John and Elaine Mehn

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Kenyan orphans support Japan relief

January 31st, 2012 by John

Kenyan orphans support Japan relief effort

Hiroaki Yonai, chairman of the Japan Baptist Church Association (Rengo), was brought to tears when children of the Koinonia Academy of Kibagare Slum, Nairobi, Kenya, sent a check for $600 to aid Japanese children orphaned by the March 11, 2011 earthquake/tsunami. The 78 Kenyan orphans gave from their poverty – some from their lunch money. The gift amount equals the Kenyan orphanage’s annual education budget.
Said pastor Yonai, “We were amazed and so moved by their passion.”

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The Tour Begins

January 4th, 2012 by John

We are Back in the US. Thanks for your prayers for us as we made the transition from one home in Japan to another home in the US. It is good to be back. We were greeted by friends, family, and the flu on arrival. We are settling in, got reliable transportation, and set up our respective offices. Of course, the highlight was being with all our extended family for Christmas. All four generations were together. A great Christmas present was Tim landing a contract welding job working in Rockford. Pray for his continued success in this difficult economy.

Our 7 month Home Assignment begins this month with visits to three states.
Jan 7-8 Faith Church of Grayslake, Grayslake, IL
Jan 15 Temple Baptist Church, Rockford, IL
Jan 21-23 Cornerstone Baptist Church, Ludington, MI
Jan 28-29 Baptist Tabernacle, Kenosha, WI

Please pray for the impact of our visits in large and small groups in each of these churches. Continue to pray as wisdom is given in completing our speaking tour schedule. Pray for safety in traveling and adequate pacing through the tour schedule.

Japan Disaster Response – Things are a bit quiet but more short-term workers will arrive this month for long-term service. Also we are expecting several teams to head to Japan from both the US and Canada in the next few months. More goods are being distributed, more homes are being remodeled, and ministry to children and youth are developing. Pray for a permanent place for ministry in the communities in Ishinomaki where we are focusing.

Pray for Our Support – We will not be allowed to return to Japan on time unless our support is at 100%. Right now our support is hovering just over 90%. Pray that more would join in partnership with us, both churches and individuals. 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.

Accelerating Spiritual Renewal and Church Planting Movements
John and Elaine Mehn – Converge Worldwide (BGC) Missionaries to Japan

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Team Xmas Successful

January 4th, 2012 by John

Just before Christmas Yas Yoneda and John and Elaine Mehn went to Tohoku to visit families who have received Converge Worldwide help since the earthquake and tsunami. Here are the highlights from each of the team members.

Yas – The trip to the Ishinomaki city with John and Elaine to visit some 20 families stricken by the tsunami was a rewarding experience. We prepared to bring these dear friends a grand Christmas greeting with Elaine’s handmade ornaments, a box of Christmas cookies, a Christmas card, and a Bible. John and I know firsthand how hard “mudding” is and how important it is to do a thorough job, but we hardly saw a finished product until now. To see a house completely refurbished and sit down with the families in their warm living room made me realize all the hard work was worth the effort. I know it took a “village” to do the job and I wish each and every one of you could have experienced these grateful and welcoming families. Your hard work set the tone for sharing with them the gospel message. Thank you volunteers and thank you brothers and sisters who prayed for all of us. I suspect the dividends will continue to come in as we continue this important work of spreading God’s message of love and forgiveness.

Elaine – Over the months of John making trips to help in Ishinomaki I have heard lots of names but now I have faces and personalities to go with those names. Even though this was my first time to meet the people we visited, I felt like I had known them for years. Each of the ladies we talked with were people that I would love to have as my neighbors so we could sit and talk often. It was such a blessing to me to be able to bring hope to people who had lost so much but even more so to see smiles return. Yes, there is still much to do and the emotional pain will continue but in Christ we can have hope for a bright future.

John – We have shared about Mr. and Mrs. S. whose home and interior decorating business were nearly completely destroyed by the tsunami. He has to go to the hospital every other day for four hours of dialysis. Mr. S. invited us into his workroom that earlier we had helped to restore. Over coffee we talked for nearly an hour, exchanged our Christmas greetings and shared with him a Bible. He was very open to the gospel. He shared that he found the Buddhism that he was raised on was meaningless to him. I explained how Elaine and I both personally know how futile religion can be. I told him that we had met Jesus Christ personally and we hoped he would too. He was very intrigued by a personal relationship with God himself. Pray that God would continue to help them rebuild from this tragedy and also to know the God of Hope personally.

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