John and Elaine Mehn

April News&Prayer Letter

April 25th, 2010 by John

April 2010

Both of us have been on a busy treadmill since we returned to Japan early last July.  So much has been accomplished and God continues to bless ministry on many fronts.

Last November we had one of most successful CPI National Conferences as we touched the younger generation, saw more indications of life transformation, and renewed ministry vision.  God blessed and we also made money in this difficult global economy.  CPI is basically self-supporting.

Last month, John returned from LA as part of special training for Japanese leaders in church renewal.  Beginning last year, the Rengo leadership has developed a five-year program to assist each of the 66 Rengo churches to become healthy and grow.

Elaine’s outreaches to women are very lively and the Bible study is always full of great questions.  Several women appear very close to believe in Christ for salvation.

Earlier this month Elaine got together with two Japanese pastor’s wives in a LeadNet group.  These women meet for encouragement and support with the pressures of ministry and family in Japan.

John started a men’s English Bible study last fall and both pre-Christians are extremely open and asking great questions.  Several months ago one asked, “How many gods are there?”  John was delighted to remind him of the creation of the world and that there is one creator God.

In December, we began a new series of outreaches to evangelize Japanese couples with a Christmas Dinner Party.  One of our partnering churches sent 5 people to be a part of this event.  We later had a Saint Valentine’s Party as well.  Of the participants, only one Japanese is a Christian.  We are planning a “make your own pizza party” next month and hope to welcome several new people to this relational evangelism event.

Just earlier this week we facilitated a CPI Leaders’ Summit on Gospel Centered Leadership.  All leaders were encouraged as they studied their hearts and how God needs to work to renew them.  CPI is planning a new church bootcamp in November.  This will be a great time to equip church planters and their coaches.

Well we keep moving forward on all fronts, thanks to you.  Thanks for your interest, prayers, and generosity toward us so we can Accelerate Spiritual Renewal & Church Planting Movements here in Japan and beyond. More updates, information, and videos are on our website www.gospelrest.com.

Partnering with You, In HIS Mission,

John and Elaine Mehn

CW (BGC) Missionaries to Japan

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Surprised and Amazed – Nov 08

November 6th, 2008 by John

Amazed by the expected and surprised by the unexpected. That describes our last 2 ½ year adventure. We returned to Japan, packed our belongings and moved to the other side of Tokyo.

In a 6 month period, we sold our condo in the States, bought a house, moved into it, moved back to Japan, and moved to the other side of Tokyo. We said good-bye to our kids who stayed behind in the U.S., said good-bye to our Japanese friends and neighbors of 15 years, moved to a new neighborhood, and had it rain for the first week. No wonder Elaine began to wonder what we had done and why.

This whole adventure started just before our last Home Assignment. We were discussing what we would do when we returned to Japan. It was one of those moments when the words come out of my Mehn Machida Housemouth before the thought is in your head. Elaine said, “Why don’t we move to Machida.” John who hates change said, “Yes, why don’t we?” We looked at each other and thought what has just happened. It was God leading us to pack up and move so we moved! Following God is not always easy or comfortable but it is always the best.

Tokyo is still the largest city in the world and our new neighborhood still speaks Japanese but what an amazing difference. The community welcomed us not just to live among them but to live with them. Elaine started cooking and craft classes as an outreach ministry. Her one Read the rest of this entry »

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