“Please pray for me. At this missionary training seminar I am attending, I was just asked to speak on leadership development. I am on in just a few hours. Pray as I prepare a new presentation.” I called Elaine to pray. With short notice there was just no time to ask anyone else. She picked up the phone and said she was having her Bible study. Of course, I forgot it was Thursday. Elaine said she would pray and ask the Bible study to pray as well. This was a great opportunity for me to share lessons from successful Japanese leaders.
Elaine explained to her Bible study why I interrupted and why it was important to pray for me on the other side of Tokyo. Most of her Bible study members are pre-Christian, but they prayed anyway. Elaine said it was a good example for them about the need to intercede for others.
At the training the next day several people shared how encouraged they were because of my presentation. Some said the presentations were very helpful. I would love to take the credit but I knew that it was only God and the prayers of others. God connected the training event and the Bible study through prayer. We are in the people business.
Last month John joined a team from the Kokubunji Baptist church that did volunteer work in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture April 17-20. Pastor Nakano from the Crossroad church also joined the team. There has not been time to develop a video yet, but some pictures and video with English are at the church webpage http://homepage2.nifty.com/kbch/new/tohokusupport/tohokusupport.html. The trip was very successful in completing several projects.
John and a short termer from America will also be joining a volunteer team from Tokyo district churches heading back to Iwate Prefecture from May 15-19.
Several short-term teams are coming to Japan to help with the disaster response. Teams are expected to come this month, June, July and August. Please pray for these preparations and also for God to send more workers into the fall and next spring. WE NEED MORE SHORT TERM VOLUNTEERS and teams to come. If you are interested in coming to Japan as a volunteer or if you would like to apply please go to http://www.convergeworldwide.org/reach-nations/japan-relief .
We are looking for PRAYER intercessors who would like to back up Converge Worldwide (BGC) and Rengo efforts in disaster response. A new website group has been set up at http://groups.google.com/group/Pray4Japan/. Please visit regularly or sign up if you would like these regular updates.
THANK YOU FOR PRAYING FOR THE JAPANESE PEOPLE
One of our Intensive Prayer Team members sent us one of his prayers: “Today I pray for the people of Japan. They are steeped in traditions and practices that hold them back from seeking You. I pray that today Japanese people that You love and desire to know your Son would be led by your Spirit to the light of understanding, knowledge and love of Your Son and our Savior Jesus Christ. Your will be done. Amen.”
Just released a new YouTube video to encourage prayer support for the CPI Conference Nov 3-6. This 1 minute 50 second video is designed to shown in churches. Please help us mobilize God’s people to pray for this important Japan National Conference by passing this along to whoever you can think about.
For public showings if you want a higher resolution file you can download
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Over the years of camping by Lake Saiko, we have done a lot of hiking. We even tried to climb Mt. Fuji once – once was more than enough. For most of the years, we climbed a nearby mountain but lack of oxygen, abundant mud, horse droppings, and being out of shape has led us to become committed “flatlanders”. We now hike in the wooded areas around the lake. Read the rest of this entry »