Vision Festival

Just last week John joined 90 people to study case studies of new church plants and work towards movements of new churches in Japan. The Church Multiplication Vision Festival was held in Tokoku, the region of the triple disaster of March 11, 2011. Since the disaster church numbers in some areas have tripled!  Also evangelism results, such as people trusting Christ and being baptized, has increased nearly 700% from what is normal! God is building …

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Mehns Mini US Tour July

We will be visiting several churches and some ministry partners in July and August on a short update tour. Please pray for preparations to preach, our traveling, and that we may have great connections with people in these churches. Drop in if you are near! July 23 – Springbrook Community Church – Huntley, IL. July 30 – Berean Baptist Church – Mansfield, OH.

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Prayer July

GOD ANSWERED John was in Seoul South Korea in late June where he met a key church planting trainer from the Exponential movement and networked with several others regarding church planting in East Asia (see below). Elaine’s progress on the latter stages of her three books (bible study, 2 devotions) is going very smoothly. Ask God to especially equip proofreaders and translators. Registrations have topped 220 already for Japan National CPI Conference, October 25-27. This …

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Equipping Harvest Workers

Our key role in Japan is to equip and develop leaders and workers for the harvest. That is accomplished through personal coaching and mentoring and training in seminars. CPI frequently has equipping events for both Japanese and missionary.  Last month John preached once and gave three presentations on church planting to about 40 at the WEC International Mission annual gathering near Kyoto May 3-4. WEC is an historic mission originally the Worldwide Evangelization for Christ …

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June Praise and Prayer

GOD ANSWERED On May 29-30, the National Mission Department of the Rengo met with our mission representatives. At this meeting was a surprising discussion on the need for Rengo churches to birth daughter churches occurred. Pray that God would grow this vision and many of the 62 Rengo churches birth daughter churches. The CPI 2017 national conference training system of over 20 training seminars and the speakers lineup were finalized in May. Continue to pray …

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Missions & Math

We know many of you reading this probably either yawn or get anxious when the word mathematics comes up. But math is an important tool in missions and in church ministry. God numbers all the hairs on our head and also knows every sheep that is far from him. In missions we should keep our pulse on the needs of the people we work with. For the Japanese the needs are quite staggering. Japan is …

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Pray During May

GOD ANSWERED Registration for October’s CPI conference has opened. We are pleased with the flow of registrations. Pray that God would send us many Japanese along with missionaries. We had great planning meetings with the CPI Leadership Team and the Serge mission about bringing more intensive renewal training through Grace Weeks in the next two years. We are making good progress on our various book projects. Elaine’s Thoughts Along the Way devotionals is nearly done …

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Belief Blossoms

What a month it has been! It started with Elaine’s Bible study on Genesis 1. After discussing how much the Japanese love nature, we looked at God’s creation of nature. At the end of the study one of the ladies (not a Christ believer as far as I know) said this year when she sits under the cherry blossoms to eat her obento (lunchbox), she will see them with new eyes. A week or so …

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Prayer April 2017

GOD ANSWERED We had probably the most relaxing Converge Japan Field Council ever. God’s presence was evident for us personally and for the entire team. Thanks for praying for all of us. We have been praying and waiting on God for our key speaker at this year’s CPI National Conference. I am so glad we got our first choice, Joshua Harris, church planter, network co-founder, and bestselling author who is of Japanese ancestry. Please pray …

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CPI Grace Week

“Grace Week has been an amazing tool that God has used to help me see my deceptive heart more, my tendency to rely on myself, my lack of living at the feet of Christ.”  Thanks for praying for Grace Week in Tokyo and Nagoya. Grace Week was the most intensive training we have ever done in CPI, one week of presentations, small groups, and one-on-one with a spiritual mentor. We ended up with over 40 …

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