New Church Momentum

The dream is to see many church planting movements in Japan. For many years, as the church in Japan has been declining in several areas, little vision was seen for new churches in Japan. We are overjoyed that God raised up the “Church Multiplication Vision Festa.” In 2014, 65 leaders from all over the country gathered with a vision for church multiplication. Last year those numbers grew to 180 leaders! Last month many of these …

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Prayer October 2016

GOD ANSWERED We are thankful that finally John is over with a six-week ordeal with a kidney stone. After 4 trips to the hospital things are returning to normal. We have been physically, emotionally, and financially challenged by this trial. We had to cancel and reschedule some church visits, but thank God John was able to attend and participate fully in the Japan Congress on Evangelism in September. Our Home Office gave us approval to …

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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 *****

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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