February 2016 –Japan Ministry Spotlights and Prayer This month is full of transitions LEAVING ministry behind in Japan for a bit and ARRIVING in the US for a temporary Home Assignment to visit many of you. The Higashi Kurume Tokyo missionary residence and guesthouse is nearing completion. This rebuilding project is scheduled to be completed on February 28th and we hope to soon have the guesthouse ready. We just completed a Gospel Renewal Discipling Cohort …

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Because opportunities are great and our time is not, we constantly work at focusing their energy and time for maximum Kingdom impact. Here are some areas that demand our focus. Focusing on Developing People – We continue with outreach classes, Bible studies, and spiritual mentoring. It is bittersweet that our cohort on gospel renewal discipling ends this month. On 1/31 John preaches in both services at the Nerima Baptist Church and then leads a training …

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Prayer Jan 2016

GOD ANSWERED 1. We had a very restful and joyful time with family in the US celebrating Christmas. 2. Our Japanese New Year meal on Jan 2nd with the N family was very special. 3. A dear friend who had cancer surgery in December has been cleared with no further treatments! PTL! 4. John took part in the Reaching Japanese for Christ first webinar last month. John talked about the CPI Conference and how to …

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Some say last month’s CPI Conference was the best ever. One of our partners is Church Planter Seima Aoyagi who reported, “I serve on the CPI leadership team. Last month’s biennial conference had 415 adults and 113 kids.  CPI has two major focuses — church planting and gospel-centeredness — that drew and united people from all over Japan. Even though we have only 0.22% evangelical Christians in Japan, it is such an encouragement to see …

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Prayer in December

GOD ANSWERED Our partnering denomination “The Rengo” had a wonderful 50th Anniversary celebration (Nov 2-3). For us it was good to see so many ministry partners. Before and after the CPI Conference we had 9 visitors blessing our home. Our Japan Field Council (Nov 26-27) was a great fellowship and planning time. Elaine’s Christmas Tea Outreach on November 30th was very encouraging for everyone. Short-term Intern Lydia Troe finished her 3 month assignment of children’s …

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Church Multiplication

Over the next few weeks we are not really sure what to expect because God is doing so many things to further a national Church Multiplication vision. Last week John was with a network mobilizing to reach the key cities of Japan. That was one of several key events going on so please join us in this journey. Monday 10/26 – I am riding the bullet train heading to Ikoma Nara for the 2nd Church …

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Pray in November

November is full of great events. Pray for our health, our hearts, and our hands as we minister in many ways. Rengo 50th Anniversary Nov 2-3 CPI National Conference Nov 9-13. Also many visitors at our home. Japan Field Council (Converge Worldwide) Nov 26-27 at the Mehns house. Elaine has her Christmas Tea Outreach on November 30th and another event 12/7.

Young People & Missions

If you or someone you know is a student or young person interested in missions, we highly recommend the Urbana Conference, Dec 27-31. Urbana was significant in our lives and continues to challenge the current generation. Join us in prayer for God to bless this key event.

Outward Conference

We are very excited about the 2015 Church Planting Institute (CPI) National Conference November 9-13. The theme is OUTWARD and we’re looking at celebrating God and his mission to the world. In mid-September we had such a rush of new applications for the conference that it now looks like the conference will be one of its biggest in history! Currently over 360 adults and over 110 children are coming to this conference. People are coming …

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Breaking Ground

We were very delighted to have a new set of missionaries come last month. Rob and Chris Wright arrived and they are also joining another new missionary Ian Smith who arrived last year. However, it was sad to see Tom and Mary Lou Ellison retire in August after 30 years in Japan. Over 50 people showed up at the airport to bid them farewell. We were appointed with the Ellisons together in 1984 and now …

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