This will be our longest time away from Japan in nearly a decade. Our schedule is filling up but we are still awaiting news from some of our partnering churches. Pray for preparations to leave, we both have so much to do.
A few days ago we had someone ask about our financial situation. Here are the facts. We have ended the last two years over 100% of our needed financial support. But due to the overall global economy and the declining dollar against the yen this year will be the most challenging. When we came to Japan the dollar was 200 yen, now it is 75, an all-time low. This means gasoline (reg) is $7 a gal and milk is $7.50 a gal. Our personal support is behind about $900 per month. We could really use any increase to continue the work of equipping church planters and meeting practical needs through disaster relief. Consider a one-time gift or maybe regular giving throughout the year. To give to our ministry see the Converge Worldwide website http://www.convergeworldwide.org/give/49651 Just click donation.
Every year Elaine invites all the women from her various cooking, needlepoint and Bible classes to our home to celebrate Christmas. They sing Christmas Carols (note the video) and share a Christmas message from an invited guest. Today, December 5th, 24 women came and heard Chiho Nakano, our pastor’s wife, share the meaning of Christmas with them at the Tea. The house is packed with women who really have a great time. They all went home with the Campus Crusade produced Legacy CD of light jazz music and message. Except for Elaine and Chiho all of these women are pre-Christians, pray for the message of Christmas to become real to them.