Japanese Initiative

Our Converge Mission is developing some new aggressive strategies to multiply churches among unreached people groups. Brian Lusky, from Erie Pennsylvania, is the newly appointed Japanese Initiative Leader. Brian has been working in Japan with a church partnership for about 5 years. Over the next few years he will develop new strategies and projects and will recruit new missionaries to work at fulfilling the mission task in Japan. Last month Brian was in Japan meeting…

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April Prayer

WHAT HAS GOD DONE? We heard from a Japanese publisher, Word of Life Press, that they are interested in publishing my book on church multiplication! PTL! The translation first draft is just completed and is now being reviewed by a content editor. The publisher plans to have it done in time for the Vision Festa in July and for the CPI Conference this fall! Pray for the next steps and for a smooth schedule. We…

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Pray in March

1. Pray for the preparations for our very first Japanese Grace Week May 27-30.  Ask God to grant wisdom, energy, and unity in preparing the presenters and mentors. Pray for registrations. 2. We are very heavy with several writing projects right now. Elaine is trying to get out her bilingual bible study and John is working on the Japanese version of his church planting book and a new book on Japanese beliefs and the gospel. …

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Amazing Grace

WE CAN ALWAYS USE MORE AMAZING GRACE Thank you so much for your prayers for CPI Grace Week, February 4-8. There were 26 attending including a surprise visit from a leader from India. At this intensive spiritual renewal experience, we heard truth from the Word of God and many stories how the Gospel is working in people’s lives. The Holy Spirit was very evident working in our hearts and the entire group. Some of us…

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February Prayer

WHAT CAN WE PRAY FOR? John will be meetings 2/13-14 with the Vision Festa planning team in Kobe. We will be doing long-range planning into 2023. Ask God for bold faith, vision, and clarity of direction. Elaine continues her classes, Bible studies, and project work. Pray for openness to the gospel. John will be meeting at the Rengo Pastors’ Seminar 2/25-27 where he will also be meeting with the Rengo Mission team. After the end…

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Start with New Churches

John started the new year by going with Dan Iverson, Pastor Makoto Fukuda, and Shohei Ueki to Hiroshima for the CPI church planting Next Steps seminar. About 30 gathered from that region to consider the how-to’s of church planting. John shared about vision in Japan, contextualizing for the Japan soil, conflict in ministry, and finishing well. He also was on the two panels on leadership development and nuts and bolts of church planting. This seminar…

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Prayer for January

Thank God for Elaine’s Christmas team which was warm and significant. Her dear friend warmly shared the gospel of Jesus with all the women. We both enjoyed our time in the US for Christmas with our family and relatives. Elaine has started up her classes again for 2019. Grace Week English is February 4-8 in Nara Prefecture. Last time it sold out but we still now have room for 25. Pray that people would register.…

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Book on Sale

Hey get my church planting in Japan book at 25% off for a limited time. The kindle is 8.99 (or nook) and the paperback has been running 11.19 but with the discount you can get it for 8.39, cheaper than than Ebook! Merry Christmas! “We know that eBooks get a lot of hype, but some of us love the feel of paper, so CELEBRATE with us and enjoy the Paperback Sale. Additional 25% all other…

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Year Ends!

A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU! We both appreciate each of you so much. Thank you for your continuing desire to see the Christ of Christmas shared with everyone in Japan. We pray for you that during the busyness of this season the joy of knowing Christ would expand your hearts. May you have time to enjoy the decorations and reflect on the tremendous plan of God to reconcile us all to Him –…

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