Evangelizing Japan

  Two Little-known Truths about Evangelizing Japan The Japanese are the 2nd largest unreached people group on the planet. Japan, a country of 127 million, has less than one half of 1% Christian believers. The Japanese continue to need missionaries, your prayers, involvement, and your generosity.  Without outside help, the Christians in Japan do not have the resources to evangelize their own country. Thanks for being part of our team to accelerate the gospel in …

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Home Assignment

August meant staying a bit closer to our homebase in Rockford, IL but we still visited several churches and supporting individuals. But we had some family time: boat on the Mississippi, Elaine’s 45th high school reunion, Shakespeare theatre in Wisconsin (with cheese curds), and some stay vacation. The girls, Elaine, Beth, and Molly all won ribbons at the Winnebago County Fair!

Prayer Items – September

GOD ANSWERED John was very delighted to hear from Wm. Carey Library that they want to publish his book on church planting in Japan to be released probably next year. Elaine’s books are progressing. Our Home Office gave us approval to leave as scheduled at the end of December. PTL! Pray as we consider our schedule and find inexpensive tickets. PRAYER PARTNER SPOTLIGHTS Pray for the Japan Congress on Evangelism Tue 9/27 through Fri 9/30. …

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Converge Mid-Atlantic Tour #1 09/11 Mentor Baptist Church, Mentor, OH  09/18 Old North Church, Canfield, OH 09/22-10/02 John in Japan for Japan 6th Congress on Evangelism, Kobe Japan 10/05 Elk Grove Baptist Church, AWANA Program  ****** You can follow our tour schedule here every month (and online at www.GOspelRest.com). *****

Prayer August 2016

GOD ANSWERED July was still busy with church visits but we were able to work out of our Home Base in Rockford, IL and spend some quality time with our families in Illinois and Kentucky. In August Elaine will be at her high school reunion in Iowa.  August will also mean some vacation time staying around Rockford. PRAYER PARTNER SPOTLIGHTS Pray for the city of Sagamihara Japan that underwent the terrible stabbing attacks July 26 …

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SCHEDULE MEHN US TOUR – AUGUST 08/14 Skokie Valley Baptist Church, Wilmette, IL http://skokievalley.org 08/21 Elim Church, Minneapolis, MN http://elimchurch.com/ ****** You can follow our tour schedule here every month (and online at www.GOspelRest.com). *****


We arrived from Japan in March with 100% of our monthly support. Since that time the dollar has been hard hit in the international currency markets dropping from nearly 120 yen to the dollar to now 100 to the dollar, meaning a loss of about 15%.  We will need an increase of special gifts and monthly giving to make up this difference. Pray about our support situation. We will not be allowed to return to …

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Unreached Peoples

Looking to finish the task of the Great Commission, mission experts have identified over 6,600 unreached people groups (UPG) in the world. UPGs are defined as any group less than 2% Christian. Practically they need outside help to complete the evangelization among their people. There are also unengaged unreached people groups (UUPG) with over 1,200 groups that have no known Christians and no missionaries working with them. Our mission focus must be on these peoples. …

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Prayer for July

GOD ANSWERED God has been gracious and we completed our three major writing projects! Elaine finished her second devotional book and a Bible study series on spiritual growth. John finished his work on church planting in Japan. All three are at the editors and proofreaders for the next step. Pray for blessing on this next step. God has been so good. Our second Colorado trip has been rewarding seeing old friends and being encouraged. But …

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07/02-03 Bethel Baptist Church – Greeley, CO 07/10 Crosspoint Church, Ingleside, IL 07/17 Temple Baptist Church, Rockford, IL 07/24 Gracepoint Church, Mundelein, IL 08/01 First Baptist Church Greenhills, Cincinnati, OH