We are Back in the US. Thanks for your prayers for us as we made the transition from one home in Japan to another home in the US. It is good to be back. We were greeted by friends, family, and the flu on arrival. We are settling in, got reliable transportation, and set up our respective offices. Of course, the highlight was being with all our extended family for Christmas. All four generations were together. A great Christmas present was Tim landing a contract welding job working in Rockford. Pray for his continued success in this difficult economy.
Our 7 month Home Assignment begins this month with visits to three states.
Jan 7-8 Faith Church of Grayslake, Grayslake, IL
Jan 15 Temple Baptist Church, Rockford, IL
Jan 21-23 Cornerstone Baptist Church, Ludington, MI
Jan 28-29 Baptist Tabernacle, Kenosha, WI
Please pray for the impact of our visits in large and small groups in each of these churches. Continue to pray as wisdom is given in completing our speaking tour schedule. Pray for safety in traveling and adequate pacing through the tour schedule.
Japan Disaster Response – Things are a bit quiet but more short-term workers will arrive this month for long-term service. Also we are expecting several teams to head to Japan from both the US and Canada in the next few months. More goods are being distributed, more homes are being remodeled, and ministry to children and youth are developing. Pray for a permanent place for ministry in the communities in Ishinomaki where we are focusing.
Pray for Our Support – We will not be allowed to return to Japan on time unless our support is at 100%. Right now our support is hovering just over 90%. Pray that more would join in partnership with us, both churches and individuals. We could really use any increase to continue the work of equipping church planters and meeting practical needs through disaster relief. Consider a one-time gift or maybe regular giving throughout the year. To give to our ministry see the Converge Worldwide website http://www.convergeworldwide.org/give/49651. Just click donation.
INTENSIVE PRAYER TEAM – January 2012
Accelerating Spiritual Renewal and Church Planting Movements
John and Elaine Mehn – Converge Worldwide (BGC) Missionaries to Japan