Following HIM

Wow what a lot of changes since we last wrote. Last time we told you about John’s impending knee replacement surgery that upset our plans and schedule. This month brought clarity of where to follow God. Weeks of Writing – John has been working several days each week completing his third book, “Japanese as an Unreached People.” He has lined up several knowledgeable proofreaders who will get the draft copy by Wednesday September 14th. Then…

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Pivoting Again?

We had dropped in to see the orthopedic doctor for my next visit. He showed us the results of the MRI. The MRI was decisive. The doctor commented that he was surprised John was walking at all and not in much more pain. We had only one option, replace the knee joint. We were thankful to God that the decision was clear. We scheduled surgery as soon as possible and anticipated weeks of physical therapy. …

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How Are We Fitting In?

Get ready for bumper cars! Experts told us that after living in Japan for 35 years our transition back to the US from would not be easy and take at least 3 years for the adjustments. Imagine riding a bumper car ride for 3 years?  Recently we concluded that we probably do not fit in everywhere. But gladly we are realizing that we do fit in the important places: like Converge – our ministry family,…

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Road Trip – East

Well the road trips continue. Last month John visited Village Church Thornton and Conifer Community Church when he was in Colorado. Elaine came along via a video update. This month Elaine and John will be heading east on a road trip to visit two churches: July 24 – Calvary Baptist Church – Warren, Pennsylvania July 31 – Anchor Church – Avon Lake, Ohio. On this trip we will visit Elaine’s honorable older sister and do…

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Focus on the Unreached

FOCUS ON THE UNREACHED Our Converge ministry family has the vision of “Asking God for a Gospel Movement among Every Least-reached People Group – in Our Generation.” Last month in Denver we had a massive missions conference with 83 of the Converge missionaries present along with other Converge church leaders and members. So many encouraging stories of the progress of the gospel around the world as John attended the Leaders’ Summit standing in for our…

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Prayer July-August

Praise God for John’s safe and successful two-week road trip to Colorado for the Leaders’ Summit, REACH Conference, and visiting churches and partners. Ask God for blessing, wisdom, and faith as the Asia Impact Team has numerous opportunities, an enormous job, with relatively few to do the work. We need wisdom and God’s guidance. Continue to pray as our team is cultivating connections and planning more trips into Asia. John continues to have problems with…

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