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 08/21 Elim Church, Minneapolis, MN ****** You can follow our tour schedule here every month (and online at *****


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

Churches On Mission

The mission of the church is from everywhere to everywhere. While we are in Japan our partnering churches continue to do mission right where they are evangelizing, discipling, and developing leaders. They are also touching their communities in deed by identifying and engaging real and felt needs. Many do this with people of other cultures. We are very proud of each of our partnering churches because their mission commitment is not just “pray and pay” …

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Intensive Prayer – June

GOD ANSWERED For more great visits with our partnering churches, renewing relationships sharing and hearing what God is doing. For joining with one of our churches in the World Day of Prayer. God was there! For some downtime at a retreat center for writing and recharging. We heard that we were fully supported throughout the fiscal year ending in April. Pray it continues. PRAYER PARTNER SPOTLIGHTS For energy, freshness, creativity, and passion as we continue …

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Schedule US Mehn Tour – June

SCHEDULE MEHN US TOUR – JUNE 06/04-05 Community Church- Fond du Lac, WI 06/09 We hit the road for our 2nd trip to Colorado 06/11-12 Galilee Baptist Church –  Loveland, CO 06/18-19 Aspen Ridge Church – Evergreen, CO   06/22-23 Grace Mountain Church – Colorado Springs, CO 06/24-29 Converge International Ministries, Home Assignment Reentry Summit – Colorado Springs, CO 06/29-07/01 Converge Biennial Meeting REACH, Mission Hills Church – Littleton, CO 07/02-03 Bethel Baptist Church – …

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Where the Other Half Lives

Our ministry in Japan is within the most populated parts of the world. Take a look at Asia: India, China, Indonesia, SE Asia. The map above shows the distribution of the world’s population. Half of humanity lives in the black space and the other half in the yellow. It’s a stunning illustration of the degree to which people are concentrated in certain urban centers, particularly in Asia, where the majority of the global population lives.from